Samsung is expected to officially launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus on March 29. A UK retailer is already accepting preorders and has priced the unlocked 64 GB Galaxy S8 at £799.00 (around $970) and the S8 Plus at £899.00 (around $1,090).

Smartphone fans have been waiting for Samsung to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus and the devices are going to be unveiled at an Unpacked event on March 29. The handsets will tout high end specs, including 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch near bezel-less Super AMOLED displays and Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor, the pair are also expected to be released at higher price points than that of their predecessors, Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus To Be Priced Higher Than S7 Series

In January, we reported that sources claimed Samsung was planning to price the Galaxy S8 at around $900 and the S8 Plus would supposedly carry a $100 premium over its smaller sibling. Now, a retailer in the UK has just started accepting preorders for the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus and the handsets are indeed more expensive than last year's starting prices.

Galaxy S8 And S8 Plus Are Up For Preorder

MobileFun has begun taking preorders for the unlocked SIM Free 64 GB Samsung Galaxy S8 and has priced the smartphone at £799.00, which works out to be around $970, while the 64 GB Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has been priced at £899.00, or around $1,090. In comparison, last year the unlocked Galaxy S7 started at £549 ($668) and the Galaxy S7 edge had a starting price of £639 ($777).

While the retailer is taking preorders for Samsung's next-generation flagship smartphones, the prices could be placeholders and change when Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus details on March 29.

Reasons For Price Increase

It's worth noting that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will pack in significantly larger displays than last year's 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch screens found on the S7 series. Unlike the Galaxy S7, which used a standard flat display, the Galaxy S8 will feature a dual curved-edge display and the pair are expected to pack in the same iris scanner that made its debut on the Galaxy Note 7, which likely also contributes to the higher price tag.

U.S. carriers will of course offer the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus on installment pricing plans, so consumers will be able to pay off the smartphones over time.

Luckily with March 29 quickly approaching, we don't have a long wait to hear all the official details from Samsung regarding the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus launch. Are you planning to buy a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus? Please let us and our readers know in the comments below.

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