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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 It is due to be superseded in the third quarter of 2017 by Android O.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 S8Galaxy S8 Plus
NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTEGSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bandsHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bandsLTE 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)
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 MbpsHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
GPRSYesYes
EDGEYesYes
LAUNCHAnnouncedMarch 2017March 2017
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2017, April 21stComing soon. Exp. release 2017, April 21st
BODYDimensions148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight155 g173 g
BuildCorning Gorilla Glass 5 back panelCorning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
ColourMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple GoldMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size5.8 inches6.2 inches
Resolution1440 x 2960 pixels (~570 ppi pixel density)1440 x 2960 pixels (~529 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYesYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
PLATFORMOSAndroid OS, v7.0Android OS, v7.0
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPUOcta-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPUAdreno 540Adreno 540
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 256 GBmicroSD, up to 256 GB
RAM4 GB4 GB
ROM64 GB64 GB
CAMERAPrimary12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Features1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec.2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Secondary8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, dual video call, Auto HDR8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, dual video call, Auto HDR
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtonesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakersYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackYesYes
COMMSSIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetoothv5.0, A2DP, LE, aptXv5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEOYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFCYesYes
RadioNoNo
USBv3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connectorv3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURESSensorsIris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IMSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
JavaNoNo
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

BATTERYTypeNon-removable Li-IonNon-removable Li-Ion
Power3000 mAh3500 mAh
PRICEUSD860 972
PKR90,2001,02,000