After Samsung suffered one of its biggest disappointments with the Samsung Galaxy Note, it hopes to overcome the fiasco with the new Samsung Galaxy 8 and 8+ in an attempt to revolutionize the mobile phone field. However, the final result might not have been so impressive, at least not for some experts.

The awful experience with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 made many people think that the Korean company was going to be remembered by that inconvenient and that it was going to sink immediately. Even then, the company’s representatives offered the world a revolutionary phone that promises to break down the whole market, just like when Motorola launched the first flip phone in 1989.

The New Samsung Galaxy s8
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 phones come in five different colors: Orchid Grey, Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver and Maple Gold. Image credit: Samsung.

The company’s head of mobile development, D.J. Koh, said that this launch should be considered as a brand new start and that these new phones are the flagships of the company. He stated that the Note 7 fiasco was a “heaven to hell experience,” and that neither he or his partners wanted to stay in hell for much time. He also said that the development of this model started as long as five years ago under his personal supervision.

“Today we are here to celebrate a milestone. Not just the launch of a great device, but the beginning of a new way to experience the world. A world where boxes no longer define us and barriers that once stood in the way have been removed,” Koh said to the crowd present at the Lincoln Center this Wednesday.

Phone specs: Bezel-free models

For many time, the company’s officials and developers have expressed their desire to eliminate bezels from phones, for both technical and esthetical reasons. Samsung has oriented their efforts toward avoiding bezels on its models and on the Galaxy’s 8 and 8+ they accomplished that goal, at least partially.

The display of the phone was greatly improved with this new characteristic since now the mobile is curved around the edges and has shrunk its chin and forehead. The way Samsung calls this innovation is “infinity display,” given that it eliminates the long-term used physical home button, evolving into a sensitive section that works through pressure.

Screen and high-quality features

The amplitude of both screens is 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch respectively. The Galaxy S8 is 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm, ergo, it is almost a centimeter shorter and narrower than its direct competitor, the iPhone 7.

Both phones are the first ones to be granted with the Mobile HDR Premium qualification, which means they can display and meet the needed standard for high dynamic range content.

The New Samsung Galaxy s8
The 2960 x 1440 pixels resolution allows the phone to reach the portrayal of brighter whites and blacker blacks and access to a more varied range of tones than what most phones can achieve. Image credit: Samsung.

Internal processing: Octacore chips

The phones are integrated with octacore chips, each one of them including four cores at 2.3Ghz and four at 1.7Ghz. Also, the phone has 4GB of Ram and 64GB of flash storage, and it is one of the first ones to have undergone a 0.1-micron production process. Also, users would have the possibility to expand the storage through the new microSD expansion slot.

Battery and camera innovations

One of the few different features between the S8 and the S8+ is the battery qualifications. The smaller model possesses a 3,000mAh battery while the S8+ has a larger 3,500mAh capacity. Both come with Android Nougat 7 and would be then updated to Android O, which is set to be launched in the third quarter of the year.

When it comes to camera specs, the innovations are not very remarkable when compared to the previous Galaxy S7. The rear-facing camera is 12MP with optical image stabilization on both devices while the front camera is 8MP. The phones include a fingerprint sensor in the back part, next to the camera, which can be used to unlock the device.

The New Samsung Galaxy s8
The new Galaxy 8 models come with the same camera sensor as their predecessor. Image credit: Samsung.

Devices include virtual assistant Bixby

One of the most remarkable features highlighted at the premiere of the devices was the incorporation of Bixby, Samsung’s own virtual assistant and competitor of Google’s Assistant and Apple’s Siri.

“You heard about our features and functions [with Bixby]. Many people are already familiar with touching the screen. We are not just going to [add voice] to the interface. We are providing a multimodal interface: You can operate the mobile phone by voice as well as touch,” Koh told CNET.

Samsung will soon release a desktop called DeX, and it will have the possibility for S8 and S8+ users to dock their phones and enjoy a “full-blown desktop computing environment.”

Source: The Guardian