Two curved models
First feature of this vintage 2017, Samsung draws a line on the “classic” model to propose only models equipped with a curved screen. If the camera body is smaller, the screen size changes to 5.8 “for the S8 and 6.2” for the S8 Plus. The screen now covers almost 85% of the front of the Smartphone. The overall design remains in step with the previous models, but gives an impression of freedom and flexibility. Samsung also relies on the design of its Smartphone to introduce new features. Thus the wide screen of the Smartphone can be used to make display two different applications simultaneously. While chatting with friends on Messenger, the user can continue watching a movie on Netflix or a video on YouTube. The Home button is now fully integrated into the Smartphone screen. The fingerprint reader, on the other hand, passes on the back cover of the Smartphone, and now locates right next to the camera of the Smartphone. Last note interesting: the screen of the S8 goes to Quad HD +, and thus reaches a resolution of 2560 pixels by 1440 pixels. So it is dominant feature for Samsung S8 Deals.
A less energy-consuming processor
Sensitively more powerful than the S7 (+ 10%), the new processor that equips the S8 presents especially the enormous asset of being much less energy-consuming than the processor of the S7. According to Samsung, it would consume 17% less energy than the S7 processor, with consequent heavy consequences for the autonomy of the Smartphone, which would be able to hold a full day with a single charge, thanks to its battery of 3.000mAh (3.500 mAh for the Plus model).
No big revolution in the camera, which keeps a 12-megapixel sensor on the back, and 8 megapixels at the back, but with a larger aperture (F1.7) for brighter images. Some small improvements can be noted in the software, with the addition of stickers that allow to personalize his photos and a new mode of capture combining up to 3 images to improve the contrast of the image.
An iris scanner
In addition to the fingerprint reader, the Galaxy S8 also comes with an iris scanner, similar to the one that equips Windows computers, which allows to identify itself in the blink of an eye thanks to a retinal scanning technology. A feature that would according to Samsung much safer than a fingerprint reader, and would thus allow users to secure more access to their Smartphone.
Bixby, the new virtual assistant of Samsung
Another interesting feature of the S8, Samsung has added a button to its smartphone to make a call to its new virtual assistant Bixby. It does not just share the meterological forecasts of the day and manage the user’s agenda, but can also interact with it by voice, and answer different questions and orders dictated vocally.
For example, it is possible to ask her to add a photo that has just been taken to the album “London – 2017”. At the launch of the S8, however, Bixby will not speak French.
Dex, a dock that transforms its S8 into a real computer
The most interesting feature of the S8 is a dock that is sold separately at a price of € 149, which will connect its Smartphone to a computer monitor, keyboard and mouse. Equipped with a fan and a connection including several USB and HDMI ports, the dock will allow working on large screen using only its Smartphone to power the machine. The interface will adapt to the support and will allow access to more functionality. Several professional applications, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel, will be compatible with this technology, which is largely inspired by Windows Continuum.
Like its rival, Samsung also increases the minimum storage capacity of its smart phones, from 32 to 64 GB of storage space. Like the majority of other Android smart phones, the S8 will have a micro SD port that will allow the user to increase the storage capacity of the Smartphone at a lower cost.
A waterproof Smartphone
Like its elder, the Galaxy S8 can be charged with a simple USB cable (type C this time) or wireless, thanks to the miracles of the technology. The device will also be IP68 certified and therefore theoretically resistant to water and dust. Like the S7, the S8 will also be equipped with a quick charging system that will charge its smartphone to 50% of its total capacity in just a few tens of minutes.
A higher price
The Galaxy S8 will be available in stores from April 28th at a price of € 799. The Plus model will be priced at € 899. The two instruments can be preordered from March 30, in three different colors: black, orchid gray and arctic silver. In Belgium, Samsung will not offer any bonus to those who will go through the pre-order stage. Those who pre-order it will however be able to receive the device 8 days before its exit in store.