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Samsung Galaxy S8 price, release date, specs and rumors

Update: European pre-orders set to open on day of unveiling

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be released in Spring this year. Leading up to the big reveal, however, a lot of information has already been leaked. The closer we get to the official launch of the S8, the more leaks spring up. It seems like Samsung's European customers might have an edge on the rest of the world, as a new rumor states that European pre-orders will be available on the day of the Galaxy S8 launch.  

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus: a short overview

For the past two generations, Samsung has given us not one, but two S-series smartphones. This year there will be a Samsung Galaxy S8 as well as a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. Both smartphones will have Edge displays, so the larger had to change names. 

Samsung has used as much space on the front of the phone as possible for the display. So, the screen size is larger but the device as a whole isn't much larger than its predecessors. 

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: price, color and variants

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus production schedule

Korean news site ET News says that in order to satisfy early demand for the S8, 12.5 million will be produced in March and April. Of these 12.5 million, 7.1 million will be the 5.8-inch version, while 5.4 million will be the 6.2-inch version. These numbers, if true, show that the smaller device is predicted to be the more popular one among consumers. Also, these numbers also show that the S8 is expected to sell more devices initially than its predecessor, the S7, which sold 10 million in the first 20 days of sale.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus memory variations

Research director of IHS in China Kevin Wang posted on Weibo that a version of the S8 with 6 GB of RAM will be available only in China, and that everywhere else it will be sold with 4 GB of RAM only. This hasn't been confirmed by Samsung, so we'll have to wait and see.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus price

According to multiple leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will cost €799 (about $843), while the S8 Plus will cost €899 (about $948), when released. That would make it about €100 more expensive than its predecessors, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. That is in line with what we expected the devices to cost.

Another leak from Evan Blass has the same pricing for the S8 and S8 Plus, so this makes us more confident about the accuracy of the pricing listed.

Blass also said the Continuum-like dock known as the DeX Station would cost €150 and the new GearVR would cost €129. Blass says the Gear360 will be €229, though we'll need to wait for these prices to be confirmed.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus colors

According to reliable leaker Evan Blass, the S8 and S8 Plus will come in four different colors: silver (Arctic Silver), black (Black Sky) and purple (Orchid Grey), and gold.

Purple, in particular, is uncommon among Samsung flagships. You can see three of the colors at four different angles in the tweet above, and the first clear image of the gold version is in the tweet below.

It also seems like Samsung India's early signup page has given users an unintended preview as to what the official Samsung Galaxy S8 colors will be. An earlier leak had suggested that Galaxy S8 would be available in black, silver and violet - but this seems to be only 2/3 accurate.  Twitter user Rupak Dey managed to get a screenshot of the early registration page that asked which color users would prefer. Instead of violet - Samsung seems to be offering an amethyst version of the device. If you're asking yourself what the difference between violet and amethyst is - there most likely isn't one. It's just a fancier name for the same color.

Samsung India website isn't the only one to be offering some more insights into the Galaxy S8 - Samsung Philippines published an interesting little questionnaire with some selling points of the Galaxy S8. More on that further down in the "Special features" section. 

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Which color do you prefer for the Galaxy S8? / © Samsung
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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: release pushed back to April 28

Typically, Samsung introduces new additions to the S-series on the Sunday before MWC in Barcelona. But this year, Samsung has confirmed it will present the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on March 29 instead, running its own launch event.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus pre-order info

According to the Dutch site Androidworld, pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are going to be available in the Netherlands on the day of the official presentation (that being the 29th of March), giving European customers the chance to get their hands on the device a lot earlier than the rest. Other sites have reported as well that pre-order units will be available earlier than than store units, giving eager fans even more of an incentive to pre-order the S8. There is no word yet on when pre-orders will be available for US customers, though it is to be expected that they will be available for pre-ordering around the same time as Korea. 

 

Korean news site The Investor reports that Samsung will offer subsidy plans earlier than usual, during the pre-order period, which will be from April 7 to 17. Pre-ordered devices could even be available early, from April 18, before the official release on April 21.

A new teaser video for the event has been revealed:

However, other rumors suggest that the devices could still be set for release on April 21. 

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: technical specs at a glance

Rumors about the tech specs of the S8 and S8 Plus are fairly consistent and without many contradictions. As such, we have summarized them in the following table to give you an overview of the device.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Type Phone Phone
Model SM-G950 SM-G955
Manufacturer Samsung Samsung
Dimensions 140.14 x 72.20 x 7.30 mm 152.38 x 78.51 x 7.94 mm
Weight Unknown Unknown
Battery Size 3,000 3,500 mAh
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.2 inches
Display Technology AMOLED AMOLED
Screen 1,440 x 2,560 pixels (576 ppi) 2,960 x 2,400
Front Camera 8 MP 8MP
Rear Camera 12 MP 12MP
Flashlight LED
Android Version Android 7.1 Nougat
User Interface TouchWiz
RAM 4 GB 4GB/6GB in some markets
Internal Storage 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, UFS 2.1
Removable Storage up to 256 GB per slot (single and dual SIM models)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895
Number of Cores 8
Max Clock Speed 2.5 GHz
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C, headphone jack

Since the above information is based on rumors and leaks, the actual specs can only be confirmed after the S8 and S8 Plus are officially introduced.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: camera

For several generations, Samsung's Galaxy S smartphones have had good cameras. In 2016, the camera was a highlight, but the competition has since caught up. Samsung should to do more with the Galaxy S8. The camera needs improvement, especially in low light conditions. However, Samsung won't be taking any big steps forward or jumping on the dual camera trend for either the S8 or S8 Plus.

