Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are finally upon us, and early impressions are massively positive. From a design standpoint, the S8 is objectively beautiful: a polished slab of shininess matched with a wraparound 5.8-inch OLED screen like an infinity pool melting into the horizon. Even the screen is an unusual ratio of length to width: 18.5 x 9 as compared with the more standard 16x9 found on iPhone and other smartphones.
In short, people are impressed, but it’s not just the phone’s good looks that have people beaming with nerdy joy.
If you’re thinking Samsung + Battery = mayhem, you’d be wrong, as the S8 is the first Samsung to be released after the company completely overhauled its testing procedures.
Now behind us, here are the specs and info you are probably looking for.
-The S8 uses USB-C for charging and data transfer. -The battery is still fast-charging, and Samsung says you’d get five hours of life on 15 minutes of charging. -It runs on the efficient-but-powerful Snapdragon 835 for extra usage time.
But the real eye-grabber is the S8’s AMOLED display with a 570 pixel-per-inch, 1960x1440 resolution that wraps around the front of the bezel from edge-to-edge. There’s no home button - instead, the bottom half of the screen is pressure sensitive, and a firm press will send you to your home screen.
The camera, on the other hand, is a bit meh, but it’ll do the job.
Like the Note S7, the Galaxy S8 is safe for 30 minutes under water, includes 64GB of onboard storage and yes, there’s a headphone jack. Also onboard is Bixby, Samsung’s take on Siri and Google Assistant.
Want one? You can pre-order starting today, and it’ll ship April 21.