Introducing Samsung’s Galaxy S8
The Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s latest flagship, available in a variety of colours: Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Orchid Grey – that has a slight purple tinge to it, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. However in the UK, you’ll be able to get hold of just two colours at launch – Midnight Black and Orchid Gray, with Arctic Silver coming soon. The edge-to-edge display stretches to 5.8″, yet the metal body remains thin and light at 155 grams. Quite an achievement considering the screen has increased by 0.7″ inches compared to the S7 yet the weight has only increased by 3 grams. Although larger, it’s worth noting that the S8 can still be held comfortably in one hand. As per usual in Samsung’s Galaxy range, the S8 is IP68 water and dust resistant, meaning it can withstand 30 minutes in depths of 1.5 metres, for added durability. Finally, the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the rear and can now be found to the right of the camera.
- 5.8″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Display
- Samsung Exynos 8895 processor
- 4GB RAM, 64GB storage expandable up to 256GB
- 3000mAh battery with wireless and fast charging
- Rear camera: 12 megapixels, f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel sensor
- Front camera: 8 megapixels, f/1.7 and autofocus
- Iris and fingerprint scanner
- Android 7 Nougat with Google Assistant
Not only has the display size been taken up a notch but so has the storage space with 64GB of on board storage, compared to the S7’s 32GB. Further improvements include a promise of up to 27% higher performance and up to 40% higher efficiency. The new S8 supports Quick Charge 4.0 which offers an astonishing five hours life from a five-minute charge. However, the most notable new feature in the S8 is Bixby, a virtual assistant to rival the Google Assistant that is based on recently acquired Viv’s AI technology. Bixby is able to conduct mobile payments, control apps and even perform image search.
Price and availability
The SIM free S8 price is around £689, however you can get in touch with your account manager to discuss available tariff deals via 01252 854352 or email email@example.com.