Display and Design
Both phones come with a resolution of (2960x1440)
S8 - 5.8” (570ppi)
S8+ - 6.2” (529ppi)
Design wise , Samsung has kept most of its design elements from previous galaxies(courageously including the 3.5mm headphone jack in the process as well) , but due to the new curved display , the company has moved the fingerprint reader to the back (right next to the camera ) ,so therefore the only pieces of hardware at the front are proximity and iris scanner sensors , the 8MP front facing camera , a recessed speaker grille and thats it - no Samsung branding is present on this phone (except for the back that is ) .
At the back of the phone , you still get the somewhat S7 design elements here and there ,and this includes the 12MP rear camera as well . The phone also has the fingerprint sensor at the back and thats about it . Towards the sides of the phone , you get a metal frame which houses your USB type C , speaker ports , headphone jack , power and volume as well as a dedicated key for Bixby - Samsung's latest "personal assistant" software .
Camera wise , the phone features a 12MP main camera sensor with OIS . This camera sensor is a 1/2.5" module and it has a 26mm (35mm equivalent ) lens and a aperture of f1.7 - close to Samsung's excellent snapper in the S7 last year in many ways . The camera records 4K at 30fps and supports HDR video as well .Up front , we have a 8MP front facing camera also with a f1.7 aperture and autofocus . If you were holding up for some Dual camera action with the S8 , then chances are that Samsung's next note will probably have that .
Battery wise , both models will feature similar capacities as last year , but in a bid to ensure safety from spontaneous combusion , Samsung has assured that the phones have passed a rigorous inspection phase when they were mated to their 3000 mAh (s8) and 3500 mAh (s8+) batteries .
This is where Samsung is said to make a few changes to its version of Android 7.0 Nougat . The new Samsung UX , which has embraced more of the the roundish iconography from last year is now focused on minimal tile like designs and flatter colors . The biggest change to Samsung's version of Android is the addition of Bixby - which is basically their latest attempt at a siri/google assistant rival . Sitting at the side of your phone , Bixby can be activated by a press of the dedicated button and activated to search for almost all your assistant needs(setting up reminders , taking a photo of a object to search or buy it online ) .Bixby however is still somewhat new to the assistant trend so most users may prefer Google's native Now assistant instead .
Dex is another software feature which is unique to the S8 , this , which requires a special dock (like Microsoft's ) can turn your phone into a chrome os on a desktop like experience by allowing your phone to render apps in a large format . This is however mostly a novelty feature as most apps excluding Google and Microsoft apps do not take full advantage of the scalling feature just yet .
With smartphones becoming more powerful and more fashionable to own , the price these devices demand is probably going to rise every year and the new S8 and S8+ are no exceptions to that . The
S8 is expected to cost $750 and about $850 for the S8+ .Both models will be available on all leading carriers in the u.s and launched elsewhere in unlocked prices mentioned above .
Written by Rakitha for MasHD