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  • Display : 5.8 inches, Super AMOLED, Infinity display
  • Max OS : Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Storage : 64 GB
  • RAM : 4 GB
  • Body Material : Gorilla Glass 5
  • Cameras : Rear: 12 MP, Front: 8 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 5.86, 2.68, 0.31 in.
  • Connectivity : 4G, VoLTE

Samsung pushed an “Unbox your Phone” tagline with their all-new Samsung Galaxy S8, but most people didn’t get the connotation. Let me help you with that.

Probably the most looks gorgeous device released in the last 24 months, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature the best ever implementation of a near-bezel-less design that the world has seen. Much like infinity swimming pools, the sides of the S8 duo magically disappear, leaving behind an sense of boundless continuity and an unbelievably beautiful sight to behold.

Not only are the S8 and S8+ pleasant to the eye, they are extremely convenient to hold, even with one hand.

What do I love? The fact that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a lot more in terms of innovation and change than just the screen!

But – we’ll still have to start with the much-hyped bezel-less design of the Galaxy S8. The 5.8 inch Super AMOLED “infinity display” seamlessly flows from glass to it’s metal-finished body and back to glass around the back.
The new “infinity display” with 18:9 aspect ratio lends the impression of a having no sides on the display – something which was introduced in the latest flagship LG G6. But it’s done better on the Galaxy S8.

The wrap-around screen also brings a whole new level of interaction with the device. Gone are the days of physical home button  – on the S8, the home button is actually a capacitive button embedded within the screen, that you can call up with a hard press of the screen. Like 3D Touch on the iPhones,  Samsung’s pressure sensitive button partners with haptic feedback to provide a real-world feel for the “digital” button.

Guess what happened to the fingerprint sensor sitting at the front in previous versions?
Well like many other Android smartphones these days, it’s been shifted to the back just near the camera. However, this brings us to our sole gripe with the phone – the fingerprint sensor is too high on the device, to be used one-handed (especially left handed), and it’s position also could cause the rear camera lens to be caked with fingerprints (due to inadvertent pushes on the lens, instead of the fingerprint scanner).

That done, this leads us to the improved security features on the Galaxy S8 – with biometrics stepping in. You can lock away important files on your phone with an Iris Scanner which ensures your sensitive content can be seen with your eyes only. Since no two irises have the same pattern, it is impossible to replicate the iris scan and bypass the security!

Other than that, Facial Recognition makes it’s entry on the Galaxy S8 – making it somewhat convenient to unlock your device – given that the fingerprint sensor may be out of comfortable reach for the most part. The Facial Recognition only unlocks your phone but not the documents lock away via the Iris Scanner.

All three of the biometric locks clubbed together, make the S8 a near fool-proof and secure device.

Let’s now navigate through the hardware and software related specs.

On the processing front, the Galaxy S8 leverages Qualcomm’s newest (and very rare) Snapdragon 835 or Samsung’s own Exynos (which is built on a 10nm process) chip, which glides on 4 GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S8 carries 64 GB of internal storage which can be externally expanded up to 256 GB. The device runs on Android Nougat and has both USB Type-C port and (all hail the…) 3.5mm headphone jack which is a cheeky touch.

The rear camera on the Galaxy S8 is also a highlight (but for a different reason). It deviates from the ongoing fad of dual rear cameras (as found on LG G6 and iPhone 7 Plus).
The S8’s rear camera is a 12 megapixel unit which is a direct carry over from the outgoing Galaxy S7. Despite the fact that it comes with OIS, this is a bit of a downer.

The secondary (i.e. front) camera comes with 8 megapixel sensor and auto-focus capabilities. Fortunately, the front camera can be considered an upgrade from the Galaxy S7’s 5 megapixel unit.

Exploding batteries on Samsung’s Note7 would be something that Samsung would obviously want to erase from the world’s memory. For that purpose, the company has implemented an eight-point battery safety check. Surprisingly, the Galaxy S8 packs a 3,000 mAh battery which looks a little lower than industry average at the moment. Perhaps Samsung is going to be leveraging significant improvements in it’s homegrown UI, the Samsung Experience, to utilise battery optimally. We’ll have to wait and see.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be available for pre-order starting 30th March, and will hit the shelves on 21st April. The price hasn’t been declared as yet for the Indian market, but can be estimated in the price bracket of INR 46,000-50,000.

In the US, the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus will come in Black, Gray, and Silver colours, but India may only receive the “international” options of Gold and Blue.

Want one? Let us know, we’ll drop you line when you can get one in India (connect@chip-monks.com)

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