Samsung's Galaxy S8 phone aims to dispel the Note 7 debacle

The company also continued to tout its progress in virtual reality, which it views as a complement to its mobile phone business.

Samsung plans to kick off official sales in South Korea and the United States, as well as other major countries, on April 21.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus costs $850, or $30 per month for 24 months with a $130 down payment.

Your decision then, is whether to go for the smaller 5.8in model or the Galaxy S8 Plus' 6.2in. That makes both devices a bit taller and thinner than the S7 and the S7+.

Colors: It will come in Orchid Gray, Midnight Black, and Arctic Silver. Both models have screens that curve around the edges and get rid of the physical home button. We wish the company hadn't moved the fingerprint reader to the backside, where it sits close to the camera. It offers 83 percent more screen-to-body ratio.

Both displays utilize the same resolution, which is 2960 x 1440. The device packs a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and a Quad HD+ display.

Expandable memory: A microSD slot will support up to 256 GB.

The DeX Station has a bunch of connection ports on the back, including two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, a USB Type C power-in, and a cooling fan to boot.

Now, the hot topic for Samsung gadgets - the battery. The devices will run on Android 7.0 Nougat. It's created to step in when speaking makes more sense than tapping.

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We're hoping Bixby will evolve soon into something more than a generic voice control and search assistant, though.

The other cornerstone Samsung can't stop talking about - the AI-powered Bixby assistant.

Bixby Vision is an app that leverages the phone's camera. If you point the camera at an object, the app will provide contextual information. For instance, you can look up the price of a book by pointing the camera at it, or check the rating for a wine or even food pairings by aiming the camera at the bottle.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 will also be going up against the newest version of the iPhone, which is due out later this year. The company said its AI system will be ahead of rivals in terms of "completeness", "context awareness" and "cognitive tolerance".

It allows your Galaxy S8 to connect to a mouse, keyboard, and monitor to turn your phone into a desktop so you can get work done without carrying around a laptop. Via Engadget, Samsung did an extended demo where they asked Bixby to "capture this and send it to Cindy" and Bixby could fully understand the context of the request.

We'll update this article as we hear more.

Along the bottom you'll see Wi-Fi, volume, and other settings, as well as a series of app shortcuts, and on the left side will be a grid of DeX-optimized apps. Some third-party apps have been optimized, like Microsoft Office and Adobe Lightroom. In fact, the Galaxy S8 sheds a few millimeters compared to the also-curved 5.5in Galaxy S7 Edge, and is also narrower than the 5.1in standard Galaxy S7. It offers one-on-one, 24/7 technical support and assistance.

Additionally, both the phones will come with digital assistant Bixby that will help the user in interacting with the device.


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