Samsung Releases Galaxy S8 and 8 Plus Smartphones
April 03, 2017
The hysteria and the plethora of rumors are finally over as Samsung Electronics announced but did not release their flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+. Since both products use the curved OLED, Samsung eliminated the “Edge” differential. The S7/S7 Edge sold ~50m units in 2016, after its March 2016 release but Samsung expects to sell 60m S8 units in 2017. The actual specs are below, with the most important being the display size, which has increased significantly, and the SBR, which has increased by 16% through the movement of buttons and a continued push toward reducing edge bezel size. While battery details remain the same, the placement in the phone has been changed to avoid the issues causing the Note 7 to overheat. The major changes are specs are highlighted. Speaking of the NOTE 7, there are recent reports that Samsung will refurbish and re-release the Note 7’s return so as to avoid the high cost of dumping them.
Table 1: Galaxy S8 vs. S7 Specifications
Samsung has customized Android 7.0 Nougat for a bigger screen and added some Windows-esque touches that make for a more familiar experience. There's an "all apps" button on the bottom left of the screen, similar to what you'd see on Windows and Chrome OS. Also at the bottom of the desktop is a taskbar that shows open apps, the time, and status indicators for things like WiFi, LTE and battery life. You can also pin favorite apps to this bar for easy access. When Chrome or Samsung's Internet browser is launched, while the phone is docked, desktop versions of websites will be seen. This tweaked OS also offers multi-window support, and each window can be resized freely. There's no hard limit on how many windows can be open at once, Samsung says; you just might find the system slowing down depending on what you're doing in each app. Too many windows running video side by side, for instance, will tax the S8 so much that it stops opening apps. I didn't get a chance during my demo to really push the S8 beyond running three apps simultaneously, so we'll have to wait till we get our hands on a review unit to see how far you can go before the phone stops responding.
Table 2: Galaxy S8 vs. Competitor Specifications