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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be launched on May 31

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If you want to buy a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ in the US, but you don't want to tie your (wireless) life to any particular carrier, you should be happy to know that unlocked variants of both handsets will be officially available starting May 31.

Apparently, the only authorized locations to sell unlocked S8 units are Best Buy stores and Best Buy's website - in addition to Samsung's own US website. This explains why you may be seeing unlocked S8 and S8+ phones offered by other retailers at higher prices.

Speaking of prices, an unlocked Galaxy S8 costs $724.99, while the unlocked Galaxy S8+ is offered for $824.99. Both smartphones are already available to pre-order from Best Buy and Samsung, coming with a free Entertainment Kit (including a Clear View cover, a 64 GB Samsung EVO+ microSD card, and six months of Netflix). 

We have to note that you can only get the unlocked handsets in Midnight Black, and it's not clear if Samsung plans to offer other color variants anytime soon - thus, if you need an S8 in silver or gray, you will just have to purchase it from a carrier.

So, do you plan to get yourself an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+?


sources: Samsung, Best Buy (S8, S8+), Press release

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  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
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Samsung Galaxy S8+ specs
  • Display 6.2 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie Samsung One UI

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