Battle of the smartphones
A round up of Samsung, Sony Mobile, LG Electronics, Huawei and Lenovo's latest smartphone releases
This week, Samsung, Sony Mobile, LG Electronics, Huawei and Lenovo all launched their latest flagship lines in the UAE.
After a tough 2016, Samsung unveiled its highly anticipated Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus which has a focus on security, virtual assistant Bixby and its Infinity Display.
Huawei on the other hand put high emphasis on camera quality to build on its tagline ‘make every shot a cover shot'.
LG Electronics dubbed the G6 as ‘the big screen that fits in your hand', instilling a back-to-basics approach yet building on premium features and screen size.
Sony Mobile launched its Xperia XZ Premium phone boasting it is the first smartphone to support 4K HDR (high dynamic range) technology.
Last but not least, Lenovo, through its subsidiary Motorola Mobility, came to play with its ‘premium for all' Moto G5 but with an affordable price tag.
Here is a breakdown of what you can expect from each device.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus:
The first noticeable feature is the edge-to-edge screen with Samsung detailing it wants users to experience an immersive viewing with its Infinity Display. By toying with the bezel, the screen now takes up 83% of the interface, which means the S8 has a 5.8" screen and the S8 Plus has a 6.2" face.
With the interface solely focusing on a bigger display, Samsung has moved the physical buttons to the side of the device. The right side of the phone has a power button and the left side has the volume control feature and the Bixby key.
Bixby is Samsung's new personal assistant, and with this users can access and navigate through services and apps with voice, touch and text commands. With contextual awareness capabilities, Bixby can offer personalised help based on what it continues to learn about the user's interests, situation and location. Users can also shop, search for images and get details about nearby places with Bixby's image recognition technology.
Security is also another huge factor, like the Note7, Samsung has included an iris scanner, as well as facial recognition technology, and both rely on the front facing camera to work.
The traditional Galaxy features persist as well: IP68 water and dust resistance, microSD support up to 256GB, always-on display, and fast and wireless charging capabilities.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be available in a variety of colours: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold.
Cost: The Galaxy S8 costs AED 2,799 and the Galaxy S8 Plus costs AED 3,099