Samsung unveils Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones

Immediately after the launch of Galaxy S8, the company is once again in the headline because of the Note 7 tragedy which took place past year. This aligns with earlier rumours that claimed that Samsung was working on a fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the display for the Galaxy S8.

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"Samsung hopes to push the sales of its medium-and low-end smartphones in China with the help of the S8 launch", Yan said.

Samsung showed off a facial recognition feature on the Galaxy S8 that is meant to be a convenient and secure way to unlock your device.

Last month it was reported that Samsung had chose to add facial recognition to the Galaxy S8 because of late doubts about the speed and reliability of the iris scanning feature also included in phone, so it's possible that the software algorithms still require some fine-tuning.

The Galaxy S8 comes in two sizes, a standard 5.8-inch display model and a Plus version with a 6.2-inch screen. The smartphone is very impressive and it raises the bar for the likes of Google and Apple.

However, Samsung also made a flurry of other announcements, ranging from updates to its VR line to smart home connectivity. Samsung Vice President of R&D for Mobile Bookeun Oh says, "The battery life is extended longer than that of the S7 thanks to adding energy-management software and incorporating energy-efficient component [s]". Even Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana, which could be seen as a competitor to Samsung's own Bixby, will be included.

"We must not only win back customers' trust, but also the high expectations that they have always held for Samsung", said Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business.

One of the most surprising announcements was something the company calls Samsung Dex.

The company apologized to consumers for the recall and was forced to postpone the S8 launch. Rumors have been swirling for a while now suggesting what the iPhone 8 from Apple may or may not have, and now we have some new ones to share.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung is touting the safety of the S8's battery, given that the cause of the Note 7 fires was due to faulty battery design.

  • Carolyn Briggs