All The Interesting Facts About The Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ In One Place

Posted: Apr 1 2017, 12:27pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 1 2017, 12:31pm CDT, in News | Technology News

 
All The Interesting Facts About The Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ In One Place

Here are some known and unknown facts about Samsung's latest flagship

Before the Samsung Galaxy S8 was to be released, we constantly kept you up-to-date with the latest rumors and leaks. It’s been a crazy time and now that the Galaxy S8 has finally been announced in all its glory, here are the complete details of Samsung’s pride. Awkwardly, something about the announcement ceremony was a bit off.

It was that not any of the features of the phone came as a surprise, all because of the countless rumors and leaks that surfaced during this time. One thing worthy of mentioning are the extremely extensive efforts made by Samsung to steer the device clear from battery issues, Samsung deserves a thumbs-up for that.

What will you love at First-sight:

Well, the larger display is surely going to make you largely happy. The curved-screen fits perfectly with the large display and the ‘untraditional’ screen resolution is a great experience. Powering-on your device for the first time, the improved GUI is a huge plus with the new Galaxy S8.

When will it be shipped:

The company representatives unveiled two release dates for their flagship for two regions, USA and UK.Apparently, USA will receive the highly-powerful smartphone on 21st of April. UK on other hand, will have to wait for 7 more days before it receives the Samsung Galaxy S8 on 28th of April. Moreover, pre-ordering the device in UK before 19th of April will get the mobile shipped at your doorstep by 20th of April. Note that the free Gear VR might not be included in this offer.

What will it cost:

Samsung Galaxy S8 is the most expensive device released by Samsung so far. With the SIM-free model of Galaxy S8 priced at $720 and AU$1,199, Galaxy S8 will surely be a noticeable dent in your wallet. Galaxy S8 is available on a contract in USA. Depending on your carrier, the contract may vary in price per month. By our average, it will be somewhere around $32 per month. A two-year contract will be available in UK, including an upfront payment and a £40 per month payment plan. These contracts are quite fruitful as they will provide you a Galaxy S8 with 64GB internal storage and a set of AKG headphones with stunning sound.

Design:

As an overview, you will notice that the front screen covers almost all of the front side of the mobile with very small top and bottom bezels. Anyone who hears it for the first time will definitely be thinking about accidental taps on the screen. That’s not the case, Samsung has coded some protocols and regulations into the touch system of the smartphone, making it highly-improbable that you will experience any unintended taps when you hold the mobile.

Virtual Home Button:

The front side of the smartphone is stripped off of the last remaining button left in the last model. There is no home button in Galaxy S8 now. Samsung Galaxy S8 now reflects some functionality of iPhone 7’s pressure-sensitive touch system at the bottom portion of the touch screen. This area contains the virtual home button of the device, pressing your fingering in that area gives a gentle vibration.

Sensors and the fingerprint scanner:

The top bezel of the smartphone contains the camera and various sensors including the iris scanner along with some others. The fingerprint scanner is now moved at the back where it resides right next to the main camera. The placing of the fingerprint scanner is a bit higher than usual. Meaning that you will have to uncomfortably extend your finger a bit higher than it can, to place your finger correctly on the scanner. This unusual discomfort makes the iris scanner and the facial recognition system the better choice to unlock your Galaxy S8.

Hardware:

The body of Galaxy S8 is filled with soft edges now, there are almost no sharp edges or curves around the frame of the device. The rim of the smartphone is a pleasant blend between glass and metal. Samsung has definitely opted for a reimagined design for Galaxy S8, and are successful in pulling it off.

New features:

The new features introduced in Samsung Galaxy S8 include fancy sensors as well as software updates. The fingerprint sensor and the iris sensor sum up the introduced hardware features in Galaxy S8. While Bixby, 18.5:9-pixel ratio, upgraded UI, and the improved image processing are included in software features of the device. This list excludes the massive power efficiency and performance upgrades. Samsung Galaxy S8’s Infinity Display is surely the best feature of the flagship.

