Samsung announce new phone after product recall

Product recall insurance would have been important for Samsung after the Note 7 phones were catching  fire last year.

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have an increased screen size as the home button has been removed. The screen also curves around the side as the previous model did. The S8 comes in at 5.8 inches (up from 5.1 on the S7) and the Plus measures 6.2 inches (up from 5.5 on the S7 Edge).

Apple’s iPhone 7, one of the phone’s closest competitors , is sold in 4.7 inch and 5.5-inch versions.

Reports are suggesting to cover the cost of such a fancy screen, Samsung has also significantly hiked the price.

The S8 will be £689 and the Plus £779 (that’s up from £569 and £639 on the S7).

Tech fans saving up for the release can also look forward to trying out the firm’s new Siri-like personal assistant, Bixby.

This voice activated feature can do just as many of the functions through touch and can also recognise and retrieve information from the internet through a user scanning an object like a book or a piece of clothing.

The battery which was what sparked last year’s PR disaster of the phones catching fire has now gone through rigorous testing and multiple inspections. This testing includes X-rays and extreme temperature stress tests.

They have better longevity and retain most of the charge after several years of use as some people do experience their battery dropping after owning a phone for a few years.

The issue with the phones catching fire was that they were then banned from US airplanes for risk of them catching fire whilst on flight.

The Galaxy S8 is the most important phone for Samsung in a decade and every aspect will be under the microscope following the Note 7 recall,” said Ben Wood, a smartphone industry analyst with UK-based CCS Insight.

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