Samsung launched its new flagship Galaxy S phones, aka the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on Wednesday at its Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event in New York. The Galaxy S8 and S8+, which are successors to last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, come with a near edge-to-edge design, an unusual 18.5:9 Infinity display — instead of a regular 16:9 — and Samsung’s proprietary Bixby virtual assistant. There are other interesting nuggets as well, and some that have been carried forward from the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, most notably water-proofing and expandable storage.
Both the Galaxy S8 and the S8+, from the onset, are exact replicas of each other. The S8+ is simply a larger Galaxy S8 with a bigger battery. Samsung isn’t launching a new Edge phone this year, because probably, both its new Galaxy S phones have just the right amount of curves and Edge-functionality built right into them. There was no need for a stand-alone curved-display phone this year round.
Speaking of which, both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ still boast of a glass and metal body, but unlike their predecessor phones, Samsung’s 2017 flagships have near bezel-less screens. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are longer and narrower than their predecessor phones giving users more real estate to work upon. While the Galaxy S8 is a 5.8-inch phone, the S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen. Both the phones boast of a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution and Super AMOLED panels. The display also comes with an always on functionality.
Both the phones are powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/ Exynos 8895 processor clubbed with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The dualSIM phones run Android Nougat-based TouchWiz UI and support 4G LTE connectivity option. These phones come with Samsung’s own take on virtual assistance, via Bixby.
Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner and facial recognition for biometric security. Both the phones come with Samsung Pass to store all your passwords in one place. Samsung Pay is also supported out-of-the-box. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ also come with a Windows Continuum-like feature called Samsung DeX that allows you to run supportive mobile apps on a full-scale monitor for enhanced productivity.
On the camera front, both the phones come with a 12-megapixel rear (with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation) and an 8-megapixel front shooter combo.
While the Galaxy S8 uses a 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S8+ houses a bigger 3,500mAh battery. Both the phones support wireless and quick charging technologies.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available for buying starting from April 21 in as many as five colours: Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold.