Samsung Electronics launches Galaxy S8 smartphone
Samsung Electronics unveiled its Galaxy S-8 smartphone. Experts agree the gadget is a make or break phone for the Korean tech titan that’s trying to rebuild its image after the flaming Note 7 disaster. Ro Aram zooms in on what’s described by some in the tech realm as a “shot at redemption.” Two versions of the Galaxy S8 were launched at a media event in New York on Wednesday. The S8 and S8 Plus have 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved screens, respectively – the largest yet for Samsung’s premium smartphones. The firm has also ditched the physical home button to maximize display space. It’s replaced with an on-screen icon, similar to that of rival Android phones from LG and Huawei. However, with the S8, there’s a pressure sensor and vibration module built in behind the icon to give users some feedback. It also has a new virtual assistant called Bixby and an iris scanner that lets users unlock their phones by looking at them. Another handy feature is a dock that connects the phone to a monitor, keyboard and wireless mouse, allowing them to act as a kind of Android-powered PC.
As for the camera, the front is getting a boost to eight megapixels, while the rear stays at twelve. The S8 lineup is crucial for Samsung in trying to recover its image as a reliable phonemaker after the Note 7 had to be recalled twice for catching fire due to what Samsung called “battery problems”. But, the company said it had since put in additional safety measures. [AP – Story Number 4088625] “We put the Galaxy S8 through our toughest safety testing process ever, with an eight point battery safety check that goes beyond the industry standard.” The S8 and S8 Plus will go on sale on April 21st in the U.S. and April 28th for the rest of the world. The retail price starts at around 700 U.S. dollars. Ro Aram, Arirang News..