Samsung Galaxy S8 can really become a face-saver for Samsung in view of an unpleasant incident over the Note 7, a next-generation productivity device that was recalled after multiple reports of battery explosions.
Most of the hype about Galaxy S8 surrounds Bixby, an artificial intelligent assistant, perhaps the most anticipated feature of the device. A few days ago, Samsung made a disappointing announcement that Bixby won’t have voice search enabled right away. Vision, home, and reminder will be available for those who have pre-ordered a phone while voice search will be released only “later this spring.” As a result, Bixby didn’t meet the expectations of people looking forward to testing it.
The Bixby Home feature in the -1 screen is well designed and replaces the Flipboard integration, but the individual modules are not fully integrated into the AI so the services can talk to one another.
Bixby supports alarm, Flipboard, calendar, CNN, contacts, email, Facebook, Foursquare, photo gallery, Giphy, LinkedIn, reminder, Samsung’s first-party apps (health, internet, music, and themes), Spotify, Twitter, Uber, video, weather, and YouTube.
Bixby is not the only AI assistant available on Galaxy S8. Since it’s running Android 7.0 Nougat, it supports Google Assistant as well.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are 5.8-inches and 6.2-inches respectively. This is not an average phone sizes but while the devices are taller, they are not wider. Due to near bezel-less edge, the phone feels comfortable in hand.
One of the most significant things about Galaxy S8 is the display. Samsung claimed that 83 percent of the S8 will be covered by the screen and it stood by its statement. The screen resolution on both the S8 and S8+ are higher than its predecessor and with fewer pixels per inch so you can expect an excellent quality of a Netflix video or even gameplay.
Besides, the sound quality is great on this phone, both when listening to music or phone calls.
The battery on the S8 is the same as the S7 at 3,000mAh, but the S8+ is smaller than the S7 edge at 3,500mAh. The battery easily comes through the whole day with such daily activities as checking email, taking and posting photos, making phone calls, surfing the internet, and watching movies.
Unfortunately, camera didn’t get good reviews. The dual-pixel camera doesn’t really differ from the S7 – it does take great photos and perform well in low light but Samsung didn’t push the boundaries more on it. The only difference is that the front-facing camera now has an 8 megapixel lens instead of 5 and there’s better software to take selfies.
Samsung has recently decided to demonstrate excellent capabilities of its new Galaxy S8 camera. The company invited landscape Photographer of the Year Matthew Cattell to capture some of the most breath-taking views of the British Isles on Galaxy S8. The list of 20 greatest views includes the peaks of Snowdonia, the Scottish Highlands, and monolithic Stonehenge among others. You can read about the experiment here.
Samsung has added the fingerprint sensor to the Galaxy S8. Unlike most Android devices, the sensor is not in the middle of the phone but next to the rear-facing camera lens. Meanwhile, the physical home button is no longer on the front of the S8, Samsung has relegated it to the back. Initially, Samsung said that the placement was a design choice, but when asked for more details, a company spokesperson declined to comment, saying “We do not have further information to share about the fingerprint sensor placement at this time.”
If you think Bixby is the most interesting feature of Galaxy S8, you will be disappointed. If you own Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, you should think twice whether you really need the infinity display and slightly more power to change for S8. But if you’re looking to jump to an Android phone, the S8 is worth taking a look at because it gives you a great display and a great camera.