Samsung's Galaxy S8 phone aims to dispel the Note 7 debacle

OK, let's get to the heart of the matter: The new phones-and, yes, there are two different models, the S8 and the S8 Plus-look pretty wonderful. The S8 Plus is 6.2 inches and costs at least $1499. The S8 comes with a 5.8-inch screen and the S8+ rocks a 6.2 one. There's also support for both NFC and MST (magnetic secure transmission).

The omission leaves the Bixby button on European GS8s largely working as a secondary home button, only one that takes you straight to the Bixby home app as opposed to your main home screen.

Say goodbye to the home button: The home button is gone.

A fingerprint sensor is placed on the back of the phone instead.

Both models will set you back $30 per month for 24 months, after a down payment of $30 for the S8, or $130 for the S8 Plus.

The Galaxy S8 has a 12MP F1.7 rear camera, with dual-pixel sensor technology and fast autofocus to take handsome photographs even in low-light conditions.

Coming now to the specifications, both the new phones are powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 (or Exynos 8895 for some regions) Octa-core chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via a MicroSD card and underneath, there's 3000/3500mAh battery packs respectively. The other rumored chip, Samsung's own 2.35 GHz Exynos 8895, will power the worldwide models. Those specs should add up to great processing power for getting real work done on the go. As of now, the device are expected to be priced starting at Euro 799 (roughly Rs. 56,000) for the Galaxy S8 and Euro 899 (roughly Rs. 63,300) for the Galaxy S8+ which is about over 300,000 in Naira.

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The stream is also being shown on the Samsung Unpacked YouTube page, which will also doubtless have extra coverage and feature videos after the event finishes as well. Features like Samsung Pay continue to be available, alongside the new Bixby assistant. It still requires a physical button press for activation, for now, and it's limited to Samsung apps and system controls. LG seems to be suggesting that the G6 is better because Google Assistant is the only digital assistant on the phone.

Think of Bixby more as a smart stand-in for touch when using your voice would be faster and involve fewer taps.

Samsung has made the Galaxy S8 official. You connect the external peripherals such as the display, mouse and the phone to a dock and start using it. Samsung has tweaked Android's interface to be more productivity but I think it's time we bid this concept goodbye. Before the Note 7, Samsung had shaken off its old image of being a copycat and had ushered in the era of larger-screened phones - a move that arguably prompted its chief rival, Apple, to make a larger iPhone, analysts said.

Industry watchers said the update came as a rising number of users enjoy gaming and video content on their smartphones. Samsung played it safe this time and stuck with a 3,500mAh battery on the S8 Plus (similar to the Note 7) and a smaller 3,000mAh unit for the smaller S8.

The company says that will further boost the capacity and speed available to Samsung Galaxy S8 users, along with the ability to access T-Mobile's new AWS-3 spectrum.

The Galaxy S8 features the Infinity Display, which is 18% larger than the display of the Galaxy S7. 16 and support for Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac. Orders are expected to arrive by April 21, the same day the phones will be available for purchase in stores. Standard units will also ship with free AKG headphones in the box. Both U.S models will come in silver, gray and black. Global models will have additional gold and blue color options.

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