5 Key Features to Know When Deciding Whether to Buy Samsung’s Newest Flagship – The Galaxy S8

If you have been paying attention to technology news then you have likely noticed that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is no longer. In fact, you could say that the phone has gone up in flames.

As its replacement, Samsung has finally released the Galaxy S8.

If you are considering buying this phone or are thinking about waiting for Apple’s newest flagship to arrive, here are some key specs to keep in mind which just might sway your decision…and your credit card.

Galaxy S8

An Infinite Display

The best place to start is easily the display – or should we say the infinite display. Whereas the Galaxy S7 offered an Edge version where the display wrapped around the phone, the Galaxy S8 offers this as the only option. However, not to rest on its laurels, Samsung have taken this display even further by removing the home button and increasing the screen size to cover more than 80% of the phone’s front piece of glass.

Rear Mounted Fingerprint Scanner

Of course, if the home button has been removed, how can the user unlock their phone using their fingerprint? In a move aligned with many other manufacturers, the fingerprint scanner sits on the back of the phone, just underneath the camera shutter and flash. Convenient? It is currently up in the air whether or not this is going to prove a popular place for a scanner.

Camera Changes

Phone manufacturers seem to be competing in a frantic race to include a camera with the most megapixels possible. In the case of the Galaxy S8, the rear-facing camera remains physically unchanged. Instead, Samsung has focused their camera efforts on the front-facing selfie camera, taking it up to an impressive 8 megapixels with a f/1.7 lens capturing brilliant selfies thanks to an included auto-focus feature.

Software

If you just can’t get enough online shopping and are addicted to the Groupon Coupons page for 1800flowers then you will be more than happy to know that the Galaxy S8 runs Android 7.0 (Nougat), offering the ability to power through the latest apps and browser options. If online shopping is important to you, this phone won’t let you down.

Headphone Jack

If you were to scan the specs of every flagship phone on the market then you will notice one similarity – no more 3.5mm headphone jack. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t use headphones, it just means yet one more adapter that you need to carry around with you, or upgrade to a set of wireless headphones.

Buying a new phone is never an easy task; with so many new options becoming available seemingly every day. However, if you are comparing any future phones to the Galaxy S8, these are the five key features that are likely to set it apart from the rest of the pack. That is, of course, until Apple release their much anticipated new iPhone. When that happens you can expect to find yourself up against a new set of decisions to make.

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