Samsung Finally Unveils The Galaxy S8 And S8+
After what seems likes years of rumors and leaks, Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to the world. So now that we’re officially done with rumors and speculation, let’s move on to what we know for sure about Samsung’s upcoming smartphone.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the S8 is the size of the screen. Dubbed the “Infinity Display,” the S8’s glass screen covers more than 80 percent of the front of the phone. The home button has been removed to make more room for the larger screen. The fingerprint scanner is still present but has been moved to the back of the phone next to the camera. The phone will also come in a wide variety of colors beyond the standard black.
The Samsung S8 and S8+ will, for the most part, share the same hardware though the S8+ will have a larger battery. The processor will vary by region with U.S. phones being shipped with the 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Other regions will have either the Snapdragon or Samsung’s Exynos 8895. The remaining specs, including 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 12-megapixel camera, and an eight-megapixel front facing camera will be standard across different regions. Additionally, users will be able to increase the phone’s storage capacity via SD cards.
In terms of OS, the phone will feature Android 7.0 Nougat.
One feature that carried over from the Note 7 is the iris scanner. Samsung says the iris scanner is more secure than the fingerprint scanner and can be used to unlock the phone or access secure files. The front camera will also offer a form of facial recognition that can be used to unlock the phone. However, Samsung warned that it is not very secure and can be tricked.
Samsung is also debuting their own personal assistant in the form of Bixby. The program can be activated via a button on the left side of the phone. Bixby combines both touch and voice features and Samsung plans for users to be able to access all of the phone’s feature’s via voice, but it currently only works with a handful of apps. In the future, Samsung is hoping to integrate Bixby into a wide-range of their appliances so users can control all of their Samsung’ products via their smartphone.
Pricing and Release:
The S8 is will be available for pre-order on March 30 and will ship on April 21st. It is expected that the S8 will cost $750 and the S8+ will be $850.
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