Today in Newyork, Samsung has unveiled their latest flagship smartphones in S series, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. These smartphones have come with many innovations underneath the panel, and as usual, they have introduced an improved version of Gear 360 VR Camera. Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices lo0ok entirely different from the traditional design pattern followed by Samsung so far, and now it has changed to a bezel-less design, which makes it more immersive.
Samsung has addressed the display used in Galaxy S8 as “infinity display”, which has actually no bezel, but with curved edges and has occupied maximum space on top and bottom edges. The physical navigational buttons of the devices are now moved to display as Software buttons, but they have added a force sensitive on-screen home button which can be pressed gently, feels like a physical button. At a glance, the devices are super tall and lesser wide because of the 18.5:9 ratio for the displays.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Galaxy S8, the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S7 launched back in MWC 2016 has now changed a lot in typical physical appearance, as we have mentioned earlier. The smartphone has an ‘infinite display’, sized at 5.8 inches, having a resolution of 2960 x 1440 which holds 570ppi. Samsung has made use of 10nm processors for the first time in smartphones and brings more power in lesser space and lesser energy consumption. The US (and few global) variant of the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Chipset and the Europeans will get a device equipped with Samsung’s very own in-house Chipset Exynos 8895, which is also manufactured in 10nm process.
Concerning the Camera units, the rear camera setup of Samsung Galaxy S8 is of 12 Megapixel with Optical Image Stabilization and dual-pixel technology, first time in smartphone photography. It will take shots in layers and combine them together to click images more sharply, accurately and fastly even in low light conditions.
The front camera of the Galaxy S8 is now 8MP, with Autofocus, face detection, etc. It has also many filters, GIF Creator, and many other features. Seems like nothing much have got on front camera comparing to earlier versions, rather than some gimmicks.
The Galaxy S8 runs Android Nougat, packed with Samsung’s all new version of TouchWiz on top. Now with the Galaxy S8, Samsung has changed the entire way that icons looked like and now becomes more materialistic and simplistic than ever before. At least you could identify it from the navigational button icons. The device packs a battery of 3000mAh.
Galaxy S8 Plus
You are passing through this part because obviously, you have seen something “Plus”. But unfortunately, Samsung has not arranged anything much larger to discuss. The display size has been increased to 6.2 inches and Battery capacity to 3500mAh, that’s all.
Samsung gives priority to their user’s safety with Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. For that, they have included the most anticipated feature, an Iris Scanner with faster scanning, an improved facial recognition system, fingerprint scanner, and usual password/pattern methods.
Bixby – Samsung’s own AI
Along with the smartphones, Samsung has introduced their own Artificial Intelligence assistant, a rival to Apple’s Siri. The Bixby is integrated with the both smartphones, and Samsung is expected to rollout it as a software update to many of their previous flagships.
DeX – An “Android Continuum”
Samsung has introduced a smartphone extending device named DeX, expanded to Desktop eXperience. The DeX has been made inspiring from Windows Continuum, which let the windows phone users expand their smartphone screen onto a larger monitor to work better. The DeX works same as Continuum, and they have joined their hands with Microsoft for its further development.
Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will be available to preorder from tomorrow, and the color options will be – Black, gray, silver, Gold and blue. The pricing of Galaxy S8 is expected to start from $720 (approx. 46000 INR). Samsung also gives a free Oculus VR headset with a motion remote controller for free.