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Samsung Introduces Galaxy S8 and S8+, featuring Infinity displays

Sarah K. White | March 30, 2017
Samsung introduced its two newest flagship smartphones -- the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Both devices feature bezel-free Infinity Displays, streamlined designs and security features to help separate work and play.

 

Bixby here to virtually assist you

Samsung's virtual assistant, Bixby, offers some unique features including a push-to-talk button on the side of the device, which will automatically wake the phone to deliver an immediate response. With Bixby, you can take photos of objects and products to find them -- or similar items -- online. Bixby can also translate languages using a photo, but it remains to be seen how well this feature will work in practice.

Bixby includes smart reminders based on your location or your routine, and as it learns more about your routine and lifestyle, it will curate different recommendations. That might include calling someone on your ride home from work or suggesting restaurants in your area that you will enjoy.

It also integrates well for anyone with Samsung home devices -- especially TVs and smart appliances. For example, you can use  Bixby to dim lights, automatically play videos on a connected Samsung TV and more.

 

Samsung DeX

Samsung DeX, also announced today, is a workstation dock that will turn your S8 or S8+ into a fully functioning desktop. With the dock, the Android operating system converts into a familiar desktop experience, similar to Windows 10, and allows you to connect to an external display, keyboard and mouse.

Samsung's apps as well as some third-party apps have been optimized to work with DeX. So far that list includes Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and Adobe's Lightroom app. Other apps will be optimized for the desktop experience, but apps that aren't optimized will still open in the mobile format.

 

Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available for pre-orders starting March 30 and carriers will start stocking the device starting April 21; no word yet on pricing.

 

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