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Possible Reasons Why Samsung didn’t upgrade the main camera on the S8

Possible Reasons Why Samsung didn’t upgrade the main camera on the S8

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With the introduction of the next best from Samsung; the S8 and S8 Plus introduces a fantastic “infinity display” that eliminates most of the bezel’s on the phone, alongside a blazing fast Qualcomm SoC built on Samsung’s latest 10nm FinFeTT process and much more. One big notable point is the main camera. It remains largely unchanged from last years S7 Edge. Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t really complaining here because the S7 Edge still has, hands down, one of the best cameras on the market still today. But why? Let us dive a bit deeper.

A representative from SamMobile did point out that the S8 seems to utilize a new image chip though the megapixels and features seem largely the same. Samsung did not make any big sales pitches on it during the unveiling. It still has that fantastic f/1.7 aperture for fast low light photography and the module still captures brilliant colors and detailed images.

Again, during the unveiling, Samsung did not spend much time but rather brushed on the topic of it’s camera. This is quite unusual compared to past unboxing keynote events. Previously Samsung would spend a great deal of time touting all sorts of new tricks their camera could do. Even back when they announced the S4 the keynote was accompanied by a super awkward live skit of people pretending to use the phone’s camera in their choreography.

What has changed, however, is the front facing camera. We see a bump from 5 MP up to an 8 mega-pixel camera with an added feature: Auto Focus. The S7 Edge’s 5 MP front facing camera was already a big winner and has been receiving countless awards and praise from critics and users alike. Now that Samsung added autofocus we are quite excited to see what amazing results would start popping up online. The AF (autofocus) function will be able to detect faces in the front facing camera and focus on them all to prevent a blurry face.

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A big theory that we have in terms of why Samsung decided to play out their 2016 camera module for another year could be also found in the DSLR / Mirrorless camera market. Manufacturer’s in the DSLR and Mirrorless camera market do not provide massive upgrades every year as the market would stagnate with a lack of innovation. Great photo’s aren’t necessarily provided by the newest bodies or even lens’. Not even innovation could help a poor photo sometimes. No we believe that rather, Samsung is taking a back seat on an already fantastic award winning image sensor. We believe the next big upgrade will arrive on the Note 8. This can fall in line with what president of Samsung Mobile, DJ KOH, also mentioned. He mentioned that he would bring back the Note in a more safer, more innovative, and more powerful way.

Almost all the leading smartphone manufacturers are utilizing a 12 to 16 MP main cameras with most of them already with apertures of f2.0 or faster. Almost all phone’s now do the same thing, take consistently good photos without too much effort. The camera is becoming less and less of a factor in the buying process of a new smartphone. The only upgrade we know of is on the software front with the Galaxy S8. This increases speed, performance and now combines three images to give a highly detailed final image. Instead of the best specs, we are seeing manufacturers try to be “unique” in how they introduce their camera system on their flagship smartphones now. This includes Google who made a huge emphasis on software performance for increased image quality (IQ), and with Apple who added on a secondary “telephoto-ish” lens with a slower aperture that takes tighter shots (as an added bonus for users to use). LG also added a secondary camera that is used for ultra wide angles. It is becoming increasingly difficult to really judge who’s image quality is the best. It is possible that Samsung is heading in a direction that Google has begun treading upon already: software. By tweaking and innovating on the software front, manufacturers are able to find new ways to make an already existing (yet still fantastic) image sensor do something beyond what it’s limitations are supposed to be.


Software advancement and innovation gave Google the edge in low light photography with their Pixel line. Using Pixel’s HDR+ mode users are able to produce images that would have normally been under exposed, noisy, with less detail (due to lack of light). Google truly nailed it there.

Normally, the traditional Samsung used their Note line (that usually comes out in late August) to introduce revolutionary tech. We hope that the Note 8 would come out with some new camera technology on top of others to really differentiate itself from the competition. While it seems that Samsung is exercising well timed patience with the Galaxy S8 line up we are excited to see what the company has in store for the rest of the year.

The Best Samsung Galaxy S8 Accessories

The Best Samsung Galaxy S8 Accessories


We have already been graced with the new flagship model from Samsung, now lets take a look at the official accessories.

