Samsung introduced two new smartphones this week: the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 +. The main asset of the new model is obviously its screen, called Infinity, which occupies practically all the space of the front with a wider format than the traditional 16: 9.
The biggest revolution of the Galaxy S8 is visible to the naked eye. Its design has been completely reworked, for an even finer finish. Exit the home button: the AMOLED curved screen of the smartphone is now edge-to-edge, totaling 83% of the front panel. Samsung calls it the Infinite Display which offers unrivaled image quality. If the screen is bigger than ever (5.8 inches for S8, 6.2 inches for the S8 Plus), this new design makes it possible to keep dimensions reasonable. Navigation is done via virtual buttons and the fingerprint reader is moved to the back of the camera, next to the photo module.
This is the big novelty of the Galaxy S8! A new virtual assistant is born. Named Bixby, it is accessible directly via a dedicated button on the edge of the smartphone. Bixby is able to understand the voice commands while analyzing what happens on the screen. He can also describe a monument on the street or indicate where it is possible to buy an object. Self-learning, it will be able to adapt to your needs.
In addition, the fingerprint reader present on high-end smartphones is sometimes debated. Some people praise its ease of use and safety when others are reluctant to provide such information to a private company. The Galaxy S8 will not reconcile the clans. Samsung has, in fact, decided to go even further in the all safe. To the fingerprint reader is now added the iris scanner, already present on the Galaxy Note 7, and facial recognition. So now it is enough to look at his smartphone so that it will unblock instantly.
Improved Data Sheet
Every year, the technical characteristics of smartphones are improving. First: the processor. The Galaxy S8 is equipped with a new generation chip, whether it’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895. It boasts 64 GB of storable storage via microSD and 4 GB of RAM. The Samsung flagship back camera remains the same as the Galaxy S7 (12MP, f / 1.7 aperture), already one of the best on the market, especially in low light. The frontal module gains 3MP to reach 8 megapixels, allowing even better selfies. As for the price, the Galaxy S8 will be sold at a price of 809 euros (about Rs 34,000) and the S8 Plus at 909 euros (about Rs 38,000).
The Samsung DeX is a new accessory offered by the Korean firm. It allows to transform the Galaxy S8 into PC under Android. And in a very simple and very fluid way. It comes as a stand with power, two USB jacks and an Ethernet jack. Then you just connect to a screen, keyboard and mouse to enjoy the same possibilities as a computer.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus release in Canada on April 21.
The S8 is currently available for pre-order at $1,035, and the S8 Plus at $1,115. Both models are available in midnight black or orchid gray.