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Samsung Galaxy S8
If you’re out on the market for a brand new smartphone and don’t have any budget limitations then you probably have set your eyes on the Samsung Galaxy S8. This stunning device is available on all UK networks. Compare deals on the S8 today.
The Galaxy S8 is the Korean multinational’s flagship phone for 2017, which is different from everything Samsung has offered in the past. Let’s take a look at the S8 in some detail and find out why it’s among the best smartphones on the market.
Fresh & Striking Design
At first sight, the Galaxy S8 looks fascinating and that fondness for the design grows once you get a bit more familiar with the hardware. The front of the phone is curved on either sides and is also slightly taller than before. There are almost no bezels which makes the phone quite compact, despite sporting a fairly massive display. The phone’s front is 83 percent screen, which is one of the highest screen-to-body ratios on any phone yet.
The S8 is equipped with a Quad HD+ 5.8-inch Infinity Display that makes consuming media on the device a jaw-dropping experience. The G6, the S8’s competition from the LG stable, has a 5.7 inches display. The Galaxy S8, on the other hand, has a 5.8-inch display. But the S8 still feels a bit more compact, thanks to its slimmer profile and narrower display.
Stretching screen to the phone’s bottom means not enough space for Samsung’s conventional hardware key. The phone instead incorporates software buttons. Also, it utilises Apple iPhone-like haptic feedback to conjure a virtual impression of a home button press. But it works only on the particular area where the virtual home button appears. Certain Android apps hide the phone’s primary Android buttons during full-screen mode. But you may still press the screen’s bottom firmly and set the home button in action.
Rear-Positioned Fingerprint Sensor
The elongated screen has prompted Samsung to make quite a few design changes, and the fingerprint sensor has also had to make way for the new design language. The S8 is the first Samsung Galaxy phone to have its fingerprint sensor on its rear. Unlike other phones that have their sensors positioned just below the camera module, the S8’s fingerprint scanner is located besides the camera. That positioning may not be the most ergonomic but Samsung believes people would get used to it.
Buttons and Ports
The S8 uses a USB-C port and there’s also the 3.5mm audio jack. Both are situated on the phone’s bottom. The volume buttons and power button are positioned on the opposite sides. Below the volume buttons, there’s a new button that you may use to activate Bixby. Bixby is Samsung’s own take on virtual personal assistants and with a button completely dedicated to the software feature, one can safely assume Samsung is betting huge on Bixby and may help users accomplish a lot more with Bixby in the coming future.
Every Galaxy flagship packs the latest and greatest hardware for its time and the S8 is no different. The phone, based on its region, could come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos (Samsung’s proprietary chip) and ample amount of RAM and storage space. Both the chips are built on the 10nm architecture, which must theoretically assist with power consumption.
The S7’s camera was a year ahead of its time, which is probably the reason why the S8 has the same camera sensor with some minor tweaks made here and there. The camera is an OIS-equipped 12-megapixel sensor. Samsung says it has worked quite a bit on the camera’s software to enhance image quality and also make the time from launching the camera app and actually opening the camera interface shorter. Unlike most other flagships of 2017, the S8 doesn’t have dual cameras. The front-facing shooter, on the other hand, has been upgraded. The sensor is now 8 megapixels and also has autofocus abilities.
The Galaxy S8 isn’t a standalone device. It makes possible quite a few other things by connecting to Samsung’s ecosystem of software and devices. For instance, Samsung Connect enables you to remotely control all Samsung smart devices. Samsung DeX makes viewing the S8’s content on bigger screens. You may also lock into Gear 360 and Gear VR to experience fascinating virtual reality games and videos.