Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 will fight Apple’s iPhone 8. Collectively, the devices will look to win over customers willing to spend serious cash on the latest and greatest devices.
The Galaxy S8 (starting at about $750) delivers an all-new design that ditches the physical home button, expanding the screen size on the Galaxy S8 to 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches on the Galaxy S8+ (about $850. It also comes with a new assistant called Bixby.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ offer a curved display that the company calls the Infinity Display. While the device’s chassis doesn’t look much different from the Galaxy S7, Samsung has reduced the bezel size above and below the screen, eliminating the physical home button. The home button is now virtual and lives inside the handset’s software, along with other contextual keys.
Apple’s iPhone 8 should boast a major redesign to celebrate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. According to several rumors, the device will feature an all-glass enclosure in a design that might be inspired by the iPhone 4, with a metal spine to separate the pieces of glass.
There had been some hope that Samsung would offer a dual-lens camera in the Galaxy S8, but it wasn’t meant to be. Instead, you’ll find a 12-mega pixel sensor that the company says will bring in more light and improve picture quality in low-light conditions. Additionally, the Galaxy S8’s camera features dual-pixel technology that can more quickly focus on your target.
It’s a similar story with the iPhone 8. Credible rumors about the handset’s camera have been a little hard to come by, but this phone, too, should retain the dual-lens camera added to the iPhone 7 Plus. There are some questions over whether the cameras will be aligned vertically or horizontally, but don’t expect a big update in terms of image quality.