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Yay! Samsung's new Galaxy S8 come with state of the art facial recognition, we're safe now-- oh wait-- It can be fooled by a picture.

With the Samsung Galaxy S8, which launches April 28, coming with a new facial recognition feature that lets you unlock the phone just by looking into the front-facing camera, there was a lot of excitement as this was a much shorter verification method than the fingerprint scanner and also just as safe.

But unfortunately, it's not exactly secure as iDeviceHelp discovered this week.

In a demo, which we first saw on The Verge, iDeviceHelp was able to fool the facial recognition feature with a photo. It took a little longer than normal for the S8 to register the photo, but it worked.

While Samsung have admitted that the fingerprint scanner is a more secure verification method than the Facial recognition, one wouldn't expect that the phone would be fooled that easily. 

So with this in mind, it is in your best interest not to use the facial recognition feature as it is flawed. You're better of with the Iris scanner, or Fingerprint, or even with a PIN.

You can check out the video of iDeviceHelp tricking the Galaxy S8 with a photo below:

The dust is finally settling from all the Samsung Galaxy S8 hype, and after all that settling, we are still left with a pretty awesome phone.

There is no question whatsoever that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the two most stunning smartphones the world has ever seen. It's certainly sure that they would sell without problems.

That's on one side though as there's this small issue that users might find mildly irritating or downright unacceptable.

The case of China getting all the good stuff.

What's happened apparently is that the Galaxy S8 decided to move away from Apple’s iPhone strategy and offer just one storage option in each market. That means you’ll only have one price option, and it’ll ship with 64GB of onboard storage as well as 4GB of RAM. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have microSD card slots, so you can always pop in a card up to 256GB in size if you want to add more storage. 

Good right?

Well, it seems there's even better but you just might not get it.

According to reports, China will get a better version of the phone than any other market. So while the rest of us will only get 64GB phones that pack 4GB of RAM, the Chinese versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will include 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM.

This might not annoy everyone, but for those who are really into their specs, this will be downright unacceptable. I guess we'll just have to wait for the almost inevitable blowback all this will get.

With all the hype surrounding the Galaxy S8 and people looking at what they got right and the stuff they got wrong may have neglected to check out their pretty awesome Bluetooth.

Well, really it's Bluetooth 5.0 support, a new Bluetooth standard that offers huge advantages over previous versions of Bluetooth. It will likely come to more devices including more smartphones in the near future, but for the time being, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the only devices that have this feature.

The huge advantage the Bluetooth 5.0 has is that it supports two independent Bluetooth streams, which means you and a friend can both watch and listen to the same content without sharing headphones. Each person will then be able to control the volume for his or her own headphones without affecting the other.
That’s just one of the perks of Bluetooth 5.0, though it’s one you might not use on a regular basis.
But it doesn't stop there, it also offers data speeds that are twice as fast as Bluetooth 4.2, and it also offers four times its range. So that means in essence that you can be further away from a Bluetooth speaker and still get great sound. 
The audio quality is also A+ with the Bluetooth 5.0, which means you should get a better phone call experience and a better overall sound for music playback with the Galaxy S8.
Maybe it means nothing to you, but it should, the Bluetooth 5.0 is all shades of awesome and while one might have gripes with Samsung's latest offering, Bluetooth is certainly not one of them.

The Galaxy S8 has finally come and the reception was great, but as the dust begins to settle, there are a couple of things which in the cold light of day weren't as great as we'd have hoped.

Sure there are amazing new features like the edge to edge HDR display, an iris scanner and a faster, Gigabit LTE-ready processor but it seemed they held back a little on others. Here's our list of three:

1. The camera

If you were expecting the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to get a big camera update, you'll be disappointed. The new phones include nearly the exact same camera hardware as the Galaxy S7: a 12-megapixel sensor with a f/1.7 aperture. It's not bad, just that it can't compete with the dual-camera systems on phones like the iPhone 7 Plus and LG G6.

2. The battery

Maybe they got scared after the Note 7 incident but the new S8's battery isn't spectacular. The batteries on the S8 and S8 Plus are about the same size (or slightly smaller) than their predecessors and hasn't impressed so far. 

