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Samsung releases the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphone

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A lot of commotion surrounded the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones since Samsung promised something big, and now it has launched into the market for you to get your hands on. However, is it worth it? Let’s take a look!

We were actually disappointed with the new model. Which came at a surprise since we are really big fans of Samsung (really big). However, it doesn’t quite live up to the hype they promised. We expected to see something new that hasn’t been done before. Something that was going to drive each of us to want to drop whatever model we are using and get our hands on one now.

This wasn’t the case though, as beyond a really cool screen with little to no bezel at all, it’s just another model that is focused on keeping up with everything else out there. The screen itself is a super AMOLED with a QHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960, which is just a slight bump (up) vertically from the Galaxy S7 (1440 x 2560). There is a top and bottom bezel, but it stretches across the entire phone, side by side. It feels like the new Galaxy S Edge pretty much. The standard S8 sports a 5.8″ screen and the S8+ takes it bigger with 6.2″ (which is pretty nice of a screen without making the phone itself any larger due to the lack of side bezel).

You have a step up in processing with the octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor, but you still only have 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. Given, most people depend on SD for their storage, but 64GB just seems outdated by now. Same thing goes for the next iPhone. With how large some games are getting now, it would be nice to see more than this on-board. The microSD slot at least supports up to 256GB, giving you a lot of storage there if you need it.

The camera is just a 12MP rear with a 8MP front. They boast a lot of things like enhanced autofocus and low-light, but nothing ground-breaking. It would have been nice to at least see something new, like Carl Zeiss glass.

Beyond that, there isn’t really anything to brag about. It has a good list of specs, but nothing more than what others have already accomplished. The Lumia 950XL still feels like more of a flagship phone than this (compared to previous models), and it is a 2015 model. It feels the Galaxy S8/S8+ is playing catchup to everyone else, more than anything else.

Don’t get me wrong. We are quite excited to see the new model hit market. It looks like a fantastic phone and quite sexy. The new Bixby (Google Assistant alternative) sounds to be quite the option). It just doesn’t live up to what we had expected based on all of the hype during the launch. We expected to see something new, bold and challenges the industry. Instead, it feels more like another rinse and repeat upgrade. Bixby is great, but it’s a software enhancement (not hardware). This leaves 2017 wide open for someone else to take the spot of “game changer”, if they so choose to pull it off.

Maybe I’m completely wrong. If and when I come across one, I will make sure to give it a thorough test. I just find it hard to believe I’ve missed anything from this assessment.

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