Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone was launched in March 2017. The phone comes with a 5.80-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2960 pixels at a PPI of 570 pixels per inch. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S8 packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery. It measures 148.90 x 68.10 x 8.00 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 155.00 grams. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a single SIM (GSM) . Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
So, with that said, let’s check out all the fresh new logon features that the Samsung Galaxy S8 brought to you. For more details and reviews about Samsung Galaxy S8 you may click here.
Samsung Galaxy S8 IRIS Scanner
Samsung wants the Galaxy S8 to be a super safe device. With that purpose in mind, the company bundled the phone with several systems meant to ensure your personal information stays safely locked away from prying eyes. Apart from the traditional PIN, pattern or password unlock options, the Galaxy S8 also offers a fingerprint scanner authentication system, iris scanner (which was first made available with the Galaxy Note7) and an old fashioned face recognition system.
Iris scanning technology is advertises as being one of the most secure forms of biometric authentication, since an iris pattern is practically impossible to replicate. The iris scanner is practically a camera designed with a very specific function in mind which works alongside an infrared LED in order to recognize the unique pattern in your iris.The camera includes a special image filter that receives and recognizes the reflected picture of the iris via a red IR LED light. To use the iris scanner to authenticate yourself, users will need to lift the phone to eye level at arm’s length and wait for the iris scanner to capture the data and compared to the scanner found in the Galaxy Note7, the one in the Galaxy S8 is a lot faster to process the information and unlock the phone for you.
Samsung has improved the technology, so now you don’t even have to align the phone perfectly with your face, as long as the eyes are in the viewfinder. It also works from a considerable distance.
Like in the case of the Note7, once the iris pattern has been registered, the phone will store the information as an encrypted piece of code. Then, when a user tries to access the phone, the LED and camera combo work to capture the iris, then extract the code and compare the two against one another, before granting the owner access.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Facial Scanner
The newest means of unlocking the S8 is Samsung’s new Face unlock feature (not to be confused with the face unlocking feature included in Android since 2011). This method uses the front-facing camera to identify you and unlock the device. It’s designed to be the most convenient way to unlock the phone, but it is less secure than any other method and cannot be used to authenticate Samsung Pay purchases.
In our tests, the Face unlock method was the slowest and least reliable way to unlock the S8. Despite promising to work at various angles and from comfortable distances, this method refused to work the vast majority of the time. It would not see my face in good light or poor light, and when it did work, it would take several seconds of awkwardly staring at the phone before it would unlock.
To make matters worse, some have been able to trick the Face unlock feature with a picture, proving its lack of security. I was not able to replicate this, for, as I said, it wouldn’t unlock with my real face anyways.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Fingerprint
As mentioned, the S8 does have a fingerprint scanner and you can use this to secure and unlock your device. Unlike other devices, such as the Google Pixel that put the scanner in the middle of the phone where your index finger naturally rests when holding the device, the S8’s scanner is high up on the back of the device and not in the middle. That can make it very hard to reach, especially with the larger S8 Plus, and it can be more difficult for left-handed people that have to move their index fingers awkwardly to cover it.
To make matters worse, the fingerprint scanner is right next to the camera, and “feels” very similarly. So if you’re moving your finger around trying to locate the scanner by touch, it’s very easy to smear the camera lens with fingerprints and oils, which is not particularly pleasant. All of that said, the fingerprint scanner is a secure method, and the actual scanner on the S8 is very fast.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Pattern
The S8 also supports the standard Android pattern unlock method, whereby you trace a particular line you set through a grid of nine dots. This is the way most Android owners unlock their phones, as it’s more convenient than a PIN code or password.
It is slightly less secure than those options, but still considered one of the more secure methods to protect the information on your device.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Pin/Password
As with every other smartphone, you can use a four-digit PIN code or alphanumeric password to unlock the S8.
These are the most secure methods to use, but they are also the most inconvenient and clumsy. When you unlock your phone hundreds of times a day, it gets very tiresome to type in a PIN or worse, a password, every time.
Pros of Samsung Galaxy S8
- An eye-catching design with full metallic built.
- 12 Primary | 8 MP Secondary camera is quite capable of taking stunning photos even in night/ poor lighting conditions.
- 18:9 Aspect ratio screen, simultaneous multitasking is fun now.
- You can extend memory up to 3000 mAh.
- Bezel-free Smartphone having a maximum usable display.
- It has World’s first 10nm processor.
- Samsung introducing Bixby voice assistant for the smartphone.
- Phone support Dual SIM Cards.
- Phone is IP68 certified dust & water proof (over 1.5 meter up to 30 minutes)
Cons of Samsung Galaxy S8
- No FM Support (Without the internet connection).
- Fingerprint reader moved right next to the rear camera (Odd position to use).
- The battery is non-removable
- Supports Dual SIM but Hybrid.
- Only 3000 mAh battery for 5.8 inches phone (Not Enough).
- Only 64 GB ROM version is available (No 128/256 GB ROM version is avail.)
Why to Buy Samsung Galaxy S8
This piece of gadget is including all the best features of Galaxy series phone, it has 5.8 inches curved display without sacrificing the compactness of phone, a best mobile camera till date with amazing low light picture quality and World’s first 10nm Snapdragon 835 processor offering lightening fast performance coupled with 4 GB RAM. because of optimized CPU 3000 mAh battery can offer decent back as chipset takes 25% less power. although some people may love to choose LG G6 or Galaxy S7 Edge over this phone.
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