Samsung just launched its flagships phone Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the dedicated Unpacked event in New York and London. A series of leaks had already revealed the basic phone specifications and while most of the leaks turned out to be true, some were not. Here’s how the event progressed.
DJ Koh, Samsung’s Mobile Chief took the audience back into the past narrating the mobile history and how the industry keeps evolving creating new opportunities and intelligent phones every day. He said the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will introduce a new area of smartphone design.
DJ highlighted the built-in Iris Scanner and the new AI assistant Bixby as major features of the phone and said high-performance tools have also been enhanced.
Justin Denison, Senior Vice President Samsung America, carried on from where Dj left and said phones had not changed their designs since the 2000s and still come boxed inside a body. He then introduced Samsung S8’s new ‘infinity display’ with the screen stretched from left to right and no bezels on the sides.
He said Samsung thought of making the components smaller as curving the edges was not enough, resulting very minimal bezels on the top and bottom enabling the users to experience entertainment like never before. Denison stated the home button is still there although physically but is housed inside the all-glass screen.
The rear camera on the Galaxy S8 is the same as S7 with 12MP, OIS enabled sensors while the front camera is a 8MP one. Also, both the newly released phones are water and dust resistant.
Samsung’s new phones house a lighter chip which is a first ever 10nm processor accompanied by 3000mAh battery for the Galaxy S8 and a 3500mAh one for the S8+. Following the Note 7 explosive batteries, Samsung’s flagships have been tested keeping in consideration an 8-point battery security check.
The new phones will have iris scanner and facial recognition features for better security and services like Samsung Pay while new features like Samsung Pass and Samsung Health have also been introduced.
Samsung’s Senior Director Sriram Thodla then introduced the much hyped AI assistant Bixby. He said Samsung envisioned of phones being intelligent enough to understand humans instead of the other way around. The new AI assistant has capabilities such as contextual awareness empowering to decode incomplete commands.
The phones will come with the rumored 5.8 inch and 6.2 inch OLED screens with an ultra HD resolution of 2960 X 1440 pixels. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back just next to the camera and power and volume buttons are on opposite sides. Just underneath the volume button is the new Bixby button while a USB Type-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack are housed at the bottom.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with the latest Snapdragon 835 in the U.S and the international release will pack Samsung’s own Exynos chip. Other features include a 4GB RAM, Android Nougat, wireless charging, LTE Cat. 16 and Bluetooth 5.0. Galaxy S8 and S8+ will come in black, gray, silver, blue and gold colors.
Samsung has not revealed the price but the phones are expected to start at $720 and will be available for pre-order from 30th March and the shipping will start on April 21.
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