Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Launched, Infinity Display, Iris Scanner in Tow

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ - the company's best smartphones yet - has just been officially announced. We've been expecting them to bounce back after the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, and they've delivered wonderfully.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Launched, Best Smartphone Yet

For starters, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ features the Infinity Display, an end-to-end glass screen display that tapers to the sides of the phone. This has been only discussed as a possibility a few years ago, but the South Korean company delivered. Of course, not only is it aesthetics, but the Infinity Display allows users to view images and videos on this device like never before. This has been done on the device's earlier iterations, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7, but wasn't executed as perfectly as the S8's.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ both feature a 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera that boasts faster autofocus, an f/1.7 aperture, and multi-frame technology that allows for blur-less photos even if the subject is moving. The front meanwhile sports an 8MP camera, up from the previous 5MP.

Performance-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ both feature a Samsung Exynos 8895 64-bit 10nm octa-core processor (a world first!), a Mali G71MP20 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage. These together with the devices' 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteres and fast charging features guarantee a continuous media experience right at your fingertips.

And of course, a flagship isn't complete without up-to-date security features. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ both feature an iris scanner (yes, you can unlock your phones with your eyes now), Samsung's Face Recognition technology, and another fingerprint scanner for good measure, located at the back of the device. There's also Bixby, an intelligent virtual assistant the equivalent of Siri.

Other highlights of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the following:

- Bluetooth 5.0
- Heart rate sensor
- Android 7.0 Nougat with TouchWiz

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available for pre-order starting April 17 to April 29, from the available colors – Midnight Black, Maple Gold, and the new Orchid Gray. These will sell at P39,990 and P45,990 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, Touchwiz UI
Processor: Samsung Exynos 8895 64-bit 10nm octa-core processor (2.3GHz x4 + 1.7GHz x4), Mali G71MP20 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display, 2960x1440 display resolution, 570ppi, Gorilla Glass 5 glass display,
Camera: 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera w/ OIS, AF, LED flash, f/1.7 aperture; 8MP front-facing camera, f/1.7 aperture
Connectivity: Up to LTE Cat.16; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, BeiDou; NFC; USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SIM: Hybrid Dual nano-SIM
Battery: 3000mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Features: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel; Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified); IP68 certification; Iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor; Samsung Bixby, Bixby Vision; fast charging
Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g
Colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
Price: P39,990

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Specifications

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, Touchwiz UI
Processor: Samsung Exynos 8895 64-bit 10nm octa-core processor (2.35GHz x4 + 1.9GHz x4), Mali G71MP20 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 256GB
Display: 6.2-inch Quad HD+ display, 2960x1440 display resolution, 529ppi, Gorilla Glass 5 glass display,
Camera: 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera w/ OIS, AF, LED flash, f/1.7 aperture; 8MP front-facing camera, f/1.7 aperture
Connectivity: Up to LTE Cat.16; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, BeiDou; NFC; USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SIM: Dual nano-SIM
Battery: 3500mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Features: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel; Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified); IP68 certification; Iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor; Samsung Bixby, Bixby Vision; fast charging
Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g
Colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
Price: P45,990

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