Samsung Galaxy S8 unveiled: everything you need to know

Smartphones are constantly evolving all the time and if you’re a smartphone maker who is not really pushing the boundaries of technology then you will fall behind your competitors. Everyone can feel the tension between the two biggest smartphone companies in the world Apple and Samsung and you can see that with the new phones released every year in the hope that they are in the lead.
Samsung this year have created something phenomenal the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus. They have really push the boundaries of technology and created something great with a new infinity screen, better ergonomics and all round better phone that can do many things and we will discuss them in this article.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus

The S8 looks amazing and one new thing you can notice is that the screen really goes as far up and down as it possibly can with the buttons removed at the bottom. The buttons are bow built into the screen and the new infinity screen really is sharp. The bezel around the side has been removed so all you see is pure content and no bezel. It’s the biggest, most immersive screen on a mobile device of this size. And it’s easy and comfortable to hold in one hand.
“The Infinity Display has an incredible end-to-end screen that spills over the phone’s sides, forming a completely smooth, continuous surface with no bumps or angles. It’s pure, pristine, uninterrupted glass. And it takes up the entire front of the phone, flowing seamlessly into the aluminium shell. The result is a beautifully curved, perfectly symmetrical, singular object.” Samsung
With the new bigger screen it means split screen is a lot better and you can increase the size of the screen you want more off so multitasking is a lot easier.

Camera

The new S8 features a new front camera that has smart Auto Focus that tracks faces, so whether you use your arm or a selfie stick, everyone in the shot will be in focus. Enhanced multi-frame image processing keeps all the selfies crisp and clear. The camera works well day and night so you never have to worry about where you are when taking a picture. The rear camera is 12mp and has a bright F1.7 lens and large 1.4µm pixels bring in more light when there’s not enough around. It also has the ability to shoot 4k videos.
You can even capture fat moving objects, the S8 focuses as swiftly as your eyes do using its Dual Pixel sensor, bright lens, and wide aperture, delivering photos that are crisp and sharp. It uses enhanced image processing, taking multiple shots and combining them into one high-quality photo. There are also different focus modes that focus on the foreground, background, or both giving you a really great picture.

Privacy

Samsung have really stepped up security on the S8 and there is iris scanning for tight security, face recognition for unlocking your phone right away, and defence-grade security. Samsung say “The patterns in your irises are unique to you and are virtually impossible to replicate, meaning iris authentication is one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked and the contents private.”

There are 3 ways to unlock your new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus: –

Iris scanning: – Hold up your Galaxy S8 or S8+ and align your eyes with the twin circles on-screen to scan your irises. Your phone is unlocked with a look.

Face Scanning: – Raise your phone as if taking a selfie to use face recognition. It’s a fast and effortless way to unlock your Galaxy S8 or S8+.

Fingerprint scanner: – As you pick up your Galaxy S8 or S8+, your finger goes naturally to the fingerprint sensor on the back and it’s unlocked in one seamless move. You don’t even have to wake up the phone first.

You can even secure your files which was needed for a long time and we are glad Samsung have built this in. If you have files and apps that need to be kept truly private, keep them in the Secure Folder. Once there, they can only be accessed by you. And Samsung’s defence-grade Knox system will make sure it stays that way. For ultimate privacy, you also have the option to make the Secure Folder visible to only yourself.

Performance

The speed of smartphones is ever more important as technology advances and with this new s8 you can bet it’s quick. Downloads, charging, and switching from app to app are all accomplished at incredibly fast speeds thanks to the most advanced 10nm processor. The new Galaxy S8 and S8+ are waterproof and meant to take spills, splashes, and dunks, you can keep going even in the rain or in the shower. Wi-Fi on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ supports 1024-QAM, meaning you get up to 20% faster download speeds compared to the previous model. You also get a longer battery life.

Music is crips and clear on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, they feature high-quality 32-bit PCM and DSD64/128 playback support. The included new earphones not only offer premium sound by AKG, they fit better and your ears stay comfortable.

There is expandable memory with the new S8 and S8 plus and you get expandable memory up to 256GB. As you can also see the sim tray takes the memory card and the sim tray is at the top of the phone due to the phones design.

Battery life and charging

You’re able to use your Galaxy S8 or S8+ for longer with each charge because the better-performing processor means a more efficient use of battery life. With wireless charging and fast charging capabilities, charging the battery is also easy and convenient. Fast charging means even when your battery is down you can get it back up within minutes. There is also wireless charging that props up if you want to watch something on your phone.

Meet Bixby. You can use voice, text, or touch to say what you need and it understands all three. When you want to know about an item or object, open the camera and Bixby will search it for you. It will provide you with all the information for that product like name, cost, where you can get it and much more.  It’s integrated into every aspect of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, so it’s able to handle the tasks you normally do on your phone and it’s constantly learning your ways so it can get better and better.

You can also get something called gear 360 that record you life in 360 degrees. You can capture all your important moments in 360 degrees so later on you can see the whole moment you captured. You can also Live stream the moment as it happens by using Gear 360 and pairing it with your Galaxy S8 or S8+.

Samsung DeX connects your Galaxy S8 or S8+ to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse for a desktop experience. You can use your smartphone as a PC and it works very well, it’s quick and runs just like any other desktop software.

Price and Release Date

Galaxy S8 when measured diagonally, the screen size is 5.8″ in the full rectangle and 5.6″ with accounting for the rounded corners.

Galaxy S8+ when measured diagonally, the screen size is 6.2″ in the full rectangle and 6.1″ with accounting for the rounded corners.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 cost £689 and comes in two colours midnight black and orchid grey.

Dimensions: 148.9 x 68 x 8mm
Screen size
: 5.8 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 (QHD+)
Processor: Exynos 8895
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 3,000mAh

The Samsung Galaxy S8 plus costs £779 and comes in two colours midnight black and orchid grey.

Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm 
Screen size
: 6.2 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels (QHD+)
Processor: Exynos 8895
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 3,500mAh

RELEASE DATE: 28th April 2017. Preorder now.

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