After months of speculations, rumors and leaks, Samsung has finally unveiled the highly-anticipated Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. Last year s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were appreciated by users and critics alike, and with the failure of the Galaxy Note 7, stakes are quite high with the new smartphones. Samsung has upped the game with a brand new design, a display featuring higher screen-to-body ratio, AI-based personal assistant Bixby and more. We compared the Galaxy S8 with last year s Galaxy S7, and here s everything that is new. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
Design: This is the very first thing that you will notice when see the new Galaxy S8. Just like the Galaxy S7, Samsung is still using the metal frame along with front and back glass covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Samsung has finally done away with the capacitive Android navigation buttons for back and app switcher and replaced them with the on-screen ones on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
The physical home button is also an on-screen one now. And the fingerprint sensor has now been moved back, besides the camera module. The space saved by getting rid of the physical buttons has been used to add more screen real estate to offer an immersive experience.
Display: While the Galaxy S7 featured a 5.1-inch QHD display running at a resolution of 1440x2560pixels, the new Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch dual-edge QHD panel running at a resolution of 2960x1440pixels, and pixel density of 570ppi. Samsung calls it Infinity Display, and it has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The display also includes support for HDR10, and Samsung has partnered with Amazon to offer HDR content. ALSO READ: Samsung Gear 360 (2017) camera with 4K video capability launched: Here s everything you need to know
Hardware: The Galaxy S7 was powered by Qualcomm s 64-bit Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC (US markets) and Samsung s 64-bit Exynos 8890 octa-core SoC (India and other Asian markets). Both chipsets are made on 14nm fabrication process. The smartphone features 4GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage with microSD card slot for further expansion.
For the Galaxy S8, Samsung has upgraded the chipset that is built on 10nm fabrication process. The smartphone is either powered by Qualcomm s 64-bit Snapdragon 835 SoC or Samsung s 64-bit Exynos 8895 octa-core SoC. And while the new smartphone still has 4GB of RAM, Samsung has upgraded the internal storage to 64GB. A microSD card slot for further expansion up to 256GB is also present.
Cameras: The Galaxy S7 features the best camera on a smartphone till date, and the Galaxy S8 also comes with the same 12-megapixel aperture f/1.7 sensor. It features optical image stabilization, phase detection auto-focus, and 4K video recording capabilities. Even though Samsung is using the same sensor, it has improved the software along with some other enhancements to let you capture even better photos. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ launched as Samsung aims to reclaim the glory
Up front, the Galaxy S8 features an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an auto-focus feature to let you capture better selfies. In comparison, the Galaxy S7 features a 5-megapixel front facing camera and there is no auto-focus feature.
Battery: Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 feature 3,000mAh batteries with fast charging and wireless fast charging features.
Connectivity: Both smartphones feature 4G LTE with VoLTE support, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. Now, while the Galaxy S7 features a microUSB port, the Galaxy S8 features a USB Type-C reversible connector. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+: Top 8 Features
Security: Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 feature fingerprint scanners for biometric authentication, which can be used to unlock your smartphone and to make cashless payments using Samsung Pay. The Galaxy S8 also features an Iris scanner for authentication, meaning your biometrics is your password.
Operating System: Both smartphones now run on Android 7.0 Nougat OS, with a layer of Samsung s TouchWiz UI on top. However, one of the things differentiating the Galaxy S8 from the Galaxy S7 is the presence of AI-based digital assistant – Bixby. It is contextually aware and can offer recommendations on places to eat and visit, help you set alarms, reminders, take notes and a bunch of other things that Google Now or Google Assistant cannot. ALSO READ: Samsung Bixby: AI meets contextual awareness, goes beyond a voice assistant
Miscellaneous: Both smartphones feature a heart-rate sensor placed beside the rear camera module. IP68 certification for water and dust resistance is also present on both smartphones, meaning they can be submerged under 1.5meter or water for about 30 minutes, or can survive unexpected rains or an accidental splash of water.
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