After escaping the imbroglio brought about the Galaxy Note 7, tech titan Samsung is flying high once again as it launched its new flagship smartphones ? the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus — in the country on Thursday, April 27.
Available in 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus, the Infinity Display and bezel-less design form a smooth, continuous surface with no buttons or harsh angles.
The Galaxy S8?s compact design enables one-handed operation and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back for durability and a high-quality finish. In addition to the new design innovations:
? The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are equipped with an advanced 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus front camera and 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera for low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing.
? The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus feature the industry?s first 10nm processor, enabling heightened speed and efficiency. It is also gigabit LTE and gigabit Wi-Fi ready with support for up to 1 Gbps so users can quickly download files.
? As the world?s first mobile device certified by the UHD Alliance as Mobile HDR Premium, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus let users see the same vibrant colors and contrasts that the filmmakers intended while watching their favorite shows. In addition, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus offer next-level gaming experiences with vivid and superior graphic technology, as well as Game Pack, featuring top game titles, including select titles supported by the Vulkan API.
? The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are built on Samsung Knox, a defense-grade security platform. In addition, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will offer a wide selection of biometric technologies including a fingerprint scanner, iris scanner and facial recognition so users can select a secure biometric authentication method that works best for them.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will also come with the foundational Galaxy features, including:
? IP68 water and dust resistance
? MicroSD support up to 256GB
? Always-on display
? Fast and wireless charging capabilities
Another feature of the smartphone is Bixby, an intelligent interface that access and navigate through services and apps with simple voice, touch, vision and text commands.?At launch, Bixby?s Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including camera, contacts, gallery, messages and settings, with the plan to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future.
Contextual awareness capabilities enable Bixby to offer personalized help based on what it continues to learn about the user?s interests, situation and location.?Users can also shop, search for images and get details about nearby places with Bixby?s image recognition technology. As the Bixby ecosystem grows, it will connect across devices, apps and services as a ubiquitous interface, and open up new experiences and scenarios to simplify life.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus also come with the enhanced Samsung Health service, expanding one of Samsung?s most widely used services with 60 million monthly active users and 11 million daily active users worldwide.
Users can leave their physical wallet behind with Samsung Pay, turning their Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus into a digital wallet they can use almost anywhere they?d use a credit or debit card. With more than 870 worldwide banking partnerships, Samsung Pay has processed more than 240 million transactions to date.
New earphones tuned by AKG by Harman, worth P5,000, will come as an in-box accessory. These earphones will have a comfortable hybrid canal fit for better noise cancellation and will be made from anti-tangle metal-fabric material.
The Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus comes in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, and the new Orchid Gray. These will be available starting May 5 in all Samsung Experience Stores and accredited dealers.