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Samsung revealed its Galaxy S8 smartphones today -- with a few surprises

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We got our hands on a Galaxy S8 and took your questions about it.

UPDATE 12:13 p.m. EST:

Samsung revealed the Galaxy S8 Wednesday morning with a few surprises in tow. 

The phone comes in two models, the 5.8-inch S8 and the 6.2-inch S8 Plus. Both boast an "infinity display" that gives an almost bezel-free appearance. Samsung said 83 percent of the front of the phone consists of the screen. 

Samsung also announced DeX, a dock that allows the phone to plug into a monitor and effectively become an Android desktop PC. 

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In this Friday, March 24, 2017, photo, a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus mobile phone is docked in a DeX device during a preview, in New York. The Galaxy S8 features a larger display than its predecessor, the Galaxy S7, and sports a voice assistant intended to rival Siri and Google Assistant. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Here's a look at DeX. The phone will start at $720. DeX is sold separately, though some T-Mobile customers can get it free with a preorder. 

So far, the phone has been met with rave reviews.

The phone's hardware impressed some observers.

ORIGINAL STORY: Samsung's attempt to rebound from its Galaxy Note 7 disaster kicks off Wednesday morning in New York City, when it will announce its Galaxy S8 smartphones. Based on everything that's (allegedly) leaked about the forthcoming Android handsets, the S8 and S8+ will borrow from the best parts of Samsung's 7 phones (Note and S) and beat Apple's iPhone 8 -- expected this fall -- to the punch with a phone that will have a thin-bezel screen and no home button.

Here's what the S8 will (allegedly) look like.

Design

According to recent picture and video leaks, Samsung's S8 will have a giant curved screen that will take up nearly all of the phone's face. The screen sizes, at 5.8 and 6.2 inches, will actually both best the now-recalled Note 7 phablet and the large Galaxy S7 edge, but the S8s should fit comfortably in-hand thanks to their shrunken screen bezels and the disappearance of the physical home button. Apple's next iPhone is expected to also ditch the clicky home button and carry an "all-screen" front.

Here's what some believe the iPhone 8 design could be. Look familiar?

New features

The biggest new software feature coming with the S8 phones is the Bixby voice assistant, already confirmed by Samsung. Bixby will be angled as an assistant for helping you use your phone -- not so much for searching the web for info like iPhone's Siri.

The phones will reportedly be faster and have better front (selfie) cameras than the S7s, but no bump in battery from the Note 7 and no stylus. They are expected to offer the same Note 7 iris scanner for unlocking the phone and may have facial recognition for the same thing.

Note 7's iris scanner
(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, modified by Circa)

S8 is reported to have an iris scanner and facial recognition.

Price and availability

There are reports indicating the S8 phones will be out for purchase slightly later than Samsung had originally planned, but April 21 or 28 seem to be the latest guesses for availability.

As for cost, leaks have pointed to a Euro price of €799 for the S8 (about $900) and €899 for the S8+ (about $1,000).

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