Samsung Galaxy S8 makes Apple iPhone 7 look outdated: 5 reasons why

James Marshall
April 1, 2017

The phone is the first premium offering released by the South Korean company since the Galaxy Note 7 was released late a year ago, caused a public relations disaster and a massive recall after it was deemed a fire hazard by government authorities. For now, it is going to be present in a limited number of Samsung phones but will over time be integrated into other devices.

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.

A virtual pressure-sensitive "button" at the foot of the screen replaces the home button and appears when the screen is tapped - even when applications or videos fill the screen. Samsung doubtless realizes that it needs to tread on this path carefully.

This chip comes paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD. Alongside these devices, the Korean hardware giant has also officially released the complete details about their Bixby artificial intelligent (AI) assistant.

Consumers can use voice commands to tell Bixby what to do in Bixby-enabled apps. Its technology makes the world's apps and data secure and easy to access, empowering people to work anywhere and at any time. However, this was not demonstrated at the Singapore launch.

Samsung discontinued the Galaxy Note 7 phablet a year ago amid the rising concerns over its safety.

The new 4G LTE phones include the same high-resolution 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel autofocus front camera used in the previous Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones and both run the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.

But if you need something more manageable in the hand than Samsung's jumbo phones, the S8 and the S8 Plus probably won't be for you.

The DeX dock also comes with a full suite of connectivity options; it features a HDMI port for plugging in a monitor, two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet connectivity and power via USB Type-C, with peripherals connecting via WUSB, Bluetooth or RF.

The phones also retain some of their old features: the always-on display, fast and wireless charging capabilities, and, thankfully, the headphone jack.

Measured diagonally, the Galaxy S8 Plus boasts a 15.75-centimeter (6.2-inch) screen, while the iPhone 7 Plus has a 14-centimeter (5.5-inch) screen. Last year, they held a worldwide recall of the Samsung Note7 handsets after reports of units catching fire. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with the impact of the global economy and uncertainty in the IT spending environment, revenue growth and recognition of revenue, products and services, their development and distribution, product demand and pipeline, economic and competitive factors, the Company's key strategic relationships, acquisition and related integration risks as well as other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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