Could the Samsung Galaxy S8 be the biggest smartphone of 2017? Well After Samsung’s recent press conference announcing it that could turn out to be true. It has some very interesting new features as well as some that are a bit questionable.
So, we could go over the most significant stuff that you guys might want to know about.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
First of all, Samsung actually announced two versions of their new flagship the S8 and the S8 plus totally didn’t copy that from Apple but it’s pretty much the same last year they had the S7 and S7 edge.
So, as you’d expect the S8 plus is physically larger and has some slightly better specs but for the most part they’re almost the same.
Probably the biggest feature on the whole phone is the screen which they’re calling the infinity display and like the previous edge phones it kind of wraps the screen around all the way to the edges so there’s basically no side bezel at all.
The top and bottom bezels are tiny as well meaning that almost the entire front of the phone is just screen.
Both screens have a resolution of 1440 x 2960 so it’s a bit wider aspect ratio. With the S8 being a 5.8 display and the S8 Plus at 6.2 inches those screen sizes sound huge and they are for phones but the actual body of the phone are just a couple millimeters wider and taller than previous S7 models.
So, the screens are way bigger but hopefully shouldn’t be a problem to hold. Then again, it’s still being difficult to reach the top of the screen with one hand because the screen is a lot taller.
Invisible Home Button
The other really cool thing about the screen is that they have an invisible home button which is embedded right below the bottom of the screen. So, they didn’t have to put it in the bezel itself and by the way they presented it, it doesn’t seem to just be a software button but it seems like there’s actually some hardware for it so could be really cool to see how this works in reality if there’s some haptic feedback I think it’s pretty excited.
The other major difference between the two models is the battery the S8 has a 3000mAh battery while the S8 Plus has 3,500.
Now these aren’t amazing but they’re pretty good especially considering that both phone have the new Snapdragon 835 processor which is supposedly much more energy efficient than previous processors.
Multi Frame Processing
One of the other neat features was the cameras multi-frame processing.
Now with this when you go to take a picture it actually takes multiple frames instead of one then it chooses the sharpest and best one of them and it uses the image data from the others to reduce motion blur improve low-light quality and just make the picture look better overall.
Also, just looking at the paper specs for the camera are pretty good. Both phones have a 12-megapixel main camera and 8-megapixel front camera. So, it definitely seems like they’re going for better image quality over just the pure number of megapixels because the less megapixels the bigger you can make those pixels’ better image quality because they can take in more light.
Another small but important feature is Bluetooth 5.0. They didn’t really talk about this in the press conference but it is listed in the specs.
This is one of the first phones to have it even though there aren’t really many actual things that use it but for those that do it can improve Bluetooth range by up to like four times and potentially double the speed so that’s pretty cool.
There are also some different security options for logging into the phone. You can use a fingerprint or password obviously but they’ll also allow for facial recognition and iris scanning.
As for the fingerprint scanner, it’s really located in a stupid spot. Now the iris and facial scanning are interesting but it could be very easily defeated maybe with like a picture or video of yourself I don’t know probably not secure at all.
The final big feature they talked about was the Bixby Assistant.
Yes, another AI assistant as if we did not have enough of those and for the most part to be honest this one seems kind of generic but it does claim to have a couple features that would be cool assuming they work as well as they say.
For example, it can apparently recognize things you point the camera at such as location or an object. if you point the camera at a famous landmark or something it can provide info on it and if you pointed at something you want to buy it will search their retail partners to see if it’s on sale.
Though interestingly they did put a dedicated Bixby button on the side of the phone so it really looks like they want to push this as something you use a lot I guess.
Most of the other features weren’t really new or exciting in my opinion I mean it has water resistant ip68 and wireless charging which are both great but that’s to be expected at this point and it does have 64 gigabytes of memory with expandable storage 4GB of RAM again those are good but anything less would have just been disappointing.
Also, it ships with Android 7.0 which definitely is disappointing not sure why they wouldn’t ship it with the latest 7.1 kind of a dumb move if you ask me.
The Unlocked version of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is priced at $720 and $840 respectively.