The long wait is finally over! Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in India. The new smartphones bring a lot of notable changes in the form of design, display, hardware and features. Both new smartphones are also a step-up from last year’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. While the Galaxy S8 will set you back by Rs 57,900, the Galaxy S8+ will set you back by Rs 64,900. Pre-orders for the smartphones have already kicked off and they will go on sale starting May 5.
At its price point, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ may sound expensive, especially considering the launch price of last Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. However, looking at the features that the new Galaxy smartphones bring to the table, the price tag doesn’t sound too excessive. Right from the brand-new design, to display with higher screen-to-body ratio, better cameras, and AI-based personal assistant Bixby, here are top eight features of the new Galaxy S8 smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Design
While the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 shared a similar design, the new Galaxy S8 comes with a drastic change. Samsung is still going with a metal frame sandwiched between front and back glass. However, this time around, Samsung has done away with the physical home button on the front. It has also gotten rid of the capacitive Android navigation buttons for back and appswitcher, and replaced them with on-screen ones instead. ALSO READ: Why the Samsung Galaxy S8 at Rs 57,900 is not really expensive
The fingerprint sensor, which was previously embedded inside the home button is now moved to the back, besides the camera sensor. Now, the space saved by getting rid of these buttons has been utilized to have an edge-to-edge screen, something that we have already seen on the Xiaomi Mi MIX, and LG’s G6. ALSO READ: LG G6: From 18:9 FullVision display, Google Assistant to dual-rear cameras, here are top 8 features
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ – Infinity Display
There are two big differences coming with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ displays. Unlike last couple of years when Samsung released two variants – one with flat display and other with dual-edge curved display, this time around, both smartphones feature dual-edge curved displays.
By getting rid of capacitive buttons, Samsung has also been able to bump the screen size while keeping a sleek and slim form factor. Both smartphones feature Super AMOLED panels running at QHD resolution, and aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Samsung calls it Infinity Display. The Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch display (2960x1440pixels, and pixel density of 570ppi) , whereas the Galaxy S8+ features a 6.2-inch display (2960x1440pixels, and pixel density of 529ppi).
The display also supports HDR10, and Samsung has partnered with Amazon to bring HDR content. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are also the first smartphones to feature an Ultra Dynamic Range certified screen, but details about the specifications are scarce at the moment. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ hands-on, first impressions: It’s premium
The widescreen aspect ratio not only adds to the screen’s real estate, but also makes it immersive for playing games, watching music and videos, and more. Just like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, the new smartphones also feature always-on display to show notifications from clock, calendar alerts, weather and more, even without having to unlock the smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ – Cameras
Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature same 12-megapixel rear camera of aperture f/1.7 that can capture more light, thus improving low-light photography. The camera features optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS), phase-detection and auto-focus. Samsung has made improvements to the software, which captures photos at multiple exposures and combines them into one photo.
The rear cameras on the Galaxy S8-series also include support for 4K video recording. Up front, there is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with auto-focus support for clicking blur-free selfies and video calling.
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ – Security
Fingerprint sensors have now become quite common, even on smartphones priced under Rs 9,000. Samsung wants to take security a step forward, and with this in mind, both new smartphones feature Iris scanner for biometric authentication. The feature first made its way to the Galaxy Note 7, which had an unfortunate demise due to the faulty battery.
The iris scanner can not only be used to unlock your smartphone, but also to verify your Samsung account, sign-in to web pages and more. Along with the iris scanner, the fingerprint scanner is also present on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, which can be used to unlock your smartphone and also make NFC-payments using Samsung Pay.
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ – Bixby AI-assistant
Along with the Google Assistant, the new Samsung smartphones also feature the new AI-based Bixby assistant. Made by the creators of Siri, and later acquired by Samsung, the Bixby assistant can do all the basic tasks such as offer updates on weather, reminders, add alarms, analyze your usage pattern and offer contextual and proactive suggestions based on apps and functions you use. ALSO READ: Samsung Bixby: If done well, it might leave people impressed yet again
Samsung has added a dedicated button on the left edge, just below the volume button, to summon Bixby assistant. There is also Bixby Vision image search feature that lets you scan objects for products online or scan locations from nearby places. What’s more, you can also use Bixby to create reminders from videos, images or websites to view them later.
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ – Water and Dust Resistance
Last year, Samsung added IP68 certification for water and dust resistance on its flagship smartphones. This year, the Korean giant also added the feature on A-2017 series smartphones and the flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones too. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs LG G6 vs Google Pixel: Price, specifications and features compared
The certification means that you do not need to worry about sudden rains or accidental splash of water. You can also dunk the new Galaxy S8-smartphones under 1.5 meter of water for up to 30 minutes without causing any damage to the internals. However, we won’t recommend doing that.
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ – S-Health
Just like the previous Galaxy flagship smartphones, the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come pre-installed with S-Health app. The onboard sensors on both smartphones can log basic data such as number of steps, distance covered, calories burned and more. The smartphones also come with a heart-rate sensor placed just besides the camera sensors to measure your heart rate at a given point of time.
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ – Connectivity
Usual set to connectivity features are present on the Galax S8 and Galaxy S8+, including 4G LTE with VoLTE HD voice calling, dual SIM card slots (hybrid SIM tray), Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and GPS. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are also the first Samsung S-Series smartphones to feature USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.
There is one more thing that most smartphone users would love, the new Samsung smartphones still feature the legacy 3.5mm audio jack. Samsung is packaging the flagship AKG headphones with dual drivers – 11mm and 8mm – for better audio experience.
There is much more that the Galaxy S8 has to offer, but we would like to hear from our readers, do the above features sound interesting enough to you? Would you be looking forward to buy the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+? Do let us know about what you feel in the comments section below.
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