New Samsung Gear 360 offers 2K live streaming, support for iPhone

The biggest reveal is Samsung's smart voice assistant Bixby, which will give Apple's Siri a run for its money.

The prices for the Galaxy S8 are said to be starting at $720-$750 while the bigger Galaxy S8 Plus is starting at $100 more at $840-$850. The rear-facing camera is 12MP again, but the front-facing cam has increased from 5MP previous year to 8MP.

Taking up almost all of the front of the phone, the screen curves around the side like the previous model.

Samsung's services chief Sriram Thodla said Bixby would allow for better navigation of applications on the phone.

Samsung officially unveiled its Galaxy S8 today.

Bixby also comes with a new home panel that resides to the left of the phone's main screen.

New ways to unlock your phone: The fingerprint sensor is moving to the back of the phone, the iris scanner that uses your eyes is back, and a new face-scanning feature is coming to the phone. Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch display while the Plus version has a 6.2-inch screen, and they nearly entirely cover the front of the device edge to edge. Not only has Samsung included the headphone jack, but it is tapping into its recent Harman acquisition by bundling a pair of AKG earphones with the Galaxy S8. For one thing, Samsung says Bixby will be able to handle any smartphone task now managed by touch.

The voice-activated feature can handle numerous functions done via touch and can recognise and retrieve information from the web when a user scans an object, such as an item of clothing or book, with their camera.

Some of the other S8 features had been leaked ahead of this week's event, but some of them were just rumors.

Samsung will include premium earbuds from AKG, a brand it acquired when it bought Harman International.

Samsung has not confirmed the launch date for the phones in India, but it should take place in April, and the phone should hit the markets by May at the very latest. The DeX provides an Android-based desktop experience including multiple windows, keyboard shortcuts, to enable to seamlessly access apps, edit documents and browse the web, watch videos, reply to messages and more. It's similar to what Microsoft offers on its Windows 10 phones. It lets you control apps by voice to do things like translate text, read QR codes, and set reminders.

  • Salvatore Jensen