3. Bixby

Sigh. With Cortana from Microsoft, Google's Assistant, Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, Bixby just isn't as good.

Created with its own dedicated Bixby button, visual translations and image recognition but at the end of the day you might find yourself wanting to deactivate it.

Why? Well It only works with a handful of Samsung apps at launch, it can't find information online and it overlaps with a lot of the things Google Assistant already does much better. 

This is not to say the S8 is a bad phone, but like most things in life, we just feel a couple of things could have been done better.

With the launch of the long awaited Samsung Galaxy S8 mere hours away, the frenzy has reached fever pitch and Samsung isn't letting up with their flagship now on a shop window in the UK.

It's a picture of the phone (official) and it confirms stuff we've long suspected; like the death of the home button, Super slim bezels and a fingerprint scanner now moved to the back.

The inclusion of "Galaxy S8 | S8+" in the top right corner also tells us we will see the larger Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus at the launch in just a few hours time.

According to Tech Radar, the S8 will have a 5.8-inch display and the S8 Plus a 6.2-inch offering. It's also said to feature an almost bezeless body, have a similar rear 12MP camera to the Galaxy S7 and an 8MP front snapper.

You can check out the photo below.

Well thanks to social media (here's looking at you Twitter and YouTube) we usually have some good information on gadgets and devices before they even come out and the leaks coming out on the Samsung Galaxy S8 are more torrential than trickly.

With the phone set to launch in just over a week, we've learned a few more things thanks to twitter. 

From the above image, there are three options for screen resolution: HD+ (1480 x 720), FHD+ (2220 x 1080), and QHD+ (2960 x 1440). The default resolution is QHD+. 

Now even though there's a picture and all, the news should still be taken with a pinch of salt as we can't say for sure that this is the final product.

There was another leak which shows off the phone’s retail packaging. From the box, we can see that the S8+, a larger model of the phone, includes an option for 64GB of storage.

So...just a little longer and we'll be able to verify or debunk all the stuff we've had so far.

With iPhone 8 already set to reportedly cost around $1000, it seems the new Samsung Galaxy S8 will follow suit with something similar.

According to the rumours online, it seems the S8 might cost Samsung lovers and potential buyers a pretty penny.


Prolific leaker Evan Blass says the 5.8-inch S8 will cost 799€, which comes out to about $859 in U.S. dollars. This would be about a $100 premium over the S7 Edge from last year.

Meanwhile, the larger Galaxy S8 Plus is said to start at a pretty steep 899€, which works out to $966. This would easily be one of the most expensive phones yet.

With the Galaxy S8 set to launch in only a couple of weeks it looks like we'll know more about this soon. Blass also leaked the supposed pricing for multiple Galaxy S8 accessories. This includes a new 360 camera ($246), a new version of the Gear VR headset we previewed ($138) and an innovative desktop dock called DeX ($161) that will let you transform the S8 into a mini PC, complete with external monitor, mouse and keyboard support.

If the latest rumours are to be believed then the much vaunted Samsung Galaxy S8 may be coming with a camera that can shoot clips at mind-boggling 1000 fps.

Now for some context: that’s almost 5 times better than the 240 fps slo-mo on the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7, and even edges out the 960 fps Sony demoed on the Xperia XZ premium it recently unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017.

What this would mean if you haven't let that sink in yet is that the new Samsung Galaxy S8 camera will be able to capture one frame every millisecond.

Every Millisecond.

That means that you'll be able to use the S8 to record all sorts of interesting scenes, stuff you probably won't have been able to get before like a photo finish for a race or you know, whether a footballer cheekily stamped on a colleague while going down and clutching his ankle.

The only issue this brings up is space. If you're a heavy user, you'll be worried because there's just so much content.

Samsung have made no official announcement about this so it's best to take it with a pinch of salt. But with the Galaxy S8’s launch scheduled for March 29, we'll know soon enough.

A new leak has surfaced online showing the Samsung Galaxy S8 looking uber cool in its glossy black covering.

Many didn't see it coming and after reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities tipped that the Galaxy S8 may come in no less than seven colors for the glass chassis - gold, silver, bright black, matte black, blue, orchid, and pink - people still wondered about the "bright" black and what it meant.

