After the horrible fiasco of its Note 7, Samsung is once again ready to introduce us to its flagship phone, the Galaxy S8. Samsung has continued with the tradition of two variants of its S-series flagship. However, this time both the variants are bigger.
The design, at least the front, of new Galaxy S8 phones is a huge leap forward. It’s unlike any of their predecessors. The Galaxy S8 twins flaunt what Samsung calls Infinity Display. These displays are curved with minimal bezels on the top and the bottom. The displays feature QuadHD+ resolution. The S8 has 5.8-inch display whereas the bigger S8+ has a 6.2-inch display, putting both of them in the phablet category. However, their dimensions are same as last year’s S7 and S7 edge. Both the front and back are protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
To make the experience even more seamless, Samsung has done away with physical keys on the front, which is first for Samsung. Since the Home button is gone, which used to embed the fingerprint sensor in previous Galaxy phones, the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8 twins is now placed next to the camera. Chances are high that you will end up the camera and put smudges on it.
The Galaxy S8 siblings will get Snapdragon 835 in the USA and Exynos 8895 octa-core processor in rest of the world. RAM remains unchanged at 4GB and will have 64GB inbuilt storage. There will be single and dual SIM variants, as well with dual-SIM variant featuring a hybrid SIM slot. The rear 12MP dual pixel camera with f/1.7 is similar to the one on S7. The front 8MP camera, however, gets bumped up with a f/1.7 module. The batteries in both the phones are rated at 3,000 and 3,500 mAh respectively.
The Galaxy S8 gets all bells and whistles like wireless charging, NFC, dual band WiFi ac and USB Type-C. There’s even hear rate sensors and iris scanner. Samsung has literally left no stone unturned.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be going on sale April 21 onwards. The Galaxy S8+ will set you back by US $850 whereas the Galaxy S8 will cost US $750. You can get GearVR free with both if ordered from Samsung’s e-store.