* Samsung hoping to bounce back from Galaxy 7 failures
* Galaxy S8 starts shipping on April 21st
* New facial recognition technology among host of features
When the Galaxy 7 went down in flames (literally) last year, Samsung scrambled to salvage its reputation. The Verge reports that by launching the Galaxy 8 so early in 2017 (sales start in late April), the company has gained a competitive edge. Timing isn’t the only advantage. Here are the six most exciting features of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ that all the techies are raving about.
1. Infinite Display
“Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch display crammed into what feels like a normal-sized phone, with a barely-there bezel,” writes The Verge. With an unbranded face, bright, fluid-looking display and a mirrored glass back, it looks great. As a bonus, you can upgrade to a 6.2-inch display.
2. Force Touch
“Force Touch” is an Apple concept, but Samsung has adapted it with a virtual button that delivers haptic feedback in response. The new Galaxy also features a fingerprint scanner next to the camera lens on the back of the phone, as well as facial recognition technology.
3. Upgraded Selfie Camera
Samsung kept the camera details under wraps, but the new selfie camera can snap 8-megapixel photos with an f/1.7 lens. It also features awesome autofocus capabilities.
Bixby is Samsung’s new virtual assistant. It can set reminders, search photo galleries and connect your phone screen to a smart TV — all by using voice command. It can also identify physical objects for a visual search and information.
Short for desktop experience, DeX is a “plastic bowl-like stand with a USB-C prong, a couple of ports, and a fan,” says The Verge. It lets you turn your phone in a PC-like mobile desktop.
6. 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
Anyone annoyed that Apple has dropped headphone jacks entirely from the iPhone will like this. Galaxy 8 also supports Bluetooth 5.
Sales for the Galaxy 8 start on April 21, but you can pre-order now.