Samsung Galaxy s8 and S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been launched finally, ending months of speculation and anticipation for fans and industry alike. Both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be going on sale starting on April 21, and will be offered in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold colors.

At the event, Samsung stressed how the new Galaxy S8 is the “start of a new era.” The company also showcased its in-house voice-based virtual assistant named Bixby, which makes its debut on the flagship Galaxy S8. As expected, Samsung’s Bixby will be taking on other voice-based virtual assistants powered by artificial intelligence including Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa. The Galaxy S8 will come with a set of pre-installed apps that will work with Bixby.

Samsung’s Unpacked 2017 was loaded with information, and we guess you may have missed some important details about the Galaxy S8 and S8+. But we’ve got covered. In case you’re keen to upgrade to the Galaxy S8, but can’t quite decide. Here’s everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest Android smartphones.

The Galaxy Note has historically been Samsung’s biggest and most expensive smartphones, which typically justifies the extra price tag and stands out from the Galaxy S line in two main ways: the biggest and best screens, and Samsung’s S Pen stylus.

Samsung Galaxy s8 and S8+ Display’s

But the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Plus have essentially eliminated the “larger screen” incentive of the Note. The entire focus on the new models is the massive “infinity display” screens that cover what feels like the entire front of the phone. The smaller S8 already ties last year’s Note with a 5.7-inch screen, and the S8 Plus — at 6.2-inches — practically dwarfs it.

That leaves the S Pen as the biggest differentiator for the Note line, both in Samsung’s own lineup of smartphones and against the competition. Maybe an S Pen is enough for Note fans, especially considering that the most recent Samsung phablet on the market is still the Galaxy Note 5 from 2015. But just having a stylus is a pretty weak differentiator, especially when you’re up against not only every other smartphone, but Samsung’s own cheaper devices that will presumably offer screens that are just as big.

But there is one other reason for the Note to exist: the product line tends to serve as a testbed for Samsung to try out new features. The S Pen, split-screen multitasking, iris scanning, and GIF capturing are all features that debuted with the Note first, and many of them have trickled down to other devices in Samsung’s lineup. There’s no reason why a Note 8 couldn’t do the same.

Samsung could also use a Note 8 to further the new design from the Samsung galaxy S8 and S8+, a strategy that the company has used before. Take last year’s Note 7, which took the S7 Edge’s basic design and refined it with improvements like a smaller curve for the screen to increase the flat surface area for writing. The Note 8 could operate in a similar vein — perhaps taking the style of the super-tall S8 models and offer it a less dramatically curved screen, or use a wider, less bizarre aspect ratio. Or maybe Samsung has some totally new crazy feature up its sleeve that no one has even imagined yet.

Obviously, this is a bit of a moot point, since Samsung has already said that it will be releasing a Note 8, despite the battery scandals that doomed its predecessor. But with the pressure from the S8, it’s up to Samsung to make sure that when the Note 8 does come, it has something incredible to make it truly different than just being an S8 with a pen.