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All posts tagged "Samsung Galaxy S8"

  • Gear4’s Oxford vs Picadilly: the battle of the Galaxy S8 cases

    It might seem a bit dumb of us to review two Samsung Galaxy S8 cases now considering that S9 just launched, but here's a hot take: the S9 is more an evolution than revolution. If you don't need a dual camera setup, an aperture-changing camera or more Bixby, then an S8 should suffice. For those of you who agree with that statement, this particular dual review is for you. We recently received two new Gear4 products. The case manufacturer is known for using D30 impact protection material in its frames, and British nomenclature in its packaging. So, as a result, we're...

  • Android Oreo: Update comes to Galaxy S8

    Android users generally have to wait a while to get the latest update, with Samsung being no exception. Fortunately, it seems like the firm has given the green light for Android Oreo on the Galaxy S8 (review) and S8+. According to SamMobile, the update is currently hitting users in Germany, first targeting beta testers before delivery to everyone else. The publication adds that availability comes two weeks after beta testing ended. So what's new then? The Korean firm recently showed off an infographic to beta testers, highlighting the Samsung-specific additions and tweaks. We have a customisable keyboard toolbar (the area just...

  • Galaxy S9 reveal set for MWC – report

    Samsung's Galaxy S9 is one of the most eagerly anticipated smartphones of the year, but when will we actually see it being revealed? Now, Samsung mobile head DJ Koh told Korean press at CES that the flagship would be revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ZDNet reported. It would mark a return to MWC for Samsung, having launched the Galaxy S7 there, but holding its own event for the Galaxy S8. As for features, previous leaks point to more of the same for the new flagships, featuring a similar high screen/body ratio and tall screen as the 2017 models. However, serial...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review: how does it fare six months later?

    Between the great camera and fantastic display, there was plenty to like about Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review). But a two-week period isn't ideal when it comes to a comprehensive review. After all, slowdown can occur, battery life could suffer and other issues could pop up months down the line. Fortunately, we've still got our seeded unit as a daily driver. So how has Samsung's flagship fared after roughly six months of use? Hardware I haven't used the S8 without a cover for a while now, but the rare times I do pop the cover off, I do still appreciate the phone's design. There is...

  • These 4 ridiculous Galaxy S8 clones actually exist

    Much like the Xiaomi Mi Mix saw a ton of clones, it seems like the Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) has been aped by lazy manufacturers too. Sure, there might be a few changes here and there, but there's no doubting where the below phones get their inspiration from... UHANS i8 One of the more recent entries, the UHANS i8 offers an 18:9 display and similarly small borders compared to the Galaxy S8. It's also worth mentioning that the i8's marketing images paint out the front camera and proximity sensor. Shady. The US$129 phone is budget in the spec department too, offering an octacore A53 chipset (MT6750T)...

  • Listen: Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8 Plus live music comparison

    A live gig is one of the most unpredictable tests for any smartphone, owing to the cacophony of noise and lack of controlled conditions. Still, if you're into live recordings and want a phone that'll do a decent job, which device should you get? LG's phones are fantastic on paper, but the V30+ review unit hasn't arrived yet. But what we do have is our Galaxy S8 (review) seed unit and the iPhone 8 Plus review unit. So how do they compare in the audio department? We took them to a recent Alien Ant Farm gig, recording side-by-side. It must also be...

  • InvisibleShield for Samsung Galaxy S8 review: compromised protection

    Screen protectors on today's flagship smartphones are damn near essential, even more so when said flagship is the made-of-eggshells Samsung Galaxy S8. Since the device launched earlier this year, I've heard one too many horror stories of users dropping their devices and completely ruining their screens. Thankfully, I haven't binned mine just yet, but I have however gone some lengths to protect it. Already rocking a fairly sturdy case I received at another launch event, American company ZAGG popped through an InvisibleShield screen protector for me to slap on and review as well. So how has it coped with my daily usage? First...

  • Someone gutted a Macbook to make a DeX lapdock

    Who knew that one of the better mobile/desktop hybrid projects would actually come from Samsung? Yep, DeX saw Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users connect their phones to a dock, which then delivered a PC-like experience. Of course, aside from the dock, you'd also need a screen and keyboard/mouse combination. But one enterprising tech enthusiast decided to gut a 2008 Macbook Pro and turn it into a DeX station -- and it doesn't look half bad at all. Kris Henriksen, who goes by the XDA forum handle kreal, posted an image gallery and video, showing off the unofficial creation. Some of the...

  • Thanks Samsung: you can now disable the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8

    Samsung has finally admitted that not everyone wants to actually use its voice assistant Bixby. As a result, the company will soon allow users of its S8 family of devices to disable the voice assistant's dedicated button on their handsets. The update, spotted by SamMobile, will allow users to choose what happens when they tap the Bixby button. There are now two options: the first allows users to tap the button once to open Bixby Home, while holding it down opens Bixby Voice. The second disables the key altogether. Notably, the update doesn't disable Bixby completely, just its tendency to appear when the...

  • Galaxy S8 owners might want to root their phone for this camera mod

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) manages to build on the foundation of the excellent Galaxy S7 in quite a few ways, seeing quite a few improvements. In saying so, these improvements are largely incremental in the camera department -- although multi-frame image processing is a handy addition. But where there's a will, there's a way. And XDA forum-goer zeroprobe has released the Zero Camera Mod, delivering a smorgasbord of new features to S8 users. For starters, the mod enables 60fps video recording at 1440p (as opposed to the S8's default of 1080p/60fps) and HDR video in 4K and 1440p. Galaxy S8 owners wanting more out...