Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Samsung lunches Galaxy S8 and S8+ with Iris, No Home Button and Facial Recognition

Officially, Samsung announces the lunch of the longly and much-anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones today at an events that was held in New York's Lincoln Center and London's Olympic Park. There has already been several leaks in recent weeks, but today we finally got the full picture of what Samsung's new flagship device are offering consumers who are in the market for a new premium smartphone this year.

Just as we expected, the Galaxy S8 comes in two variants with two different sizes, a curved edge-to-edge 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch QHD AMOLED display. The always-on screen has a 2960x1440 resolution within a minimal bezel design that pushes the home button with fingerprint recognition to the back, just beside the camera.

Talking about the camera, it has a rear 12MP camera that features f/1.7 lens, with an 8MP f/1.7 camera with autofocus that sits above the screen at the front. Also, Samsung has integrated an iris scanning and a facial recognition into the front camera to make unlocking the phone and signing into websites very easy and fast. The power button is at the right side of the handset, while at the left side is the volume control button and a separate button.

At the button of the device is the Harman Kardon stereo speakers along with a USB-C port and a headphone jack. The performance is enhanced with a Snapdragon 835 processor, a 10 nanometer chip made in partnership by Qualcomm and Samsung, it is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage with microSD support for up to 256GB.

The standard model has a 3,000mAh battery capacity, while the Plus device gets 3,500mAh. Both models support fast wireless charging. Out of the box, the S8 runs on Android 7.0 and has a Bluetooth dual audio feature that lets users stream audio to two separate headsets or speakers at the same time.

It also support a multi-window feature that enables two apps to run on the screen at the same time. Another feature Samsung is debuting with the S8 is Samsung DeX, which allows users to connect the phone to an external display, keyboard, and mouse, to use the operating system like a computer.

For the pricing, the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 price starts at $750, while the 6.2-inch 8+ device starts at $850. Prices may vary. Both handsets are waterproof to IP68 standard and come in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, and Arctic Silver colorways. Pre-orders begin on March 30. Both handsets will go on sale online and in stores in the U.S., Canada, and across Europe on April 21.

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