Samsung aims to put the Galaxy Note7 fiasco behind it with the launch of two new flagship smartphones.
(CCM) — Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its new flagship phones, introducing the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to the world at glitzy launch events held in New York and London. The company is depending on the two new devices to restore its tattered reputation following its abandonment of the disastrous Galaxy Note7. The new phones feature larger screens than their Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge predecessors, on-screen home button icons, and a new intelligent assistant called Bixby. The screens on the S8 and S8+ measure 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches, respectively, covering most of the front of the phones. That means that there is no longer room for a physical home button, but a pressure sensor and vibration module have been fit into the space behind the new on-screen home button to provide haptic feedback. Despite the larger screen sizes, the new phones are about the same size as their predecessors.
Samsung's Bixby intelligent assistant can be activated using a dedicated button on the side of the handsets. At launch, Bixby can be used with 10 built-in apps, including messaging and weather. Support for third-party apps will be available in the future, Samsung says. Improvements over the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge include an upgraded 8-megapixel camera with faster autofocus, a 12-megapixel rear camera which extracts data from additional frames to improve contrast and sharpness, faster processors and specialized graphics processors, and an iris scanner that can be used to access the phone as an alternative to the fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are priced at $750 and $850, respectively; both can be pre-ordered today. They will be available from April 21, 2017.
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