Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. After widespread rumors over the last several months, the company had revealed the specifications and pricing of the Samsung Galaxy S8. Right now, the handset can be pre-ordered from several mobile service providers in the US. The handset will be globally available from April 21. However, you should know why you need to buy the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones before investing a huge amount for a handset.
Design & Display
Samsung Galaxy S8 features a unique bezel-less display with glass back. The sides are designed using high-quality metal to provide a premium experience. Moreover, the company has integrated Infinity display with curved edges. If you purchase the Black color variant, you will be able to enjoy the full potential of the AMOLED display. A 5.8-inch QHD+ display will provide an awesome experience with protection from scratches.
While the rear camera is equipped with a 12MP sensor coupled with f/1.7 aperture, the front-facing shooter offers an 8MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture. The rear camera provides support for PDAF, OIS and LED Flash. You will be able to capture 1440p videos at 30fps using the front camera.
If you are looking for a reason to buy Samsung Galaxy S8, then it should be Bixby virtual assistant. Although Samsung is late to the party, Bixby includes several features not found in Siri and Cortana. The Bixby will help you to work with all the apps including the ability to perform all the tasks such as image searching and reminders.
The addition of Iris scanner enables you to unlock your Galaxy S8 and will also act as authentication for a folder protected with password. This is the same stuff you found in the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung has included a facial recognition feature using which you can unlocking the phone and access the secure folder using the face of your image. Hence, if you unlock the phone using this feature, you can only use the phone.
Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with support for Samsung Pay. You will be able to use it if the payment system is available in your region. With Samsung Dex, you can connect your smartphone to the big screen. You will find it useful if you would like to navigate several images.
The real question is whether you require the above features in a smartphone. If you are tech savvy, then you should buy the Galaxy S8 since you to test drive the potential of Bixby and other features. If you are simply looking for a phone with basic features for phone calls and messaging, then the phone is not for you.