Samsung's Galaxy S8 phone aims to dispel the Note 7 debacle

Posted March 30, 2017

The company says that will further boost the capacity and speed available to Samsung Galaxy S8 users, along with the ability to access T-Mobile's new AWS-3 spectrum.

The Galaxy S8 features a larger display than its predecessor, the Galaxy S7, and sports a voice assistant meant to rival Siri and Google Assistant. Because the new Snapdragon chip is more power efficient, that should add up to some impressive battery life. The Note 7 pushed the engineering envelope with its battery, which contributed to a series of spontaneous smartphone combustions.

Galaxy S8 and S8+ size comparison. Both phones now have Samsung's edge screen technology so there's no longer the need to buy the larger option to get this.

"We are happy that millions of people worldwide still trust Samsung", Koh said. Prices haven't been announced yet. Inspectors concluded some of the batteries were too small for their capacity, putting pressure on the internal structure.

The S8 is also crucial for Samsung's image as a maker of reliable mobile devices. Some replacement phones also caught on fire. All promos only last while supplies last so you better hurry if you really want a Galaxy S8 or its larger sibling badly.

Samsung is schedule to launch the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus today, March 29. The S8 ($720 with no contract) has a 5.8-inch screen and the S8+ ($840 with no contract) has a 6.2-inch screen. The S8 Plus will be 6.2 inches, compared with S7 Edge's 5.5 inches and the Note 7's 5.7 inches. Both S8 models are taller than their predecessors, but widths are roughly the same to preserve one-handed use.

Both will also have artificial intelligence software, virtual assistant Bixby.

Bixby Vision can let you do things like look up product prices or wine pairingsAs you can see from the above examples, Bixby is keenly aware of context. Unlike its closest competitor, Apple's Siri, Bixby can also fully control some apps by voice - but, right now, almost all of those apps are made by Samsung.

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Think of Bixby more as a smart stand-in for touch when using your voice would be faster and involve fewer taps.

Camera: There's an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with autofocus and a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Like previous models, the S8 can be submerged for 30 minutes in up to 5 feet of water.

Also included is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, next to the camera, and a face unlock feature.

The Galaxy S8 comes with a regular earphone jack made by AKG, a premium brand of Harman International Industries Inc.

Samsung also introduced its Dex adapter which allows the smartphones to be transformed into desktop computers. Microsoft will release the entire Office suite for DeX, while Adobe will offer a version of Lightroom. It can also control Samsung devices such as the Samsung Connect Home, which is a Wi-Fi router and SmartThings hub.

If you get the Galaxy S8 through Verizon, you can either get the Gear VR with its new controller and Oculus content, or you can get the Samsung Immersive VR Experience Box for $99, which again comes with a Gear VR, controller, Oculus content, Harman Kardon headphones, and a 256GB Samsung MicroSD card.

Existing library games not requiring gamepad can all be played comfortably with the built-in touchpad, but new titles designed specifically for the controller take things to another level.