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Samsung Galaxy S8 - A World Without Limits

Samsung Galaxy S8 - A World Without Limits
Over the past couple of months, there certainly wasn't a shortage of rumours surrounding Samsung's latest flagship. Everyone was guessing as to what the company will do next. Now that Galaxy S8 has finally been showcased, we can eliminate any guesswork and dive straight into details.

Samsung Galaxy S8

While Samsung’s last generation of smartphones was extraordinarily beautiful, this one improves things even further. In terms of design there is nothing that particularly stands out except the screen, but in its entirety S8 feels like a masterpiece. Any gaps between surfaces are reduced to mere microns and work has been done to minimize the camera bulge. Galaxy S8 comes in two flavours; the standard Galaxy S8 with a 5.8-inch screen and S8 Plus with a 6.2-inch screen. Both are exceptional devices, but the smaller one is easier to use on a day-to-day basis. Since the screen has been stretched as far as the eye can see, the company’s signature home button had to be eliminated. Instead, a solution with haptic feedback has been implemented. In short, you press the area where the physical button was supposed to be and you get a tiny vibration as a response. Thanks to software buttons instead of physical ones, apps will be able to use the entire screen giving you more breathing room. Not bad on a 5.8-inch screen. Don’t fret over losing a headphone jack because Samsung remembered to include it alongside a USB Type-C port.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung’s new “Infinity” screen certainly captures one’s attention by maximizing the phone’s surface area. Stretching over 5.8-inches, it produces a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels for a total density of 570ppi. Needless to say, the screen is incredibly crisp and pleasing to look at. Protecting it from unwanted scratches is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 that’s well equipped for handling things such as keys and pocket change. Samsung decided to keep the “Always On” feature, displaying notifications and other info when the screen isn’t being used.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Powering Galaxy S8 is the company’s own Exynos 8895 octa-core CPU built on a 10nm fabrication process. In theory, this should result in longer battery life and improved performance. Currently there is nothing out there to challenge the phone’s performance however apps are getting more complex as we write this. Paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, we believe that it will stand the test of time. On the software side Samsung has done a lot to clean up its act, introducing more core Android features and taking it easy on the in-house stuff. Anxious to innovate somewhere in the software department, they introduced a virtual assistant called Bixby. Bixby introduces various features that attempt to make your life easier. For example, it can be given voice commands to send photos, videos, and other files to someone. You can also control various aspects of your smarthome such as lights, temperature, and other stuff you have connected.
 

Samsung Galaxy S8


Slightly protruding on the back is a 12-megapixel sensor similar to the one found on Galaxy S7. Instead of focusing on hardware, Samsung worked on improving the software side of photography in order to squeeze out a few more milliseconds. The undertaking definitely paid off because the camera feels snappier and has additional features provided by Bixby. How is it different? By using Bixby and the phone’s camera, you can point at any object and it will recognize it. After recognition it will proceed to give you results from Amazon and Pinterest for that object. So if you see a wine you like, simply take a photo of the label and Bixby will scour Amazon for it. Before we forget, the front camera has been upgraded to 8-megapixels with autofocus.

There is a lot of interesting stuff on Samsung’s latest flagship. It’s packed with bleeding-edge technology and strives to compete with the likes of Apple and Google in the software department. Bixby has huge potential when it comes to integration with third-party apps, but we will have to wait and see how that plays out. For now, we definitely love what we see and can’t wait for it to hit our shelves!

 

 


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