Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus

Discover new possibilities with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+

Samsung Mobile, yesterday (29/03/2017), unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and what a beautiful piece of kit this latest smartphone is.

Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ breaks traditional smartphone barriers and combines seamless hardware design with a variety of new service offerings.  Launching alongside the latest Galaxy devices is a range of apps, multiple services and a stunning infinity display for immersive viewing experiences.

Speaking at the launch of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, president of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics Co, DJ Koh said:

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ usher in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world.  The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smartphone legacy.

Smartphones without limits

A summary of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ features some of the largest wrap around screens ever made, artificial intelligence (Bixby), an improved camera and a new beautifully crafted design.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the latest devices since the catastrophic failure of the Galaxy Note 7 with its exploding batteries.

These latest devices need to win over consumer confidence and more importantly it needs to stand out from its competitors including the latest Apple iPhone 8, planned for a September launch and Huawei’s premium smartphone planned for launch later on today.

See & experience more

Samsung has a pedigree of building smartphone devices that are beautifully crafted and feature the latest cutting edge technology.  Available in both 5.8 inch screen for the Galaxy S8 and 6.2 inch screen for the Galaxy S8+, an Infinity Display and bezelless design form a smooth and continuous surface with no buttons or sharp angles.

The result is a truly immersive viewing experience without any kind of distractions and makes multitasking whilst on the go a lot more convenient.  The large screen sizes, however, do not impact on the smartphones compact design and enables comfortable one-handed usage and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back of the device.

The Galaxy Foundation

In addition to the stunning design, as we mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is being launched with a whole host of new services and applications including:

  • Premium camera: Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are equipped with an advanced 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus front camera and a 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear facing camera, designed for the best picture qualities even in low light.
  • Incredible Performance: Featuring the industries very first 10nm processor enabling heightened speed and efficiency.  It also uses gigabit LTE and gigabit Wi-Fi ready with support for up to 1 Gbps allowing users to quickly download files.
  • Robust Entertainment: The worlds very first device to be certified by the UHD Alliance as MOBILE HDR PREMIUM, allows you to see the same vibrant colours and contrasts that film makers intended while watching your favourite shows.  In addition to this you will also find the next level in gaming experiences with vivid and superior graphic technology as well as Game Pack, featuring top game titles.
  • Built on Knox: Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy 8+ are built on Samsung’s Knox a defence grade security platform.  In addition to this the security features have been updated with more biometric security features including fingerprint scanner, iris scanner and facial recognition software.  Giving the user the choice of which security features they wish to implement.

All of these additional services are being launched alongside:

  1. IP68 Water and dust resistance
  2. MicroSD support up to 256GB
  3. Always on display
  4. Fast and wireless charging capabilities.

Hello Bixby

One of the major features absent from the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus is the home button.

This has been replaced by artificial intelligent (AI) platform, Bixby that helps users get more out of their smartphone. The camera on the smartphone doubles up as Bixby’s eyes.  With Bixby users can conveniently interact with the smartphones AI by either voice, text or even touch commands.

At the launch of the Galaxy S8 devices Bixby’s voice function integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings with plans to expand this into more applications and third-party apps.

We mentioned earlier that the camera doubles up as Bixby’s eyes.  Users are also able to shop with Bixby by using the image recognition technology.  As the Bixby eco system grows we can expect to see a lot more from Bixby and the plan is for the AI to connect across applications, devices and service providing a ubiquitous interface.

Beyond the phone experience

Unlock the new Gear VR with controller, powered by Oculus.  The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will both connect to the new Gear360 to create 4K 360 degree videos and 15MP photos.

Enhanced productivity delivered by Samsung Dex turns your smartphone into a desktop by providing a secure desktop like experience.  With Samsung Dex users can easily display and edit data from their phone, making working from a smartphone faster and smarter.

In addition to this, and as the IoT (Internet of Things) takes hold.  Samsung Connect will make it easier for you to manage multiple devices across the network.

An enhanced Samsung Health application will also feature on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

You will also be able to leave your physical wallet at home thanks to the Samsung Pay application, turning your smartphone into a payment solution.  With more than 870 worldwide banking partnerships, Samsung Pay has processed more than 240 million transactions to date.

Inside the box, alongside the Galaxy S8 and S8+, you will find a pair of AKG by Harman, offering an uncompromised audio experience.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will both be available from April 21st and will be offered in a range of colours including Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold

The Galaxy S8 Accessories

No new smartphone release would be complete without a range of new mobile accessories.

One of the major accessories to be launched is the Samsung Dex which has been designed to improve productivity for mobile professionals.  Samsung Dex provides an Android based desktop-like experience that enables users to seamlessly access apps, edit documents, browse the web, watch videos, reply to messages and more directly from your smartphone on  a larger screen.

Samsung Dex is like taking your desktop with you on a phone.  The Android UI has been completely redesigned and is optimised for users with a keyboard and mouse and includes multiple resizeable windows, contextual menus and a desktop version web browser.

To use Samsung Dex the user will need to put their smartphone into the Dex station, which connects to the smartphone via a HDMI compatible monitor and connect to any Bluetooth enable, USB or RF-type keyboard and mouse.

Speaking at the launch of the Samsung Dex, CTO Injong Rhee said:

The smartphone has become the central point for the modern mobile professional, and when giving a presentation or editing documents remotely, it means they can work effectively using just their smartphone. We developed Samsung DeX with the highly mobile worker in mind, giving them a convenient and flexible desktop experience.  Our collaboration with key partners such as Adobe and Microsoft was essential in the development of Samsung DeX, as they share our vision for building excellence in mobile productivity. With Samsung DeX, enterprise users can also be assured their smartphone and data are protected by the Samsung Knox security platform built into the smartphone. Samsung DeX redefines what a smartphone can do to keep mobile professionals productive

The DeX station provides the connectivity professionals need, including two USB 2.0, Ethernet, USB Type-C power in and a cooling fan.

Along side this you will be able to pick up cases, monitors and more.