By Anna Finn
On Tuesday, April 21 Samsung will be making their newest smartphone, Galaxy S8 and S8+, available for purchase.
According to Fox News, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are Samsung’s first phones to no longer have the standard home button and instead have it built into the screens using pressure-sensitive hardware and software.
“I’ve only ever had a Samsung smartphone and currently have the Galaxy smartphone,” said sophomore Ashley Darling. “Samsung smartphones have never failed me and I’m so excited for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ because it has amazing new features that even the iPhone doesn’t have.”
As reported by Fox News, Samsung hopes to turn its fortunes around with their new smartphone offerings after a deplorable twelve months of exploding phones, a plummeting stock price, and executive turnover.
“I think these new phones could help Samsung’s bad reputation if they actually execute the way they’re saying they will because they really need their consumer’s trust back,” said senior Kylie Calandra.
Coming out as a waterproof smartphone, the Galaxy S8 is said to start at $750 and the Galaxy S8+ at $850, according to Tech Radar.
Some students are under the impression that the price for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are starting at an unreasonable price. They reasoned that it should be lowered considering the circumstances of Samsung’s previous smartphone release.
“The new Galaxy S8 and S8+ sound really nice and all, but I don’t think I could ever get one after their issues of explosive phones,” said junior Shannon Mooney. “I’d rather not risk my chances of that happening and stick to my iPhone.”
The newest smartphone allow users to unlock their phones with facial recognition and iris recognition, as stated in Fox News.
The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch screen while the S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen, according to Tech Radar. Both include wireless charging convertible but the Galaxy S8 has a 3000mAh battery, while the S8+ has 3,500mAh battery.
“Those who don’t typically like Samsung’s smartphones will soon come around to them when they realize how substantially better the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are than the phones they have,” said Darling.
Both smartphones have the same 12MP camera and encompass a multi-frame image feature so that more than one shot can be taken at a time for a better photo, as said by Tech Radar.
“I’ve never had a Samsung smartphone but from the reviews I’ve heard, the new ones they are releasing are supposed to be refined, cultured, and very desirable. It is their attempt at gaining old and new consumers after their last release adversity,” said sophomore Bridget Adams.
According to Fox News, despite Apple’s newest approach of discarding the headphone jack, Samsung’s new smartphones are continuing to incorporate their headphone jack with a 3.5 connecter and a set of AKG headphones.
“I’m very hopeful these new smartphones will be a success for Samsung and if it is, it will help their reputation significantly,” said Calandra.