There’s an “Infinity Display” that runs from edge to edge
Samsung is known for having some of the best displays in the business. It steps up the game this year with a new display that runs almost the full length of the smartphone. The company calls this an “Infinity Display” and indeed believes it will usher in a new era of “Infinity smartphones.” It supports the latest video standards that have so far only been limited to televisions, including HDR, for a more accurate picture.
Since the display stretches nearly to the bottom of the smartphone, where a home button used to live, Samsung employed special technology that allows the user to press into the display. This serves as the actual home button, returning users to the main screen whenever it’s pressed.
It has its own special AI
Samsung acquired Viv Labs, started by the creators of Apple’s Siri. They’re working with Samsung’s new Bixby artificial intelligence team, but they haven’t built anything in the Bixby you’ll see on the Galaxy S8. Bixby can be called up through a dedicated button on the left side of the smartphone, or by speaking “Bixby.”
The AI can be used for standard things, like asking the weather or sports scores, or even for identifying a bottle of wine or a book through the Galaxy S8’s camera. Bixby can also be used to help place phone calls, manage appointments, present relevant information based on the time of day and more. Is it better than Siri or Google Assistant? We’ll need to test it more to find out, but the good news is the latter still comes pre-installed.
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