The Samsung Galaxy S8 has (almost) landed! Unveiled to the world last month at Unpacked 2017, we weren’t disappointed when most of the rumours turned out to be true. From the curved “Infinity Display” to the ground-breaking iris scanner, there’s plenty to talk about with the new S8 – and let’s not forget, the S8 Plus. To start the countdown to its release date on 28 April, here’s everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The Galaxy S8’s design is undoubtedly one of its standout features. The glass display covers almost all of the phone, making the black borders surrounding it barely noticeable. Strikingly futuristic, no other phone has nailed this design like the S8. Samsung has appropriately dubbed their revolutionary screen as Infinity Display, complete with Quad HD for crisp colours.
Not only does the Infinity Display envelope most of the phone, it actually curves around it. This may feel familiar if you had a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but the S8 is bolder in design. At 5.8 inches, you’ll struggle to reach the top of the screen with your thumb alone – and the S8 Plus is even bigger at 6.2 inches. The fingerprint scanner has also made a triumphant return on the back of the phone, beside the camera, or you can use the all-new iris scanner to unlock your phone, if you prefer.
Speaking of camera, the Galaxy S8 surprisingly doesn’t sport much improvement in this area. The rear camera is the same as the Galaxy S7 at 12MP, but you could argue that it’s hard to top this. The S8 can take speedy pictures and retain great quality, even in low light. Samsung has added “multi-frame images” this year, which takes multiple snaps and selects the best one for you.
The front camera is an impressive 8MP with a super sharp low-light sensor, so your selfies will look great. There’s even a host of new effects to give yourself an augmented reality makeover, as well as autofocus to make things easier.
The biggest surprise from the S8 is the arrival of Bixby, Samsung’s take on the AI assistant. The new phone comes complete with a Bixby key on the side for easy access to the helper whenever you need it. Rather than restricting themselves to voice search alone, Samsung has integrated Bixby into the camera too. Known as “Bixby Vision”, it can decipher places and products it’s looking at.
If you would prefer to stick to what you know, Google Assistant is still available on the S8 – just say “Okay Google” and make your request. Arguably, Google Assistant does everything Bixby can currently do (minus the camera), but Samsung insists it’s still in the early stages of development.
Samsung has kept the battery the same as the S7 at 3000mAh. However, a more powerful processor than before means this may not be much of a problem. The display is set to Full HD by default to help save precious battery life, too. But, you can change this to QHD in the phone’s settings. The S8 also sports fast, wireless charging so you can use any compatible port you may have.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes loaded with 4GB of RAM, alongside the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor or the Exynos 8895, depending on where you are in the world. This means the S8 comes with 10% more CPU than its predecessor. It also runs the latest Android operating system, Nougat, and the TouchWiz interface has been revamped to provide a simpler user experience.
With a sleek new design, innovative display and immense power under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S8 certainly has a lot to offer.