A lot of the accessories is expected of Samsung as we have seen time and time again with the release of each flagship device. There are the familiar cases, accessories and the stranger accessories that try to make a fashion statement.

Wireless Fast Charging and Battery Pack


Samsung released a premium version of their fast charge wireless charging pad. It has a leather look to it with a soft feeling material. This year, you will be able to slide the pad into an upright position to stimulate a Galaxy S8 stand (that also wirelessly charges). So two modes, lie it down flat, or prop it up to watch something while charging. (We believe that THIS is the proper way to transition into a wireless future, not removing 3.5mm headphone jacks).

Samsung also updated their Battery Pack products which feature a soft textured finish (compared to plastic) and a thinner form factor. The battery capacity clocks in at 5,100 mAh and Samsung has stated that the Battery Pack also charges up quickly (no more long hours of waiting for it to charge so it can turn around and charge our phones). As a little bonus the Battery Packs come with a leash for easier handling.


AKG Earphones

The AKG tuned headphone’s will            now ship inside the box with the Galaxy S8 devices. This is fantastic as we have not seen a flagship device ship out with such a high end accessory before. The headphone contains a tweeter and a bass component in each side to provide enhanced clarity and improved overall sound power. This awesome inclusion in each box comes from Samsung’s acquisition of Harman-Kardon who specializes in audio. People with a taste for wireless audio will have the option to opt for a slightly more expensive bundle that includes a 256GB memory card and a Bluetooth edition of the AKG headphones (Available for 99$).


Cases, Covers, and Accessories


Again many will notice and find a lot of the stuff we cover here as familiar territory. We see the release of Clearview Standing Covers, a newly outfitted charging pad/stand, silicone covers, LED View covers, and other cases. A lot of these cases are stylish, quite functional, and have a good potential to protect your phone from drops.

Check out the standard flip cover cases which include “Clearview” and “LED View”. This is sort of the classic “book” style cover that protects both sides of the phone. To use the phone you can either interact with the front cover portion which will either be an LED (8 bit pixel) feed back, or direct access to your home via the Clearcase’s front cover. The LED View provides a useful function where users can swipe on the LED portion to interact with the various indicators. Useful information is shown via the LED lights such as Time, notifications, incoming calls and more. Users can also swipe on the LED strip to answer or reject calls and also turn off the alarm. This saves users from having to open up the LED cover to get at the screen.


For people who don’t want to cover their displays and still want a premium feel should take a look at their new Alcantara line up. The case is covered with a plush suide feeling material. There will be a wide selection of colors to choose from which include black, blue, pink and mint. We found Samsung’s (also brand new) idea of a “protection cover” which Samsung calls the “magnetic 2 piece cover”. As the name suggests we literally get two pieces of magnetic protection covers that you put on the top and bottom of the back side of your Galaxy S8. This opens up a strange new world where people can still touch and enjoy the premium build of the Galaxy S8 yet have it protected when setting it down on tables. The pieces can protect the top or the bottom part of the phone.


Samsung’s QWERTY keyboard add on makes a return as well for the S8 and S8 Plus. The keyboard does not require batteries nor does it need bluetooth connections. You simply clip it on and it works. It is a full QWERTY key board (used primarily by business people, blackberry enthusiasts who had no choice but to get with the times, and other Samsung accessory enthusiasts). The keyboard also comes with standard navigational buttons at the bottom. Clipping the QWERTY keyboard on the display triggers a smaller display MODE which basically shrinks everything to accommodate the keyboard. We think its a cool accessory. Especially with this years massive infinity display we believe that the added screen real estate will improve the experience of that loss of screen space used up by the QWERTY keyboard.



Samsung DeX

Samsung DeX is quite a controversial topic as of late, nonetheless it is a new product out of Samsung’s arsenal (though this idea has been around for a long time now). Samsung developed the DeX station for “road warriors” who are able to combine their smartphone’s mobile functions with stationary desktop tasks. The Dock still requires you to plug in your monitor, keyboard, and mouse for use. As soon as you plug your S8 into the dock it swaps into a desktop mode and enables you to open your apps in a Windows fashion. The DeX station utilizes a USB Type-C connection, two USB-A for your peripherals, an HDMI out for support up to 4K displays (at 30 fps), and a built in cooling fan to keep the handset cool while running intensive desktop applications.



