Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ to be available for purchase April 21

A couple more hours and the Samsung company will be releasing the new S8 and S8+.

Looks like part of the announcement will be the date available for purchase which will be April 21 in Canada.  Prices will be $1035 and $1115 and can come in Midnight Black or Orchid Grey.

Announced globally today at Samsung Unpacked in New York City, Samsung Canada is excited to confirm that the highly anticipated Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, will be available for purchase for Canadian consumers beginning on April 21 in two colours: Midnight Black and Orchid Grey. Consumers who preorder either device beginning March 29th through April 20th will also receive the new Gear VR with Controller as a gift with purchase. With stunning design elements, intelligence and the promise of a connected ecosystem, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ challenge the boundaries of today's smartphone and help Canadians seize everyday moments to their fullest. 
Building on Samsung's legacy of creating beautiful designs that enhance consumer's mobile experience while bringing them closer to their passions, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ introduces consumers to Samsung's Infinity Display - a bezel-less design that forms a smooth, continuous surface with no buttons or harsh angles.The result is a truly immersive smartphone experience that builds on the features consumers have come to love from the Galaxy foundation with intelligent solutions that allow you to truly Unbox Your Moment. 
Also announced at the global Unpacked event, Samsung Canada is confirming that the new Gear 360 will be coming to Canada in the first half of 2017. This 4K resolution, 360-capable camera enhances how consumers capture and consume content, making VR and 360 content more accessible and easier than ever to share. 

Combining stunning design, and a connected ecosystem, Samsung Canada challenges the boundaries of today's smartphones and helps you seize everyday moments to their fullest
MISSISSAUGA, ONMarch 29, 2017 /CNW/ - Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. introduces the world to the Galaxy S8| S8+, a smartphone that pushes the boundaries of traditional smartphones with its seamless hardware design and a variety of new service offerings. With the launch of multiple services and apps, as well as a stunning Infinity Display for immersive viewing experience, the Galaxy S8 brings a new level of functionality and convenience. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available for purchase in Canada beginning April 21st, 2017. Consumers who pre-order either device beginning March 29th through April 20th, 2017 will also receive the new Samsung Gear VR with Controller as a gift upon completion of their purchase1.
"The Samsung Galaxy S8 ushers in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world," said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. "The Galaxy S8 is our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what's possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung's smartphone legacy." 
See and Experience More
The Galaxy S8 builds on Samsung's heritage of creating stunning designs and functional devices. Available in 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, the Infinity Display and virtually bezel-less design form a smooth, continuous surface with no buttons or harsh angles. The result is a truly immersive viewing experience that makes multi-tasking more convenient. The Galaxy S8 compact design enables comfortable one-handed operation and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 on both the front and back for durability and a high-quality finish.
The Galaxy Foundation
In addition to the new design innovations, Samsung continues to deliver cutting-edge technology including an advanced camera, excellent performance and benefits to the devices that users love, including:
  • Premium Camera: The Galaxy S8 is equipped with an advanced 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus front camera and 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera for outstanding low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing.
  • Powerful Performance: Packing powerful performance and connectivity, the Galaxy S8 features the world's first 10nm processor in a smartphone², enabling increased speed and efficiency. It is also gigabit LTE and gigabit Wi-Fi ready with support for up to 1 Gbps so users can quickly download files, regardless of the file size.
  • Robust Entertainment: Certified by the UHD Alliance as MOBILE HDR PREMIUMTM, Galaxy S8 lets you see the same vibrant colors and contrasts that the filmmakers intended while watching your favorite shows. In addition, the Galaxy S8 offers next-level gaming experience with vivid and vibrant graphic technology, as well as a Game Pack featuring top game titles, including select titles supported by the Vulkan API.
  • Global Standard in Mobile Security: The Galaxy S8 is built on Samsung Knox, a defense-grade security platform. In addition, the Galaxy S8 will offer a wide selection of biometric technologies including a fingerprint scanner, iris scanner and facial recognition so users can select a biometric authentication method that works best for them.
The Galaxy S8 will also come with the foundational Galaxy features that meet the needs of today's consumers, including:
  • IP68 water and dust resistance³
  • MicroSD support up to 256GB⁴
  • Always-on display
  • Fast and wireless charging capabilities⁵
New Way to Interact with Your Phone
Bixby is an intelligent interface that will help users get more out of their phone.⁶ With the new Bixby button, you will be able to conveniently access Bixby and navigate through services and apps with simple voice, touch and vision commands. At launch, Bixby's Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with the plan to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future. Contextual awareness capabilities enable Bixby to offer personalized help based on what it continues to learn about the user's location, interests and interaction.
Users will also be able to shop, search for images and get details about nearby places with Bixby's image recognition technology. As the Bixby ecosystem grows, it will connect across devices, apps and services as a ubiquitous interface, and open up new experiences and scenarios to simplify life.
Beyond the Phone Experience
The Galaxy S8 offers a robust portfolio of products and services, elevating the Galaxy S8 experience for premiere mobile productivity and connectivity.
The Galaxy S8 unlocks the new Samsung Gear VR with Controller, powered by Oculus. Enabling convenient one-handed control and navigation, the controller provides better motion interaction when accessing interactive VR content. The Galaxy S8 will also connect to the new Gear 360 (2017) to create 4K 360-degree videos and 15MP photos.⁷
Leveraging the processing power of the Galaxy S8 for enhanced productivity, Samsung DeX is a unique solution that transforms your smartphone into a desktop by providing a desktop-like experience. With Samsung DeX, users can easily display and edit data from their phone, which makes working from a smartphone faster and smarter. 
As more Internet of Things (IoT) devices enter the market and the connected network becomes more complex, Samsung Connect simplifies smart device management. With Samsung Connect, users can easily activate IoT-enabled devices through a quick three-step configuration process and manage all connected devices through one integrated app.
New high-performance earphones tuned by AKG by Harman, offering excellent audio for remarkable sound quality, will come as an in-box accessory. These earphones will have a comfortable hybrid canal fit for better noise cancellation and will be made from anti-tangle metal-fabric material.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available in Canada starting April 21, 2017 and will be offered in Midnight Black and Orchid Grey.
¹ Some conditions apply. Visit for more details.
² Compared to Galaxy S7.
³ This device has been tested and received and IP (Ingress Protection) rating of IP68, which tests for dust intrusion and for water submersion up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes. Not shockproof.
⁴Memory card sold separately.
⁵Convertible wireless charger sold separately.
⁶ At launch, Bixby voice controls will be integrated into some of your favourite native apps, and will understand instructions in US English, US Spanish, Korean, and Chinese.⁷ Product not available at launch.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Product Specifications

Galaxy S8
Galaxy S8+
Android 7.0
LTE Cat. 16*
*May differ by markets and mobile operators
148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, 152g
159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g
Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process
Octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process
*May differ by markets and mobile operators
4GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB (UFS 2.1)
*May differ by markets and mobile operators
5.8" (146.5mm)1 Quad HD+
(2960x1440), (570ppi)
6.2" (158.1mm)1 Quad HD+
(2960x1440), (529ppi)
1 Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners
Rear: Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7), Front: 8MP AF (F1.7)
3,000 mAh
3,500 mAh
Fast Charging on wired and wireless
Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC,
Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)
*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.
Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor,
Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor,
RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor