The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus is finally here alongside its larger plus-sized sibling. After months of anticipation and rumors, Samsung has put an end to all by unveiled two of its latest flagship smartphones at a press event in New York. And yes, many of the leaks turned out to be true after all. The launch also marks the release of Samsung’s Bixby, a virtual assistant that comes with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 plus.
Here’s everything you need to know about latest Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus.
When you can get the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus smartphones?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus will go on sale starting April 21. Pre-orders are already live in the US. You can pre-order the devices through all four major carriers. Bad luck for Indian TechManiac, we aren’t still aware when Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus launches in India.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus smartphones cost?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus prices may vary from retailers to retailers. However, it should be noted that Samsung will be selling the devices without any carrier restriction. In the US, the unlocked Galaxy S8 will cost $724.99 (or approx Rs. 47,033) and $824.99 (or approx Rs. 53,521) for the Galaxy S8+.
Colours of Samsung Galaxy S8 and s8 plus?
The new Galaxy S8 series come in five colour options : midnight black, orchid gray, arctic silver, coral blue and maple gold.
Sizes of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus ?
Galaxy S8 will come in the market with two screen sizes. The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch while the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch display. Both smartphones have a screen resolution of 2960×1440 pixels but the Galaxy S8 has a higher ppi(Pixel Per Inch). Both comes with curved-edge Super AMOLED screens, which Samsung calls it “Infinity Display” due to the increased screen size. The reason for the Galaxy S8’s unusual shape is because of its ultra-wide display, which has an aspect ratio of 18:5:9 rather than the standard 16:9.
Which one is Better Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 plus?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus will have different processors depending on which country you live in. If you’re based in the US, then you will be getting Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. The powerful processor comes with a couple of new technology such as 25 per cent battery energy efficiency over the Snapdragon 820, Bluetooth 5.0 support and better graphics.
If you’re in the UK, and parts of Asia however, the Galaxy S8 and S8 plus come with Samsung’s Exynos 8895 processor. Both processors are built using the new 10nm process, so you are not going to find a major difference in performance. Both the devices come with 4GB RAM and run Android 7.0 Nougat with a redesigned TouchWiz skin. Both phones also come with 64GB storage and a microSD card slot with a support for 256GB.
Does the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus have better cameras?
Year by Year, Samsung makes it’s camera better. This time, you’ll find a 12-megapixel camera on the back of both models alongside an f/1.7 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). On the front, both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ comes with an 8-megapixel shooter with an f/1.7 aperture and autofocus.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus have home button?
home button has been removed, and replaced with a pressure sensitive button underneath the screen. This would give big jump from the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
Fingerprint scanner is now located on the back ?
Yes, the fingerprint scanner is now located on the back of the phones, next to the camera module. Basically, it is designed to be used with the index finger rather than the thumb. Plus, the devices also support an Iris scanner for added security.
headphone jack? Is it still there? or Samsung does the Apple thing???
Well, yes, Samsung has no plans to ditch the traditional headphone jack. The good news is that you can still listen to your favourite tracks through wired headphones.
Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ come bundled with a pair of wired headphones from Harman’s AKG brand, which is known for churning high-end audio products. The wired Harmon AKG headphones cost $99 (or approx Rs. 6428).
Battery mAh of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus?
Major difference between the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 is the battery size. The Galaxy S8 has a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S8+ gets a 3,500mAh battery. Samsung desperatly trying to Eliminate Galaxy Note 7 Battery fiasco.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus Water resistant?
Yes, both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are water resistant in nature. They are IP68 certified, meaning the devices can be submerged in up to five feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
Bixby What is it?
The most incremental change you will find on the Galaxy S8 is the arrival of Bixby, the built-in AI assistant. Samsung sees Bixby so important that it’s got a dedicated button on the left-hand side of the phone below the volume buttons. Unlike Siri or Google Assistant, Samsung claims Bixby is more “intelligent” and designed for “completeness” allowing users to use your voice for everything you would otherwise do by tapping the screen. Additionally, it’s got image recognition feature that works with the camera. Essentially, it identify an object and provide additional info or suggest where you could purchase it. Well, this feature resembles the Firefly feature that was first debuted on the Amazon Fire Phone.
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