As promised, Samsung has finally unveiled the highly-anticipated flagship Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones at an event held simultaneously in New York and London. Last month, we had exclusively reported about the design and details of the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and we’re delighted to say that almost every claim of ours was spot on. Samsung has also introduced the new Oculus-powered Gear VR that now comes with a bespoke controller. Here’s what new in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
– Both S8 and S8+ feature the new bezel-less Infinity Display
– Iris scanner and facial recognition
– Dedicated button to summon Bixby
– Samsung DeX Platform support
– Both variants are (IP68) water and dust resistant
– Always-on display
Now let us take a closer look at Samsung’s new flagship phones.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & Samsung Galaxy S8+: Display
Samsung is known to use top-of-the-line displays in its flagships. The new Galaxy S8 is no different with a new bezel-less design of its 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, which the company calls it the Infinity Display. Sporting a Quad HD+ (2960×1440) resolution, the display packs in pixel density of a whopping 570ppi. Its larger counterpart, the Galaxy S8+, features a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with the same 2960×1440 pixel resolution, but with a slightly lower pixel density of 529ppi. The display as well as the back panel of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are built using Corning Gorilla Glass 5 technology for improved scratch resistance. Furthermore, the Always-on display feature lets users check time and notes at a glance. These improvements lend both phones a premium look as well as durability.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & Samsung Galaxy S8+: Hardware
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ utilise the new 10nm fabrication process for the octa-core chipsets. One of the variants houses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with Adreno 540 GPU to handle graphics. The other variant packs Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 8895 chipset, coupled with ARM’s Mali-G71 GPU to handle the graphics subsystem. Both chipsets are comprised of four high-performance cores and four additional power-saving cores. It goes without saying that we expect better battery life with Samsung’s advanced power management coupled with Google’s new Doze mode.
While the global variants will feature 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, Samsung will introduce an additional variant with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM exclusively for China. By default, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will offer 64GB flash storage with UFS 2.1 support for faster file transfers. The memory card slot supports microSD cards up to 256GB.
Both new Samsung phones feature Gigabit 4G LTE support for downloads at rates up to 1Gbps. Samsung claims that even the dual-band Wi-Fi supports file transfers at gigabit speeds. In practical terms, the phone can download a full HD movie over the LTE network or Wi-Fi in a matter of minutes.
Samsung Pay will work from day one through NFC as well as MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) interfaces on both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. When it comes to securing these payments, Samsung claims to cover all bases with embedded biometric technologies. The fingerprint scanner will work along with the new Iris Scanner and facial recognition for user identification.
Lastly, the military-grade Samsung Knox security solution will also be present to add a yet another layer of security. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will bundle new AKG powered in-ear earphones made from anti-tangle metal-fabric material.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & Samsung Galaxy S8+: Camera
The Galaxy S8 features an 8-megapixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture and smart autofocus. At the rear is the 12-megapixel “Dual Pixel” camera with f/1.7 aperture. Samsung claims the camera’s OIS is ideal for capturing the best low-light, zoom, and blur-free photos with enhanced image processing. You can also connect the Galaxy S8 to the new Gear 360 camera, which is priced at €229 (₹16,100) to capture 4K 360-degree videos and/or click 15-megapixel photos.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & Samsung Galaxy S8+: Bixby and DeX
As reported earlier, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature a new dedicated button to launch Bixby, the AI-driven virtual assistant. The Bixby’s Voice feature supports several native apps, and the company plans to extend it to the third-party ones shortly.
Samsung DeX is the new mobile solution that takes your phone’s screen to a larger display. It is similar to Microsoft Continuum for the Windows Mobile Platform. With DeX, users can enjoy Android desktop-like experience to use and work on apps along with keyboard and a mouse. Not only that, Microsoft Office and Adobe software suite will work seamlessly with the DeX platform. Galaxy S8 owners will have to buy the DeX Station hardware separately for €150 (₹10,546) to hook up a keyboard and a mouse. Samsung wants you to take your productivity to the next level with the new DeX platform.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & Samsung Galaxy S8+: Pricing and vailability
The Galaxy S8 will go on sale from April 21. A recent leak revealed the pricing as well as colour options already. Both phones will sell in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver options.
Samsung will sell the Galaxy S8 in the US for $720 and the Galaxy S8+ for $840 and will also throw in a free Gear VR headset with Controller for those who pre-order either of the phones.