Overnight, Samsung has released what are arguably their best devices yet, at Unpacked, in New York. Sleeker, smarter, skinnier, and more efficient than ever, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ ain’t your grandmother’s Androids: they’re sexy devices that are designed to easily slide into a busy user’s lifestyle. Red Wire gets the down low on the new devices from Richard Fink, Vice President, Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics Australia.

“I’ve had the opportunity to get my hands on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ during the global unveiling of the devices in New York” Fink tells Red Wire, “and I know our customers are going to love these new smartphones. They’re perfect for the Australian lifestyle and our mobile lives.”

Here’s eight of the best features, and what they mean for consumers.

  1. Bye bye, bezel!

In layman’s terms, the smartphone bezel is the plastic/metal on the front of a phone that borders the screen space. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ near bezel-less designs means the Infinity Display has uninterrupted real estate, and a smooth, continuous surface designed for an ‘immersive viewing experience.’

  1. Hand free design

While the screen is luxuriously large, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are on the skinnier side, which makes these smartphones more comfortable to grip and enables easy one-handed operation. More on this later…

  1. Multi-screening

Again, this is a release that caters to multi-taskers: users can play with multiple apps at the same time with the multi-window feature, and watch a video while sending a text with the full keyboard.

  1. Take stunning photos on the go

Maybe you’ve spotted a celeb on the street, witnessed a winning goal, or managed to convince your cat to play along and look into the lens. Whatever the case, we’ve all been there: the inopportune photo op ruined by blur. The advanced camera is made to capture optimal low-light and anti-blur photos, so you can confidently snap on the go.

  1. It’s got guts

What’s style without substance? Inside the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is a strong processor and powerful performance and connectivity capabilities, which, together with a strong network, enable you to download content quickly.

  1. Meet Bixby, your voice-activated assistant

Not available in Australia just yet, Bixby is Samsung’s intelligent interface that was designed to make interacting with your device, services, and apps more instinctive and seamless. Rather than answer questions, or, “Google it for you”, Bixby was designed to help you use your phone, through voice. Right now, Bixby’s Voice function will integrate with a few of Samsung’s native apps, but the plan is to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future.

  1. 360 and VR

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will connect to the new Samsung Gear 360, a 4K capable 360-degree camera with a refined design for easier use and live video content sharing. Real-time broadcasting lets you share content via seamless uploading to Facebook or YouTube (using an LTE or Wi-Fi connection).

Users can also connect their devices with the new Gear VR with Controller, powered by Oculus, for convenient one-handed control and better motion interaction with VR content.

Plus, the devices make for an excellent mobile gaming experience thanks to graphic technology and gaming modifications from Vulkan API.

  1. Miss your desktop?

Samsung DeX is a new solution that aims to transform your smartphone into a desktop by providing a secure, desktop-like experience. With Samsung DeX, users can easily display and edit data from their phone, making working remotely faster and smarter.

“All in all, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ represent the ultimate in craftsmanship and innovation,” says Fink. “From the stunning infinity display through to services such as Bixby and DeX, Samsung’s latest smartphones have the power to transform how our customers will be able to use their mobile device.”

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Customers who pre-order a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ before April 28 will receive a free Gear VR headset and Oculus content voucher.

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