Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus latest news: Pricing, new colors revealed

(Reuters/Eric Gaillard)David Lowes, Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Europe, speaks during an event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2017

With roughly three weeks before the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are officially unveiled, a fresh set of details were leaked, adding to the excitement and anticipation of the public.

Tech and gadget scooper Roland Quandt took to his Twitter account and revealed the colors and the European pricing for the two versions of Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone.

"Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be out in Black, Silver and Violet (!) colors, retail listings show. S8 priced at 799, S8+ at 899 Euro," said Quandt in his tweet. With the alleged price tags converted to U.S. dollars, the S8 ($845) and S8 Plus ($950) will cost more than their predecessors when they were launched last year.

Quandt followed up with another tweet, saying he received the information from a European retailer, and that the availability and variants of the two models may differ per region. It can be noted that the violet color was never used in the previous flagship smartphones of Samsung in the past.

Last week, a report from The Investor via MobiGyaan of Korea hinted that pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will begin by April 10. Meanwhile, the general release was initially reported to be on April 21, although a report from Venture Beat said that it may be pushed a week further to the 28th.

Leaked images of the S8 model have been circulating online, giving the public a glimpse of what to expect, at least on the visual side of things. Images have confirmed speculations that the upcoming smartphone will sport a bezel-less, 5.8-inch screen which dropped physical "Home" button in terms of design. Moreover, an extra button on the left side of the phone was also revealed and was speculated to be used for the "Bixby" AI feature.

Other notable features include the AMOLED display, a 12 MP dual pixel main camera, a 64 GB memory, 4G LTE capability, and an iris scanner, among others.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be launched on March 29 in two separate events in New York and in London.