S8, S8+: New galaxies light up Samsung's universe

Samsung Electronics unveiled its Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone as it battles to regain the market leadership it lost to Apple after the embarrassing withdrawal of the fire-prone Note 7s

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ don't come with a physical home button. They instead have a home button embedded underneath the screen that functions just like a physical button. Recent and Back buttons, on the other hand, are now customisable soft keys. (Others)

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the first Samsung phones to come with the company's new virtual assistant, Bixby. To begin with, Bixby’s voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings. (Others)

As Samsung claims, the dual-pixel sensor technology, wide aperture and fast autofocus of the 12MP rear camera work together to create excellent photographs even in low-light conditions.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold colour options. (Others)

The new Galaxy handsets feature a bezel-less, dual-edge display that takes up more than 80 per cent of the phone’s front screen. (Others)

Other key features of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ include Android 7.0, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage (with microSD card support up to 256GB) and an 8 megapixel front camera. (Others)

The Galaxy S8 and S8 will be available starting April 21. Pre-orders for the phones begin on March 30. There is no word on when the phones will hit the Indian market. (Others)