Published on March 29th, 2017 | by Yasser Masood1
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ is here
We’ve always seen that Samsung has used the annual Mobile World Congress event to unveil their next generation of their flagship Galaxy line of smartphones. This year, it broke away from the trend by hosting it’s own event in New York City at a later date. For those who have impatiently waited, Samsung has officially unveiled the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ (looks like the Edge moniker for the bigger variant has been replaced with +).
What has changed?
One quick look at the phone and you’re bound to notice that the body looks bigger with some missing features – no tactile Home button, no fingerprint sensor in the front, much bigger screen area with less bezels, and more.
The fingerprint sensor now sits behind the back adjacent to the camera lens, and the front bar is a now pressure-sensitive Home button. There’s no inconspicuous camera bump as it’s now a completely flush design with the Galaxy S8’s body. USB Type-C is looking to be the new port standard, as the microUSB port from previous models is nowhere in sight.
Taking a page from their Galaxy Note family, the S8 and S8+ now comes with iris scan and facial recognition. In addition to fingerprint, pattern, PIN, and password security features, users now have a total of 6 options to secure their phone. It’ll be good to see which ones you can layer in sequence (e.g. fingerprint/PIN/password with Iris scan).
The heart of the phone is the SoC that crunches all the work between the different hardware units and meshes with the software. Samsung has unveiled a new first for smartphones – a 10nm fabrication SoC which not only yields better performance but also better power efficiency which results in better battery life. This could almost be equivalent to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC that will be coming to many smartphones this year. The phone will also support Gigabit LTE and WiFi, and we can anticipate how fast the wireless connectivity can
What has stayed from previous models?
The phone still comes with a built-in internal storage, which can be expanded as needed up-to 256GB. It’s the very same slot that can take either dual nanoSIMs or one with a microSD card and nanoSIM combo. Just like its predecessor, the S8 line is fully IP68 compliant for dust and water protection. Let’s not forget that wireless charging is present along with fast charging for those quick charging moments.
The camera sensor for both the front and rear facing cameras looks unchanged. There’s no doubt that the camera is great from the previous model, so the improvements would most likely be in the DSP and image processing of the new SoC.
One more thing… you can use your standard headphones with it as the headphone jack is here to stay.
An AI assistant and desktop in your pocket
With the new Galaxy S8, Samsung has entered the personal AI assistant realm with the launch of Bixby. It’s becoming quite a competitive field, as other rivals have had a head-start with years of research and experience. Though there is no word on whether Bixby will be supported on previous Galaxy smartphones, it’s clear that it’ll come ready out of the box with the S8 and S8+.
People would have wanted to carry their computers in their pockets, rather than sling a bag with something as big as a laptop. We’ve seen this happen with Microsoft but it’s had minimal uptake. Could Samsung disrupt it and buck the trend of a computer in your pocket? Samsung looks to take on the challenge with DeX Station – just add keyboard, mouse, and display and bring your Galaxy S8 or S8+. The station comes with Ethernet, HDMI, USB, and USB Type-C ports.
Pricing and release dates haven’t been announced, but we can predict that pre-orders for the Middle East may come sooner than expected.