Monday, 3 April 2017

Samsung got rid of the physical home button: is (Not) a big deal


The traditional Samsung home button makes an exit for the new upcoming generation. Instead, Samsung provides a software (on screen) home button alongside classic navigational buttons with modern icon’s in place. The difference here is that Samsung also built in a haptic feedback engine (like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus) which creates a virtual feeling of pressing an actual button. We actually love this feature. The haptic feed back home button works even when the screen is turned off. You would need to press the button on the specific part of the display (on or off) to activate the home button which is found near the bottom side of the phone. A cool aspect to this function is that even if apps goes full screen mode and removes the navigational buttons, you can still press on the spot where the home button would have been at the bottom and it would still activate the home button to go home or perform any other function.

The transformation of the home button also prompted Samsung to re-position their fingerprint sensor. This sensor moved to an awkward position (as leaked many times) to the back and up beside the camera. Samsung has stated that the S8 and S8 Plus’ Iris scanning security system is a lot faster and better compared to the finger print scanner. In honesty, the finger print sensor may be a bit too high up for some users to use.


There are quite a few reviewers and people out there who criticize Samsung for getting rid of the physical home button but we stand on the other side applauding the company for this move. Think of it this way, Apple hindered their devices by calling it a “courageous move” by removing a stable feature, the 3.5mm headphone jack. There really is no way around this other than through adapters or expensive bluetooth solutions. The physical home button is definitely not as bad as the removal of the 3.5mm head phone jack because it opened up a new world for Samsung’s future.

Specifications

The S8 and S8 Plus comes with the best of the best that the world can offer at this time. We listed the specifications below:

Processor
  • US: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHZ Quad)
  • International: Samsung Exynos Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHZ Quad)

Display
  • Galaxy S8: 5.8-inch OLED, 2960 x 1440, 570ppi
  • Galaxy S8 Plus: 6.2-inch OLED, 2960 x 1440, 529ppi

Cameras
  • Rear: 12-megapixel, OIS, F1.7
  • Front: 8-megapixel, auto focus, F1.7

Batteries
  • Galaxy S8: 3,000 mAh
  • Galaxy S8 Plus: 3,500 mAh

Dimensions
  • Galaxy S8: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155g
  • Galaxy S8 Plus: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g

Other specs
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • NFC and MST for Samsung Pay
  • IP68 water and dust resistant
  • Wireless charging
  • LTE Cat.16
  • Bluetooth 5.0, can stream to two devices