Samsung Officially Unveils the Galaxy S8 & S8+

The Bixby function of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus was demonstrated in NY on March 24.

Rivalling Apple's Siri and Google Assistant is Samsung's voice-powered digital assistant named "Bixby" that will make its debut on the Galaxy S8 devices.

The new headset still only works with Samsung devices including the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, plus the S7, S7 Edge, Note 7, S6 Edge+, and S6 Edge. Even with the bigger screen, Samsung has managed to keep the size of the chassis less than the iPhone 7 which has a smaller display but a larger body.

Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone as it battles to regain the market leadership it lost to Apple after the embarrassing withdrawal of the Note 7s.

Both the phones, which are IP68 (dust and water resistant) will come with USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC and MST for Samsung Pay, wireless charging, fingerprint sensor, LTE Cat.16, Bluetooth 5.0 that supports streaming to two devices and Wi-Fi. Gone is the physical Home button that is now embedded in the display, as are the Recent and Back keys that are now customizable. The S8 also sports a voice assistant meant to rival Siri and Google Assistant.

Hopefully, the more efficient chipsets will balance it out, and the S8 won't have worse battery life than the S7. Samsung ultimately killed that smartphone after two recalls, both related to issues with faulty batteries. Samsung always puts a lot of thought into the design of their devices, but nowhere more than their displays. Though many customers remain loyal, any further misstep could prove fatal for the brand.

The phone, announced today in NY, will come out April 21. To accomplish this, the bezels were scaled down while opening up more screen space and the entire phones were redesigned from inside out, he said.

The company says phones will now go through multiple inspections, including X-rays and stress tests at extreme temperatures. As for the camera, Galaxy S8 uses the exact same Galaxy S7 12MP rear camera lens with OIS. The S8 Plus will be 6.2 inches, compared with S7 Edge's 5.5 inches and the Note 7's 5.7 inches. Now appearing as an icon at the bottom the display, the pressure sensitive "button" was easy to use.

However, Samsung did remove the home button from screen and replaced with a touch sensor.

They've also made simple changes, like making it possible to zoom with one hand while filming and other improvements to the phone's camera.

  • Carolyn Briggs