I: Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its latest flagship smartphones – Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ . The all-new smartphones succeed Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge phones that launched in March 2016.
Both the smartphones come with the company’s home-brewed Bixby digital assistant, rival to Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana. There’s a dedicated button to fire up the assistant. “With the new Bixby button, you will be able to conveniently access Bixby and navigate through services and apps with simple voice, touch, vision and text commands,” said the company. For now, the Bixby voice assistant is integrated with Samsung’s native applications including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings. The assistant also has contextual awareness capabilities to offer personalized users help.
Galaxy S8 and S8+ run on Google’s latest OS Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Coming to specs, Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8-inch QuadHD+ (2960×1440) ‘Infinity Display’ with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 570ppi pixel density. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage
On the optics front, the Galaxy S8 sports a 12MP dual-pixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and OIS. There is also a front-facing 8MP autofocus camera with f/1.7 aperture. Some of the connectivity features included are Wi-Fi, NFC, USB Type-C, GPS and Bluetooth 5.0.
The bigger-screen variant, Galaxy S8+ sports a 6.2-inch QuadHD+ (2960×1440) ‘Infinity Display’ with 529ppi pixel density. Powered by the same processor, the Galaxy S8 Plus comes with the same RAM and inbuilt storage. It is backed by a larger 3500mAh battery supporting the same wireless fast-charging technology. The camera specifics also stay similar to that of the Galaxy S8. Furthermore, both Galaxy S8 and S8+ have pressure-sensitive home buttons built right into the phones’ screens.
It is worth adding that the handsets may be powered by the company’s own Exynos 9-series processor in select countries, including India. Besides featuring a fingerprint sensor at the back, the duo also come with iris scanner and facial recognition. The smartphones come with IP68 rating, which makes them water and dust resistant. The duo support microSD card up to 256GB.
Talking about connectivity, the company adds that the new smartphones are among the first in the world that are capable of achieving gigabit LTE speeds. Backed by a 3000mAh battery, the Galaxy S8 also supports wireless fast charging technology.
Both come in five colour variants – Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Maple Gold, Coral Blue and Orchid Gray. The duo are also claimed to be the first ones that come with Mobile HDR Premium certification. Samsung says both the handsets will be available in the US starting April 21. The company is will also be selling Harman/Kardon’s AKG headphones separately for the Galaxy S8 smartphones for $99.
The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ can connect with the new Gear 360, which has been launched at the sidelines, to create 4K 360-degree videos and 15MP photos.
“The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ usher in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smartphone legacy.”