by Jonathan Castillo
Samsung is voyaging into the deeper frontier with the Galaxy S8 and the S8+.
And to discover another dimension in its bid to remain ahead of the fleet, Samsung is going over the edge with the introduction of the Infinity Display — near-bezel-less screen with the smoothess and softess curves on both edges.
Samsung’s newest venture uses an OLED screen, so there’s no mistaking the brightness and the richness of color and detail. And we only want one of the best screens for the finest entertainment we can bring anywhere.
By default, the S8 and the S8+ are utilizing the FHD+ resolution, which is already impressive on its own. However, you can switch resolutions in the settings between HD+ and WQHD+. You can use the HD+ if you intend to gaze into a series of movies on your S8 or S8+ while ensuring you have enough power to last through the day.
Or you can run at full blast with the WQHD+ resolution for the best viewing experience.
You might notice both the Galaxy S8 and the S8+ have larger screens without looking too big. That’s because in order to maximize screen-size, Samsung decided it is time to take away the physical home button.
It also looks like Samsung has recognized YouTube as among the top forms of entertainment and provided a dedicated button that crops the screen to get rid of those black sidebars.
The Galaxy S8 and the S8+ have the best Android hardware today with Snapdragon 835, 4 gigs of RAM. 64GB for storage with microSD card expansion. It uses Type-C USB for faster charging and wired data transfers. Oh, and the headphone jack is still in there.
Security layers include standard PIN, passcode, KNOX, iris scanner, and the fingerprint scanner.
Even as the fingerprint scanner is beside the camera, it is easy to reach for it with your finger to launch your phone. Even if your finger runs over the camera with smudges, with the S8 and the S8+ you will still be able to shoot at warp speed and capture all the world’s visual delights.
Over the past years Samsung has improved their UX by shedding off excess skin. The UX feels and looks like stock Android, it’s clean, it’s simple, and it doesn’t have bloatware. One nice thing about it is the absence of an apps tray, making the entire UX look cleaner. You can access your apps by swiping up or down.
You can access Bixby, Samsung’s own assistant, which you will be able to assign tasks like Recommend and Remind. There is a dedicated physical Bixby button if you need to make quick searches and access to other Bixby services.
Features from the Galaxy Edge devices were integrated into the S8 and S8+, such as People Edge, Smart Select, and Apps Edge. You can touch and hold down the apps in the Galaxy S8 and the S8+ to unravel options such as making a shortcut for the app and checking its details.
It’s nice to point out that the Galaxy S8 and the S8+ will be the first phones to feature Bluetooth 5. This means a lot of things for improved wireless connectivity. It allows farther and stronger range and faster transfer speeds.
You can pair two devices with the Galaxy S8 like two wireless headphones for sharing. It’s a Bluetooth upgrade prepared for the Internet-of-Things.
Samsung has a solid track record on our book when it comes to camera. The 12MP rear camera is fast and takes incredible photos. The front 8MP camera fires away, taking incredible selfie images.
Samsung also wants to simplify your computing needs. Soon, you may use the DeX dock, which turns your Galaxy S8 or S8+ into a desktop alternative. All you will need is a monitor and a keyboard, along with the DeX. The idea behind here is to let you carry your work with you with the least amount of navigation, saving some time from opening the cloud and emails.
One last thing from Samsung, in the fast evolving VR, they have introduced the newest version of the Gear 360, poised to capture images in 360-degrees. It will also allow you broadcast live and record 4K videos.
Now what really makes the Samsung Galaxy S8 worthy of setting sail alongside the current heavyweights is its “pure, uninterrupted glass” of infinity display.
We think Samsung is trying to tell us something: That there is more beyond the galaxy, and we must be bold enough to just go.