Samsung Galaxy S8: Firm unveils 'comeback' phone after Note 7 fire woes

Samsung Galaxy S8: Firm unveils 'comeback' phone after Note 7 fire woes

"You can use voice, text or touch to say what you need since it understands all three", says Samsung.

The phones, which will go on sale on April 21, are slightly longer but comparable in width to their predecessors as Samsung has eliminated almost all of the bezel borders around the face to maximisze the screen surface area.

We've confirmed with Samsung that the US Galaxy S8 will be getting the Snapdragon 835.

Samsung is also launching its Bixby personal digital assistant, similar to Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, and Google's alternative.

Bixby could carry out multiple tasks from one command and learns on the job. One of the most talked about features of the S8 was finally Samsung's AI Assistant, Bixby.

Taking up almost all of the front of the phone, the screen curves around the side like the previous model. At least both of these devices have water and dust resistance... although the Galaxy S8 trumps the iPhone again with a stronger IP68 rating, as opposed to IP67 for Apple. The devices run on Android 7.0 Nougat and have USB-C and 3.5mm headphone jacks. Additionally, both smartphones will be sporting a large display screen in the front, which is set to be branded as an "Infinity Display". Samsung, like others, has moved the fingerprint reader to the back of the device. The screen covers about 20 per cent more of the phones interface, Selwyn said.

The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch screen, while the S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen.

It's a massive 5.8-inch display, spread out over the dimensions of a phone that is only slightly bigger than the Galaxy S7 in your hand. It costs another $199. For now, though, Bixby just controls Samsung's own apps and some of the S8's functions.

"It just does not work in New Zealand because we do not have the Internet of Things", Selwyn said.

It will take Samsung some time to overcome the embarrassment of the Note 7, which the company recalled after many reports of those phones exploding or catching fire.

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