Samsung has been bundling Microsoft apps on its phones and tablets for a while now. However, when talking about the Galaxy S8, the two companies are taking their partnership a step further. As The Verge reports, Microsoft is going to sell a Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition and is already accepting pre-orders at its retail stores in the US.
As one might expect, the customized S8 will come loaded with heaps of Microsoft’s apps and services like Office, OneDrive, Outlook and Cortana. It’s interesting that Microsoft’s virtual assistant would be included given that we are in the starting blocks of Samsung’s own assistant, Bixby.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that the customization would be available on both the and Galaxy S8+. When the Microsoft Edition handsets are first connected to WiFi, all of the custom software is downloaded and installed. While the regular versions of the Galaxy S8 already includes Office apps, the alternate edition apparently tacks on Outlook and Cortana.
About the Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are Android smartphones produced by Samsung Electronics as part of the Samsung Galaxy S series. Unveiled on 29 March 2017 during a media event in New York City, they will be released in late-April 2017, with US availability scheduled for 21 April 2017.
The S8 contains upgraded hardware and major design changes over their predecessors, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, including larger screens with a taller aspect ratio and curved sides on both the smaller and larger models, iris recognition, a new suite of virtual assistant features known as Bixby, and a docking station accessory that allows the phones to be used with a personal computer-styled desktop interface with keyboard and mouse input support.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ both feature 1440p Super AMOLED displays, with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio taller than the 16:9 ratio used by the majority of smartphones; the S8 has a 5.8-inch panel, while the S8+ uses a larger 6.2-inch panel. The displays are both curved along the side bezels of the device, with minimal bezels that Samsung markets as an Infinity Display, and the display panel itself has rounded edges.
The S8 features an octa-core Exynos system-on-chip and 4 GB of RAM; models in North American markets utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 instead. Both chips are manufactured by Samsung with a 10 nm process. They contain 64 GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card. The S8 supports iris scanning, and features a fingerprint reader, relocated to the rear of the device, next to the camera.
Source: The Verge / EnGadget / Wikipedia