Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, its flagship smartphone for 2017 and its first major smartphone launch after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco last year. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ had already leaked numerous times over the last one month or so and Samsung did not really have any surprises up its sleeve at the launch event of the device.
In terms of design, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ share the same design language as the Galaxy S7 from the rear. This means that we are looking at an aluminium chassis sandwiched between glass panels at the front and rear. The front of the handset is entirely dominated by the bezel-less Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display featuring an 18.5:9 aspect ratio that is curved on its edges. Like the Galaxy S7 before it, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature an IP68 rating making them dust and water-resistant in up to 1.5 m of fresh water for 30 mins.
The highlight of the Galaxy S8 (and S8+) is its bezel-less Infinity Display at the front. The Galaxy S8, for example, despite coming with a 5.8-inch display is smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus featuring a 5.5-inch display.
The full specs of Galaxy S8 can be found below:
- 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155g
- 5.8-inch QHD+ (2960 × 1440) Super AMOLED display, Always On Display
- Exynos 8895 @ 2.4 GHz/Snapdragon 835 (US only).
- 4GB RAM, 64GB UFS 2.1 storage, microSD card slot.
- 12MP f/1.7 aperture rear shooter with OIS, Dual Pixel, and 1.4 um large pixels, CRI LED flash.
- 8MP f/1.7 selfie shooter with Autofocus.
- Iris scanner, heart rate scanner, Fingerprint scanner (located at rear).
- IR blaster, LTE Cat.16, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, USB-C.
- 3000mAh battery, Fast charge support.
- Samsung Pay.
- Android 7.1 Nougat.
The Galaxy S8+ packs largely the same specs as the Galaxy S8 with only some minor changes.
- 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g.
- 6.2-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440).
- 3500mAh battery.
Other specs of the Galaxy S8+ remain the same as the Galaxy S8.
The handset also comes with some impressive software features, with Bixby– Samsung’s AI assistant– being the key highlight. Similar to other virtual assistants out there, Bixby will keep you up to date with content like weather, reminders, alarms. Dubbed Hello Bixby, this page will act as a home screen of the assistant. In addition, there is also Bixby Vision that lets you quickly scan an object and search for its reviews and price online. This feature is baked into the camera app of the handset, which can now be opened by double pressing the power button.
The voice aspect of Bixby can be triggered by saying “Bixby” or through the dedicated hardware button on the device. Bixby can also be used to control many of the system settings on the Galaxy S8.
And, finally, Samsung will also be launching a dock-like accessory for the Galaxy S8 called Samsung DeX a.k.a Desktop Experience Station. After docking the phone into the station, users will be able to hook the device to a TV through the HDMI port to convert it into a full blown PC. The dock will charge the phone wirelessly and feature two full-sized USB 2.0 ports and an ethernet port. To ensure there are no overheating issues, the dock comes with an integrated cooling fan and a power supply of its own.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be available beginning April 21. Each model comes with a “top-of-the-line” pair of AKG headphones.