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What you need to know about the Galaxy S8

by | Mar 29, 2017 | Android, Samsung, Smartphones | 0 comments

It looks good.

Like, really good. This year, Samsung didn’t just curve the edges of the screen, they also rounded the corners. The result is a phone that has a pebble-like look and feel, featuring curves that are pleasing to the hand and the eye. And not only is the design gorgeous, but the screen as well. With 2960 x 1440 pixels of “Infinity” Super AMOLED beauty, the S8 is truly a sight to behold.

It’s available in two really big sizes.

There are two variants of the Galaxy S8: the regular S8 and the S8+. The regular S8 has a 5.8” screen, and the S8+ has an even bigger screen at 6.2 inches. By comparison, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have 4.7” and 5.5” screens, respectively. Thanks to Samsung’s bezels being on a diet, though, the screens should be more manageable than they sound; so long as you don’t drop their somewhat slippery glass designs.

It has an iris scanner.

As if a passcode, fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, and swipe pattern aren’t enough ways to get into your phone, Samsung’s latest addition is an iris scanner. Similar to what we saw in the Note 7 (before it started catching fire), the iris scanner requires just a moment to set up and unlocks your phone with a simple glance.

It’s super powerful.

Powered by either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 processor, depending on market, Samsung’s S8 is one powerful phone. It is so fast, in fact, that Samsung is announcing a new feature – called “DeX” – that allows you to plug the S8 into a mouse, keyboard, DeX stand and monitor, and allows your phone to act like a computer. Of course, it isn’t running Windows or anything, but it’s still a cool way to get some screen real estate for working on a document or watching a movie.

It has (another) virtual assistant.

In addition to Google Now and Google Assistant, Samsung has preinstalled its own new voice assistant, named “Bixby,” onto the device. Samsung says that basically anything you can do by touch, Bixby can do for you using voice control. We’ll have to try it out ourselves before we can back up Samsung’s claims. Samsung hasn’t exactly impressed us with its voice control features in the past.

It’s pricey.

Around $750 USD for the S8, and around $850 USD for the S8+ without an installment plan. Prices vary by carrier and nation.

It’s available soon in five colors.

The five colors are Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, and Maple Gold. Pre-orders start on March 30th, and the S8 should be in stores starting April 21st in the US. Color availability may vary by carrier and nation.

What’s your take on Samsung’s latest flagship? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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