From April this year, Microsoft started selling Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones in its brick-and-mortar stores. Now, the company has also started selling the devices through its online store.
The Microsoft Edition Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus comes pre-loaded with a range of productivity tools from Microsoft, including Cortana, MS Word, Excel, OneNote, and Outlook among others. It also comes with the new Microsoft Launcher which gives the ability to access calendar, documents, and recent activities in personalized feed.
The unlocked version of the Microsoft Edition Galaxy S8 costs $724.99, while its bigger variant — the Galaxy S8 Plus is priced at $824.99. The pricing is similar to the devices’ pricing on the Samsung’s official website. In addition, Microsoft is also offering carrier versions of the device from the likes of Verizon and AT&T.
Microsoft has already revealed that there will be a big discount on both devices as part of the company’s Black Friday deals. During Black Friday sale, both the smartphones will carry a discount of $150.
As a refresher, the Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch display while the Galaxy S8 Plus comes with a 6.2-inch display. The Super AMOLED display comes with a scree resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 18:5:9. Under the hood, both the devices are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset which provides eight Kryo CPU cores clocked at up to 2.35GHz along with an Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Both the smartphones have 64GB of internal storage and supports microSD card of up to 256GB for expanding storage.
There is a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation (IOS), LED flash and a f/1.7 aperture, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture and autofocus. While the Galaxy S8 is powered by a 3,000mAh battery, the S8 Plus packs a bigger 3,500mAh battery. Currently, the smartphones run Android Nougat OS but an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo is already in the beta stage.