One of the most anticipated premieres is already happening. After months of rumors and speculation, the new flagship of Samsung will soon be in our hands. And we expect this with great interest, as from the Samsung repeatedly promised something very important – devices that launching a new era in the world of smartphones.
Starting from the design without corners, go through the idea that the phone is at the center of our experiences, to get to what they will be and the control center of our smart environment. CEO of Samsung, emphasized that everything they do is in order to show that mobile devices can be more than just a phones.
Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone was launched in March 2017. The phone comes with a 5.80-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2960 pixels at a PPI of 570 pixels per inch.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S8 packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery. It measures 148.90 x 68.10 x 8.00 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 155.00 grams.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a single SIM (GSM) . Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
Release date March 2017
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 148.90 x 68.10 x 8.00
Weight (g) 155.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
SAR value NA
Screen size (inches) 5.80
Resolution 1440×2960 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 570
Processor 1.9GHz octa-core
Processor make Samsung Exynos 8895
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to 256 GB
Rear camera 12-megapixel
Front camera 8-megapixel
SOFTWARE Operating System Android 7.0
Wi-Fi standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
USB OTG No
Number of SIM’s 1
SIM Type GSM/CDMA GSM
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Temperature sensor No
The 8 most important features of Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 phone
The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch display crammed into what feels like a normal-sized phone, with a barely-there bezel. That alone is a feat of engineering, but the phone is also a thing of beauty to look at. It has a clean, unbranded face; a bright, fluid-looking display; and a mirror-like glass back. So far, the one bad thing we’ve noted about the display is its bizarre aspect ratio, which might result in pillarboxed 16:9 videos. Otherwise, Samsung has pulled off an optical magic trick. By the way, if you still want an actual phablet: there’s a version with a 6.2-inch display, too.
Okay, Samsung isn’t calling it “Force Touch”; that’s Apple’s jam. But this new Galaxy S8 phone does incorporate a similar mechanism into the bottom half of it, which means that when you press on the (now entirely virtual) home button, it gives haptic feedback in response. Also! This phone doesn’t have a physical home button. It does have a fingerprint scanner, as well as face-scanning capabilities, which I’ll get to. The fingerprint scanner is now on the back of the phone, right next to the camera lens. It’s too soon to tell whether this placement is ill-advised.
BETTER SELFIE CAMERA
Samsung was uncharacteristically… subdued when it came to the Galaxy S8’s photo-snapping capabilities, but that might be because the biggest change was made to the front-facing camera, not the rear camera. The selfie camera now captures 8-megapixel photos with an f/1.7 lens, and also has autofocus capabilities. In our brief tests of the front-facing camera, autofocus worked wel
l and fast. Selfie lovers, you are welcome.
FAST FACE SCANNING
Authentication through facial recognition has been a feature on Android phones and laptops for years now, but this is the first implementation made by Samsung itself. And, according to The Verge’s Dieter Bohn, who tested it during his brief hands-on with the S8: it’s fast. (So blink-of-an-eye quick, in fact, that he had to do multiple takes to try to show it on video.) The obvious upside: considering that the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back, this kind of face-scanning tech could easily become the default mechanism for unlocking your phone. The downside: in the age of eroding privacy regulations and random airport searches, do you really want your phone to unlock that easily
It’s 2017, and Samsung has finally introduced its own virtual assistant: Bixby. Samsung is positioning it as a virtual assistant that’s largely focused on helping you get stuff done on the phone itself: you can set reminders, search through photo galleries, and cast your phone screen to your Wi-Fi-connected TV, all by pressing a dedicated Bixby button and talking to it. It’s also able to identify physical objects out in the wild (well, some of them at least). Less clear is how helpful Bixby will be at pulling in information from the web. The big question, then, is whether Bixby will simply play nice with the Google Assistant that’s already running on Android phones, or whether this is going to turn into a death match at the expense of your access to helpful information.
Using only your phone to power an entire desktop experience has long been the dream of business people who at some point in their lives had to carry big boxy ThinkPads around, but most attempts at that so far have been iffy. That’s where Samsung’s DeX comes in, short for “Desktop Experience.” DeX is a plastic bowl-like stand with a USB-C prong, a couple of ports, and a fan. It supports the Galaxy S8 and effectively gives you a PC-like mobile desktop on a display. Some apps are even optimized for the experience; although, the only browser it runs right now is Samsung’s own “Internet” browser. Is this the Road Warrior dream finally realized? We’ll see, but at first glance, it looked cool.
3.5 MM HEADPHONE JACK
I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that the lack of 3.5 mm headphone jack is still one of the only reasons I haven’t upgraded to another phone. So I appreciate that a manufacturer like Samsung can try to move the needle forward in all kinds of ways (No more bezels! Face scanning! Bye, home button!), and yet still keep that little hole in the bottom of its phone. Okay, arguably, the fact that the phone supports Bluetooth 5 is more notable. But in my humble opinion, the 3.5 mm headphone jack is still one of the most welcome features of the Galaxy S8. Well, that and…
A NON-EXPLODING BATTERY
It’s the elephant in the room: can Samsung recover from the Note 7? Samsung says it has learned from its fiery phone saga, and that it has implemented an eight-step battery-check process. And for what it’s worth, the S8 it appears to have taken a more conservative approach, based on milliamps alone. This is another one of those things we can’t fully assess until we’ve used the phone for a good period of time, but if it just performs like it’s supposed to and doesn’t burst into flames, then it’s a win for Samsung. And if it doesn’t? Nothing short of catastrophic for the company.