5 Best Features of Galaxy S8
These are the Galaxy S8 best features that end users might not know existed brought to you by you Sydney CBD Repair Centre Team.
The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch display crammed into what feels like a normal-sized phone, with a barely-there bezel. That alone is a feat of engineering, but the phone is also a thing of beauty to look at. It has a clean, unbranded face; a bright, fluid-looking display; and a mirror-like glass back. So far, the one bad thing we’ve noted about the display is its bizarre aspect ratio, which might result in pillarboxed 16:9 videos. Otherwise, Samsung has pulled off an optical magic trick. By the way, if you still want an actual phablet: there’s a version with a 6.2-inch display, too.
Okay, Samsung isn’t calling it “Force Touch”; that’s Apple’s jam. But this new Galaxy S8 phone does incorporate a similar mechanism into the bottom half of it, which means that when you press on the (now entirely virtual) home button, it gives haptic feedback in response. Also! This phone doesn’t have a physical home button. It does have a fingerprint scanner, as well as face-scanning capabilities, which I’ll get to. The fingerprint scanner is now on the back of the phone, right next to the camera lens. It’s too soon to tell whether this placement is ill-advised.
BETTER SELFIE CAMERA
Samsung was uncharacteristically… subdued when it came to the Galaxy S8’s photo-snapping capabilities, but that might be because the biggest change was made to the front-facing camera, not the rear camera. The selfie camera now captures 8-megapixel photos with an f/1.7 lens, and also has autofocus capabilities. In our brief tests of the front-facing camera, autofocus worked well and fast. Selfie lovers, you are welcome.
FAST FACE SCANNING
Authentication through facial recognition has been a feature on Android phones and laptops for years now, but this is the first implementation made by Samsung itself. And, according to The Verge’s Dieter Bohn, who tested it during his brief hands-on with the S8: it’s fast. (So blink-of-an-eye quick, in fact, that he had to do multiple takes to try to show it on video.) The obvious upside: considering that the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back, this kind of face-scanning tech could easily become the default mechanism for unlocking your phone. The downside: in the age of eroding privacy regulations and random airport searches, do you really want your phone to unlock that easily?
3.5MM HEADPHONE JACK
I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that the lack of 3.5mm headphone jack is still one of the only reasons I haven’t upgraded to another phone. So I appreciate that a manufacturer like Samsung can try to move the needle forward in all kinds of ways (No more bezels! Face scanning! Bye, home button!), and yet still keep that little hole in the bottom of its phone. Okay, arguably, the fact that the phone supports Bluetooth 5 is more notable. But in my humble opinion, the 3.5mm headphone jack is still one of the most welcome features of the Galaxy S8. Well, that and…