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Samsung killing the physical home button is (Not) a big deal

  Samsung killing the physical home button is (Not) a big deal



Last year, with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple got rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack that triggered the nation and possibly the world. Today, we discuss a rather common question that is being asked by new and old fans of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: “what happened to the iconic Samsung home button?”

There are quite a few reviewers and people out there who criticize Samsung for getting rid of the physical home button but we stand on the other side applauding the company for this move. Think of it this way, Apple hindered their devices by calling it a “courageous move” by removing a stable feature, the 3.5mm headphone jack. There really is no way around this other than through adapters or expensive bluetooth solutions. The physical home button is definitely not as bad as the removal of the 3.5mm head phone jack because it opened up a new world for Samsung’s future.


Look closer underneath and you will find that Samsung integrated a pressure sensitive piece of tech that acts as your button now. For users of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, you may find this as a familiar feature. Sure some folks may say that Samsung is sort of copying Apple here but who cares. Aside from this point the home button (though not in a form of a fake physical home button that takes up space that could have made room for a 3.5mm headphone jack) but a seamless integration with the infinity display Samsung created. The new home button works even when the display is turned off or when you are watching a movie or when playing a game full screen. You do not need to swipe the navigational buttons in from the bottom or the sides in order to go home. You simply need to press down on the spot (on the bottom part of the S8) where the home button should be and it activates the home button. This feature saves us a lot of space and enables the now iconic “infinity display”.

The big argument against this move is also sound for this new flag ship. Mostly because of Samsung’s decision as to the location of the Fingerprint Sensor. Yes, it is not under the screen along with the pressure sensitive strip at the bottom of the phone. It is sitting up quite high right beside your camera module. A head scratching position indeed. We hope that the Note 8 will come to the rescue and make sure the fingerprint sensor will be in a better location for reach. Samsung did state that this could be inconvenient while pointing out that iris scanning biometrics is a lot better compared to finger prints.

We will see how that plays out.

Overall, we are impressed with this innovative design. The S8 and S8 Plus come with fantastic design languages that really does excite the sagging smartphone market full of boring designs that which we keep calling “sorta cool”. Now we are talking. The under the screen solution to still keep an always activated home button is brilliant and we are excited to take advantage of this.

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Today (March 29 2017)

  Samsung Unveils Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Today (March 29 2017)


The Next Galaxy…

The Galaxy S8 is the most fantastic and the most premium smartphone ever revealed so far. With a beautiful combination between metal, glass, and a massive bezel-less display crafted into a body that is actually smaller than expected.

There are two versions available: The Galaxy S8 that features a 5.8 inch display and the Galaxy S8 Plus with it’s larger 6.2 inch display. They will be shipped out to the US on April 21st. The price will certainly be high end.

The Display


The most important thing about the phone is the display. Samsung calls it the “infinity display”. It extends up and down cutting away almost all of the top and bottom bezels and eliminates the bezels found on the left and right side. The four corners of the display also have a bit of a curved shape (like the LG G6) compared to a traditional sharp square corner. This new design idea brings about some creative interest and give’s off a premium feel.

The new smartphone is the culmination of Samsung’s promise that they would keep on creating a bigger display upon a smaller body. The S8 and S8 Plus follows this philosophy and provides a device that is more useable in the hand compared to other large displayed phones. Just like the Note 7 (with its palm rejection curved edges) the S8 and S8 Plus also did not exhibit issues of accidental touches from holding the phone by the curves.

The S8 and S8 Plus is absolutely fantastic and well designed. Future owners of the device will fall in love.

The Hardware


The traditional Samsung home button makes an exit for the new upcoming generation. Instead, we are provided a software (on screen) home button alongside classic navigational buttons with modern icon’s in place. The difference here is that Samsung also built in a haptic feedback engine (like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus) which creates a virtual feeling of pressing an actual button. We actually love this feature. The haptic feed back home button works even when the screen is turned off. You would need to press the button on the specific part of the display (on or off) to activate the home button which is found near the bottom side of the phone. A cool aspect to this function is that even if apps goes full screen mode and removes the navigational buttons, you can still press on the spot where the home button would have been at the bottom and it would still activate the home button to go home or perform any other function.

