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Samsung has finally crossed the Chinese market for its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus phones. The company unexpectedly throws in a surprise—a version of the Galaxy S8 Plus that is cannot be bought anywhere else in the world, except its home market.

Samsung has stepped in Beijing, China on Thursday to introduce flagship smartphones Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Apart from the units with 4GB RAM, the South Korean firm brought a more powerful version of the Galaxy S8 Plus, units with 6GB RAM which is available only in South Korea.

Galaxy S8, S8 Plus price details

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus variants with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage cost US$825 and US$898, respectively. These are available in Gold, Black and Gray colour variants. These prices are more expensive than in the U.S. where these variants are sold for only US$720 and US$840, respectively.

The Galaxy S8 Plus variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, otherwise known as the "Emperor Edition", costs US$ 1,014. However, the Black colour variant is only available for sale.

Samsung's premium program

On top of the Emperor Edition, Samsung has brought its premium service program exclusively available in China. In case the devices get dropped resulting in broken displays, customers can have the screens replaced at a discounted price. This takes effect in the first six months since the device is bought.

The company is also giving customers in China battery testing free of charge good for 12 months since the device is purchased. Added to this privilege is an 18-month discount on battery replacement services.

Galaxy S8 has 5.8-inch display while Galaxy S8 Plus has 6.2 inches made of Super AMOLED panel. Both devices sport a 12MP main camera and an 8MP front shooter. Running on Android 7.0 Nougat and Samsung's own user interface, the devices are powered by Exynos 8895.