Galaxy S8: More screen and elegance, but a hefty price tag


On the other hand, many reviewers have criticized the placement of the S8's fingerprint scanner - it's right next to the rear camera lens - as well as Samsung's much-hyped Bixby assistant.

Samsung supposedly developed deep red OLEDs to strengthen the red component and counteract the two greens in the mix.

Both issues when taken in isolation aren't that big a deal, but Samsung is keen to put last year's Galaxy Note 7 fiasco behind it.

The tally compares with preorders for 200,000 units for its predecessor, the Galaxy S7, over a week, and 400,000 for the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 over 13 days. They come with a radical bezel-less design with an "Infinity display" that covers nearly the entire front panel of the device. "If the color still appears to be reddish, customers can change it at the service center", the company said.

Samsung has responded to the images; it told the Korean media that the red tint isn't a quality issue and it can be fixed by altering the phone's settings. Thanks to this, users would be able to remap the button to, for example, launch Google Assistant versus Samsung's own personal assistant.

Philip Berne, head of the reviews program at Samsung U.S.A, has confirmed on Twitter that Samsung has indeed pulled the plug on the ability to remap the Bixby button. The Galaxy S8 is fueled by a 3,000 mAh Battery. Bixby, for those unfamiliar, is Samsung's new alternative to Siri and Google Assistant, though users shouldn't expect it to be fully functional upon the handset's launch.

Samsung's digital assistant Bixby is here to help, whether or not you want it to.

According to a latest report released by Kantar Worldpanel, the Galaxy S5 that was unveiled in February 2014 remained the most popular Samsung device in the U.S., with 15.6 percent of Samsung's established base.

Although not set to hit retailers' shelves until April 28, those who pre-order the phone before April 19 will get the phone as early as the 20th.