Unpacked event reveals two new smartphones
Samsung has lifted the curtain on its much-anticipated new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8. And with it comes a super-sized additional version, the Galaxy S8+. This is everything you need to know about Samsung’s best smartphones to date…
Meet the Samsung Galaxy S8
The most obvious visual upgrade to the S8, since 2016’s Galaxy S7, is its giant screen. The S8’s infinity display, as Samsung has branded it, dominates the majority of the phone and looks amazing at the same time.
It measures 5.8-inches from corner to corner, while the S8+’s comes in at an even more impressive 6.2. Don’t let the big numbers put those of you with smaller hands off, however, as the rest of the phone hasn’t grown at all.
In fact, the S8 is no bigger than the S6 edge, which featured a 5.1-inch panel. Samsung has just managed to squeeze more screen in…
Justin Denison, Samsung senior vice predient, speaks at announcement: "The Galaxy S8 isn't just a new smarpthone, but a new kind of smartphone ... where there were barriers, we pushed past them.
"We reorganised the phone's internior, making the internal components smaller. Where there used to be bezels - now there's screen."
Super secure biometrics
As well as a fingerprint reader, which is now on the back of the phone next to the camera lens and heart rate sensor, there’s an iris scanner built in above the display. It reads the unique patterns of your eyes, meaning you can securely unlock the S8 with just a glance.
Why a fingerprint reader and an iris scanner, we hear you ask… well, we use our finger or thumbprints a lot nowadays, which is great for buying apps or unlocking our phones. But the patterns in our eyes are even more unique than our prints. So, the iris scanner offers and added level of security.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
The 12MP Dual Pixel camera has remained largely unchanged since its debut on the Galaxy S7 last year. It still uses large pixels to capture loads of light – making your photos pop with vivid colour – and you can also film in 4K resolution.
There’s now a Snapchat-esque mask filter setting built into the camera app, which is a lot of fun. It lets you add animations with different movements (i.e. opening your mouth to eat more cheese when you’re dressed a mouse), and there are sound effects attached, too.
Around the front of the phone, there’s an 8MP camera for video chats and selfies. You’ll be able to film in Quad HD resolution here, and it’s one of the first front-facing smartphone cameras to feature autofocus technology.
Bixby is Samsung’s home-grown virtual assistant, summoned by pressing the dedicated button underneath the volume rocker on the side of the Galaxy S8. The new name in the virtual assistant game is set to begin its life in the US, before arriving in the UK later this year. More to follow on this shortly.
Superior sound with AKG
Included in the box with every Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are a pair of high-quality AKG earbuds. They’re matched with new technology inside the phones, making sure all your favourite songs sound awesome.
For when you want to let the whole gang enjoy your playlists, however, every pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ comes with a free Samsung Level Box Slim wireless speaker – only available at Carphone Warehouse.
On the inside of the S8
There’s a lot going on inside the new Galaxy S8, with an octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, and the latest features from the Google-owned OS, Android Nougat. And storage-wise, you get 64GB as standard, with the option to expand that by adding a microSD card of up 256GB.
A 3,000mAh battery (3,500mAh for S8+) can be powered up quickly using the new USB Type-C charging technology, and it’s all protected against water and dust, certified as IP68. Not too shabby, eh?
To be the first to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, at the best price, follow the links now to be taken through to Carphone Warehouse’s website.