Finally, after numerous leaks and rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ have been officially announced. Both the devices differentiate in screen size and battery capacities, that is, 5.8-inches and 6.2-inches with extra-tall 18.5:9 aspect ratio displays. That battery difference is pretty marginal: 3500mAh for the Galaxy S8+ and 3000mAh for the standard Galaxy S8.
Both Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ come with – Infinity Display, Bixby, Iris Scanner, Wireless Charging+ have a Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) curved Super AMOLED pressure sensitive display. They both are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 depending on the region, comes with 4GB RAM & 64GB onboard storage with micoSD card expansion. Both the device runs on Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with TouchWiz UI out of the box.
DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics said,
“The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ usher in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world”. “The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smartphone legacy.”
The displays have a new 18.5:9 aspect ratio with a QHD+ resolution, meaning they’re extra tall while staying relatively narrow. Samsung has also moved to on-screen buttons and reduced bezel size dramatically in order to fit as much screen into the body as possible. Hence the fingerprint scanner is shifted next to the camera lens. Iris scanning makes its return in a new-and-improved version from the Note 7 to hopefully pick up the slack.
Bixby: A New Way to Interact with Your Phone
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ aim to overcome this challenge with Bixby, Samsung’s new intelligent interface that makes interacting with one’s device, services and apps more instinctive and seamless.
Bixby was created to provide a more personalized experience to enhance the way people interact with their phones and the world around them. Bixby is not an ordinary voice assistant, but rather an intuitive and comprehensive interface that leverages contextual awareness to learn users’ habits and respond accordingly. Bixby offers four main features: Voice, Vision, Reminder and Home.
Also Read: Samsung officially Announces Bixby
Beyond the Phone Experiences
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ offer a robust portfolio of products and services, elevating the both devices experience for premiere mobile productivity and connectivity.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ unlock the new Gear VR with Controller, powered by Oculus. Enabling convenient one-handed control and navigation, the controller provides better motion interaction when accessing interactive VR content. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will also connect to the new Gear 360 to create 4K 360-degree videos and 15MP photos.
Leveraging the processing power of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ for enhanced productivity, Samsung DeX is a unique solution that transforms your smartphone into a desktop by providing a secure desktop-like experience. With Samsung DeX, users can easily display and edit data from their phone, making working from a smartphone faster and smarter.
In addition, as more IoT devices enter the market and the connected network becomes more complex, Samsung Connect simplifies smart device management. With Samsung Connect, users can easily activate IoT-enabled devices through a quick three-step configuration process and manage all connected devices through one integrated app.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ also come with the enhanced Samsung Health service, expanding one of Samsung’s most widely used services with 60 million monthly active users and 11 million daily active users worldwide. Samsung Health includes telehealth (U.S.-only), personal coaching, social capabilities that redefine traditional health and fitness.
Users can leave their physical wallet behind with Samsung Pay, turning their Galaxy S8 and S8+ into a digital wallet they can use almost anywhere they’d use a credit or debit card. With more than 870 worldwide banking partnerships, Samsung Pay has processed more than 240 million transactions to date.
New high-performance earphones tuned by AKG by Harman, offering uncompromised audio for unbeatable sound quality, will come as an in-box accessory. These earphones will have a comfortable hybrid canal fit for better noise cancellation and will be made from the anti-tangle metal-fabric material.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Colors & Availability
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available starting on April 21, both the phones will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow, March 30th. It will be available in a rich color palette including Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. The Galaxy S8 is priced at $750 (Rs. 48,660) and the Galaxy S8+ costs $850 (Rs. 55,140). It also comes with earphones tuned by AKG by Harman in the box, which will be available separately for $99.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus Specifications
|Parameters||Samsung Galaxy S8||Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus|
|Display||5.8-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) curved Super AMOLED pressure sensitive display at 570ppi||6.2-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) curved Super AMOLED pressure sensitive display at 529ppi|
|Camera||Rear – 12MP Dual Pixel camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture|
Front- 8MP, f/1.7 aperture
|Rear – 12MP Dual Pixel camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture|
Front- 8MP, f/1.7 aperture
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895|
|CPU||Octa-Core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad)||Octa-Core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad)|
|GPU||Adreno 540 / Mali-G71 MP20||Adreno 540 / Mali-G71 MP20|
|RAM||4 GB LPDDR4||4 GB LPDDR4|
|Storage||64 GB, expandable memory via microSD up to 256GB||64 GB, expandable memory via microSD up to 256GB|
|Features||Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner, Barometer, IP68 ratings water and dust resistance, 4G VoLTE, NFC, Samsung Pay||Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner, Barometer, IP68 ratings water and dust resistance, 4G VoLTE, NFC, Samsung Pay|
|Dimensions||148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm, Weight- 155g||159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm, Weight- 173g|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with TouchWiz UI||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with TouchWiz UI|
|Battery||3000mAh battery with fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging||3500mAh battery with fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging|
|Color||Black Sky, Orchid Grey, and Arctic Silver||Black Sky, Orchid Grey, and Arctic Silver|
|Price||$750 (Rs. 57,900)||$850 (Rs. 64,900)|