Everything You Should Know About The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

After numerous leaks and rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have finally been unveiled. The South Korean tech giant unveiled these flagship models with the aim of taking on other Android devices in the market as well as the iPhone 7.

Once you take a look at the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus you will see that they are single handily the best Samsung has ever produced even though they are an iterative evolution of the Samsung Galaxy S7. The smartphone has a refined look to it while packing in top notch hardware. And it comes in a variety of colors too.

The best hardware feature of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is their almost no bezel which when combined with the curved edges gives it an all display feel. As there is no other competitor in the market offering this feature, so Samsung does have an edge.

Coming to specifications of the individual smartphones the Samsung Galaxy S8 runs on Android 7 Nougat and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor. The smartphone has a 5.8-inch 18:9 Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Display. It comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory that is expandable. The rear camera is 12 MP, and the front camera is 8 MP. It sports a 3,000 mAh battery, and the connectivity options are Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0; NFC and USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible). It is available in black carbon, arctic silver, and orchid color.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has almost the same features with the difference lying in 6.2-inch 18:9 Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Display and 3,500 mAh battery.

Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

Samsung has introduced some new features in the flagship models that are worth mentioning. The first one being Bixby. Bixby is Samsung Voice Assistant quite similar to Google Assistant of Siri. Bixby has a greater control on your device that will let you operate your device hands-free. Bixby can be summoned by pressing a button on the side of the drive or simply by saying Bixby to the phone.

Another new feature is Samsung DeX. This will let you use your smartphone as a computer by inserting it in a dock. The dock then enables the S8 with full sized ports for a keyboard/mouse, and even an HDMI port to connect to a full-sized display.

Samsung DeX | Credit: Samsung

Another new feature in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is the iris and facial recognition. This will help in securing your phone with the unique pattern of your eye or face providing great security.

The new dual audio feature in the devices will help you pair up with two Bluetooth devices at a time, and the separately control their values too.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus come with higher battery retention too. Samsung said that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will have higher battery retention and that the batteries will degrade slower than the previous models.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be available in US stores on April 21st at AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Sprint, Straight Talk Wireless, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. They will be available on preorder from 12:01 EDT on March 30th for those looking to get it before anyone else.

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New Leaks Show That Galaxy S8 May Come With Face Detection and Ultra Slow-Motion

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are set to be officially launched in just a few days, and as the launch dates draw close, the leaks and rumors increase. A recent leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will feature facial recognition and that the smartphone’s camera will support ultra slow motion videos.

Also, an official poster leak shows Glossy Black Variant of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The leaked Galaxy S8+ benchmarks were also spotted showing performance ratings of both the Snapdragon 835 chipset and the Exynos 8895-equipped Galaxy S8+.

A report by Bloom berg indicates the security in the Samsung Galaxy S8 will include facial recognition in addition to iris scanner and fingerprint scanner. These security features will be very helpful with Samsung Pay and keep online transactions safe. The report states that “iris and facial detection capabilities complement each other: phones can rely on iris detection when there’s not enough ambient light to recognize facial features. But the smartphone unlocks faster and with more accuracy when it comes to recognizing faces.”

Another report by Naver shows that the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be able to shoot video at 1000fps i.e. ultra slo-mo, something Sony was able to achieve with its IMX400 sensor for the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. It is probable that Samsung will integrate its technology to achieve that kind of slo-mo, and like Sony’s fix, use adds additional DRAM to store those images before the ISP can take it all in.

Credit: Woibo

Additionally, pictures of Samsung Galaxy S8 in a Glossy Black variant have been leaked too. Lastly but most importantly benchmarks of Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus have been leaked as well. The US variant with the Snapdragon 835 chipset had managed to score 1929 and 6084 in Single-core and multi-core tests, whereas the Exynos 8895-variant scored 1978 and 6375 respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be launched at the company’s Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event on March 29 in New York; it will start at 11 am EDT (9:30 pm IST).

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