The transformation of the home button also prompted Samsung to re-position their fingerprint sensor. This sensor moved to an awkward position (as leaked many times) to the back and up beside the camera. Samsung has stated that the S8 and S8 Plus’ Iris scanning security system is a lot faster and better compared to the finger print scanner. In honesty, the finger print sensor may be a bit too high up for some users to use.

“3.5mm Head Phone Jack Remains! (YES!)”

The 3.5mm head phone jack is still found on the S8 and S8 Plus! Let us rejoice. Such a premium phone will still enable you to take advantage of cheap, traditional, head phones or high end wired head phone’s for maximum audio performance (eliminating the need to worry about blue tooth taking up your phone’s battery life, non removable batteries, and the inevitable degradation of battery life in your blue tooth head sets).

The USB-C port (along side the 3.5mm headphone jack) is found at the bottom of the phone. The power button is found on one side with the volume buttons on the other.  Underneath the volume button is another button that launches Samsung’s shiny new software called Bixby. This is Samsung’s answer to the current trend that is AI. This Intelligent Assistant will, apparently, be a lot more diverse and useful compared to it’s big name competitors (Google, Apple…etc.)


The S8 and S8 Plus comes with the best of the best that the world can offer at this time. We listed the specifications below:


  • US: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHZ Quad)
  • International: Samsung Exynos Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHZ Quad)


  • Galaxy S8: 5.8-inch OLED, 2960 x 1440, 570ppi
  • Galaxy S8 Plus: 6.2-inch OLED, 2960 x 1440, 529ppi


  • Rear: 12-megapixel, OIS, F1.7
  • Front: 8-megapixel, auto focus, F1.7


  • Galaxy S8: 3,000 mAh
  • Galaxy S8 Plus: 3,500 mAh


  • Galaxy S8: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155g
  • Galaxy S8 Plus: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g

Other specs

  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • NFC and MST for Samsung Pay
  • IP68 water and dust resistant
  • Wireless charging
  • LTE Cat.16
  • Bluetooth 5.0, can stream to two devices

Battery Life and Performance


This will be certainly a big talking point for Samsung. Due to the Note 7 failure that occurred in 2016 Samsung had to revamp their security check process and make sure that customers will trust Samsung’s battery safety efforts.

Perhaps due to the issues that occurred in the past Samsung did not increase the size of the batteries to some astronomical capacity. Rather they kept a (still large) 3,000 mAh (on the S8) and a 3,500 mAh battery on the S8 Plus. The 3,500mAh is the same capacity found in the Note 7. Samsung has made a claim that the battery chemistry was tweaked to extend the longevity of the batteries life past the year or 2nd year of usage.

Powering the infinity displays can be a challenge for the battery packs (thus a larger capacity would have helped here) but to compensate for this Samsung is introducing Qualcomm Quick Charge and support for major wireless charging standards.

The Camera


While many manufacturers started pushing 5x optical zoom’s, dual camera system setups, and many other fancy software integration’s, Samsung did not make much changes here. They kept their 12 Megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization but Samsung has worked on the software to improve the IQ (image quality). The camera (and the app) is a lot faster compared to the fantastic S7 Edge which is good to see.

Previously, users would need to double tap the home button to launch the camera but this time Samsung made it so that you can launch the camera app by double pressing the power button.

The Front facing camera has been updated to an 8 megapixel camera (from 5 MP) with an added feature: autofocus.

It is too early to give any sound judgement’s on the image quality of the S8 / S8 Plus so we will need to wait and see until further tests are carried out. The camera competition is quite fierce in 2017 with the like’s of Apple and LG loading their flagships with multiple camera modules and the Google Pixel still at top with the highest image quality score.

