The Galaxy S8 is getting hundreds of new emoji

Koh expects the S8 to outsell the 2016 predecessor Galaxy S7, which Samsung said last week set the firm's internal record for first-year sales, despite the fact S8 sales will begin more than a month later than the S7's last year. The home button has been replaced with a pressure-sensitive section embedded under the screen.

Due to the design of the displays stretching across the front of the phones, both are user friendly although the S8 does feel slightly easier to handle.

It's pretty easy to see the differences at first glance - the Pixel XL has so much going on around the display that its body feels nearly unnecessarily big. This is probably the thing that has evolved least compared to the Galaxy S7.

With no physical home button to house the finger print sensor, Samsung placed it at the back of the device right next to the camera module.

The side buttons are similar, but an extra button for Samsung's Bixby software now appears under the volume rocker. At launch, it will integrate with Samsung's camera, gallery, contacts, messages and settings, and with third-party apps in the future. There is also an 8-megapixel front camera with auto-focus. It's a good deal because you're getting a $170 bundle (the $130 Gear VR plus the $40 motion controller) for free. We will see how Bixby either replaces or simply adds to Assistant, though having both is either a benefit to users or a redundancy.

This is largely possible due to the Snapdragon 835 chip that houses the latest Qualcomm X16 LTE modem capable of hitting gigabit speeds.

However, the S8+ does include a much larger 3,500 mAh battery which could mean it keeps going longer than the S8's 3,000 mAh battery.

The Galaxy S8 is the smallest model, but its screen is bigger than most large smartphones. This also means that the new camera and its new editing suite will also work on Apple's Mac computers as well. The devices will run on Android 7.0 Nougat. The main one features twelve megapixels, while the second one has eight.

All told, the app actually looks better than we expected, and may prove more useful for some chores than Google's Assistant since it works directly with Samsung's hardware.

A view of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 at its Samsung launch event, March 29, 2017 in New York City.

  • Carolyn Briggs