Samsung had been tickling the world for quite some time now. Ever since the news of the Samsung Galaxy S8 being developed surfaced, there was no stopping the rumours and news updates that just kept popping up every single day. We have been following the phone’s updates for a very long time. Right from the first leaked images, expected features to the latest images with earphones, we left no stone unturned while following the heartthrob phone. Our wait finally came to an end on March 29, 2017, when Samsung finally announced the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The announcement was already expected to come as Samsung kept mum about it during the MWC 2017, in Barcelona. We were expecting an announcement in February itself – Samsung just decided to postpone it. But better late than never. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are finally out and available for pre-orders. The phone is yet to released into the markets and be readily available, but you can book one for yourselves anyway.
As we had predicted, both the Galaxy S8 devices will have an ‘Infinity Display,’ which is a curved edge-to-edge display, with almost no bezels. S8 has a 5.8” QHD+ screen while the S8+ will have a 6.2” wide. Both have an aspect ratio 18.5:1 which makes each and every picture, video look stunningly beautiful, coupled with a Super AMOLED display.
The S8 is 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm in dimensions and weighs 155g. The S8+ is 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm and weighs 173g. Both are IP68 water and dust resistant.
They have ditched the physical home button and have embedded it below the screen. Also, the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back right beside the camera module.
The phone has four physical buttons – Two for volume, one for power on the left side and one on the right side for the Bixby – the AI virtual assistant developed by Samsung, for Samsung. The AI has been embedded with deep learning algorithm and evolves as you use the phone over time. Other than that, we have a USB-C port, for super-fast data transfers and charging and a 3.5mm jack- as we said, Samsung seems to be in no mood for ditching the good ol’ jack for quite some time.
Under the hood, both the devices are essentially the same, with the only difference being the batteries. Both the phones will come with a Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC chipset designed on the 10 nm FinFET process. Both will have 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory expandable through a microSD card.
The camera module of the new Galaxy phones will have a 12MP, f/1.7 sensor on the rear panel w/PDAF,4-axis OIS and LED Flash. The camera is capable of capturing 4K videos and simultaneously take 9MP snaps. Apart from that, we have dedicated 4K recording at 60fps and FHD slo-mo video capture at 120fps. On the front, we have an 8MP f/1.7 sensor, with a wide angle lens. Not just selfies, but HD video calling and another amazing feature, the face recognition are some of the camera’s functions at which it excels of course.
The S8 will have a 3000mAh battery, while the S8+ will have a 3500mAh battery. That is the main difference between the phone variants apart from the screen size. Other than that, both will support fast charging. Of course, both the phones will have the latest Android OS, the 7.0 Nougat pre-installed with Samsung’s skin mounted atop it.
The devices will be available for purchase in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Maple Gold and Coral Blue colors for now. We may get to see new/other colours later on.
We were quite elated to see the promotional video that Samsung released yesterday. We’re waiting eagerly to get our hands on the phone as soon as possible.