That’s right the day is finally here, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have finally launched. You know what that means, no more S8 and S8 Plus rumor stories filling up your news feeds. Samsung is really trying to nail this one — especially after the Note 7 disaster. Like most phones these days, almost everything is leaked before the official announcement. Most of what has been leaked is confirmed, so let’s see what else was mentioned.
Samsung’s new Infinity display is the first to be certified by the UHD Alliance as Mobile HDR Premium. It features slim bezels and has curved edges along with rounded corners on the display. The S8 model is rocking a 5.8-inch screen, while the S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen both in the 18.5:9 format similar to the 18:9 LG G6. They also both use a QHD Super AMOLED display with a 2960 x 1440 resolution screen.
Samsung has finally dropped the physical home button but the software home button will still respond to pressure and act as a button. Both phones are still IP68 water and dust resistant with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, along with a metal frame.
The S8 and S8+ will feature the Snapdragon 835 SoC or Exynos 8895 (depending on region) and will pack 4GB of RAM. This is the most powerful phone Samsung has ever made, and includes a 21% increase in GPU performance. Both come with 64GB of storage and offer a microSD card slot for cards up to 256GB. There is now a USB-C port on the S series unlike last year when Samsung stuck with micro USB. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will come in tow with Android 7.0, as any phone made these days should.
A 3,000 mAh battery powers the S8 while the larger S8+ will have a 3,500 mAh battery inside. Both feature wireless charging and fast wireless charging. Samsung has been assuring us that the batteries have been through an eight point battery safety check. They made sure to put extra emphasis on the fact they have learned from previous mistakes — let’s all hope they have.
The camera is a 12MP shooter on the back with a f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization with dual pixel technology. There’s an 8MP f/1.7 front-facing camera which offers smart auto-focus to make sure all your selfies come out just perfect.
The fingerprint scanner has made a jump to the back with the new S8 and S8+, as well as including an iris scanner, and facial recognition on the front to unlock your phone. This gives you more ways than ever to securely unlock your phone, in the quickest ways possible.
Samsung Pay is here again just like last year, offering one of the best ways to pay. They’ve partnered with over 870 banking institutions worldwide and Samsung Pay has been used for over 240 million transactions. Samsung Health is getting an upgrade; you can now use it to connect with an expert when you need health advice.
Next is Samsung Pass, their new password manager allowing you to sign into your bank or favorite websites using the biometric sensors. To help you manage your smart home, Samsung Connect gives you one place to manage all of your internet of things devices and also works with SmartThings.
Digital assistants are all the rage these days. Companies are looking to get into our homes and become essential, as well as collect data about us. Samsung is looking to get in on the game with their own, starting with the S8 and S8+. Enter Bixby, which promises to help us by predicting what we need. Bixby looks to have a very similar interface to Google Now by serving us information we are interested in.
Of course, there is a voice component as well, by pressing a button on the side you can activate Bixby and give commands. Samsung claimed Bixby is smart enough to know the context and combine it with what is seen on screen. For example, you can ask it to take a screenshot of this and send to a contact.
Samsung has also worked with partners to help you use the camera with Bixby to identify landmarks, search products to buy, translate languages, or search for nearby restaurants.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available starting April 21st and will include a Harmon Kardon tuned pair of AKG headphones. They will be available in five dazzling colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold, Arctic Silver, and Coral Blue.