Samsung has officially launched its next flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8. The removal of a physical home button and the introduction of a virtual assistant called Bixby are the most noteworthy changes.
There are two versions of the S8: the standard Galaxy S8 with a 5.8-inch screen and the larger S8 Plus with a 6.2-inch screen. The standard S8 has a 570ppi 5.8-inch screen, with a resolution of 2960 x 1440. The S8 Plus has the exact same resolution on its 6.2-inch screen, which works out to 529ppi. The screen extends up and down to cover nearly the entire front of the phone. It also curves around the left and right, something Samsung is calling the “infinity display,” which gives it the look of not having any bezels at all. Extending the screen to near the bottom of the phone means that there’s no room for Samsung’s traditional hardware home button. Instead, it uses software buttons like other Android phones. It also uses some haptic feedback like Apple’s iPhones to create a virtual feeling of pressing a home button.
On the bottom of the phone you can find the USB-C port and the 3.5mm headphone jack. On the back there is the exact same rear camera as the Galaxy S7, a 12-megapixel sensor with OIS. The front-facing camera has gotten an upgrade. It’s an 8-megapixel sensor now, but more importantly it has autofocus.
One of the most notable new additions from Samsung is Bixby, a Siri-like virtual assistant that is activated by a dedicated side-button and allows apps to be controlled by voice. Samsung says it offers features absent in Apple and Google equivalents. The phone’s new AI assistant is context aware, that means it can read the phone’s display as well as listen to your voice. Bixby can also recognise images and control smart home devices.
Both new Galaxy S8 models are available for preorder on March 30 and will be shipping in the US on April 21. Pricing information has yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned for more information.