Was it to be something glossy and akin to the Jet Black piano lacquer finish of the iPhone 7 or...you know, something else. 

The leaked pictures give us insight into this and while we can only see a black slab with curved display sides and corners cos it's not powered, it still looks pretty awesome.

There's also the Samsung logo on the back, a camera lens with adjacent flash and heart rate sensor, as well as the finger scanner on the other side of the camera. That coincides with most of the credible pics or renders we've seen so far of the Galaxy S8, so there is every chance that glossy black chassis lovers will have their wish fulfilled with the S8.

You can check out the photo below

A video showing off a purported Galaxy S8 device has surfaced online throwing everyone into a frenzy.

The video is terribly short though and doesn't really tell us anything we don't already know, but it's fun nonetheless.

Why fun? Well, it's almost certain that the video will be taken down really quickly but the video has shades of Diddy from Dexter's Laboratory saying "What does this button do?"


The YouTuber who leaked it (
505nick aka DkDn) must either be short sighted or he's quite the daredevil.

The phone in the video clearly states "CONFIDENTIAL; No photos allowed, Not for Sale, Do NOT leak Info" and he leaked it out (Although to be fair, nowhere was it said not to make super short videos of it).

There isn’t any critical new information we can see from the 5-second video, which doesn’t even reveal the device from all sides. The only important piece of information that can be gleaned from the video is the barcode and IMEI of the device. You know, actual identifiable information that could be traced back to its source.

So err...for as long as it's available, you can view the video below.

It has been speculated that the Samsung Galaxy S8 was going to be one heck of a sleek phone and all the leaks and rumours surrounding it gave this outlook credence.

Now with the launch of the phone a mere weeks away, the most realistic leak of the phone so far has surfaced.

Thanks to prolific Tipster Evan Blass, we have an idea what the Galaxy S8 might look like and if he is right, then dear me it's beautiful.

From the photo, the front of this phone is almost all screen. With hardly a hint of Bezel.

On the right side looks to house the power button and the left side has volume controls and what is likely a dedicated button for Bixby, Samsung's upcoming virtual assistant that will take on both Siri and Google Assistant.

Also it seems the rumours were right that Samsung was doing away with the home button as there is none to be seen and only software buttons are seen towards the bottom of the screen. 

Looking at the right-hand side of the screen, it seems like there's a little tab that's waiting there to be swiped which would probably launch Edge screen shortcuts, similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge.

From what is known of the phone currently, it is expected to come in two variants; 5.7-inch screen and 6.2-inch screen for the Galaxy S8 Plus. 

We will enjoy this leak and hope that come Samsung's big reveal day (Allegedly March 29th) we'll get to see this and then we can give actual, proper impressions on it.

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8 almost upon us, a new leak has surfaced online giving us some fresh (barely) insight into the coming Flagship phone.

After series of alleged spec details, a clip art image of the said smartphone now proliferates the internet.

Another unconfirmed leak regarding the Galaxy S8 has been reported online. The newly leaked data has been spotted with clip art images sketching out the possible new look of the said device.

From the little we can glean from the leak, the Samsung S8 smartphone would be a new look with its on-screen soft keys. Another change is to the home button key has been changed into an almost square shape, but lacking some corners. The home key will soon look like two opposite L shapes if the leaked images would be accurate.

A second image outline of the upcoming Galaxy S8 also showcases the back portion of the device. The said image indicates one sensor on left of the rear camera, while another sensor, purportedly a fingerprint sensor, has been placed on the right.

Moreover, the third and final clip art of the leaked images involved the DeX dock for the Galaxy S8. Dex dock is an unverified accessory that would allow the Samsung smartphone to be used as an ordinary desktop computer.

So we continue to wait. With the Mobile World Conference coming so soon, we expect to learn even more of Samsung's flagship phone.

The two top brands are at war again. The upcoming iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 are dominating headlines, but which phone will come out on top?

Apple thinks they will.

According to recent iPhone 8 rumors, Apple is set to include a 3D laser scanner on the front of the iPhone 8 to unlock the device, as opposed to the sometimes-finicky Touch ID technology. 

