We can finally put the rumours to rest as the Samsung S8 has been officially revealed.
There are two versions of the S8: the standard Galaxy S8 with a 5.8-inch screen and the larger S8 Plus with a 6.2-inch screen. Both are available for pre-order on March 30th and will start shipping on April 21st. Pricing, as always with Samsung, is up to the carriers — but you can expect them to command a premium price. Rumour has it that it will start at £580.
The most important feature of any smartphone (past and present) is the screen, and boy the S8 doesn’t disappoint. On the standard S8, it fills 99% of the front of the phone. It also has the Samsung signature curve around the left and right, or otherwise known as an “Infinity Display”, which gives it the look of not having any bezels at all and adds some elegance and screen durability.
Extending the screen to near the bottom of the phone means that there’s no room for Samsung’s traditional hardware home button. Instead, it uses software buttons like other Android phones. It also uses some haptic feedback like Apple’s iPhones to create a virtual feeling of pressing a home button.
The standard S8 has a 570ppi 5.8-inch screen, with a resolution of 2960 x 1440. The S8 Plus has the exact same resolution on its 6.2-inch screen, which works out to 529ppi. It is also the first smartphone to officially be classed as HDR from the UHD alliance, which means your blacks will be blacker and your colours will be sharper.
Getting rid of the home button also means that Samsung had to move the fingerprint sensor. It’s on the back now, inconveniently next to the camera, which means it’ll be too high up on the phone to reach comfortably, not to mention the fingerprint marks you’ll be making on your camera.
Most of you will be pleased to know that the 3.5mm headphone jack remains (woo!) and is located on the bottom of the phone alongside the USB-C port which will be used to charge the device. Alongside the standard power and volume buttons, you’ll find a brand new button dedicated to Samsung’s big new software, Bixby. For Samsung to invest time in dedicating a whole button to their new intelligent assistant, it means that they’re committed to making it the best IA out there.
The S8/S8+ also houses a microSD card slot which allows up to 256GB of external storage, which you’ll most likely need with all the 4K content you’ll be downloading to this powerhouse smartphone. There are many sizes and speeds to sort through when it comes to choosing a Samsung S8 microSD memory card, it all depends on what you use it for!
The Samsung S8, as you’d expect, has the best specs currently available on an Android powered phone. Depending where you are in the world, as predicted, you’ll either get Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 835 or Samsung’s own, Exynos. On top of this, they’re built on a 10 nanometre chip, which, in theory, should help with reducing battery drainage.
I haven’t even gotten to the best bit yet… The Samsun DeX Dock. Want to use your Galaxy S8 as a desktop computer? The DeX Dock, which lets you add a mouse, keyboard and monitor to the phone, can make that happen. A handful of Android apps will be optimized for this desktop view, including the default internet browser (but not Google’s Chrome browser), Microsoft Office and some Adobe applications. That means you can run multiple apps at once and grab the corner of each window to resize the apps, just as one would on a PC. Apps that are not DeX optimized will open in a phone-shaped window.
It also has a myriad of other features, such a facial and iris recognition, wireless charging, high processing power to support mobile VR, a new rival “Apple Home” like app called Samsung Connect, and an 8MP front facing camera
The phone is available for Preorder now, will the phone live up to it’s hype? After the failure that was the Note7 last year… Let’s hope so!