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Samsung Galaxy S8 - The smartphone without limits

Devin Neal | 30 March, 2017, 02:04

Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its latest premium smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, which the company hopes will restore its reputation as one of the world's best smartphone makers.

The iPhone had a fairly easy ride previous year after the Galaxy Note 7 - which was shaping up to be by far the best phone of 2016 - was recalled and killed off. Samsung was forced to discontinue that product after a rash of battery fires, and also chose to delay the launch of these new phones in the wake of the controversy. That certainly raised the bar for Samsung's President of Mobile DJ Koh, who kicked off the event. Each unit will also come with a top-of-the-line headset from AKG.

Samsung was clearly eager to move on and reclaim its reputation as an innovator. The fingerprint scanner is on the back, since the front is nearly all screen, and they run Android 7.0 Nougat.

Apart from these, Samsung has also included some interesting features such as Knox protection for real-time device monitoring and protection, Samsung Pay, Samsung Connect and most importantly Samsung Bixby which is a voice-based virtual assistant powered by artificial intelligence technology.

As soon as Sprint shares more details we'll update with everything you need to know. Samsung says Bixby is smart enough to process incomplete commands and also be contextually aware and a demo of it shows it is relatively straightforward to do tasks such as create new photo albums without raising a finger. The Always On Display, lock screen, home screen, and app drawer all blend into each other in a sort of gradient, and the default wallpapers each compliment one of the five color options for this year's Galaxy flagship devices.

The phone will be released on April 21.

There's some good news with the S8 and S8+ for power users, however.

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Your decision then, is whether to go for the smaller 5.8in model or the Galaxy S8 Plus' 6.2in.

An optional docking station will turn the S8 phone into a desktop computer when connected to a regular TV. The dock is sold separately. That's because Samsung focused on delivering cognitive tolerance, which means interacting with Bixby shouldn't just be success or failure. The assistant can figure out your location from a picture and look for restaurants or other attractions nearby.

But there's a major caveat: Bixby will work only with selected Samsung apps, including the photo gallery and messages.

With powerful chips, tremendous graphics power, and a high-speed, versatile charging port, the Galaxy S8 is basically a handheld PC that fits in your pocket.

"Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US", a Samsung spokesperson told CNET. LG seems to be suggesting that the G6 is better because Google Assistant is the only digital assistant on the phone. Samsung is getting rid of the "Edge" distinction and bringing curved sides to all S8 phones. Both Bluetooth and USB keyboards and mice to all modern Android devices too, but this is a different experience entirely.

Samsung says it will add many more partners over time. Earlier this year, the South Korean electronics giant began a marketing campaign, including in Singapore, to assure consumers on the safety and quality of its phones.

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