Samsung’s New Galaxy S8: First Look | Consumer Reports

Samsung’s New Galaxy S8: First Look | Consumer Reports

This is the new Galaxy S8, Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone. It will compete against Apple’s iPhone and LG’s G series. It’ll also attempt to knock its predecessor, the S7, off the top of Consumer Reports’ smartphone ratings. If that wasn’t enough, the S8 also is Samsung’s first phone launch since it pulled the Note 7 off the market following a series of battery fires. After spending some time with a few press samples, here’s what we’ve seen. They’re big. At inches, the S8’s display is bigger than the LG G6 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The S8 plus has a inch display. Even with its large size, our experts like that you get a bigger display on a phone that’s still comfortable to use with one hand.

Samsung does that by virtually getting rid of the bezels and curving the screen around the edge. You end up with a tall, narrow 18 and 1/2 by 9 aspect ratio, which is similar to the new LG G6. The phones no longer have a physical home button and the fingerprint scanner has moved to the back– a placement that feels awkward to our experts. The S8s have fast and wireless charging and damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. Like many competitors, the S8s are designed to be water-resistant, withstanding five feet of water for up to 30 minutes. We’ll check out that claim in our pressurized dunk tank during testing. Samsung says the 8 megapixel front camera and the 12 megapixel back camera will produce sharper images with less noise or graininess in low light than the S7– another claim we’ll check in our labs.

The S8s will also introduce Bixby, Samsung’s new digital assistant. The company says it will eventually help you do things like edit photos using voice command. We’ll get back to you with our test results, including battery life, voice quality, and camera quality once we buy retail models of the S8 and S8 plus and get them in our labs. That’s because we pay for all the items we test.

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