Galaxy S8 Launches To Strong Reviews, But Hits A Few Snags Along The Way
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 line of smartphones has seen strong pre-order sales and generally positive buzz. However, no phone is perfect and a few flaws do mar the S8’s launch.
For starters, there are several reports of S8 handsets displaying a red tint. Pictures have shown up on tech and social media sites showcasing the problem. Additionally, “Galaxy 8 Red Screen” was one of Tuesday morning’s top search terms on Naver which is South Korea’s largest search engine.
For their part, Samsung has released a statement to local media outlets saying that the red tint is not indicative of a problem with the S8 itself and that it can be fixed by changing your phone’s settings. However, there have been some reports of consumers visiting service centers and being told that they would need to replace their handsets. Samsung eventually reached out to ZDNet regarding this problem. They stated that all Samsung phones are thoroughly tested to meet their high standards of quality. “S8 has an adaptive display that optimizes the sharpness, saturation and color range depending on the environment the handset is used in,” said a spokesperson for Samsung. “However, consumers are able to change their display settings according to their preferences by going into Settings. From the Settings menu, select Display, Screen Mode, then Color Balance.”
Bixby, Samsung’s digital assistant meant to compete with the likes of Siri and Google Assistant, is one of the flagship features of the S8. The company though the AI was so important that the even added a dedicated button to the phone. However, if you’re not a fan of Bixby or digital assistants in general then the button is just taking up valuable space on your smartphone. Enterprising users created an app that allowed people to remap that button’s functionality. However, Samsung has since disabled that feature.
In other disappointing Bixby news, Samsung also announced that the S8 would launch without voice control for the digital assistant.
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