Here comes Samsung with Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus after the fall of Galaxy Note 7 last year. The company has unveiled latest flagship phones in a ceremony held at the Lincoln Centre in New York City.

The most astonishing feature of the S8 is an almost completely bezel-free display, running the full width of the device, even curving around the edge and shrinking the chin and forehead of the front screen to tiny slivers. Samsung has named it the “infinity display” and even the home button has been replaced with a pressure-sensitive section at the bottom of the screen.

Externals

The screen, with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels on both models, is also the first on a mobile phone to be rated as Mobile HDR Premium, certifying it as meeting a certain standard for high dynamic range content – showing blacker blacks, brighter whites and a generally larger range of brightness than most phones.

That allows the two devices, with screens of 5.8in and 6.2in respectively, to occupy the body of a phone with a much smaller display. The Galaxy S8, for instance, has dimensions of 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm, roughly a centimetre shorter and narrower (though 0.7mm thicker) than an iPhone 7 Plus, despite having a screen 0.3in larger.

Internals

Inside both the devices we see an octa-core chip (with four cores clocked at 2.3Ghz and four at 1.7Ghz), the first in a smartphone to be made in a 0.1-micron production process, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Samsung has also provided slots for external storage as well.

The Galaxy S8 will ship with Android 7, Nougat, which is currently the most recent version of Android. It is due to be superseded in the third quarter of 2017 by Android O.

Camera

The cameras on the two devices remain largely similar to those in the Galaxy S7: A 12MP rear-facing camera, with optical image stabilization, and an 8MP selfie camera, both with an F1.7 aperture. Also included is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, next to the camera, and a face unlocks feature.

More Upgrades

Alongside the new phones, Samsung is releasing or updating a number of related products. Its Gear VR headset gains a wireless gesture-based remote control, while the Gear 360 camera is upgraded with the ability to live-stream 360˚ video.

Samsung has also introduced a new virtual assistant, Bixby, intended to compete with Google’s Assistant and Apple’s Siri. Bixby offers a similar multi-modal feature set to Google Assistant, able to be invoked through voice or through the camera and interact with items on screen.

Another major new feature that will see a worldwide launch is Samsung DeX, short for Desktop Experience, which allows users of the S8s to dock their phone and use it as a full-blown desktop computing environment, with keyboard and mouse control, and access to suites such as Office and Autodesk through a virtual desktop service.

Release and Price Details

Samsung is all set to officially release their big gun on April 28 (though pre-order customers will receive theirs a week early).

The Galaxy S8 will retail at $860 (PKR 90,200) and the Galaxy S8 Plus at $972 (PKR 1,02,000). For your better understanding, the price tags are kept a little lower than the competitors of Apple iPhones.

Comparison of Specifications

Main Cat. Sub Cat. Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8 Plus
NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700) LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
LAUNCH Announced March 2017 March 2017
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2017, April 21st Coming soon. Exp. release 2017, April 21st
BODY Dimensions 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight 155 g 173 g
Build Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
Colour Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.8 inches 6.2 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels (~570 ppi pixel density) 1440 x 2960 pixels (~529 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v7.0 Android OS, v7.0
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB microSD, up to 256 GB
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
ROM 64 GB 64 GB
CAMERA Primary 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Features 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec. 2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Secondary 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, dual video call, Auto HDR 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, dual video call, Auto HDR
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
COMMS SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC Yes Yes
Radio No No
USB v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2 Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Java No No
Misc. Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes

3D Touch (home button only)

Always-on display

TouchWiz UI

24-bit/192kHz audio

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)

Fast battery charging

Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)

ANT+ support

S-Voice natural language commands and dictation

MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player

Photo/video editor

Document editor

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes

3D Touch (home button only)

Always-on display

TouchWiz UI

24-bit/192kHz audio

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)

Fast battery charging

Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)

ANT+ support

S-Voice natural language commands and dictation

MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player

Photo/video editor

Document editor

BATTERY Type Non-removable Li-Ion Non-removable Li-Ion
Power 3000 mAh 3500 mAh
PRICE USD 860 972
PKR 90,200 1,02,000