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Samsung Galaxy s8

The all new Samsung Galaxy S8 has just been unveiled

So as you may or may not know, Samsung have just unveiled their all new Samsung Galaxy s8. We have heard many leaks recently but they now have the final product ready for you. This is a very strong phone from Samsung.

The first very exciting thing that we are shown about the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the infinity display. While its not all completely screen, it is as close as it can be. It is the ‘biggest and most immersive screen on a Galaxy smartphone of its size’ as said by Samsung themselves. With the S8+ having 6.2-inch curved screen, and the S8 have a 5.8-inch curved screen this is the biggest smartphone screen on the market. However it does not feel unusually large. There is also no longer a physical home button on the front but a virtual one instead. The fingerprint sensor has also been moved to the back and it is located next to the camera. You can also unlock the phone with iris and face scanning.

According to Samsung, the camera on the new S8 and S8+ ‘captures life as it happens’. What this actually means is that it has a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera which are very fast and can capture important moments with no delay. It has the fastest processor to date with a 10nm processor which is fast and increases battery efficiency. You can also expand the memory up to 256GB. With IP68-rated performance you can work through rain and dust. The Samsung Galaxy S8 can be immersed into 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. With high-quality 32-bit PCM and DSD64/128 playback you can hear music as it is meant to be heard.

The next development on the S8 in comparison to the S7 is the addition of the personal assistant Bixby. Like Apple’s Siri and Google’s Personal Assistant, Bixby understands talk, text and taps. This means that you’re never confined to one method of communication. However you do not even have to talk to Bixby. You are able to show Bixby something i.e. a watch through the camera and Bixby will recognise what it is and search for you. In the instance with the watch, Bixby will take you to Google and show other images of watches or take you to amazon so you’re able to purchase a watch.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ were released yesterday for pre-order. Pre-order before the 19th of April and receive it up to 8 days early. The Galaxy S8 is priced at £689 and the S8+ is £779.

Take a look at TechRadar’s review of the all new Samsung Galaxy S8.


Google Pixel, the new smartphone by Google

Google have recently released their new phone – Google Pixel. This phone has been said to be on par with the iPhone 7, with some users even preferring the Google Pixel. The Google Pixel comes with a multitude of new features and has been called ‘the best Android phone that has ever been made’. Lets take a look at some of the new features that Google has brought us.


Design –

So lets begin with the overall look of the new Google phone. You get an all-metal body with an all-glass display. There is a fingerprint scanner, a headphone socket and easy to grip curved edges. You can purchase the Google Pixel in either Quite Black or Very Silver. The Google Pixel also comes in two sizes. You can get the original Google Pixel with a 5″ screen or the Google Pixel XL which has a 5.5″ screen. The display on the AMOLED screen is very clear and crisp, with vibrant colours and deep blacks.

Google Assistant –

What is probably is the most exciting new feature about the Google Pixel, is Google Assistant. The Google Assistant is sort of like iPhone’s Siri or Window’s Cortana. The Google Assistant is meant to be your very own Google. Google have described the assistant to be conversational – you can have a two-way dialogue between yourself and Google.  So this means that you can ask Google Assistant one thing and then ask several follow-up questions. Google Assistant will be able to keep track of the conversation and will be able to audibly respond with the correct information. Along with this, the Google Assistant can do a multitude of tasks such as creating events, booking a table, setting reminders, sending texts to your friends, plan your travel and much more. Take a look at the video below to see more about what the Google Assistant can really do.

Camera –

The Google Pixel camera has been said to be pretty outstanding. There is a 12.3MP Sony camera on the back of the phone which can shoot up to 4K videos, video stabilisation and supposedly a faster speed on the capture time. On the front you get an 8MP camera and with a shake of the hand you can switch your back camera to the front camera. Along with all this, you also have a lot of settings that you can apply to the camera e.g. Slow Motion, Panorama, Photosphere, Lens Blur, Lightning scenes and SmartBurst. You also get unlimited storage for photos and videos within the Google’s cloud, for free! Take a look at Google Pixel’s video stabilisation below.


Battery life –

The Google Pixel Battery life is said to be a whole lot better than the iPhone 7. Just 15 minutes of charging will give you 7 hours of battery life. Then if you charge the phone up to 100%  which will take around an hour to an hour and a half, you will receive up to 24 hours of battery life. This is with fairly consistent use throughout the day.

Specifications –

Google Pixel is powered by QUALCOMM’s Snapgradon 821 processor. It has 4GB of RAM and you can choose between 32GB or 128GB of storage.

Virtual Reality –

Google Pixel is the first phone that has been made with Virtual Reality in mind. This November the Google Daydream will be released, which is their new VR headset. The Google Pixel is the perfect partner for an exciting Virtual Reality experience.

Switching from your current phone to Google Pixel –

It is very easy to switch your current iPhone or Android device over to the Google Pixel. Google have provided an easy to read step by guide on how to do this.

Pricing –

The Google Pixel is £599 for the 32GB version and £699 for the 128GB. For the Google Pixel XL it is £719 for the 32GB and £819 for the 128GB. Why not go ahead and treat yourself to an early Christmas present? Buy here!