At its Galaxy Unpacked event this morning, Samsung introduced its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The Galaxy S8 line marks the company’s first flagship smartphone launch since the recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. Specs for the devices are as follows:
- Display: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ (2960 x 1440) display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio (6.2-inch display on Galaxy S8+)
- Processor: 64-bit, 10nm process octa-core processor (2.3GHz quad + 1.7GHz quad or 2.35GHz quad + 1.9GHz quad)
- RAM: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
- Storage: 64GB storage plus microSD card slot up to 256GB
- Rear camera: Dual Pixel 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture and Smart OIS
- Front camera: 8-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture
- Battery: 3000 mAh (3500 mAh on Galaxy S8+) with Fast Wired and Wireless Charging (USB-Type C port)
- Thickness: 8mm (8.1mm on Galaxy S8+)
- Weight: 155g (173g on Galaxy S8+)
- OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
- Biometrics authentication: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, facial recognition
- Samsung Pay
- IP68 dust and water resistance
Samsung is also touting the addition of Bixby to the Galaxy S8 devices. Bixby is Samsung’s intelligent assistant that bears some similarities to current virtual assistants, but also holds significance for its possibilities. Bixby is contextually aware of what’s happening on the device, and most notably, Bixby features “cognitive tolerance”, which allows it to understand incomplete commands and perform the task to the best of its knowledge. At launch, Bixby is integrated into select Samsung apps, with plans to expand its functionality to third-party apps. Bixby can be accessed by pressing a dedicated button on Galaxy S8 devices.
Additional changes in the Galaxy S8 line include the removal of the physical home button and the addition of support for Gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi networks.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available beginning April 21. Color options include Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, and Maple Gold.