Software, Iris Scanning, and Face Scanning


Samsung introduced a new, improved and cleaner UI skin on top of Android that they call the “Grace UX”. The design and color choices that pain the user interface of the phone is very clean and modern. Long gone are quirky Samsung icon’s that dominated the clean modern simplicity of Android. Now, we see unified, flat icons, unified colors, and a lot of good stuff.

The Iris scanning is back. It is secure and extremely fast if you fancy it. However, Samsung introduced a new feature as well called Face Scanning. After 20 seconds of following along with the set up it works very well. This is not the same as the terrible face unlock system Android introduced many years ago (with Ice Cream Sandwich), this is a brand new system entirely made by Samsung.

With the whole duration of testing the feature never failed a single time. The process of detecting, recognizing and scanning your face then unlocking was so fast that you would sometimes forget that it was doing so. It is like turning your phone on normally. Samsung does admit that face detection security measures are not as secure compared to Iris and Fingerprint biometric measures.

Samsung DeX

As leaked here, Samsung DeX, unsurprisingly did make an appearing today. This is Samsung’s attempt at trying to combine the Galaxy Smartphone experience with a Desktop UI experience. You would still need some monitor or display, a keyboard, and a mouse.

Samsung DeX is a dock into which you simply stick your S8 into to begin utilizing Samsung’s Desktop mode. Instead of of providing a desktop (like Windows, or Motorola’s attempt with the Atrix) the dock offers Android apps instead. The whole package is well designed and offers full access to notifications and re sizable windows running your apps. Unfortunately, there is an undeniable fact that Android app’s are naturally not optimized for big screens beyond the scope of smartphone display sizes.

We cannot really think of a good reason to use this but people who call them selves “Road Warriors” who used to work in IT back in the 90’s would love it. Some good use may be discovered by a creative individual but at this very moment, we aren’t quite sure.

Bixby, Samsung’s Virtual Assistant


Samsung has been focusing on their Bixby project for some time now. Bixby is a virtual assistant.

Bixby is launched by a dedicated button below the volume button.

There are three modes

  1. A short press will launch Bixby Home (available as a page on your android home on screen)
  2. A Long press will enable Bixby’s voice features
  3. A small button is available in the camera app that utilizes Bixby’s augmented reality features.

Samsung’s goal is to create a virtual assistant whom you can speak to and get answers and also certain tasks done. The assistant’s goal is to actually create calendar dates and appointments based on your conversation’s through other apps or through information you tell Bixby with. This beat’s having a voice program where we just ask random questions.

At today’s launch Samsung provided some demos of this feature. In one instance they opened the gallery app and commanded Bixby with instructions to edit a photo. This would be something like “Bixby, rotate the image to the right”, or “Bixby, send this photo to my friend”. You can even tell Bixby to broadcast videos straight to a smart TV or utilize Smart Home Appliances that may be installed in your house.

The difficulty Samsung faces is the challenging task ahead to enable users to control their devices with voice just as they would be able to with touch. At launch only 10 of Samsung’s apps are supported and with apps that are created to support Bixby. The assistant will be able to set alarms, provide information, and take advantage of fitness data, local news, and weather. This is, however, also seen in virtual assistants provided by Google already. We are interested to see how Samsung begins to steer away from this initial launch to be more recognized and differentiated from it’s competitors.

Bixby home is, in it’s current state, a bit too crowded and unpolished. It is possible that the application will be more refined by released date but it is highly unlikely. It felt like a big ball of widgets and cards showing all sort’s of information from your various apps.

The best feature we have seen is Bixby’s camera features. Launching is done through the camera app or through Bixby Home. This turns the camera into a search engine. Pointing the camera at any object will prompt Bixby to analyze and make suggestions as to what it is or any thing pertaining to the object through web searches. Pointing it at a cup launched amazon sites or the internet to give info as to where you could buy cups.

Pointing the camera at label’s and title’s would yield a tighter search due to concise parameters.

Release Date, Options, Price

The S8 and S8 Plus will come in black, gray, silver with the gold and blue options available outside of the U.S.

Pre order begin’s on March 30 2017. Pre ordering will get you a free Oculus package including a headset, controller and a set of game’s.

Official release date in the US is on April 21st.

Pricing is not officially provided yet (but the word is it will be starting at $720)



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