Samsung has officially launched the much anticipated smartphone of the year – the Galaxy S8 and the larger Galaxy S8 Plus during the Galaxy Unpacked 2017 in New York. This year’s flagship comes with loads of impressive features and powerful hardware, the best of the galaxies ever. Both smartphone will be up for preorder on March 30th and will begin shipping in the US from April 21st. Here’s everything you need to know about these gorgeous phones.
Samsung Galaxy S8 And S8 Plus
The S8 will be available in two trims – the regular Galaxy S8 sporting a 5.8-inch infinity displays (Super AMOLED) with 2960 x 1440 screen resolution, 570ppi. On the other hand, the larger version, the Galaxy S8 plus comes with a 6.2-inch screen with same resolution with resulting 539ppi. Samsung calls the display of the S8 as “Infinity display” because of the fact the display looks massive in both of these phones, beautifully engrossed around the phone’s curved edges running top to bottom, left to right and touching the metal band on the sides of the phones.
The interesting expect of the display is its aspect ratio, which is 18:5:9 that we hardly seen in any smartphone. The phone looks bit lengthy, but not the body and it’s very handy that fits perfectly in our palms, thanks for bringing in new displays. The finish is really incredible.
The US version of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be powered by a 64 bit octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Samsung’s Exynos 8895 Octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm processwill replace the Snapdragon 835 in the global version that Samsung will be selling in some select markets. There’s a microSD card slot that can hold up to 256GB of additional storage in case you run out of the space.
Both phones will feature a 12-megapixel, dualpixel rear cameras with f/1.7 aperture, and eventually the same in the Galaxy S7s. It seems Samsung has tweaked the photo software and the way the photos are processed, which would result in high quality photos. On the front, we have a wide-angle 8-megapixel camera with autofocus. There are hell lot is features for camera app, and Samsung has added goofy filters and stickers for photo apps like Snapchat, Snow among others.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are water and dust resistant. The fingerprint sensor is on the back this time on the right of the camera, as the S8’s ditched the physical home button. The S8 will feature a 3000mAh battery while the larger S8 Plus gets a 3500mAh battery. Probably the S8’s won’t explode, because after getting hit by Note 7, Samsung included a bunch of testing methods and safety standards. As usual, it comes with QUALCOMM Quick Charge support for both wired and wireless charging. But, the thing that concerns us is that, how long the battery would survive in these phones.
Galaxy S8 Software
The S8 is seemingly fast combing the performance of Snapdragon 835 and the lighter version of TouchWiz. Running the latest Android, the interface is quite appealing, but not as good as previous versions, the new OS gets subtle new icons, fonts and widgets makes it impressive. There’s no physical button, so it will take time to get used to the new home button, in case you previously own a Samsung phone. Just like the phones that come in the late, the S8’s features a pressure sensitive home button, and with a light tap on it will bring you to the homescreen.
This time, there won’t be any edge variants, as both phones feature curved edge displays. And, the Edge tray that includes shortcuts for apps, contact, new panels are there in both the phones.
Bixby – Samsung’s Virtual Assitant
Coming to Bixby, Samsung’s personal virtual AI assistant, this is where Samsung has put its entire effort to make the software of the S8’s that people actually like. You can trigger Bixby either by pressing a dedicated button on the left side of the phone or calling it aloud. Just call Bixby to invoke it. It has three modes:
- A short press of the button will take you to the Bixby home.
- To invoke Bixby’s voice features, long press the button.
- Tapping the button on the camera app will trigger Bixby augmented reality features.
What Bixby actually does? You can take control of your S8 entirely through voice commands. During demo, Samsung showed how to speak to Bixby to open the gallery app and edit a photo. “Bixby, rotate this photo left,” and “Bixby, send this photo to Dan.” If you live that Samsung Life, you can use Bixby to send videos to your TV or turn off your smart lights, too. The idea is very simple; you can do anything with your phone by touch, and how interesting it will be if you use your voice to do the same thing.
Bixby lives on S8’s homescreen offering suggestion on your fitness, setting alarms, picking the best news for you, and weather, and it does everything when it understands your behavioral pattern. The Bixby camera features are the real big deal. You can launch it from camera app or from Bixby Home, and when you point the Bixby camera app at anything, it will offer web searches after identifying what the object is. If you point at a flower, it will offer suggestions to buy flowers or more flowers from internet.
With Dex, you can hook the Galaxy S8 to a monitor, keyboard and a mouse, eventually turning it to a phone-powered desktop. You can get all things done just like you get things with you PC.
Galaxy S8 Price and Availability
The Galaxy S8 will be available in black, gray and silver in the US while it will also come in gold and blue in international markets. The preorder officially starts from tomorrow, March 30th, in the US. The preordering will get you a free Gear VR with a controller and set of games. The delivery of the Galaxy S8’s begins on April 21st in the US. There’s no word on pricing, as the carrier partners will decide it.