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After months of excruciating pain taken to bring out a device that will forever erase the “Galaxy Note 7” fiasco, Samsung has pretty much managed to do it. In fact, the Korean smartphone giant has more than made up for the troubles caused with a picture perfect Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The two new phones come with the same internals except for the screen size – 5.8 inches on Galaxy S8 and 6.2 inches on Galaxy S8 Plus.
Here’s why we think that this year will be the year of the Galaxy S8.
1. Revolutionary Display
Samsung has revolutionized large screen displays with the S8 having a huge upgrade from S7. The Samsung Galaxy S7 sported a 5.2-inch display while the new S8 has a huge 5.8-inch display achieved with almost no change in body size ratio.
This is quite incredible and has been made possible by removing the bezels on top and bottom. Samsung has created what it calls as “Infinity Display” which gives users more screen space and more convenience. There are no physical buttons on the phone and Samsung has replaced this with three virtual buttons.
2. High-Performance Hardware
Samsung has set the bar higher once again for competitors to play catch up. The hardware specs of Galaxy S8 and S8 plus boast of superior chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 for US and Exynos 8895 Octa for rest of the world. The phone comes with 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256GB using microSD card and 4GB of RAM.
If you look at the cameras in S7 and S8, you’d notice that they look exactly the same. The reason is because they are the same. Samsung has untouched its incredible camera on the Galaxy S7 which is the second best smartphone camera after Google Pixel. However, Samsung’s new flagship works on the image processing front to deliver sharper and more natural looking images on every click.
While tests showed no clear visibility in the improved camera performance, Samsung has assured that the camera would be definitely better than S7 and even better than Google Pixel.
4. Bluetooth 5
Samsung Galaxy S8 is the first phone to get the latest Bluetooth 5 connectivity technology. While this will be the standard in years to come, Samsung is the first to jump on the bandwagon. The move surely seems to have reaped benefits for the Korean manufacturer.
The Gigabit LTE compatible smartphone has roaring wireless speeds 1GB per second. T-Mobile CEO John Legere commented on the path-breaking combination saying that an entire industry will now have to redefine the word ‘fast’ after Samsung’s most powerful phone collaborated with the most advanced LTE network.
Now the Samsung Galaxy S8 lets you turn your desktop PC into an Android OS computer with a docking station. DeX is the docking station that lets users turn their computers into a Chrome-like OS display. There are all the icons on the smartphone displayed on the computer and users can connect a keyboard and mouse to transform the S8 into a virtual machine. The powerful chipset and large RAM gives Samsung the ability to multitask seamlessly on the larger screen.
While S8 might not look like a major upgrade over the S7, there are sure many fine tunings to the older flagship which has worked wonderfully for the latest smartphone. Samsung continues to extend its dominance in the smartphone race as we wait for the much-awaited iPhone 8 to arrive in September.