The South Korean technology giant Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones — and a a number of noteworthy accessories — at a special press event called “Unpacked” at New York City’s Lincoln Center earlier today.
Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone sports a dual edge-style 5.8-inch screen panel dubbed as infinity display with super slim top and bottom bezels. It’s a combination of beauty from the outside and the beast inside. The design combination of glass, metal, and an absolutely huge screen display in a body that’s much lighter and smaller than you might expect.
With all that being said, the all-screen form-factor design means the absence of physical home button and fingerprint sensor moves to the rear panel. It will be the first smartphone with Samsung’s new Bixby AI virtual assistant and the first with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system on chip processor. Iris scanning and facial recognition has been equipped too. The 12-megapixel rear-facing main camera sensor, water-resistant body, wireless charging and a headphone jack has been retained.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ screen covers almost the entire front of the device, but we haven’t experience any accidental taps of the touchscreen display simply by holding the smartphone – there are obviously some smarts coded into the smartphone to stop it from happening. It is also the first time for the Galaxy S models to ditch the Samsung logo on the upper front panel.
Form-Factor and Design
Samsung ditches the home button on the Galaxy S8 for good – there’s nothing visible on the front-end of the smartphone any more, expect from the massive display, earpiece that doubles as stereo speaker, camera, and a couple of sensors. There is an invisible pressure-sensitive button situated at the bottom of the display, in a similar vein to that on the iPhone 7’s 3D Touch where you can press where the home key would have been and you’ll get a pleasant vibration.
The fingerprint scanner is now placed on the back of the device, right next to the main dual-pixel camera sensor, and it’s a bit too high up for our index finger. That being said, we’re more inclined to use the facial recognition or even the more secured iris scanner to unlock the smartphone.
As for other physical buttons, on the right you’ll find the power button, the volume rocker and Bixby buttons on the left.
The smartphone is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB worth of RAM in the United States market, and the Exynos 8895 doing the work throughout the rest of the globe.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is running on top of Android Nougat mobile operation system, with the latest version of the OS offering things like Google Assistant to the user, as well as improved battery management.
The Samsung hasn’t really upgraded the Galaxy S8 camera sensors as compared to the Galaxy S7, which will be a bit of a disappointment for some Android fans.
Instead, Samsung improved the camera of the Galaxy S8 with some internal tweaks that mean you’re getting a better photographs thanks to enhanced software.
The 12-megapixel camera sensor on the back panel of the deivce is still one of the best in the market, offering speedy snaps and great performance in low light conditions. This year, the South Korea-based tech firm has added in something called multi-frame image, which can takes three snaps and finds the best one, so the quality should be improved in terms of what interested buyers looking at.
The selfie shooter has been boosted to 8-megapixel from 5MP, and there’s also a fun new effects and filters as well as stickers which you can use to give yourself a range of augmented reality makeovers to entertain your colleagues.
Galaxy S8 Release Date
There are two variants of the Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the smaller model Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8-inch display and its larger sibling Galaxy S8 Plus measures 6.2-inch. Both cellular devices are available for pre-order beginning on March 30th and will start shipping in the United States on April 21st. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S8 release date will be on April 21st. As for pricing, as always with Samsung, is up to the wireless carriers — but you can expect them to offer a premium price. The suggested retail price word is that the base model standard Galaxy S8 will start at $720.