Samsung Electronics Co unveiled its Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone as it battles to regain the market leadership it lost to Apple Inc after the embarrassing withdrawal of the fire-prone Note 7s.
Boasting some of the largest wrap-around screens ever made, the long-awaited S8 is the South Korean tech giant’s first new premium phone since the Note 7 debacle in October, which wiped out $5.48 billion of profit and helped Apple overtake Samsung as the world’s top smartphone maker in the fourth quarter.
Two versions of the Galaxy S8, code-named Dream internally, were launched at a media event in New York on Wednesday, with 6.2-inch (15.75 cm) and 5.8-inch curved screens – the largest to date for Samsung’s premium smartphones.
The phones, which will go on sale on April 21, are slightly longer but comparable in width to their predecessors as Samsung has eliminated nearly all of the bezel borders around the face to maximize the screen surface area.
The S8 features Samsung’s new artificial intelligence service, Bixby, with functions including a voice-commanded assistant system similar to Apple’s Siri. There is also a new facial recognition application that lets users unlock their phones by looking at them.
The Infinity Display has an incredible end-to-end screen that spills over the phone’s sides, forming a completely smooth, continuous surface with no bumps or angles. It’s pure, pristine, uninterrupted glass. And it takes up the entire front of the phone, flowing seamlessly into the aluminum shell. The result is a beautifully curved, perfectly symmetrical, singular object.
The 12MP rear camera and the 8MP front camera are so accurate and fast that you won’t miss a moment, day or night.
Pixel size: 1.22µm
Sensor size: 1/3.6″
Dual Pixel 12MP AF
OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
Pixel size: 1.4µm
Sensor size: 1/2.55″
Max Zoom: 8x (digital)
Save as RAW file
4K video recording at 30 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization)
Digital Zoom 8x
High CRI LED Flash
Slow Motion video support for 720p at 240 fps
Hyperlapse video with stabilization
Continuous Autofocus video
Take 9-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video
Video Location tags
Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor
Octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor
4GB RAM (LPDDR4)
64GB (UFS 2.1)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz),VHT80 MU-MIMO,1024QAM
Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
& SIM Card
Single SIM model: one Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 256GB)
Dual SIM model (Hybrid SIM slot): one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 256GB)
Android 7.0 (Nougat)
[Ultra High Quality Audio Playback]
UHQ 32-bit &DSD support
PCM: Up to 32 bits
*Water resistant up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes.
MP3 playback (AOD on): up to 44 hrs
MP3 playback (AOD OFF): up to 67 hrs
Video playback: up to 16 hrs
Talk time: up to 20 hrs
Internet use (Wi-Fi): up to 14 hrs
Internet use (3G): up to 11 hrs
Internet use (4G): up to 12 hrs
MP3 playback (AOD on): up to 50 hrs
MP3 playback (AOD OFF): up to 78 hrs
Video playback: up to 18 hrs
Talk time: up to 24 hrs
Internet use (Wi-Fi): up to 15 hrs
Internet use (3G): up to 13 hrs
Internet use (4G): up to 15 hrs
*Data based on devices released in Europe. Actual results may vary depending on usage and environmental factors.
Fast Charging on wired and wireless
Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
RGB Light Sensor
Lock Type: Pattern, Pin, Password
Biometrics Lock Type: Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, Face Recognition
Knox protection: Real-time device monitoring and protection
Virus, malware prevention (Powered by Intel Security)
Secure Folder: A secure space on the device to keep content such as apps, photos, movies, and files private using either iris scanning or fingerprint scanning.
In the box
Galaxy S8 | S8+
USB power adaptor
Quick start guide
USB Connector (USB Type-C)
Micro USB Connector
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