Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ might very well be the best smartphones that were launched this year. The Android based devices feature a slew of new and innovative features that make them two of the more superior phones in the market right now.

They feature an Octa core 64 bit processor(10nm), 4GB of RAM, 5.8 inch (S8) and 6.2 inch (S8+) quad HD displays (2960×1440), 12 MP rear and 8MP front cameras, 3,000mAh or 3,500mAh batteries as well as the latest WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and fast wireless charging technologies.

Some how, Samsung managed to keep the dimensions of the phones similar to that of their predecessors yet fit 18% larger screens with a 18:5:9 aspect ratio. This, along with the High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities give videos and pictures vibrant and more accurate colour images. This Infinity display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and is optimized for multi-tasking use allowing users to pin recent apps at the top of the screen while using the area below for other work.

Love it or hate it, but the finger print reader is now located next to the rear camera. The physical home button on the front is no more and is instead, part of the GUI, this is also true for the back and menu buttons, which are now programmable to offer different functions.

Samsung says that through the use of its Knox security platform and other biometric technologies such as an iris scanner, the phones are far more secure than their predecessors, allowing for faster and better user authentication payments and unlocking.

This is all well and good, but the S8 and S8+’s main party piece is their ability to function as a PC. Through the use of the Samsung DeX system, users can connect their phones to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, then take advantage of the optimized interface and use the phone as a PC. Until now, smartphones lacked the performance to drive a full-fledged monitor and peripherals, but thanks to Samsung’s flagship specifications, the S8 and S8+ are able to tackle these tasks with relative ease.

The phones are IP68 dust and water resistance, support microSD cards of up to 256GB and have cameras that takes multiple shots in rapid succession instead of a single shot, picks the clearest one and uses the rest to reduce unclear sections of the picture.

Available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Maple Gold, the new S8 and S8+ are available for purchase at Samsung authorized dealers for a price of RM3,299 and RM3,699 respectively.


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