Samsung Galaxy S8: what’s new and what’s next?

Samsung Galaxy S8 features

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has finally landed, we thought that you might want to find out exactly what new features this phone is boasting and what remains the same from the hugely popular S7.

Almost everything on Samsung’s new flagship phone has gotten an overhaul and has been upgraded to satisfy even the most demanding users while running Android 7 Nougat, the latest version of Android.

What’s new?

The first thing that must be mentioned is the display. This phone features a fantastic display that blends into the metal rim with a subtle curve, creating a great looking handset that Samsung is calling their Infinity Display.

With 2960 x 1440 resolution and DCI-P3 cinema-grade colour gamut, this display looks fantastic no matter what you are using it for. However, it has non-standard dimensions (18.5:9, rather than 16:9) which means you have to choose between pillar boxing and crop to fit when watching YouTube.

Samsung has now switched over to the reversible USB-C port for charging and data transfer – no more fumbling around in the dark trying to plug in the old non-reversible micro USB port. They have also introduced DeX, a program that will let you plug your phone into an HDMI-equipped monitor to turn your Galaxy S8 into a mini-PC.

Samsung has also covered both the front and back of the S8 with Gorilla Glass 5 to help it resist cracking when dropped, however we’d still recommend you use a case with it!

Galaxy S8 artic

What hasn’t changed?

The S8 has kept the old-fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack rather than going with the USB-C audio like the iPhone 7, much to the relief of many Samsung fans. Also kept is the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage of the S7, with included a microSD card slot for additional memory.

This phone has also retained the IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, as it is able to survive being 1.5m underwater for half an hour without damage. They have also kept their own Adaptive Charging and 3000mAh battery like the S7, likely emphasising tried and tested battery tech after the Note 7 recall.

The camera specs have also stayed broadly the same between the S7 and S8 with a 12MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. However, while the equipment is the same, Samsung has upgraded the software to great effect. The new multi-frame image processor takes three pictures per shot, to reduce blur and give you a sharper image. The camera is also now able to open and focus faster – proving that hardware is not the be all and end all of cameras.

What’s still to come?

One feature that hasn’t quite arrived in time for the launch is Bixby. Bixby is Samsung’s answer to Siri and Google Assistant, however currently it is only partly functional.

While users are able to access Bixby Vision augmented reality, Bixby Home (similar to Google Now), and Reminders, a key selling point of Bixby, is the voice control which so far has only launched in Korea and is due to launch in the US sometime later this month.

Get yours now!

You can get your hands on the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S8 at Tesco Mobile for just £44 a month with 3GB of data, 1500 minutes and 5000 texts with no upfront cost.