Samsung officially releases the Galaxy S8

It’s finally here.

After months of rumours, bombastic keynotes, and enthusiastic pre-release videos, Samsung Electronics Ltd. has officially released the latest addition to its Galaxy line of smartphones.

The new devices will initially be available in four markets – Canada, the U.S., Puerto Rico, and South Korea – and will continue rolling out to additional markets in the coming weeks.

Confirming rumours that had been floating around since last year, Samsung revealed during a March 29 launch event in New York City that its newest flagship smartphone would feature a curved, bezel-free design the company called the “Infinity display”; support for its new digital assistant, Bixby; replace the physical home button with a pressure-sensitive sensor underneath the screen; and – in a possible swipe at a controversial feature of rival Apple Inc.’s iPhone 7 – a headphone jack.

It’s also more than likely the company is eager to put six months of controversy behind it: Since September, when it was discovered that the batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 line were prone to overheating and exploding, Samsung has had to face not only fallout from the failure of one of its flagship smartphone lines, but the high-profile arrest of its chair, who is currently on trial for bribery.

The S8 is currently available through Samsung Canada’s website for $1,035.

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Eric Emin Wood
Eric Emin Wood
Former editor of ITBusiness.ca turned consultant with public relations firm Porter Novelli. When not writing for the tech industry enjoys photography, movies, travelling, the Oxford comma, and will talk your ear off about animation if you give him an opening.

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