Samsung Announces Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus

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The big tech news yesterday is that Samsung as announced it’s new flagship phones the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Both phones will be available for pre-order today, and will be officially released on April 21st. These phones are going to explode off the shelves (hopefully not literally this time).

The latest model has removed the hardware home button that has been pretty standard on Samsung phones for quite a while. It still has a fingerprint reader, but it has been moved to the rear of the phone next to the camera. You won’t find a whole lot changed with the camera though, since it was already pretty great.

The big news is the new infinity display! They were able to fit an enormous screen without increasing the body size too much. The screen is ALMOST completely without a bezel, and looks amazing.

It will also have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port for charging which is a new move for Samsung.

The last really big news is the new digital assistant called Bixby with it’s own dedicated button on the device. It is supposed to learn from your usage to get you access to the right apps exactly when you want to use them. This might be exactly the type of thing that virtual assistants need to gain mass adoption. Instead of invoking it’s powers with your voice like “OK Google” you just press a button to get to where you need to go. You can use the button with your voice as well, but it will be interesting to see if more people start utilizing this functionality.

It looks like a really solid device with all our favorite Samsung features like a headphone jack, being waterproof, expandable storage, and wireless charging. Hopefully we won’t get any exploding batteries though!