The wait is finally over. After several months of anticipation and a record-breaking number of leaks and rumours, Samsung officially introduced a new flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 and its “big brother” Galaxy S8 Plus. Although most of the information about both devices was already known, it was wonderful to witness everything with own eyes. Galaxy S8 can definitely be called a completely new smartphone for Samsung. The company change the design and realized a few interesting features. Here are the most important of them:
– Samsung got rid of flat displays and fitted both smartphones with curved ones. Plus, they became huge – 5.8 and 6.2 inches respectively. With an interesting height-to-width aspect ratio (18:9), the smartphones are more “stretched” upwards than any other. Also, the displays take up most of the front side and there is no Home button. In fact, all physical buttons became touchscreen;
– Interface. Both S8 and S8 Plus run on Android 7.0 Nougat with the TouchWiz skin. The interface differs from previous Samsung smartphones but is still quite user-friendly.
– Bixby. Recently we talked about the Samsung’s own voice assistant. According to the manufacturer, Bixby brings a totally new way of communication with a smartphone. It adopts the functions of other apps and is able to do them without turning on the said apps. Bixby doesn’t require perfectly worded voice commands because it’s quite smart enough to understand the request even if you’ve said just a part of it.
Speaking of other characteristics, the smartphones aren’t much different. Both are fitted with Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (Snapdragon 835 for the U.S. market), 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage, both have 12MP cameras with Dual Pixel and optical stabilization, both feature fingerprint and retina sensors as well as IP68 water protection. Plus, these are the first smartphones to have brand-new Bluetooth 5.0 standard.
Samsung S8 and S8 Plus hit the markets on April 21.