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All posts tagged "Samsung Galaxy S8"

  • Samsung Galaxy S8: check these photo samples

    We quite liked the Galaxy S7 Edge, producing some fantastic photos in all lighting conditions. So even though the Galaxy S8 has the same 12MP f/1.7 main camera, you really shouldn't be too disappointed in the first place. In fact, Samsung makes use of multi-frame image processing to reduce blur and produce a better photo. It's a similar idea behind Google's Pixel, which uses a near-identical camera but featured drastically improved HDR+ software smarts to spit out better results. Has Samsung improved matters with the Galaxy S8 in the same way? It's tough to say, but these snaps are definitely on...

  • Iris scanners on phones are neat, but here’s how they can get better [Column]

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a ton of great tech packed into it. There's that gorgeous screen that experts are calling the best mobile display ever. Then there's the high screen/body ratio and great camera experience (so far). It's not perfect though, with the fingerprint scanner being in a ridiculously silly place. Fortunately, you can forego the fingerprint in favour of an iris scanner on the front. But again, things aren't ideal here either. Truth be told, the Galaxy S8 has the best mobile iris scanner on the market right now. But that's not saying much, given the number of iris scanner-equipped...

  • Camera comparison: Huawei P10 Plus vs LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

    The 2017 smartphone war is heating up in South Africa, as the LG G6 (review) and Samsung Galaxy S8 recently launched in the country. Throw in this week's launch of the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, and consumers are really spoiled for choice. What about the cameras though? How do they fare? Well, the G6 is packing two 13MP cameras (one f/1.8 shooter and an f/2.4 wide angle camera), the S8 has a solitary 12MP f/1.7 camera and the P10 Plus packs two f/1.8 cameras (one being a 20MP monochrome camera, the other being a traditional 12MP shooter). It's all well...

  • Samsung SA ditches ADH repairs on Galaxy S8, offers paid service

    Samsung's last few flagship phones have all offered an accidental damage from handling (ADH) service, offering free screen repairs within a 24 month period. Now, the company has announced that a paid service will be replacing ADH for the Galaxy S8 handsets. The new service, called Samsung Mobile Care, will see users pay R70 a month for two screen repairs in a 24 month period, with the first month being free for all users. Alternatively, users can pay R1299 up-front, if they'd prefer not to make a monthly payment. Interestingly enough, Samsung claims that without SMC, consumers "run the risk of paying...

  • Should you upgrade to the Galaxy S8? Take our quiz!

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ launch tomorrow in South Africa, delivering a device that builds off the excellent Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (review). Between the great camera, water-resistant design and high screen/body ratio, there's a lot to like about the new phones. But is the phone worth getting though? To help you make your decision, we've put together a quiz. So give it a shot if you need a helping hand (or if you're just curious!).

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 launches in SA tomorrow, what do critics say?

    Samsung's latest high-end smartphones are released in South Africa tomorrow (5 May), making for quite an impression thanks to those super thin bezels. However, the company has some stiff competition this year, thanks to LG's G6 (review) and Huawei's P10 range all bringing the goods. But what do critics think of the new phone? Engadget The tech publication gave the Galaxy S8 and S8+ a score of 91 and 92 respectively. But what did they think of it? "For the most part, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is a slam dunk. It’s brilliantly designed, brimming with horsepower and has a beautiful screen," Engadget's Chris Velazco...

  • Spec shootout: Huawei P10 vs LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

    South Africans will have several top-end smartphones to choose from over the next few weeks and months. We've already seen the LG G6 launch, but Samsung's Galaxy S8 is released on 5 May, while the Huawei P10 is also set to appear next month. How do these phones compare to one another though? We've put together a spec rundown for you. Horsepower Image: Kirin 950 chip The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus features the same, in-house Kirin 960 processor as the Mate 9 (review), featuring four ARM Cortex A73 cores and four A53 cores. In saying so, the heavyweight...

  • The Galaxy S8 costs way more to make than S7

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 costs significantly more to make than predecessors, a new teardown of the device has revealed. According to IHS Markit, the bill-of-materials (BOM) cost for the standard-sized 64GB Galaxy S8 comes to US$301.60. Adding US$5.90 in manufacturing costs brings the total to US$307.50. "The preliminary estimated total at this point is $43.34 higher than that of the Galaxy S7 previously performed by IHS Markit, and is $36.29 higher than the total build cost of the Galaxy S7 Edge (review), considered a better comparison to the Galaxy S8," the firm explained. The company says the higher BOM costs appear to be part...

  • Galaxy S8 Bixby button can indeed be remapped [Update: Samsung blocks move?]

    Update: Samsung has issued an update for the Galaxy S8, apparently killing the ability to remap the Bixby button via a third-party app, XDA reported. A Samsung representative claimed on Twitter that the app was "exploiting a system-level behaviour". Original: There's a lot to like about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, building on the excellent foundation set by last year's flagships. Aside from the weirdly placed fingerprint scanner, the other possible annoyance is the Bixby button. Yes, Samsung has included a dedicated button for its virtual assistant, allowing users to call it up at any time. There isn't a native way...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 has ‘best performing smartphone display’

    Samsung always excels on the display front when it comes to their high-end smartphones, whether it's the Note 4 and its 2560x1440 display or the Note 7's HDR-capable screen. Now, it appears that the Galaxy S8 has set a new standard, with screen analysis website DisplayMate saying it has the "best performing smartphone display". The website put the phone's screen through a series of tests before arriving at an A+ rating. Samsung's latest smartphones (S8 and S8+) feature 2960x1440 AMOLED screens with an 18.5:9 screen ratio. Of course, we also see a high screen/body ratio, support for HDR and dual-curved screens. "It has many...