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Is the Samsung Galaxy S8 the best phone ever? (@SamsungMobileUS)

galaxys8After last year’s Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung has come roaring back with the release of its new superphone the Galaxy S8. Poised to dethrone the tech marvel that is the iPhone, the S8 sees a an overall design overhaul featuring a standard curved screen now known as the “Infinity Display”, a boost in specs over last year’s edition, and the implementation of a Microsoft Continuum known as DeX. The full specifications are:

GENERAL
Operating System Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
BODY Dimensions 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm
Weight 155 g
DISPLAY Screen size 5.8 inches
Form Factor Touch
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Touchscreen Capacitive Touchscreen
Technology (Display Type) Super AMOLED (Corning Gorilla Glass 5)
PROCESSOR CPU Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz)
GPU Adreno 540
Chipset Exynos 8895 Octa/SnapDragon 835
STORAGE Internal Storage 64 GB Storage
RAM 4 GB RAM
External Storage up to 256 GB
Card Slot microSD Card
CAMERA Primary camera 12 MP Dual Pixel Camera
Front Camera 8 MP Camera
Video Recording 2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, 4k Video
Camera Features Geo Tagging, HDR, OIS
BATTERY Type Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Talk time Up to 20 hrs
CONNECTIVITY GPRS Yes
Edge Yes
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
Infrared Port Yes
USB v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
GPS Facility with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
3G Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
NETWORK SUPPORT 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
4G VoLTE
OTHER FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint Sensor, IRIS Scanner, Face Recognition,
Waterproof, Dustproof, NFC

Now that the technobabble is out of the way checkout this review of the Galaxy S8 via Mr.Mobile:

The S8 looks like a beast of a phone that packs in all the bells and whistles of flagship device while still managing to retain the headphone jack (looking at you Apple). One of the most interesting additions to the S8 is the inclusion of DeX. DeX is Samsung’s take on the concept of turning your phone into a desktop “replacement”. Checkout this overview of DeX via Engadget.

DeX looks like an interesting evolution of the was started with Microsoft Continuum. After having used Continuum on a Lumia 950xl, I see functionality like Continuum and DeX as a neat addition to the robust feature sets of these phones but still leaves much to be desired in making this idea a practical one that most users will use. Checkout this video about Continuum via TechAltar for comparison.

 

All in all the Samsung Galaxy S8 is as usual the Android phone to best all Android phones (at least until the Note 8). It also (in our opinion) bests the iPhone in its current iteration in many respects to offer a complete experience that rivals what any other manufacturer can offer. As usual the newest Galaxy S8 is the smartphone to beat and for the price of $750 ($840 for the Plus variant) it had better be!

@websterstyle

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