We have seen lots of rumors, leaks, and speculations about Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, but the two phones have finally been unwrapped at an event held in New York City today.
A quick look at the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will convince you that the new phones are true upgrades over their predecessors, right from the looks and into the specs and features under the hood. But what are the biggest new features that Samsung has included on the two phones that will only remain to be a dream for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users? Here’s a list of our 5 best new features you will meet on the S8 and S8+ phones.
A better battery
Yes, we know that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have relatively smaller battery units of 3000mAh and 3500mAh, respectively. However, these not-so-big batteries have their good side of the story. Apparently, the battery will be able to go more recharge cycles with reduced fatigue or even loss of power. Samsung says that while the S7 and S7 Edge were able to retain about 80% of the battery capacity after a full year of charging and recharging, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will still be having a massive 95% under the same conditions. Even better huh!
You get 64GB as the standard storage
It’s 2017 and it’s a great feeling to know that Samsung is also aware of this. As a result, we no longer have to deal with 32GB of storage as the base model, instead, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ give you 64GB. Still, you can expand this via a microSD card slot of up to 256GB. Given the massive capabilities of the 12MP camera on the back of the phones, a 64GB base storage is just what was needed here.
Samsung did the unthinkable and shifted the fingerprint scanner to the back of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. While this seems odd, the tech giant has something even better for you to use for authentication – an iris scanner. This first debuted with the Galaxy Note 7 and while some were not impressed with Sammy first attempt, we hope that things will be different with the one on the S8.
You can configure the on-screen navigation buttons
Some diehard Sammy lovers might not be impressed with the company’s decision to ditch physical buttons in favor of on-screen virtual keys. However, the good thing of having soft keys is the fact that they can be customized to meet specific user needs. Well, this is what the soft keys on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ give you – ability to configure them. Of course, the default setting puts them in the same order as all other Sammy devices, but you can tweak this via Settings and start enjoying the standard Android layout. Cool huh!
With the debut of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the company introduced a feature known as Always on. Well, this feature is still here and it has found a new home in the home button. Since this button is also virtual like the nav. buttons, Samsung has made it always on. Just in case the current app is occupying the entire screen or even if the display is off, the home button will still be visible. It gets even better as this button is also responsive to pressure.
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