The new phones’ most eye-catching feature is an almost completely bezel-free display, running the full width of the device, even curving around the edge shrinking the chin and forehead of the front screen to tiny slivers.
Samsung’s calls this the “infinity display”, and even the home button has been removed, replaced with a pressure-sensitive section at the bottom of the screen Two colours will hit Britain, “Midnight Black” and “Orchid Grey”, and Samsung is still decided whether to launch a third colour, “Arctic Silver”.
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.
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 Inside the devices is an octacore 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 flash storage.
Also present an expansion slot for microSD cards: while Samsung removed the slot for the Galaxy S6, from the S7 onwards the two sizes do have one other difference: a larger battery in the larger model, rated at 3,500mAh, while the smaller phone has storage of 3,000mAh.
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It is due to be superseded in the third quarter of 2017 by Android The cameras on the two devices remain largely similar to those in the Galaxy S7: A 12MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation, and an 8MP selfie camera, both with an F1.
Also included is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, next to the camera, and a face unlock feature.
One thing that’s survived the upgrade is the headphone jack.
the Galaxy S8 still has room for the old port.
The Galaxy S8 will also launch with Samsung’s new virtual assistant, Bixby, intended to compete with Google’s Assistant and Apple’s Siri (Confusingly, Google Assistant is also available on the S8).
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 onscreen 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.