Samsung Galaxy S8 Announcement: First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy S8

As you probably already know, Samsung’s newest flagship phone: the Samsung Galaxy S8, was officially launched on 29/03/2017. For most people, the S8 was probably one of the most anticipated announcements of the year. However, if you are like me, due to all the leaks that have been put on the internet, it was probably one of the least exciting. I basically knew everything about this phone before Samsung officially announced it, so the announcement basically just confirmed these things for me. With that being said, let me move on to what I think about Samsung’s latest flagship.

I think most people will agree that as far as phones go, the Galaxy S8 has a beautiful design. With the tiny bezels and the amazing ‘infinity display’, this phone looks nice. However, there is one questionable feature of the design and that is the placement of the fingerprint scanner. If you have not seen already, the fingerprint scanner is placed on the back of the phone. This is something that I am usually a fan of, but on the Samsung Galaxy S8 it is placed just to the side of the camera, which to me does not seem well thought out as I can see a lot of people constantly smudging the camera lens. Samsung have however included an iris scanner, which from what I have seen works very well.

Other than the looks of the latest addition to the Galaxy family, I think the other feature people will be interested in is Bixby. Bixby is Samsung’s new voice assistant that can be accessed by the dedicated Bixby button and although not complete yet, it looks like you will still be able to do a lot with Bixby out of the box. The aim of Bixby is to be able to do anything that you can with your fingers, which seems ambitious but if Samsung make it work well, it will probably make Bixby the best smartphone assistant on the market. One feature of Bixby that I don’t want to gloss over is Bixby Vision. Bixby Vision essentially identifies whatever you point your camera at and provides you with information. For example, if you point at certain buildings, Bixby can give information of nearby restaurants. If you point at a bottle of wine, Bixby can give you information on that particular wine.

Also, Samsung appears to have done away with the touchwiz interface (Hurrah!) and replaced it with a much simpler and, in my opinion, better user interface. With previous Samsung phones that I have used, I always found the heavy touchwiz to be a problem. However, we can now hope that Samsung’s new interface is nicer to use.

There is not much else about the Samsung Galaxy S8 that really jumped out to me. Although, I think the phone’s biggest selling point will be the amazing design, people with a Galaxy S7 may want to hold off on buying this one as it is not a huge upgrade from the S7.

What are your thoughts on the Galaxy S8 and will you be buying one? Let me know in the comments.

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