It has been a week since the Galaxy S8 was released and the smartphone is definitely a hot topic right now. Here is what you should know about it.
First of all, the new Galaxy S8 smartphones come with an updated specifications list. Thanks to the Snapdragon 835 processor, the devices are now even faster in handling demanding tasks. The phones still have 4GB of RAM but even the cheapest version comes with 64GB of internal storage. Of course, there is also support for MicroSD cards. The battery capacity is 3000 mAh for the regular S8 and 3500 mAh for the larger Plus version.
The design has definitely improved with the S8 lineup. The new devices feature a nearly bezel-less design and the metal and glass sandwich is rounded on the corners for easier handling. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back and now sits next to the camera lens. This placement is not the best and, if you don’t have large hands, the scanner can be quite hard to reach. The Galaxy S8 is still IP68 water and dust resistant which is definitely good to see.
The display is still a Super AMOLED panel meaning that we can expect vibrant colours and great contrast from it. The smaller Galaxy S8 packs in a 5,8″ panel and the larger S8 Plus features a 6,2″ inch one (the front glass is curved in all versions). While the displays are quite large, the earlier mentioned minimised bezels allow the phones to be even easier to handle than last year’s Galaxy S7 devices. The displays are also HDR-certified which is quite rare for smartphones these days. Because of the tiny bezels, Samsung had to move the navigation buttons to the screen. However, the company did integrate pressure sensing technology into that lower portion of the panel, along with a haptic feedback module. There is also an improved always on display which displays the virtual home button.
The cameras have also been improved with both the rear 12MP and front 8MP shooters featuring an impressive f/1.7 aperture. This allows for saturated and crisp photos or videos, even in poor lighting conditions.
Samsung has greatly improved the software experience on their flagship devices. The new UI is futuristic and looks really great in pair with the minimalistic design of the hardware. Thanks to the new implementation of the navigation keys, you can also finally swap the back and recents keys to make them work like on stock Android.
There is even more, though. First of all, the Galaxy S8 comes with the Bixby assistant. This is a virtual voice-activated assistant which is capable of understanding the context of commands and lets you navigate through whole apps using just your voice (programs must be developed to support this feature). There is also an iris scanner which can solve the issue of the inconvenient fingerprint scanner placement. Finally, Samsung is selling a separate dock for the devices which enables users to use Samsung DeX – a desktop-like UI powered solely by the phone.