The announcement of a special edition of Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition from the creators of Windows, which in the near future will become available in retail outlets of MS Store Company, was unexpected enough.
Fortunately, this modification will still have Android 7.0 Nougat, not Windows 10. However, instead of TouchWiz, Microsoft developers have installed their shell, and Bixby’s voice assistant has been replaced with their own Cortana.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition Specifications and Features
Also on the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition installed standard applications from MS, which are included in the usual supply of the “eighth galaxy”: Skype, OneDrive and OneNote. In addition, there is an Outlook mail client.
As for the hardware, in this respect, Galaxy S8 MS Edition is completely identical to the smartphones of this model sold in the US: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB Flash memory with the possibility of expansion.
In this case, unlike the operator’s options, the version from Microsoft does not have a binding to the networks of any mobile operators. By default, additional applications are not installed but are downloaded automatically when you first connect via Wi-Fi (in the mobile network, too, you can, but you need to set permissions).
Sales Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition will start on April 21 – simultaneously with the release of new Samsung flagships in other stores.
Price: Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition
- Samsung Galaxy S8 MS Edition: 750 USD
- Samsung Galaxy S8 + MS Edition: 850 USD
In general, the price policy is similar to the same mobile operators in the US, if we consider the purchase of a smartphone without a contract.