Samsung Galaxy S8 is here | All you need to know
Samsung just released it flagship for 2017 in the form of the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 along with a larger variant, the 6.2-inch S8+ and will be available from April 21. Registrations begin from March 30. The device might be priced from $720 (approximately ₹47,000).
The S8 as well as the S8+ look stunning with curvy edges akin to the S7 Edge. The edges of the device feel just like the Note 7. And with a flush transition, there’s nothing but a smooth, round side leading to another smooth side that’s easy to wrap your fingers around. This all makes the S8 one of the nicest feeling devices Samsung has ever produced.
While the glass curves all the way to the side, the screen curve is reduced this year compared to the Galaxy S7 Edge. It’s still enough to distort the sides of apps or the top and bottom of videos, but it’s not as drastic as it has been in past years.
The biggest change, however, is the removal of the physical home button thereby stretching the screen all the way to the bottom of the body. The S8 now has capacitive buttons, much like most of the other Android smartphones. In fact, a lot of parallels are being made between the Galaxy S8 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix which is know for its expansive near bezel-less design.
The S8 as well as the S8+ will come with the standard dual-variant processors from Qualcomm & the in-house baked Exynos. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHZ Quad) processor is for U.S. customers. For models that will be available in countries other than the U.S., Samsung will use its Exynos Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHZ Quad) processor. Both the variants feature 4GB RAM.
Samsung flaunts its top-of-the-line AMOLED displays in every flagship device & the Galaxy S8 is no different. The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with QHD resolution and 586 ppi. The bigger Galaxy S8+ comes with a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with QHD resolution and 531 ppi. Both devices are protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
The cameras on Samsung phones are well known for their quality. The ones on the S8 and S8+ are no different. The front camera comes with 8MP & f1.7 aperture for better low light photos. It also claims to have a ‘smart’ auto-focus that tracks faces.
The rear camera is a 12MP one which is surprising. Samsung does not seem to want to jump on the megapixel bandwagon but instead improves the software & hardware of the image processing. It also features an f1.7 aperture in the rear camera.
The battery on the S8 is 3,000mAh while the S8+ has a 3,500mAh one. Both phones also pack 64GB of internal storage, microSDXC support, IP68 water and dust resistance and Android Nougat.
DeX is the first big software feature differentiator on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and it’s one that leaked the least going into the phone’s release. It lets your Galaxy S8 or S8+ dock into a little breakout box that connects to a traditional computer monitor, keyboard and mouse to bring your phone’s power to a bigger screen for vastly improved productivity.
When docked, the monitor will display a desktop-like representation of your phone screen (rather than a tablet view, as some would guess), with app icons along the left, a “start” menu of sorts with commonly used apps and a full status bar in the bottom-right corner.
Samsung has made its foray into the voice assistant area with their Bixby. Similar to Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri & Amazon’s Alexa, Bixby can control apps through your voice commands.
It also features a new function called Bixby Vision which is similar to Google Goggles where you could point the camera at a particular object & the assistant would provide relevant information about that object.
Overall. Samsung has done it again by bringing out an amazing flagship phone with beautiful design, powerful hardware & new software. Would you buy the phone when it launches at your location?