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All posts tagged "Samsung Galaxy S8"

  • 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...

  • Has Galaxy S8 facial recognition tech been bypassed?

    When Samsung announced that the Galaxy S8 had facial recognition, my first thought was "I hope it's not easy to hack". After all, Android 4.0 saw facial recognition (dubbed 'Face Unlock') being introduced back in 2011. But this could be defeated with a photo. The next Face Unlock update searched for blinking eyes, but this too could be defeated. So we're a little disappointed to learn that Samsung may have a similar flaw in its implementation. A Periscope user took a photo of himself with one smartphone, then showed the photo to a Galaxy S8. It took repeated attempts but the video shows the trick...

  • Galaxy S8 Mini on way? More Compact than Mini?

    Samsung has traditionally produced a Mini version of its flagship smartphone, reducing the horsepower and overall spec sheet in order to meet a mid-range price tag. We haven't seen a Mini variant in a few years though, but a new report claims that a Galaxy S8 Mini is on the way. According to Phone Radar, citing a "Samsung Insider", the company isn't skimping on the specs for a smaller Galaxy S8 device. It's claimed that the new smartphone will largely have the same internal specifications as the bigger variants, down to the Snapdragon 835 (or presumably Exynos 8895) chip, 4GB...

  • Galaxy S8: a few things you might not know

    The Galaxy S8 makes for quite a fetching high-end handset, doing the whole high screen/body ratio thing and introducing iris scanning and facial recognition into the mix. There's the choice between Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 chip, 4GB of RAM, a 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch 2960x1440 display, IP68 water resistance and the Bixby assistant. But what else is worth knowing? We've got a few things you might not know... Bixby supports these apps already FYI: These are the supported apps in Bixby right now. #galaxys8 #unboxyourphone pic.twitter.com/elM3qCQV5s — Gearburn (@gearburn) March 29, 2017 The smart, voice-powered service is effectively Samsung's take on Google Now or Google...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #10: Does the Galaxy S8 our appetites?

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the smartphone world's latest talking point, and it's now available for pre-order in South Africa. But is the phone worth the immense sum Samsung is asking? Despite the extensive spec list (from the impressive screen to the iris scanner to the updated selfie camera), the Gearburn team struggle to get too gushy about Samsung's newest device in today's podcast. Bixby's possible integration with Google Now is unclear, the home 'button' is uncomfortable -- and just one exploding battery could spell disaster for the brand. Fresh from the South African Samsung Galaxy S8 launch, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker talk through...

  • Galaxy S8 revealed: here’s what SA will pay for it

    Samsung has officially taken the wraps off the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, featuring super-thin bezels that have become one of the biggest trends of 2017. Staying true to the leaks, we've got a front with no Samsung branding, virtual keys (as well as a take on Apple's haptic feedback for the home button) and an awkwardly placed rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Still, those who do miss the fingerprint scanner will be pleased with the inclusion of an iris scanner and facial recognition as authentication methods. It's worth noting though that the latter was available in Android 4.0 and was easily defeated...

  • Watch the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch live right here

    We get it. You like watching phone launches on YouTube. Don't worry, because that's totally what we love doing too. And today, it just happens that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be revealed. Coming live from New York, the Korean company will be debuting the latest device in their fleet. Thanks to the internet and a few people in the know, details have already emerged. Sigh. But fear not. Catch up on the previous Samsung Galaxy S8 news right here. But for those in the present, and looking to see just what Samsung plans to unveil tonight, catch the embedded livestream below,...

  • 3 upcoming alternatives to Samsung Galaxy S8

    Samsung is ready to officially reveal the Galaxy S8 today, and we have a good idea of what to expect already. There's the high screen/body ratio, Exynos 8895 chipset (or Snapdragon 835), an improved 12MP main camera, IP68 water resistance, Bixby AI assistant and more. But what if you're not a Samsung fan? Or the Galaxy S8 is underwhelming? Or maybe you just want to assess all your upgrade options? Here are three high-end smartphones set to hit South Africa (and/or the world) in the coming months. Sony Xperia XZ Premium This one doesn't even have a local release window or price yet,...