The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have landed; and boy, are they pretty. Unveiled today at #Unpacked2017 in New York City, these two new devices are a “new era of smartphones” according to D.J Koh, their Mobile chief. While the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have similar features to the previous devices, the S8 and S8+ stand out with features like facial recognition, an invisible home button, a camera with a multi-frame processor and their answer to Siri, “Bixby”.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ [Image courtesy of The Verge]
Unlock your phone.. with your face
Typing out a password is so last year. Justin Denison, the senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy, introduced facial recognition which allows users to unlock their GS8 or GS8+ by just holding up their device to their face. If you aren’t ready to adapt this new feature yet, don’t fret; these devices still allow you to unlock using an iris scan, fingerprint, pattern or password.
Unlike any Samsung device before it, the GS8 and GS8+ have a completely edge to edge glass screen, creating a smooth, seamless surface. Extending the screen across the entire device means there is no room for a traditional home button. The GS8 and GS8+ use software buttons; in other words, the home button is hidden beneath the surface right where you’d usually find it. The GS8 and GS8+ have the largest displays for smartphones of its size (5.8″ and 6.7″). Along with its stunning display, these devices will be available in black, gray and silver (gold and blue are international options).
The GS8 and GS8+ display [Image courtesy of PC Mag]
Next Level Camera
The front-facing camera, aka the selfie camera, now has an 8-megaixel sensor and autofocus which means it will automatically focus on your face without having to touch the screen. While the back facing camera on the GS8 and GS8+ isn’t very different from the previous Galaxies (both devices still using a 12-megapixel sense), Justin says the software has been updated internally to improve picture quality. Ever wish you could combine the aspects of 10 different photos together to make one awesome photo? Now you can because both the GS8 and GS8+ have a multi-frame processor, which does just that.
In an attempt to compete with Apple’s Siri, Samsung introduced their version of a virtual assistant, Bixby. Bixby is designed to “make everyday interactions easier” and “anticipate what you need”. What’s different between Bixby and other virtual assistants you might ask? Well, it allows you to seamlessly move between touch and voice commands. For example, you could be looking at a photo on your phone and say “Bixby, send this photo to Sam” and the assistant will send that photo to your contact. Bixby also works with Samsung home accessories so you can also ask Bixby to turn off your smart lights.
Bixby in action [Image courtesy of The Verge]
Samsung’s newest device will be available for purchase on April 21st, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow on March 30th.
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