Samsung Galaxy S8 – your guide to the new features

Samsung has unveiled its new smartphone, the Galaxy S8, and we’re really excited about it. Not only does it come in a different shape, it’s also got cool new features rivalling major competitors like Google and Apple.

It’s been a bit of a tricky year for Samsung, but we’re confident the launch of the new smartphone will bring renewed success. Read on for a handy guide to the best features.

Wrap-around screen

Probably the S8’s most striking feature is the wrap-around screen. It’s a 5.8-inch interface, which means you’ll see messages pop up even if your phone is face down. There’s also the S8 Plus, which comes with a 6.2-inch screen!

Big screen, no home button

The S8 almost feels like a small, portable screen rather than a phone, as there’s no home button and the interface takes up the entire width and then some! Don’t worry, though, you won’t accidentally activate something by picking it up. A pressure-sensitive circle at the bottom of the screen replaces the home button.

High-tech authentication

Authentication, the process of opening your phone, is so important, but needs to be as easy and simple for people as possible. Samsung’s S8 has a handy fingerprint sensor on the back and comes with the option for facial and iris recognition, meaning you can just look into your phone to verify your identity.

This makes it easy to use your smartphone for payments too. Samsung Pay includes transit and ticketing options (in selected markets). The authentication capabilities on the S8 are all down to embedded SIM with the phone.

Secure Folder

A neat feature that comes with the S8 is the Secure Folder. Users can put images, videos, documents and apps in this folder that can only be accessed with a separate password or PIN to the main phone. So even if someone gets into your S8, they’ll be unable to find their way into this folder.

An AI assistant

You might have read our other JAG posts on virtual assistants, which have long been a feature of Google and Apple-made phones. Now Samsung has got its own, Bixby, which can be accessed by a special key on the handset. It’s quite a way behind Siri at the moment, though, and only available in the US and South Korea.

As you can see, the Galaxy S8 comes with some cool features, which really make it stand out and certainly a contender for the best mobile experience available.