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Samsung Galaxy S8 release in pictures
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally here.
The hotly-anticipated new addition to the flagship Galaxy S range was unveiled at a media event in London and New York this afternoon – the company's second major announcement this week.
Samsung's latest smartphone boasts a stunning new design that builds on the beautiful dual-curved displays of its predecessor, and yet simultaneously, looks unlike anything else before it.
The display on the Samsung Galaxy S8 bleeds to the very edge of the chassis, ensuring the physical footprint of the device remains manageable – despite the size of the screen.
Samsung has dubbed its stunning new edge-to-edge design, Infinity Display. Both the front and back of the Galaxy S8 range will be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8inch Quad HD+ display that packs an impressive 570 pixels per inch.
The curved edge of the display allows Samsung to keep the physical body of the phone compact
Samsung had to relocate the fingerprint scanner to the rear of the phone
Samsung will also launch a variation with a larger 6.2inch Quad HD+ display which will be marketed as the Galaxy S8+.
But despite the dramatic increase in screen real-estate, the Galaxy S8 is physically much smaller than its Apple counterpart.
Samsung has ditched all physical and capitative touch buttons from the front of the device to shrink the bottom bezel.
Instead, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ use on-screen navigation buttons.
Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a larger 6.2inch display
The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8inch Quad HD display, while the S8 clocks in at 6.2inches
Samsung has redesigned the stock on-screen buttons that ship with Android 7.0 Marshmallow – the operating system that powers the latest Samsung phone.
The company has dropped the simple circle, square and triangle used in stock Android to serve as the Home Button, Multi-Tasking and Back button.
Instead, Samsung has introduced its own design language – and kept the back button on the right-hand side, the opposite to the vast majority of its Android competitors.
Although the South Korean company has dropped all the physical buttons from the face of the phone, it has added a new one to the side.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ boast a new button on the left-hand side, beneath the volume rocker, dedicated to Bixby.
The latter is Samsung's new voice-controlled assistant, which the firm hopes will rival the likes of Amazon Alexa, Cortana, and Siri.
Pressing and holding the dedicated Bixby button summons the voice assistant
At launch, Bixby only integrates with a handful of Samsung's own native apps, including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings.
However, Samsung has reassured us that it has ambitious plans to expand the voice assistant's capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future.
Bixby is content aware meaning that, provided you are within a compatible app, users can refer directly to items on-screen.
Commands like "make a folder with these photos," or "what is this" will work with the new assistant – unlike some of its main rivals.
Users can also shop, search for similar images and get details on real-world locations using Bixby’s image recognition technology directly from within the Samsung camera app.
Bixby can summon online shopping options based on whatever you're pointing at
On the subject of photography, Samsung has built on the photography prowess of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge with some subtle improvements to the front and rear cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is equipped with an overhauled 8MP front-facing camera with smart autofocus.
Meanwhile, the rear camera sports a 12MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.7 to maximise performance in low-light situations.
Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ boast IP68 water and dust resistance.
That means the new flagship smartphone should be able to withstand 30 minutes at around 1.5 metres depth in fresh water.
Side by side with the 5.5inch iPhone 7 Plus, the standard S8 looks impossibly compact
When compared to the Galaxy S7 Edge, the brilliance of the S8 design becomes clear
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ also boast an always-on display, as well as fast and wireless charging capabilities.
Samsung Galaxy S8 ushers in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world
DJ Koh, Samsung
Both smartphones ship with 64GB of in-built storage, with the option to increase that up to 256GB via microSD support.
Powering the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is the industry’s first 10nm chip, enabling heightened speed and efficiency.
It is also gigabit LTE and gigabit Wi-Fi ready with support for up to 1Gbps so users can quickly download files, regardless of their size.
President of Samsung Mobile Communications Business, DJ Koh said: "The Samsung Galaxy S8 ushers in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world.
"The Galaxy S8 is our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smartphone legacy."
Out of the box, Samsung Galaxy S8 ships with Android 7.0 Nougat
Alongside the new Galaxy S8 hardware, Samsung also unveiled a new software platform – Samsung DeX – to try and improve productivity for mobile professionals.
Compatible with only the Galaxy S8 for now, Samsung DeX provides an Android-based desktop-like experience that lets smartphone owners access apps, edit documents, browse the web, watch videos, reply to messages and more, directly from the smartphone on a larger display, keyboard and mouse.
Essentially, it’s a completely redesigned Android user interface optimised for use with a desktop keyboard and mouse.
Like a standard desktop operating system, Samsung has included multiple resizable windows, contextual menus and a desktop version of your smartphone's web browser.
Partnerships with Microsoft and Adobe allow Samsung DeX to work with Microsoft Office and Adobe mobile apps, including Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile and Lightroom Mobile, allowing desktop-like functionality and a user interface previously unavailable from a smartphone.
Samsung DeX converts your Android apps into windowed desktop software
Samsung DeX requires a standalone desktop dock, which is sold separately.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will retail at £689 in the UK.
Meanwhile, the larger 6.2inch Galaxy S8+ will retail at £779.
Two colours finishes will be available in the UK – Midnight Black and Orchid Grey. Potential availability of the third colour, Arctic Silver, will be announced in due course.
UK pre-orders will open from the 29th March until the 19th April in the online Samsung Store, as well as select operators and high street retailers.
Pre-order customers will receive their devices from 20th April, subject to stock availability.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will launch on the 28th April in UK and Europe, Samsung has confirmed.