Samsung Galaxy S8 initial review, specs, price_Philippines

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ are official: Your 8 burning questions answered

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IT has finally been unpacked. Samsung’s flagship phone — of which there are two variants: the Samsung Galaxy S8 (click for complete specs) and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (click for full specs) — is now official, months after rumors have started swirling around it.

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It turns out that the most recent leaks are spot on. But if you did not keep up with the reports, don’t worry. We are here to give you the lowdown on the Korean tech giant’s latest and greatest, including its price and availability in the Philippines.

Samsung Galaxy S8 initial review, specs, price_Philippines

Ladies and gentlemen, the Samsung Galaxy S8

If you’ve been hoping for a Samsung smartphone that sports a screen a la Xiaomi Mi MIX‘s, then you are in for a treat. You’re looking at an end-to-end or infinite quad-HD display: 5.8 inches for the Galaxy S8 and 6.2 inches for the Galaxy S8+. It spills over the device’s sides, so you won’t feel any bumps when you hold the phone — just a smooth glass that, as the company describes it, flows seamlessly into the aluminum shell.

No, you won’t see two rear cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. What you get is a 12-megapixel dual-pixel main shooter, meaning the phone will be able to give you faster, hence better, auto-focus. Couple that with bigger pixels and an f/1.7 lens, and you should be able to take bright photos even in low-light conditions. Add multi-frame technology, which gives you one final picture after multiple shots are taken, and blur-less images even when your subject is moving should be possible. On the front is a camera sensor with an 8-megapixel count, up from the Samsung Galaxy S7’s 5 megapixels.

Oh yes, the iris scanner is back! That means you can unlock the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with your eyes. There’s the good ol’ fingerprint sensor as well, but this time, it can be found on the back of the phone. Additionally, there’s face recognition, which is new to any Samsung phone. So basically, you have three authentication options that you can use interchangeably with the device.

They’re nothing short of impressive. The smartphone is powered by either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 or Samsung’s own Exynos 8895. The version that will be sold in the Philippines is the latter. Disappointed? You may want to read our previous report: Samsung Galaxy S8 with Exynos 8895 reportedly faster than Snapdragon 835 model. Anyhow, the device also features 4GB of RAM, 3,000mAh battery for the S8 and 3,500mAh battery for the bigger variant, Android 7.0 Nougat, and IP68 water- and dust-resistance rating.

The Korean manufacturer’s first intelligent personal assistant, Bixby, makes its way to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Take note that there’s Bixby Voice, and then there’s Bixby Visual. The latter makes use of the phone’s camera when you’re searching for something. Want to translate text? Go ahead, let Bixby do it, as it knows 52 languages. Need to extract text from an image to a Word file? Sure. You need help shopping? Use your personal virtual assistant. Bixby Voice, on the other hand, lets you do your work with less typing.

There are three new accessories that you can buy separately. First is the Samsung DeX, a dock that will turn the phone into an Android-based desktop. That way, you can connect the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to a monitor, a keyboard, and other peripherals called DeX or desktop extensions. Second is an updated Samsung Gear 360, which, as the name suggests, lets you capture what you want to share in 360 degrees and 4k video. The third accessory is an update to the Samsung Gear VR, which now comes with a controller.

Don’t expect a device like this to be cheap. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will set you back P39,990 (roughly $797) and P45,990 (around $917), respectively. The prices are higher than those of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The latter two cost P34,990 (roughly $698) and P39,990 at launch. But take note that besides better features, you’ll also get double the internal storage at 64GB. Last year’s offerings only have 32GB of built-in memory.

The release is slated for mid-May 2017. However, you can already preorder the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ in black, gray, or gold from April 17 to 29 from a Samsung experience store or Lazada. If you do, you’ll get a free wireless bottle-design speaker worth P5,099 (approximately $102). Register on mySamsung app, and you will get access to exclusive privileges. We’re talking stuff like airport-lounge access and free coffee from a partner concessionaire. 

Samsung Galaxy S8 initial review

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 22 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.