The mobile device arena has become a stale, iterative one which lacks the innovation and trend making changes that we’ve seen in the past. Samsung set out to change that this year with their newest flagship in their renowned Galaxy S series. Last year, they focused on improving the user experience with improvements to their camera technology and the introduction of a true dual curved display in the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. This year, they are looking to revolutionise the way we interact with our devices with their latest flagship: the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ represents a departure by the South Korean manufacturer from its run of the mill design. The Galaxy S8 introduces their new “Infinity Display”. The new display wraps around the edges and “blends seamlessly” into the metal body. According to Samsung, this new approach increases the screen to body ratio and screen size of their devices without sacrificing the ergonomics. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will also be the first devices without the front home button which Samsung users have become accustomed to. With the increased screen size, the home button is now placed under the screen and will apparently have 3D touch-like technology. However, the Galaxy S8 and S8+’s fingerprint sensors have been moved to the back. The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be sporting a large 5.8-inch screen while the S8+ will be sporting an even larger 6.2-inch display. Both will sport a WQHD+ (Wide Quad HD+) resolution of 1449×2960 pixels with an 18.5:9 ratio. The Galaxy S8 and S8+’s display is the first Mobile HDR Premium certified screen capable of playing back higher quality HDR capable content.
To make this increased screen size possible, Samsung has had to innovate and remove common hindrances such as wiring and component size. One of the major advancements that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ boast is the first ever 10nm processor technology. Samsung claims that the new processor will have a 10% increase in performance over the previous S7 and a 21% increase in graphical performance. There will be 2 versions of the device with different processors: a Snapdragon 835 and an Exynos 8895 Octa. It is likely that Malaysia will be receiving the Exynos version. In addition to the improved processor, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be shipping with 64GB of internal memory which will be expandable with an additional 256GB through the microSD card slot. The processor will be supported by 4GB of RAM. All of this will be powered by the 3000mAh battery in the S8 and the 3500mAh battery in the S8+.
The camera technology of the S8 and S8+ looks to be an iterative improvement over S7 and S7 edge. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will come with the same dual pixel sensor we saw in the S7. The main camera will be a 12-Megapixel, f/1.7 sensor. The main improvement of the camera comes in the form of multiple image processing. Samsung claims that this new feature will enable the phone to capture multiple images and combine the best from them into a composite image. In addition, the front camera gets a much-needed resolution bump to 8-Megapixels with smart autofocus.
The phone will come with IP68 dust and water resistance as well as the Iris scanner we first saw on the ill-fated Note7. In addition to this, Samsung boasts an improved facial recognition feature. The S8 and S8+ will also have wireless charging and adaptive fast charge. It will also support Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass where the services are available. Samsung has also rebranded their S Health suite to Samsung Health. Other hallmark features such as the Always on Display will also be available on the S8.
The new flagship will be available beginning on the 21st of April in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. No Pricing information is available yet.
Meet Bixby, the Smart Assistant in the New Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
Samsung aims to change the way you interact with your device with their new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Following the artificial intelligence (AI) trend which seems to be taking the tech world by storm, Samsung introduces Bixby. Their approach to AI seems to be a little different focusing on contextual feedback and learning for a better user experience. Essentially making the machine learn you instead of the other way around.
Bixby looks to be replacing Samsung’s long-standing S Voice. The new approach allows users to seamlessly move between interacting with their devices via touch, voice and contextual cues. Samsung claims that Bixby will be able to adapt to commands and cues given by the user intuitively unlike many others available now. In addition to intuitive commands, new commands, when available will be easy to use and not require users to memorise a list of predetermined commands