Samsung Reveals Galaxy S8 Flagship to Square Up Note 7 Wreck

April 3, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After a series of rumors and leaks, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus flagships from Samsung have finally made its official debut leaning heavily towards the rumors. Like expected, Samsung Galaxy S8 flagships arrive with many refinements in the areas of display, personal assistant, power and software.

‘To Infinity & Beyond’

The biggest catch of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus is the edge-to-edge display, which Samsung calls Infinity Display. The OLED curved displays tout a resolution of 2960 x 1440 native resolutions with aspect ratios of 18.5:9. This comes along with Mobile HDR Premium certification for the displays, a first in smartphones.

While Samsung has vastly upgraded the screen sizes for its new flagship – from 5.1-inch of Galaxy S7 to 5.8 inch in Galaxy S8 and from 5.5-inch of Galaxy S7 Edge to 6.2-in in Galaxy S8 Plus- it still manages to maintain the overall dimensions of the device, thanks to the edge-edge display that cuts out a major portion of the top and bottom bezels.

The Galaxy S8 measures 5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31-inch compared to the 5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31-inch dimension of Galaxy S7. The bigger device makes a considerable jump in dimension by measuring 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm over 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm of Galaxy S7 Edge. That’s a bigger increase compared to Galaxy S8, but it’s still the most compact 6.2-inch smartphone available in the market today.

The broader display has also forced Samsung to part the finger sensor away from the home button. The formerr now gets re-positioned near the rear-camera, while the latter now made available as a virtual home button within the display.

The Note 7 notes: Play it Safe

Samsung’s display will feature 2K resolution, but those will be set to 1080p by default, which is seen a move to compensate the unchanged battery capacity in the two devices. Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus features battery of 3000 and 3500 mAh respectively, which is the same that was used in the respective Galaxy S7 devices.

The decision could have been employed by Samsung to play safe with the battery following the mess that doomed its Note 7. But it could still alert the battery-wary ones, provided the devices feature a bigger display. But the silver lining is the improved processor.

The SD 835 Debut

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset with four 2.35 GHz CPUs and four 1.9GHz Kyro CPUs for the US Market. The European and Asian versions of the devices will feature Exynos 8895 with four 2.3 GHz CPU and four 1.7 GHz CPUs. Both the chipset variants have been designed to be more power-efficient than the previous chipsets.

The benchmarks also report a processing speed improvement of 10%, and GPU speed increase of 21%. The devices will feature a RAM of 4GB, but there are hints that Samsung would drop a 6GB variant exclusively for the Asian markets.

Snap it like Pixel

Another area where Samsung have focused for an upgrade is with the camera. The rear camera features the same 12 MP sensor that was used in the previous flagship, but that doesn’t mean the output of the image will be the same. Instead of upping the megapixel counts, Samsung has went the Google way by tweaking the algorithm to deliver better outputs through advanced image processing.

The burst photography technology employed by the S8 flagships will combine multiple shots together to produce the final output, a strategy that has been adopted by Google Pixel and Pixel XL devices. We need to check if Samsung has managed to deliver the same stunning results with the upgraded algorithm. The front-cam on both devices, however, gets an upgrade from the 5MP sensors to the refreshed 8MP sensors.

Connect More

On the connectivity front, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 devices have now become the world’s first commercial phone to feature the new Bluetooth 5.0 standard which offers double the speeds and quadruple the range of Bluetooth 4.2. There’s also Qualcomm’s X16 LTE modem included that can rake up speeds of gigabit range.

Last, but not the least, Samsung also tries a revolution with its new DeX dock that can turn your S8 into an Android-based desktop computing experience. With USB-C outputs, the dock can be used to slide your Galaxy S8/S8 Plus and connect them with keyboard, display and mouse to run a Chromebook-like desktop.

On the software front, Samsung has ushered in its ‘Grace UX’ TouchWiz UI with various improvements. There are still disappointments like having cluttered interface filled with two sets of apps for the same purpose-supplemented by Google and Samsung.

The carrier-locked versions of Galaxy S8 will be hitting the shelves on April 21, for which the pre-orders have been already commenced. Galaxy S8 is priced at $750, while the bigger Plus variant will cost $100 more.

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