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Samsung Galaxy S8 launch: Here’s everything you need to know!

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Last night, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at a glitzy and occasionally surreal event in New York.

Expectations were high for the S8, especially after the Galaxy Note 7 recall debacle last year, but did Samsung deliver? Here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy S8.


The amazing ‘Infinity Display’

The S8’s headline feature is the ‘Infinity Display’, an expansive screen that wraps around both sides of the device and has practically no bezels at the top of bottom.

Both models have the Infinity Display, hence Samsung dropping the Edge branding, although the S8 has a 5.8” screen while the S8+ has a huge 6.2” screen.

The Infinity Display looks nothing short of fantastic, displaying content in vivid clarity and giving the S8 a truly unique look. Whip this out at a party and you’re bound to draw a few curious admirers!

To reduce bezel space, Samsung have reduced the size of pretty much every individual component in the device. They also had to bid farewell to a Samsung design staple…


Bye bye, home button

Yep, the physical home button is a goner.

Instead, the Galaxy S8 features a pressure sensitive area at the bottom of the screen, known as the Invisible Home Button, which can be used in a similar way. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back of device a la the Huawei P9, although you may not need to use it…


Eye security

The Galaxy S8 boasts an iris scanner which lets you unlock the device and confirm transactions using your ‘eyeprint’, a process Samsung described as “the most advanced form of security out there”. It also has facial recognition, although that somehow doesn’t seem as cool as an iris scanner.


The cameras

As you might expect, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has both a rear and a front-facing camera.

However, both have received something of a boost from last year’s model. The 12MP rear-facing camera now has a dual pixel sensor and a multi-frame processor, which can combine multiple images to form the best possible photo.

The front-facing camera, meanwhile, has been boosted to 8MP and has face-detecting autofocus to take your selfie game to the next level.


The battery

Smartphone manufacturers typically get through the battery part of their presentations as quickly as possible. After the Note 7 disaster, though, Samsung were naturally keen to promote the extensive 8 point battery check they’ve implemented for all their devices.

The S8 and S8+ have slightly different batteries: 3000mAh and 3500mAh respectively. Both should, hopefully, hit the market without any of the Note 7’s shocking issues.


Colours (or a lack of them)

Just weeks after Apple unveiled the surprisingly colourful red iPhone 7, Samsung have taken things back to basics. The S8 is available in three colours: Midnight Black, Arctic Silver and Orchid Gray. Simple, classy and stylish (although you can always put a garish case on if you want).


Bixby

Another personal assistant is probably low on people’s smartphone wishlists, but Samsung’s first effort looks genuinely impressive. Described as a “new type of interface that learns, evolves and adapts to you”, Bixby is able to understand context; if you ask it to ‘send this to my mum’, it’ll take whatever you have on screen and email it to your mum. Pretty cool!

It’s also able to ‘see’ stuff using your camera. If you point your phone at a landmark, Bixby will give you more information. It’s also able to translate signs in a foreign language and give you more info on restaurants, shops and so on.


When will the Samsung Galaxy S8 be released?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 officially hits shelves on the 28th April. However, you’ll receive it a week earlier (21st April) if you pre-order!


How much will the Samsung Galaxy S8 cost?

Amazing technology isn’t cheap, so it’s no surprise that the S8 has a pretty steep price tag. The standard model will set you back £689, while the S8+ will cost £779.

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DeX

Samsung also used the event to launch DeX, a dock that can connect the S8 to a monitor, keyboard and mouse to provide a full desktop experience.

It sounds perfect for people who prefer to do their work on a big screen rather than their smartphone, although Samsung have yet to announce a release date or any pricing. It may be included with certain S8 bundles though.


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