Samsung Galaxy S8 And S8+: Everything You Need To Know

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Today was the day that techies had been waiting for since the news broke that mobile company Samsung would be unveiling its new Galaxy S8 And S8+, which is, arguably, the closest phone capable of challenging the Apple iPhone.

The phone won't be available for purchase until April 21st, but this is the tease we've all been waiting for, getting the cold hard details about Samsung's first phone release since 2016's Note 7 debacle.

Rather than just give you a few pics of the new S8, we've decided to break the thing down for you, giving you everything you need to know.

Display Screen

With the Samsung S8 boasting a 5.8-inch display and the S8+ coming equipped with an enormous 6.2-inch Plus version, the display screen is even bigger than those bulky iPhone 7s people complained early on about following the release in 2016.

In addition to the size of the screen, the S8 and S8+ will be the first Samsung phone with Bixby AI assistant, with some regions even getting the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. Iris scanning and facial recognition are included as well—which are the biggest additions to the new phone in terms of security—with a 12-megapixel camera, water-resistant body, wireless charging and a headphone jack similar to the S7.

Design

The large screen isn't just bulky, but also sleek, with it wrapping around the edge by extending all the way down, leaving little room for wasted space.

With no physical home button, the Samsung S8's aforementioned fingerprint sensor sits on back of the phone next to the camera—which may not be the most accessible for users.

Bixby

Samsung's answer to Apple's Siri, Bixby can be activated by either voice or an activation button that lives on the phone's screen. While Siri is capable of translating 30 different languages, Samsung's Bixby can translate 52, so that's something the company must feel a bit proud of.

According to initial reactions, on paper, Bixby appears to be a huge and, potentially, groundbreaking feature for Samsung.

Battery

Following the exploding S7 debacle from last year, Samsung didn't push the envelope in terms of battery power this time around with the S8 and S8+.

The S8 has a 3,000mAh battery and the S8 Plus has a larger 3,500mAh battery—which is the same capacity that the Note 7 had. Samsung claims it has updated the battery chemistry in order for them to last longer.

Accompanying Accessories

Yes, contrary to popularity among users, Samsung is still investing in virtual reality, with an updated Gear VR headset recently unveiled at last month's Mobile World Congress.

However, the most exciting accessory might be the Samsung Connect—which connects to the phone for home entertainment. The Samsung Connect and Samsung Connect Plus are both 802.11 AC mesh routers, which allows users to connect to play music, ask Bixby questions and control things like lights and thermostats.

Colors And Price

As mentioned, other than pre-orders, the Samsung S8 and S8+ will become available in the U.S. o April 21st, with the phone available in black, gray, and silver, and gold and blue options available internationally.

Early indications have the Galaxy S8 and S8+ at a price around $720, according to The Verge, but Samsung has yet to formally confirm that figure, instead, leaving it to carrier partners to decide.

Here's more detail about the Samsung S8 and S8+, via The Verge's YouTube channel.

 

With all the updates and its sleek design, are the Samsung S8 and S8+ the phones for you?

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