With a beautiful dense display screen covering almost all of the front side and almost half of the long edges, the name of the feature surely seems right-on. The curved-screen is now going to be featured in both the models as Samsung must have realized that the curved edges on both sides made the Galaxy S7 Edge the most-demanded model of the Galaxy S7 duo.

Display:

The display Galaxy S8 features has a QHD resolution, with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Samsung took a deep rivalry with LG G6 and augmented the display of Galaxy S8 by only 0.5:0, but they did it anyway. The display of Galaxy S8 is also HDR enabled, so yeah, expect a stunning video experience while using Amazon Prime Video.

Bixby:

Bixby is hyped as the future JARVIS for Samsung, and is debuted in Samsung Galaxy S8. The device holds a physical button dedicated specially to activate Bixby. Be aware that Bixby right now is like an infant child really. It will hardly be available anywhere other than USA or South Korea during its launch in April. Also, it won’t be able to do much right now. But Samsung has invested a lot in its future star, buying AI startups and software and what not.

So, in near future, Bixby will be upgraded into a huge entity which will not only play the role of Samsung’s AI assistant in Galaxy S8, but also in numerous other electronic products manufactured by Samsung. Bixby is absent even a lot of Samsung’s own pre-installed apps for now, but soon the AI assistant will be able to be coded in any application. All of that is planned for the future, the one cool thing Bixby can do right now is identify people and objects and provide you with the details.

Improved User Interface Experience:

The new improved UI is the last of Samsung Galaxy S8’s highlighted features. Although for some people, the UI will not be too lively. That has nothing to do with looks or designs. It’s just that the improvement is made in Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, which is pre-installed in Samsung Galaxy series smartphones without any choice of using the android’s default UI. The TouchWiz overlay is deemed as “too much” and very uncomfortable by many users. If you are one of them, we are sorry to give this news.

TouchWiz in Galaxy S8 has a nice soft look, which, Samsung has been trying to achieve for years. The change will of course be clear, but the UI still has that classic “Samsung Product” look. Those who don’t like the TouchWiz might fall in love for it, those who already are accustomed to it will definitely not unlike this new version.

Battery:

Ah! The battery. Well, no, it won’t explode if that’s the first thing that came in your mind. Samsung has made almost no change at all to the battery in terms of power, although this one has been through some of the most testing evaluations to remove any bugs that may have infected the unfortunate Note 7. With a wide array of improvements, advanced version of android, and a truck load of extra pixels to power the stunning display, the same 3000mAh battery seems like a drawback.

Sure, but that’s not the complete picture here. Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ is powered by the latest SoC produced by Qualcomm (SD835), and is officially the device which will be debuting the SoC. Qualcomm’s SD835 promises 10% improved processing power and 21% improved GPU power with an improved power efficiency. So, the negative and positive seem to be evened-out.

Camera:

Just like the battery, the Camera has also not received any hardware upgrade since the last flagship. The 12MP rear camera is the same as the one featured in Galaxy S7 Edge, which was among the best cameras that time. But times have changed and the competitors have moved ahead, why didn’t Samsung? There might be high chance that Samsung has heavily improved the internal image processing software which will produce better and more refined images. But initial tests are guessing that either that software tweak isn’t that effective, or it doesn’t exist.

Performance:

Samsung Galaxy S8 is set to share two processors. One version of Galaxy S8 will feature the Qualcomm SD835 mentioned earlier, the other one will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 SoC. Initial reports suggested that the Galaxy S8 at launch will only feature the Qualcomm SD835. But a recent tweet by the company suggests that Galaxy S8 powered by Exynos 8895 are also in the line-up. Now comes the favorite part, the RAM. Samsung fitted a 4GB RAM in Galaxy S8.

Combined with the improved performance of the CPU, 4GB RAM makes Galaxy S8 amazingly fast. Furthermore, Galaxy S8 runs on Android 7.0, which is the latest version of this operating system. A Bluetooth 5.0 is also featured in Galaxy S8 along with a fancy new function which allows you to connect two wireless headphones sets to the mobile, crazy, right?

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