Sporting an all-glass design, curved screen, digital home button and wireless charging, the Galaxy S8 is set to go head-to-head with Apple’s iPhone 7 – and the iPhone 8 when it launches later this year.
Whether you bought a Galaxy Note 7 and were forced to return it due to overheating issues, or you’ve simply been holding out on an upgrade to see what Samsung has in store, the Galaxy S8 is unlikley to disappoint with its roster of high-end specs.
The new device has an all-glass body, and is slim and long compared to most modern smartphones, designed to be held in one hand.
The Galaxy S8 comes in two sizes – the S8 with a 5.8-inch display, measuring 148.9 x 68.1 x8.0 mm, and the S8+ with a 6.2-inch display, measuring 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm.
The reason for the Galaxy S8’s unusual shape is its ultra-wide display, which has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 rather than the conventional 16:9, and extremely narrow bezels around the edge of the screen.
Samsung describes the display as “Quad HD+”, which is the same classification as the recently launched LG G6 , and translates to a screen resolution of 2960×1440 pixels.
It is also the world’s first mobile device certified by the UHD Alliance as “Mobile HDR Premium”, meaning it lets you see the vibrant colours and contrasts that filmmakers intended while watching your favourite shows.
The Galaxy S8 features a 12-Megapixel “Dual Pixel” camera on the back, for improved low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos, and an 8-Megapixel selfie camera with smart autofocus on the front.
It has an IP68 rating, which means it is water resistant to a maximum depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes, and is protected from dust, dirt and sand without the need for extra caps or covers.
The Galaxy S8 boasts the industry’s first 10nm chip, which Samsung claims enables heightened speed and efficiency. It also contains 6GB RAM and 64GB of in-built storage, expandable up to 256GB with a MicroSD card.
Both devices run the latest version of Google’s operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat .
Like Apple’s Siri, Bixby responds to spoken commands, allowing users to control their phones with their voices alone.
However, Samsung claims that Bixby offers a “deeper experience” than other voice agents or assistants in the market.