Galaxy S8 is an amazing device launched in March, this year with a paneled body. S8 has a powerful CPU. New works on Android 7.0 Nougat platform over which proprietary firmware installed the Samsung Experience (previous TouchWiz). As always in the case with Samsung, preloaded multiple applications: Notes Samsung, proprietary browser, Secure Folder, and others. But it is still not as bad as it was in versions of TouchWiz 2014-2015 period. Galaxy S9 will come up next year with more powerful processor and chipset, Qualcomm Snapdragon-842 units and Exynos 8895, M2 and ARM Cortex-A72.
Since the hardware control buttons are removed, then Samsung has decided to slightly neutralize this loss. Now, almost always virtual buttons at the bottom of recent Home and Back. Sometimes two disappear and only the Home. The center button is a nice feedback and adjustable sensitivity. On the desktop, there is a separate button to call the application menu – is responsible for this universal gesture from the bottom up or vice versa. Galaxy S9 will have no buttons on its large display, i.e., devoid of a physical home button. Would be very much better than S8 having higher versions of apps.
There is special software for curved screen edges in S8: App Edge, People Edge, Clipboard Edge and more. All this in one way or another interact with a curved screen. For example, you can call the panel of selected programs, making the gesture of this area. There is also a tool for creating screenshots and even GIF-animation. The curved screen has a ratio of 18.5:9 which has many benefits and disadvantages. So, the question arises whether the same ratio would be maintained in Galaxy S9 as that maintained by S8 or there would be another ratio in the display to surface area.
In S8, the security functions are fingerprint sensor and the iris scanner. The fingerprint sensor is moved to the back cover and is located next to the camera. Thus, to reach it’s usual except that you can grip with your right hand and index finger. But also own fingers should be long enough. The sensor itself is fast and stores up to four fingerprints. But, here lies a problem, iris scanner is weaker in S8 than fingerprint sensor due to the light, sometimes brightness is high, other times it is low. This feature can be corrected with the release of Galaxy S9.
There is also recognition of facial features using the front camera. This function works almost faster than the iris scanner, but it is not as safe. For example, it is easy to be fooled by the photo. Galaxy S9 will sort out this feature next year with its higher version.
Another innovation in the firmware and design of smartphone – Bixby voice assistant. It can be called from any application using the buttons on the left side of the casing. Bixby – it’s sort of a mixture of traditional voice assistant, trainee artificial intelligence and guidance systems. Where you would not have caused Bixby, he will understand the context and find exactly what you need. However, in the test samples Assistant practically does not work. Samsung will improve all these limitations found in S8 in its new flagship Galaxy S9, ready to compete, launching next year, 2018.