Samsung says the Galaxy S8 will be its best-selling smartphone ever

Peter Wells takes a first look at Samsung's latest mobile device at its NY launch. However, the Galaxy S8 "Microsoft Edition" is going to offer a completely different experience to the user, according to The Verge.

DJ Koh, president of mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics, said: "The Galaxy S8 is our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what's possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung's smartphone legacy". With 6 GB of RAM, OnePlus 3T still wins in the RAM department as Samsung has chose to stick with 4 GB in the new phones.

As for the battery - which sparked last year's PR disaster and subsequent recall of the Note 7 - Samsung says the S8 cells will go through multiple inspections that include X-rays and extreme temperature stress tests.

The Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8 inch QHD display; while the Galaxy S8+ comes with a 6.2 inch QHD display. However, everyone seems to have been flattered by the sleek looks of the Samsung Galaxy S8 - thanks to its awesome Infinity Display.

While Samsung did tell us about how they have introduced the pressure sensitive home button beneath the screen, and how it is still there while it is not there, what they did not tell you about is the "always-on" aspect of it. The curved "Edge" display that previously appeared on the S6 and S7 is said to have been done away with. In the past, Samsung's keys functioned in the reverse manner when compared to most other Android buttons. There are also facial and iris recognition security capabilities to supplement the fingerprint scanners that are a holdover from the earlier Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets.

Camera: There's an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with autofocus and a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera.

The Galaxy S8 also houses quite a few interesting features that would definitely make the device stand out in the crowd. The unlocked versions of these handsets are scheduled to be available for pre-order at Best Buy starting May 9.

Nearly all the carriers in the USA are also bundling Samsung VR Gear free with Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones.

  • Arturo Norris