Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 on Wednesday, its follow-up to one of the most popular and best smartphones of 2016, the Galaxy S7.
We had some hands-on time with the Galaxy S8 before Samsung announced the phone on Wednesday. What we saw was a beautiful smartphone that stands out with its special design and features.
Check it out:
If the screens look tall, that's because they're taller than most smartphones.
Both models have 18.5:9 aspect ratios, while most smartphones have a standard 16:9 aspect ratio.
By having tall screens, the Galaxy S8 displays can look large while still staying manageable in your hands. Tall screens also show more of your apps at one time.
They have glass backs, just like the Galaxy S7, and they will be available in black, a somewhat purple grey, and silver. Unlike the Galaxy S7, though, the S8 won't come in a gold colour option.
The metal borders along the S8's edges are more polished than they were on the S7, making for a shinier, almost steel-like finish.
You'll find a USB-C port and a headphone jack on the bottom of the S8. You can really see the steel-like finish here, too.
The home button has been replaced by an invisible pressure-sensitive button underneath the glass panel. You'll also find the Android function buttons on the bottom of the screen instead of Samsung's usual capacitive buttons.
Speaking of the camera, it's a similar 12-megapixel shooter as the S7 with a few minor enhancements to make photos look clearer and sharper.
It still has the dual-pixel auto-focus technology that gave the S7 it's incredibly fast auto-focus.
It's not the same as the dual-pixel autofocus on the rear camera, but it's the same kind of focus found on most smartphones, including the iPhone 7. It will make for clearer, sharper selfies with better focus than the front-facing cameras on most smartphones.
As expected, wireless charging is included in the Galaxy S8. The wireless chargers now don a soft leather exterior, making for a comfortable charging experience.
Both Galaxy S8 models will come with the Edge features that used to be exclusive to the Edge models of Samsung's Galaxy S smartphones.
And there's face detection now, too, which looks like it's easier to use than the iris scanner, as you don't have to hold the phone up to your eyes.
Bixby will also let you search for information about objects and products, like these wines, by pointing the Galaxy S8's camera at their labels.
It looks like it can work on a variety of objects and products -- Samsung demonstrated it can fetch information about this book.
It will come with Google Assistant, too, which is Google's virtual AI assistant. We're not sure yet, but there could be a clash of assistants in the Galaxy S8.
Samsung also showed off its Dex smartphone dock, which connects to a monitor and turns the Galaxy S8 into a sort of light PC.
You can connect a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to the Galaxy S8 to make it work like a PC.
Samsung teamed up with Microsoft and Adobe for optimised apps that look pretty good on the monitor. Otherwise, other 3rd-party apps will show up on the monitor as they do on your phone.
Here, the Galaxy S8 is running an optimised version of the Microsoft Word app, which looks nearly like the full version of Word.
It also supports multiple windows, just like macOS and Windows 10, which was impressive.
Those who pre-order the Galaxy S8 smartphones will get a free Gear VR with a controller, and an Oculus content package.
Samsung also said that the Galaxy S8 will come with free earphones from audio company AKG/Harman, which Samsung says are valued at $US99.
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