Apple Insider reveals that there Face recognition might be the way with Apple. 
And with Apple's reported acquisition of Israeli startup RealFace, which boasts the "world's best facial recognition," according to its website, which has since been taken down this looks like Apple's trump card. 

 RealFace software, according to reports, provides "frictionless face recognition" directly on a relatively low-powered device like an iPhone. According to the company, it aims to "offer customers a smart biometric log-in solution" for mobile deployment.

And what this means is that while the Galaxy S8 is going to have a facial recognition feature, it'll have nothing on the iPhone 8.


Going by this definition, RealFace has a lot in common with Google's Tango or at least it seems that way. Tango also uses a combination of cameras and depth sensors to enable many of the same scenarios in phones like the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Asus has also announced its own Google Tango phone, the Zenfone AR.

The iPhone 8 with all its awesome features has been rumored to cost over a thousand dollars when it is finally released, but with all they stuff that they plan to chuck into it, can you really blame them?

As anticipation heightens for the launch of the iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy 8, new reports indicate that the hardware update could be the largest so far.

What this means is that there will be large-scale updates for both the Apple and Samsung flagships that would leave their predecessors in the dust in terms of software as well as hardware features.

An example of this is the expected edge-to-edge displays, which will eliminate the conventional home buttons present in the earlier generations of the two smartphones.

Also it is expected that the displays of Apple iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 will cover the front of the smartphone and have a front camera, front-facing speaker and fingerprint sensor underneath the display.


Furthermore, according to reports, the tech giant Samsung may be making the edge-to-edge OLEDs for both the phones. In addition, it is said that the two devices will come with voice assistants. It is expected that the iPhone 8 smartphone will come with an enhanced version of Siri.

Samsung will, of course, have a response to this with their Bixby voice assistant that will replace its S-Voice function according to SamMobile. In addition, Samsung and Apple will go for 10mm processors instead of 14mm processors for the forthcoming smartphones.

It is said that the new processors will offer battery and performance improvements to the smartphones. Speculations are doing the rounds that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will have an identical footprint to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

We expect the Samsung Galaxy in April if online reports are anything to go by, but we'll have to wait a little longer for the iPhone which won't reportedly hit shelves till much later in the year.

Okay, so let's get this straight; the Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming with a headphones jack. 

Now we can move on.

This particular rumor has scared many Samsung fans as there were reports that Samsung planned to go the Apple route and cut off the headphones jack in favour of a more wireless option. Now while Samsung might still go this way, it doesn't seem to be happening with the S8.

A set of photo-quality renders (not actual photos) have appeared this week and the phone in the renders has the Jack safe and sound. This seems to tally with the various other rumors and reports that Samsung will indeed continue with the headphones jack.

The images are provided courtesy of a skilled creator by the name of WaaNee – aka WoOS. They’ve been created – it would seem – to promote the maker’s collection of wallpapers and themes. In the process of promoting these themes, WoOS has created some of the most realistic and final-looking renders of the Galaxy S8 we’ve seen so far.

The images are in line with the current specs of the Galaxy S8 as we know it. In terms of his references, this is likely from schematics from model-makers for accessories. 

We're likely to find out more from official channels in the coming weeks especially with the MWC coming up in a little bit.

For now, feast your eyes on the renders below.

After a mishap like what happened with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it's only natural that some caution would be taken going forward and that seems to be the case with Samsung and the S8 phone.

When Samsung announced what happened with the Note 7, they asserted that the issue really was with the battery  and the explosions came from complications with the battery. 

What that has done is that according to reports, the Samsung S8 will come with a smaller battery which means it won't last as long as people might have wanted.


This comes via Korean site The Investor and they claim that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will have smaller batteries than initially expected. 

According to the news source, the Galaxy S8 will pack a 3,000 mAh battery, while the phablet version will have a 3,500 mAh battery. This in comparison to last year's Galaxy S7 (3,000 mAh) and Galaxy S7 edge (3,600 mAh) shows just how much Samsung is playing it safe (the note 7's capacity was 3,500mAh).

