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Everything You Need to Know About Samsung’s New Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Phones

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DJ Koh Samsung President Mobile Communications Business introduces the new Samsung S8 and S8 Plus during a new conference on March 29, 2017 in New York. Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its new Galaxy S8 smartphones, incorporating its virtual assistant Bixby, as the market leader seeks to rebound from a chaotic handset recall and a corruption scandal.The two handsets, fitted with screens of 5.8 and 6.2 inches, include Samsung's upgraded digital assistant Bixby, competing in a crowded field that includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Koh said Bixby would provide users with "more and more personalized help," using voice commands to navigate apps and services. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
DJ Koh Samsung President Mobile Communications Business introduces the new Samsung S8 and S8 Plus during a new conference on March 29, 2017 in New York. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Samsung just debuted its newest smartphones—Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus—and they may change the company’s recent run of misfortune.

Right off the bat, the biggest feature on the new phones is the voice-commanded assistant Bixby, Engadget reports.

Although the back camera hasn’t changed, the one in the front is now eight megapixels with autofocus. It’s got new biometric sign-in features: iris scanning and face scanning—and a fingerprint sensor on the back.

For the S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung skipped the bezels for longer screens—5.8 and 6.2 inches, respectively—and curved edges. There’s no home button, but there’s a virtual one with haptic feedback.

Samsung’s known for its screens and delivers with these phones. It boasts a 2960 by 1440 resolution with HDR color. Aside from that, the S8 has the usual waterproofing and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Pre-orders start Thursday, selling for $720. The Verge reports phones will ship in the U.S. on April 21st.

 

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