Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Meet Galaxy Note 8 - Samsung's first dual camera phone

Comparing the newly launched Galaxy S8 with its predecessor will show you some major changes this time.

Both the Galaxy S8 and the S8+ are exact replicas of each other on first look.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 series also comes preloaded with Samsung Pay. As a result, you get an ample amount of display (Samsung calls it "Infinity Display") in a comparatively smaller form factor. Although the company announced a 6GB RAM and 128Gb storage variant Galaxy S8+ in the South Korean market but it's unlikely that the company will bring that variant in India. The flagship smartphone features a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED quad HD display with a resolution of 2960×1440 pixels and pixel density of 529ppi.

Now talking about the specifications of the phones, both of them are very similar. In India, both the S8 versions would be sold with Samsung's in-house Exynos SoC's. The phone has an Iris scanner along with a Pressure sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, HR sensor, Proximity sensor and RGB Light sensor. Every year, Samsung loads the Indian variant of its flagship smartphone with its homegrown Exynos chipset, and this year too, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus comes loaded with Exynos 8895 octa-core processor which is built on the 10nm process. Both the smartphones run on Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung's own custom UI on top.

Both the phones also have a separate dedicated button to trigger Bixby - Samsung's response to Google Assistant and Apple Siri. Both the phones come with Samsung Pass to store all your passwords in one place.

It will go on sale on May 8. While the rear camera is largely the same as the one in last year's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung has made software tweaks to enhance post-processing that should result in slightly better results. Pre-bookings start from Wednesday and those who pre-order the devices will get the wireless charger with fast charging capabilities.

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