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Samsung held their Galaxy UNPACKED event in NY today, revealing their new Samsung Galaxy S8 for the first time along with some other upcoming products and features. Along with the Galaxy S8, came a larger variant, the Galaxy S8 Plus.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ has a HDR certified display, which should give the best color and contrast for video content. The S8 will also be able to double as computer with its 10 nanometer processor and connect to any desktop screen.

Samsung Galaxy S8 has finger print scanner, face recognition and even iris scanner as security options. Instead, the S7 line has a Galaxy S7 Edge, which had a 5.5 inch screen. In its place is a pressure-sensitive capacitive home button embedded underneath the display.

The new camera will also feature improvements when it comes to social integration. In order to do that, Samsung has removed the physical home button to put it underneath the display, as well as moving the fingerprint scanner to the back of the device.

Camera: While both versions have the same 12MP dual pixel rear-facing camera, the front-one packs 8MP. The new phones have a large infinity display with a smooth, continuous surface.

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"People love a big screen but not a big phone", Drew Blackard, a Samsung senior product marketing spokesman told eWEEK at a briefing about the new phones prior to their unveiling.

Samsung also revealed Bixby, a smart voice assistant to rival Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant. While the Galaxy S8 and Bixby do make use of voice commands, this conveniently located button is designed for quick launch of Bixby and especially when the device is in a locked state. The handle, which holds the slightly smaller battery (1160 mAh versus 1,350mAh), helped Samsung reduce the camera body's form factor by a quarter, from 60mm wide to just 45mm wide. Samsung says that a person will eventually be able to use Bixby to run everything on the phone.

Similar to most leading AIs in the market, Bixby will also behave contextually. Holding up the device as if taking a selfie will let users unlock their device.

Samsung has blamed the Note 7 fires on multiple design and manufacturing defects in its batteries.

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