2016 was supposed to be a breakout year for Samsung and with good reason. Their products achieved that rare thing in both art and commerce that usually lays the groundwork for massive popularity: brilliant distinction. We’re referring primarily to the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone, a curvaceous, optimised, fully loaded stunner poised to steal the spotlight and potentially the crown from a slew of both seasoned and emerging competitors. Tons of blogs and enthusiasts (including us) were singing its praises and feverishly anticipating its official release. Then it was released, and the S7 did indeed blow up overnight, but unfortunately we mean that literally.
Never one to let a few pocket fires stand in their way, Samsung has now returned to the stage with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Think of them as the S7 reloaded, or maybe don’t since that’s bound to conjure associations with the Matrix sequels and unlike those movies these phones have clearly improved upon their predecessor. From the Android-powered S8 and S8+ expect a lot of S7 features that have been fine-tuned to near perfection.
That means a new, non-exploding battery that can be charged quickly and wirelessly. It also means a slightly modified and still absolutely sexy curved Infinity Display that’s 5.8 inches on the S8 and 6.2 inches on the S8+. It’s a trend-setting, immersive design that brings with it a continuous surface absent of buttons, obscured angles and bezels. Coating the display is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back for absolute sturdiness and premium sheen.
For the gamers out there, the new Galaxy smartphones deliver top-shelf graphics and plenty of pre-installed games, and for the picture junkies each device comes equipped with an 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus camera in the front and then a 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel camera in the rear. Under the beautifully slim body is an industry first 10nm processor and the gadget offers 4GB of RAM (memory may vary depending on market and operator). And don’t forget to introduce yourself to your new best AI friend Bixby, who’s ready to heed all the questions and requests you can throw at him.
As always, Samsung cranked things up in the accessories department. The Galaxy S8 (and S8+) is compatible with Samsung Gear VR, Samsung TVs, and the new Samsung DeX, a brilliant bowl-shaped gadget that resembles an open clamshell and transports the desktop experience onto the display for next level functionality.
DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business for Samsung Electronics, said the following: “The Samsung Galaxy S8 ushers in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world. The Galaxy S8 is our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smartphone legacy.”
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will retail at about $1,199 AUD and Galaxy S8+ will go for about $1,349 AUD so start saving now. For Customers in Australia the new smartphones will be offered in three different colours: Midnight Black, Orchid Grey and Maple Gold. Get excited because these phones are definitely ready to blow up big time–figuratively speaking of course.