Samsung officially unveiled its Galaxy S8 today. Since the device was leaked extensively, there’s very little in the way of news here, but there are still a few things I thought were interesting.
Most notably: DeX, a dock which turns your Galaxy S8 into a desktop computer. An old idea, of course, but still a holy grail companies are trying to obtain. The DeX dock looks kind of clever, and my absolute favourite part of it is that it has a fan to keep the phone cool while it’s in desktop mode. Any application with proper Nougat support works just fine with windowing, but developers can also optimise for Samsung’s own windowing features – which no developer will, of course, so you can forget that right away.
Curiously, the S8 comes with a new personal assistant built by Samsung with its own dedicated hardware button on the side of the device. It sports a 3.6mm headphone jack, and comes with a 99 USD wired Harman AKG headphones in the box, which is a nice touch.
The S8 will start at 750 USD or 799 EUR, and will be available this April.
3.6mm, or 3.5mm?
Which is probably going to make it impossible to use with landscape car docks. Samsung, you suck.
Where’s the laptop dock? and the car dock, and the TV dock…. So this is basically the Motorola Atrix, but done poorly. Whereas the Atrix just needed more ram.
Hardware wise and design wise this is the first Samsung device ever I would even consider buying.
Pity the thing is still running the incredible FUGLY Touchwiz skin.
Edited 2017-03-30 05:53 UTC