Samsung starts rolling Galaxy S6 edge

"The S8 ushers in a new era of smartphone design, opening up new ways to experience the world", said Samsung Electronics president of mobile communications business DJ Koh. Save for a few feature location choices, the device is a seamless expression of the company's commitment to making their flagships perform and look unbelievable.

The S8 will be £689 and the Plus £779 (that's up from £569 and £639 on the S7).

Even though the Samsung phones have bigger batteries than iPhones, they fall short of Apple smartphones in a few key areas, as you can see in the chart above.

The two handsets, fitted with screens of 5.8 and 6.2 inches, include Samsung's upgraded digital assistant Bixby, competing in a crowded field that includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. That way the screen covers the entire front of the phone. In the times of great camera phones from Apple and Chinese companies, Samsung's effort seems quite naive in the department. Plus, you can do things like point the phone at landmarks, books, wine, anything to pull up more information. It is different from Google Assistant in that it pairs voice support with ongoing tasks so it is more responsive. Bixby can identify photos and maps, and serve as a translator. This suggests the S8 will have a small bezel - the space between the screen and edge of the device - and no home button. The devices run on Android 7.0 Nougat and have USB-C and 3.5mm headphone jacks. It can also be considered as one of the reasons for the S8's sleek form-factor.

In addition to faulty phones, Samsung had to recall millions of its washing machines because they were unsafe as well. If Samsung is trying to wow us into trusting it again, it's done a pretty good job with this highly-polished, distinctive pair of devices.

Samsung apologized to consumers for the recall and was forced to postpone the S8 launch. On AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, they will cost $750 and $850 respectively. The unlocked versions of these handsets are scheduled to be available for pre-order at Best Buy starting May 9. Samsung of course started releasing the update a couple of months ago with their then flagships, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. However, the store has yet to disclose a specific price for the phones.

  • Carolyn Briggs