Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus go official

Samsung Galaxy S8 Gold

It’s been a longer than usual wait for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung’s comeback vehicles after its reputation went down in flames with the Galaxy Note 7. Leaks have been coming out of every corner over the past few months, getting almost everything right about the smartphones and leaving very few surprises for its official launch.

Samsung’s main bid to attract consumers is its brand-new Infinity Display. That’s the brand’s term for the Galaxy S8’s nearly bezel-free panel. Both variants sport an edge-to-edge design, abandoning the flat and curved choices it offered with its previous flagships. The style basically takes the Galaxy S7’s blueprint and chops off the borders and home button for an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

Even the S7’s body dimensions have mostly been kept intact thanks to the minimum bezel approach. As a result, Samsung’s managed to fit bigger 5.8-inch (Galaxy S8) and 6.2-inch (Galaxy S8 Plus) screens while not making either too unwieldy. It’s also touting that the displays are the first to be certified by the UHD Alliance as Mobile HDR Premium panels.

Security and Software:

Samsung Galaxy S8 Bixby

With the home button gone, Samsung has decided to relocate the fingerprint sensor to the back of the device next to the camera. This has already been the source of some controversy since people are worried that they’ll smudge the lens while trying to unlock their phone. The placement is undeniably a bit awkward, which may be why the firm is also offering 2 other unlocking options namely facial recognition and iris scanning.

The biggest change on the software side of things is the addition of Bixby, Samsung’s new virtual assistant. The AI tool has gotten a physical button dedicated to it, which goes to show how confident the brand is about people using it constantly.

Other than doing regular digital assistant things scouring the web and sending messages, Bixby can scan a place, a piece of text, wine labels, images, QR codes, and items in the real world to provide you more information on a landmark or restaurant, translate documents, and find Amazon product pages. Integration is currently limited to Samsung apps like Camera and Gallery, with more third-party support coming in the future.

Camera:

Samsung Galaxy S8 Camera

Samsung’s sticking to the same IP68 certification for resistance against dust and water, claiming that the Galaxy S8 can survive being dunked 1.5m underwater for up to 30 minutes. Another S7-era holdover is the 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera. It’s been enhanced with a new image processing system called Multiframe Processing that combines several shots into one photo.

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The big upgrade in terms of photography is the 8MP selfie camera. Other than the increase in resolution, the module boasts of autofocus abilities, Multiframe Processing, and an aperture of f/1.7, same as the primary snapper.

Hardware and Accessories:

Samsung DeX

The Galaxy S8 has the honor of being one of the first smartphones to be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 processor. Some regions will be getting the company’s own Exynos 8895 SoC. Helping the CPUs along will be the smaller variant’s 3000mAh battery and the bigger one’s 3500mAh unit.

Buyers of the Galaxy S8 will be getting AKG earphones in the box. Pre-order offers vary, but many markets are going to bundle the new Gear VR with Controller for free. The latest Gear 360 will also be up for grabs, now improved with the ability to shoot 4K 360-degree videos and 15MP images.

Samsung’s also looking to expand into the world of desktop multitasking with the DeX Station. The device transforms the Galaxy S8 into a PC by acting as a bridge to connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Once docked, individuals can work on Word documents and Adobe Lightroom.

Common specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus:

– Display: 5.8-inch/6.2-inch Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels
– OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
– CPU: Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895
– Storage: 64GB storage, expandable up to 256GB
– RAM: 4GB
– Battery: 3000mAh/3500mAh
– Camera: 12MP rear, 8MP front
– Connectivity: 4G LTE, Wi-Fiac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C

Unfortunately, Samsung has chosen not to disclose price details about the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. The two have begun appearing on carrier sites in the US though, with the former listed at around $750 (roughly Rs 48700) and the latter at $850 (approx Rs 55200) unlocked. Pre-orders kick off on March 30 and sales begin from April 21.