Samsung is changing the game with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. But how?
Yeah, yeah – another day, another smartphone. We are quite spoiled for choice in this tech-hungry world, and it has been a while since a phone truly ‘wowed’ the market with innovation.
Well, Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S8 (and its bigger brother, the S8+) broke pre-order records across the world*, and for good reason. It’s fresh, and it changes the smartphone game all over again.
Here are just a few of the features that will make your friends green with envy, as soon as they see you wielding this beast:
Fast facial recognition
Passcodes, security patterns, fingerprint scanning – if you’ve ever said, ‘ain’t nobody got time for that’ but still crave a device with protection, then you’ll be pleased to learn that the Galaxy S8 will now recognise its owner’s face. Simply look at your phone, and it will unlock in a jiffy.
Add in iris scanning, and you’ve got a veritable Fort Knox.
The screens on Samsung devices have been a thing of beauty for a few generations now, but this one is on another level.
The 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED displays on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ respectively, are designed to impart a rich, cinematic experience.
The phone is also Mobile HDR Premium certified, so video content on compatible apps will display with a clarity that has to be seen to be believed.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have a dual pixel, 12-megapixel camera on board, shooting through a rather fast f/1.7 aperture lens.
Now, the camera utilises multi-frame image processing, and will snap three quick shots at each shutter press, giving you the sharpest possible result in lower light conditions, and when capturing nimble subjects. Neat!
Oh, and you can shoot 4K video, too.
Samsung’s Bixby Vision assistant could be the virtual bestie of your dreams.
Bixby Vision utilises the on-board camera to read business cards and QR codes, and if you happen to be lost, simply snap a photo of a landmark – Bixby will tell you what it is. This augmented reality mode also serves up tourist information in some locations.
Cleverly, Bixby can also translate signs and sound in 52 different languages, which are invaluable when travelling in unfamiliar places – you won’t look like the clueless holidaymaker for too long.
Bixby becomes more useful as you go, by learning how you use your phone, and over time will adapt to your style. With more and more features rolling out post-launch, it’s definitely something to look forward to having at your disposal.
Goodbye, bezels and home button. Hello, expandable memory.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ sport one of the cleanest facades on the market, thanks to the removal of the side bezels and home button, giving the Infinity Display its mesmerising depth.
Don’t worry, the home button isn’t completely gone – it now forms part of the user interface, and is very easy to use.
There’s a welcome reintroduction of expandable memory on the phone as well, increasing the standard 64GB to a possible 256GB via microSD card. Even the most dedicated happy snapper will take some time to fill that up.
* microSD card sold separately.
Quite simply, it is a phone built to impress. Add it to the ecosystem of innovative peripherals like the new Samsung Gear VR, and embrace this new era of smartphone technology.