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Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+: King of the Hill Once Again

April 3rd, 2017 | by Z. Gonzales

Looking back at 2016, specifically, the Galaxy Note 7 debacle which caused some serious problems for Samsung, it’s crystal clear that the Korean tech giant needs to make its flagship phone for 2018 the best that it could be in order to spell out any doubts from consumers. After last week’s Unpacked event, it seems Samsung didn’t disappoint.

33685682956_28b8bdce30_oThe biggest change in the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is the design. The phones improve upon the design of the Galaxy S7 Edge from last year with its infinity display that curves at both edges. Samsung has also moved some stuff around to allow for the new design. The home button, for instance, has been replaced by an on-screen button and the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back.

The front of the device has been cleared of the company’s logo and the screen has been stretched to its limit at the top and bottom making for a phone with almost no bezels.

33717610285_17ecf35dab_o The Galaxy S8’s internals is just a bit better compared to the S7 with upgrades mostly in the RAM, battery, processor and storage which is now 64GB for all models. Surprisingly, the S8 doesn’t have a dual camera setup in contrast to other flagship models from other brands like Huawei and LG.

Samsung has also released accessories you can use with the S8. These include a new 360 camera and a desktop dock named Dex which works similar to HP’s dock for the Elite X3 that allows users to make their phones into a temporary desktop.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available towards the end of the month. Pricing info has not been released yet. Check out the specs of the device below.
 

Dimensions 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (S8) | 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (S8+)
Weight 155 g (S8) | 155 g (S8+)
Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Display Size 5.8 inches (S8) | 6.2 inches (S8+)
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Display Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Primary Camera 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm
Camera Features phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Secondary Camera 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
Card slot Hybrid, supports up to 256GB microSD
Operating System Android OS, v7.0
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 Octa 
Processor Octa-core big.Little
Graphics Adreno 540
Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate
Internal, RAM 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth Yes,  v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
NFC Yes
USB v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Battery Rating Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (S8) | 3500 mAh (S8+)

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