• Some Initial Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+



    (A free SGS8 wallpaper for you, courtesy of Walloid...)

    This may surprise you, but I personally don't see Samsung as a smartphone enthusiast brand. Here in Canada you can only buy their latest models locked to a carrier, and Samsung continues to build in additional region-blocking restrictions on grey market unlocked devices. Rooting a Galaxy or Note seems unnecessarily difficult, and if you don't, it's been proven that their flagship devices slow down over time.

    That being said, I cannot deny that for the vast majority of the world Samsung is Android, thus making any new flagship release a very big deal. I do think that the South Korean conglomerate serves the enthusiast community by setting the bar for displays and cameras, and maybe design. On these three fronts the S8 and S8+ don't disappoint, and both phones make good on 2017's promise to kill the bezel.

    Here are some additional thoughts on notable new features in the S8/S8+, in the hopes of kick-starting a wider discussion about the latest from Samsung.

    Bixby

    Here's the world's biggest Android OEM flexing its marketshare muscle—how else could you possibly justify a proprietary in-house AI alternative to Google Assistant? Though Samsung may reap some short-term benefits from scraping up data from early adopters, I expect this feature to be abandoned in a year or two. What currently passes for "artificial intelligence" in smartphones is still pretty hard to pull off well.

    Bluetooth

    Here's something I bet you didn't know—the S8 and S8+ are the first smartphones with Bluetooth v5 support. It will obviously come to other phones as well, but for the Samsungs it means you can stream Bluetooth audio to two different sources at the same time, even adjust the volume independently for each. That's a pretty neat trick!

    DeX

    This is an idea we've seen before, with Convergence from Ubuntu and Continuum from Microsoft. As seems to be the case with each of those, I predict that nobody will ever actually use DeX—but it will help push Samsung sales even further by being a killer in-store display.

    What do you think of the new S8 and S8+?

    Links: Android Police, Howard Forums (1) (2), XDA (1) (2)

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Some Initial Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ started by acurrie View original post
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    1. HP_John's Avatar
      HP_John -
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
      Here in Canada you can only buy their latest models locked to a carrier
      They sold the S7 & will sell the S8 unlocked, at the Samsung Store & Samsung Canada website
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Meh. More gimmicks at an even higher price point....but at least it's got the latest and greatest from Qualcomm first....that is until One Plus snaps it up for $400.00 less Still, I have the S7 Edge and like it, it's hard to find fault with it, and that's enough for me for now.
    1. formercanuck's Avatar
      formercanuck -
      Biggest first flub for this device.... Finger print scanner on the back.

      How many people will have this device in a cradle in their vehicle and have to 'type' in the password or attempt to finger scan from behind and have issues. I suspect that cases will not help the finger scanner either.
    1. bobdevnul's Avatar
      bobdevnul -
      I like a reasonable width of bezel. I don't like launching apps with ordinary handling of the phone. I have no use for an $800 phone. Well, not until it is a couple of generations old and not $800 anymore.
    1. TadMorose's Avatar
      TadMorose -
      Quote Originally Posted by formercanuck View Post
      Biggest first flub for this device.... Finger print scanner on the back.

      How many people will have this device in a cradle in their vehicle and have to 'type' in the password or attempt to finger scan from behind and have issues. I suspect that cases will not help the finger scanner either.
      This can easily be solved with Smart Lock.
    1. jjennings2510's Avatar
      jjennings2510 -
      I haven't wanted a Samsung in a long time. I was always having problems years ago so I switched to HTC and never looked back. Was really happy when they released the One with the great front facing speakers and nice aluminum body. But HTC started playing it safe. Stuck with basic designs. Lost my true boomsound. Specs were minor bumps. And they refused to get into the phablet market so I went with the iPhone. But this s8 really has me hoping that Apple brings it with the iPhone 8. It's a nice phone. I love the infinity display and nice seamless design of the Galaxy. They do tend to be gimmicky with adding features just for the heck of it but that's Android in general. Same with the slowdown. All of my Android phones have slowed down. From Samsung to Motorola to HTC. The HTC got so bad it forced me to upgrade. Something as simple as opening the Web browser would take 5 minutes and that's with me deleting most of my apps. So I don't knock Samsung for future slowdown issues. Just something about Android. But the fingerprint scanner on the back has been common with all Android devices over the last couple of years. Works better since your fingers naturally rest on the back but they could have centered it. If you're left handed that makes it a little more inconvenient. But this device has once again upped the stakes of flagship Android. I want companies like HTC to make a huge splash too but I don't think they will change their designs drastically. If I had a S7 the s8 would make me upgrade. Just a beautiful phone.
    1. formercanuck's Avatar
      formercanuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by TadMorose View Post
      This can easily be solved with Smart Lock.
      Hmm... I suspect that might work in this case with Bluetooth, although I don't think I want it to be automatically unlocked 'just because its paired', in a certain location. Retina scan was listed as probably the closest.
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