According to News 1, a Samsung official was credited as saying, “After completing a range of tests, Samsung made a final decision to deploy the battery capacity for the two S8 variants,”

The idea of a smaller battery makes sense as it would be better for Samsung to play it safe. They have already changed their battery supplier to Japanese company Murata.

Photo Credit: Onleaks & GearIndia

With the anticipation of the Samsung Galaxy S8 reaching fever pitch, new leaks have raised the heart rate quite a bit.

A new leak released jointly by OnLeaks and GearIndia reveals what the Galaxy S8 should look like when launched later this year. 

While it should be put in mind that the renders mean it might not be the actual device, but as it stands it is based on previous leaks of everything we know of the device at the moment.

From the renders, it seems like we’re getting two devices, measuring at 5.7 inches and 6.2 inches for the display. Both, of course, will have Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution and be of the Super AMOLED variety. While the smaller model will go by the obvious name, Samsung is allegedly switching the larger model’s name to the Galaxy S8 Plus. 

The renders also reveal a USB Type-C port and an auxiliary port on the bottom, no physical home button on the front, and a dedicated button for Samsung’s new virtual assistant. And, yes, the renders are still putting the fingerprint scanner on the back of the device.

Samsung should announce the Galaxy S8 this soon with April 21 being a rumored global release date. 

It has been widely reported for a while now that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be unveiled on March 29th and will hit shelves on the 21st of April.

What has come out within the last 24 hours though is an image purporting to be the first image of the flagship phone.

According to a image on Twitter, posted by a leaker, said to be gotten from tech news outlet, Venture Beat, the back of the device is very similar to last year’s Galaxy S7 but the front marks a fairly radical departure from Samsung’s typical design. In place of the physical home button and touch-sensitive navigation buttons is a large, curved display that seemingly runs edge to edge dominates the Galaxy S8. 

Here is the image put out on Twitter.

Reports have stated that Samsung will have a feature resembling Windows Continuum that will give the Galaxy S8 desktop PC-like functionality when plugged into an optional HDMI dock. 

It will also come with it's own personal assistant, reportedly called Bixby, a new feature made possible by the company’s acquisition of Viv Labs in 2016.
This is still not certain as there hasn't been any comment from Samsung, but what do you think about the look of the S8, sound off in the comments below.

Is the S pen coming with the Samsung Galaxy S8 which is billed to come out in a couple of months?

It may well be so if new reports are to be believed.

No confirmation has been made as yet, but some new designs of the S8 case show that there is space for the S pen.

What the cases don't reveal is whether the smartphones will be curved edge or not, the cutouts at the side do seem to imply that the areas are being left free for fingers to slide over. 

If this is indeed so then it well might be that there isn’t going to be a Galaxy S8 edge and we’ll have a Galaxy S8 Plus instead. 

In terms of size, the Galaxy S8 seems to have almost the exact same dimensions as the Galaxy S7 while the Galaxy S8 Plus might end up wider than even the Galaxy Note 7.

Back to what the case says about the inclusion of the S pen; one of the cutouts at the bottom of the case seems to match the location for an S Pen. 

This matches rumors circulating that the Galaxy S8 will be compatible with Samsung’s iconic stylus that's if it doesn't have the pen.

The phone comes out in March and will hit shelves in April, i guess at this point, all the questions will finally be answered.

The talk of the Samsung Galaxy S8 has reached fever pitch with an almost daily stream of rumors, reports, leaks and so on.

Even earlier this week there was a leak from a Poland-based gadget tipster who posted an image that may be what the display design for the upcoming Samsung phone and its larger variant will look like. 

What we have here seems to be in line with earlier rumors as to how the face of the Samsung Galaxy S8 could look like.

It shows two display shells that are supposed to be for the Galaxy S8 and the larger S8 Plus. Both look like they have curved screens with very little bezel. They also both look much like the smartphone mockup that was used in the recent videos from Samsung’s Display division.


Looking at the many sensor windows on top of both display shells it is suspected that these may be a heavy indicator that the phone could come with features like iris scanning that was included in the aborted Galaxy Note 7.

Of course it goes without saying that without any official confirmation from Samsung, this may well not be what we are to expect, but if it is, then it is quite nice to look  at.

The Galaxy S8 according to rumors is set to be launched sometime in April. 
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