Samsung has today launched its new flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones at dual events in Lincoln Center in New York and Olympic Park in London. The potential rival for Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 8 needs to be a huge success for Samsung in the wake of the exploding Note7 recall debacle last year. Also, it’s interesting to study some of the phone’s new features, as they give us an inkling as to what we might expect from the iPhone 8 later in the year.
The phones come in 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch versions and have curved edge-to-edge QHD AMOLED displays with a 2960x1440 resolution and minimal bezel, meaning that the home button and fingerprint sensor is now on the back of the phone, just as has been rumoured elsewhere today for the new iPhone 8.
The back camera has a 12 megapixel f/1.7 lens, and the front-facing camera has an 8 megapixel f/1.7 camera with autofocus, as well as integrated iris scanning and facial recognition for the purposes of unlocking the phone and various other authentication uses. Both of these features have been rumoured for the forthcoming flagship OLED iPhone 8.
Other Galaxy S8 features unveiled today include Samsung’s new virtual assistant, Bixby, which was developed by the original team behind Apple’s Siri.
The Galaxy S8 runs Android 7.0, and has a Snapdragon 835 processor, a 10 nanometer chip made by...
Today is the big day for Samsung, but LG is making some news of their own. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint will all begin shipping pre-orders of the LG G6 today. This means that some devices will arrive a week early. Some customers have already received notices that their devices have shipped even though LG promised units would be shipped on April 7th. If your G6 was pre-order you should be receiving it very soon.
If you aren't all about that Samsung life then skip the Samsung event and check out these leaked images of the upcoming 2017 Moto X. Leakster Jerry Yin posted the photos to his Google+ page showing off the next gen Moto phone. We can see a few things from these images. The fingerprint sensor appears to be located on the front of the device. The phone looks to be all metal. We have the same large camera on the back of the device this time it seems to include a dual lens setup. We don't see the connection points at the bottom of the back of the phone used for the Moto Mods like on the Moto Z lineup.
The specs that accompanied the images include 3GB of RAM, Snapdragon 625 processor, and 32GB of onboard storage. The Model number is XT1801. While the leakster seems to think this is the Moto X I find it hard to believe that Motorola would include a Snapdragon 625 in their latest flagship. If this phone doesn't include Moto Mods are you the least bit interested?
HTC released the U Ultra this year. The phone was met with plenty of criticism. Most people didn't like the price point for what the phone was. The phone seemed large enough to fit a larger battery and surely large enough to include a headphone jack. Pretty much the only nice thing anyone could say about the phone was to give HTC props for the camera and design. HTC may be looking to finally annouce the rumored "HTC Ocean" phone in April.
This will be the HTC U and reports indicate that it will include a 5.5" QHD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, and an all new gesture technology that works with the U's metal frame. HTC probably should have released this to begin with or waited to release a phone until this was ready. The phone should be announced some time in April with an expected launch in May.
Today is one of the most anticipated phone announcements in recent history. Coming off a huge loss with the Galaxy Note 7 Samsung is looking for a big win with the Galaxy S8. They will be unpacking the phone for the world to see for the first time officially today in New York. The Event will begin at 11AM EDT/8AM PDT/4PM BST/ 5PM CET. If you don't have a ticket to the event now worries as it will be live streamed from Samsung's website. You can view the event from the link below.
When I saw the pictures of Andy Rubin teasing the bezel-less phone he was working on I felt like it had a familiar feel. Then I was reminded of the Droid HD from back in the day. It was one of the first to look at slimming the bezel and combined with the carbon fiber back it was an awesome looking phone. Unfortunately at the time it went up against the "Next Big Thing" and lost. In a battle that was an onslaught given the specs of the Note 2 combined with the ability to be rooted (something that was important on a phone back then). One had to wonder why Motorola waited so long to release the phone. Had they released it in the spring when so many were anticipating it we could have been having a different conversation.
Unfortunately the Droid HD may not have gotten the love it deserved then but I have to think that it's legacy is going to live on in a future device.
Samsung has patented a secondary display for smartphones. Their idea envisions a secondary display that is embedded in the edge of the watch face display. This would allow users to glance down at their watch and gather possible scrolling information from this longer screen. If nothing else this feature would just be pretty cool. It seems to take the smart watch one step further from traditional watches. It would be neat to be able to read out an entire incoming text message as it scrolls across the secondary display. Who knows what other types of information may be displayed on this 360 display. This feature may never see the light of day, but it would be pretty neat if it does.
Out of all the leaks we have seen on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus we have had no solid evidence to show which processors these phones will have. We know that Samsung is producing the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 on the new 10nm process. Their new Exynos 8895 is built on the same process as well. Samsung has confirmed neither of these chips for the devices. We also know that Samsung has bought up the all the Snapdragon 835 chips for the batch which would signify that the chips will be used in their upcoming flagship devices.
Now we have semi proof that these will be the processors included with the S8 and S8 plus. We now have a device model number Samsung SM-G9500 running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, and device model number Samsung SM-G955F running the Exynos 8895 showing up in Antutu. Each device is also accompanied with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. So far it appears that the Exynos version of the device gets better numbers than the Snapdragon version.