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Samsung Galaxy S8 – Why it’s a good and bad time to buy the Samsung smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus marked the start of a huge renaissance for the South Korean tech giant after the Note 7 exploding battery fiasco.

The stunning Infinity Display, great battery life, slick design and zippy processor made the S8 a huge hit with consumers and critics alike.

Samsung liked the look of the S8 so much that the Note 8 ended up mimicking it, with both devices two of the best smartphones 2017 had to offer.

But as the almost year-old smartphone gets set to be superseded by the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, is now or good time to jump in and buy the S8?

For fans thinking of buying the S8 at the moment, one of the big draws is the great money saving deals on offer right now.

Currently, Amazon UK are offering a huge saving on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

The S8 and S8 Plus had an RRP of £689 and £779 respectively.

But Amazon currently has the S8 available for £557.98 – a huge saving of over £130.

Amazon UK are also offering a similar saving on the S8 Plus, with it available for £649.98.

That’s around £129 off the usual asking price.

Amazon Prime subscribers can also get free one-day delivery so their new S8 and S8 Plus arrives as soon as possible. 

The S8 is also available on contracts at a great price right now.

The Mobiles.co.uk recommended deal is for a Vodafone contract, which boasts 4GB of monthly data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts.

To get the deal, you’ll need to sign up to a two year contract with monthly payments of £23 and also pay a £185 upfront fee.

The deal works out at £737 over the course of the two year contract.

While there are plenty of great deals on offer now, there is one thing that may be holding fans back from stumping up the cash right now.

And that’s the looming shadow of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

While CES 2018 was taking place this week, Samsung revealed the launch date for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

The next entry in the hugely-successful Galaxy S smartphone range will be unveiled next month.

DJ Koh, president of the technology company’s mobile division, confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will launch at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) tradeshow in February.

It’s been rumoured that the S9 and S9 Plus could get a release date soon afterwards in March.

This would mean the S9 is launching earlier in the year than the S8 did, which went on sale during April 2017.

Initial rumours had suggested the S9 could increase the size of the S8’s Infinity Display, with a much smaller bezel at the bottom of the gadget.

It would have meant the front of the S9 would be virtually all taken up with the screen, with only a bezel towards the top visible.

But a slew of more recent rumours have suggested the S9 and S9 Plus will sport an almost identical design to their predecessors.

While on the outside it will look like business on usual, on the inside there are expected to be number of changes.

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Sources have said the S9 and S9 Plus will include built-in AKG stereo speakers, which would be a huge draw for audiophiles.

The inclusion of AKG stereo speakers should dramatically improve the performance of the built-in speakers.

The Galaxy S9+ is also tipped to include the same dual-camera set-up that debuted with the Galaxy Note 8 earlier this year.

Also, it’s rumoured the biggest issue with the S8 and S8 Plus will be fixed with the S9 and S9 Plus.

According to rumours, the fingerprint scanner on the S9 will be moved.

Instead of the S8’s location right next to the lens, which made it easy to smudge the camera, the S9 will allegedly move it underneath the snapper.

So, the S9 looks set to offer a number of improvements on the S8.

But if you do decide to buy the current Galaxy S phone you won’t be disappointed with it being one of the best smartphones Samsung has ever made.

In our review, published before the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, we said: “The Galaxy S8 is jaw-droppingly beautiful and eye-wateringly powerful.

“It’s also incredibly annoying – thanks to the frustrating fingerprint scanner and its unreliable alternatives. 

“But even with these imperfections, Samsung Galaxy S8 still stands head and shoulders above the competition.

“There’s no doubt that rival companies will catch-up and replicate the Infinity Display design eventually, but those who want to hold the future today, need look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S8.”

 
 

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