Monthly Archives: March 2017

Samsung Announces Galaxy S8 and S8+

This past Wednesday, at their 2017 Unpacked Event, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, their new flagship Android phones. The new devices include an updated look from last year’s Galaxy models and some new and interesting features.

Given this announcement, lets take a look at some of the specs of these new devices:

Display

The first thing that stands out is that the new Galaxy phones will feature what Samsung is calling the “Infinity Display”, which is an end-to-end screen that wraps around the edges of the phone. This is similar to the current Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which also features a curved glass display.

The display on the Galaxy S8 is a 5.8 inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 (at 570 ppi), while the display on the larger Galaxy S8+ model is a 6.2″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 (at 529 ppi).

Camera

The rear camera on both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is a dual pixel 12 MP camera, with optical image stabilization and a F1.7 aperture. The front facing camera has an 8 MP sensor, also with an F1.7 aperture. Both cameras allow for video digital image stabilization and HDR, as well as for selective focus, which enables users to achieve the Bokeh effect (focused subject with a blurred background).

As for video, both devices can shoot 4K video at 30 FPS, 1080p at 30 or 60 FPS, and 720p at 30 FPS. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as though there’s any optical zoom, but there is the option to use up to 8x digital zoom, if one so chooses.

Processor

Depending on one’s country and cell service provider, the phone’s processor could be either an Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor or an Octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor.

Memory

Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will come with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. While this doesn’t seem like a lot, especially when compared to some other devices (like the iPhone, which has up to 256 GB of internal storage), the phones do have MicroSD card slots, which allow for up to 256 GB of expandable storage.

Operating System

These devices should be shipping with Android 7.0 (Nougat), which is the latest major version of the operating system (though, technically Android 7.1.1 is the latest release at the time of this writing).

Audio

Unlike the latest iPhone models, the new Galaxy devices will come with a headphone jack, with a pair of earphones included with the device.

Colors

According to Samsung’s website, the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ will come in five colors, which include midnight black, orchid gray, coral blue, arctic silver, and maple gold.

For more information regarding the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, please check out Samsung’s website (where this information was sourced from).

Apple Product Updates

Earlier today, Apple made announcements regarding updates to several of their product lines, including the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch lines.

While many of the updates are only small ones, it’s nice to see that there are some new offerings available, including:

(PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Apple unveiled a new (PRODUCT)RED special edition iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus earlier today, with each purchase of one of these phones contributing to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs and helping to deliver an AIDS-free generation.

While the (PRODUCT)RED version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have the exact same specs as the standard version that was released last September, this new version sports a slick red color and has (PRODUCT)RED branding on the back of the phone, under the “iPhone” branding that comes on all iPhones 7s.

iPhone SE Storage Upgrades

While Apple’s smaller iPhone, the iPhone SE, didn’t receive any real hardware upgrades this time around, Apple did bump up the storage capacities from 16 GB to 32 GB on the entry-level model and from 64 GB to 128 GB on the higher-storage model.

This is great news for those who like to store a lot of music, photos, videos, etc. on their phones, but who do not want to carry around a phone as large as the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple Releases 9.7 Inch iPad and Discontinues the iPad Mini 2

Today’s announcement saw the release of a new iPad model, simply deemed the “iPad”, which starts at $329 for the 32 GB base model (the next model up, the 128 GB version, starts at $429).

The specs for this new iPad include a 9.7 inch Retina display, a 64-bit A9 chip, an 8MP camera, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. While this new version of the iPad is somewhat similar to Apple’s previous iPad Air models, it sports a newer (and faster) processor, but is actually a bit thicker and does not have a laminated screen, like we saw in previous models.

Given the price drop, I think $329 is a decent price for such a device, even if the screen is not as “good” as previous models.

Apple also discontinued the iPad Mini 2, though there have been a few iterations of the smaller iPad since the second generation iPad Mini was released.

Clips for iOS

Clips is a new iOS app (that’s currently listed as “Coming Soon” on Apple’s website) that will enable users to make and share fun videos that include text, effects, and graphics, among other features. Users will then be able to share their videos with family and friends using Messages, or can upload it to their favorite social media platforms, should they desire.

New iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE Cases 

Another part of Apple’s announcement was that the company has updated the case line-up for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the iPhone SE. Customers can now purchase both silicon and leather cases in several additional colors.

New Apple Watch Bands

Another one of Apple’s updates included the release of several new bands for the Apple Watch, including additional leather and sport band options. Included in this new offering are the Nike Sport bands that were previously only offered on the Apple Watch Nike + model of the watch.

Many thanks to /u/sandiskplayer34 on Reddit, who posted a great list of all of today’s Apple updates. It made it easy to find the information needed to write this post. Also, thanks to Paul Thurrott who inspired this post idea, given that he wrote a similar post over on Thurrott.com.