Recent rumors all point to the rear camera having 12 MP. A report from Korean news site Naver says that the camera will be able to shoot 1,000 fps videos by adding DRAM (buffer memory) into the camera sensor. Their industry source said it could capture eight times faster than the iPhone 7 (120 fps).

There will also be an 8 MP front camera for selfies, a welcome upgrade from the outdated fixed-focus 5 MP on the S6, S7 and Note 5. According to the Korean website ETNews, the front camera will have an auto-focus feature typical of rear cameras. Samsung has figured out a way to make it small enough to keep the camera from protruding from the phone, by mounting the actuator on the side of the lens rather than in the middle.

The competition is fierce, so camera improvements are urgently necessary. Most importantly, there must be improvements in low light performance and JPEG compression artifacts. A dual camera isn't necessary, but if major improvements don't happen, the S8's camera will be among the weaker ones of 2017.

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Galaxy S6 Edge and S7 Edge: with every generation, the S-series' cameras improve. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: display

Display size: The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will both have Edge displays. The Galaxy S8 Plus will have a 6.2-inch display while the Galaxy S8 will have a 5.8-inch display. The resolution will likely be 1,440 x 2,960, thus deviating from the classic 16:9 format. 

RGB Super AMOLED Quad HD display: The latest rumor is that the Galaxy S8 will be getting an RGB Super AMOLED Quad HD display. According to SamMobile, Samsung is planning to ditch the Diamond PenTile pixel arrangement for one with sharper image quality. An RGB arrangement will bring around 11 million pixels, while the old layout was only around 7.3 million. This will make a profound difference for VR applications.

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It's possible that the Galaxy S8 makes strides in its display technology. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: software

Up until this point we didn't really know much about any possible software tweaks or changes that the Galaxy S8 might bring with it. While we've heard that the S8 will have some common features such IP86 Certification (making it water resistant) and a fingerprint scanner - we have seen no leaks concerning the interface or icon design. Thanks to some new screenshots we've got a good look at what the launcher and the app icons of the Galaxy S8 look like. 

The screenshots were taken by "Durim" - and originally surfaced on SamMobile - who discovered them in the APK of the latest version of the Samsung Smart Switch app. The overall look is simple and minimalist with rounded and stylized icons - a trend that we've seen being adopted more and more over the years. 

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A possible look at the new interface of the Galaxy S8 / © SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: audio and other interfaces

Apple renounced the headphone jack with the iPhone 7, but Samsung will not go down this path. Although the Galaxy S8 will have a USB Type-C port, it will also have a 3.5 mm standard headphone jack.

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As accessories around the smartphone get more focus placed on them, Samsung is rumored to be introducing wireless headphones, similar to the Samsung Gear IconX.

Samsung Gear IconX

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Galaxy S7 Edge: will it be the last of the S-series with a headphone jack? / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: battery, processor & RAM

Processor: Qualcomm has recently confirmed that its new Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset will be manufactured on Samsung's 10 nm FinFET process technology, and it's highly likely this will be the processor Samsung will use in the US version of the Galaxy S8. The octa-core processor will be 20 percent faster and 25 percent more efficient than its predecessor, Snapdragon 820. The CPU has four performance cores running at up to 2.45 GHz, and four efficiency cores running up to 1.9 GHz. To compliment all of this, the inclusion of the new Adreno 540 graphics card promises  25 percent improved performance and HDR support. Whether or not this delivers their intended results, only time will tell.

As for Galaxy S8 smartphones sold in other markets, these are rumored to come with an Exynos processor which previously would have been dubbed 8895. It is now suspected to be called the Exynos 9810 (of the Exynos 9 series), as revealed by the LinkedIn profile of an intern at Samsung's Bangalore R&D Institute. Using a different processor in other markets comes as no surprise, as producing devices with varying chipsets is nothing new for the Korean smartphone giant.

The SoC in question will succeed the 8890 which powers the S7 and Note 7. The Exynos processor, which is said to be capable of up to 4 GHz speeds, which would provide an estimated 30 percent performance improvement on the Exynos 8890 found in the Galaxy S7 (in some regions) if rumored claims are accurate. The chipset makes use of ARM's newest Mali-G71 GPU, which is rumored to be 1.8 times faster than the Mali-T880 MP12 GPU found in the Galaxy S7.

RAM and internal storage: Evan Blass, the famous leaker, has just shared a specs sheet for the S8 Plus on Twitter, which you can see below. Assuming the S8 and S8 Plus will have mostly identical specs, apart from battery and screen size, this latest information is indicating that Samsung isn't opting for a jump in RAM with either version of their new flagship. The S8 will have just 4 GB, instead going to the next level with 6 GB as many hoped.

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will have 64 GB of internal memory, connected with the fast UFS 2.1 interface. The MicroSD slot remains. There may also be a variant that has 128 GB of memory.

Battery: The Note 7 battery doomed the phablet and put the South Korean smartphone giant in jeopardy. We can expect that Samsung will pull out all the stops to ensure that the Galaxy S8 goes off without a hitch. As such, the company won't be pushing the envelope here. The S8 will likely have a 3,000 mAh battery, while the S8 Plus will have 3,600 mAh capacity.

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A safe choice: the Galaxy S7 came with a 3,000 mAh battery. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: design

The technical specs are mostly known, and thanks to a series of leaks the design for the device is close to being confirmed.

With just hearing dimensions alone, it's hard to picture in your mind what the S8 and S8 Plus' sizes would be like compared to other devices. But now, an image on Twitter from renowned leaker @OnLeaks shows not only the size differences between S8 and S8 Plus, but also compares them to other phones, including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. With its dimensions of 159 x 74 mm, the S8 Plus would therefore be a tad larger than the iPhone 7 Plus, but also a little less wide. 

Some of the more recent leaks to have emerged are a series of (very) brief youtube clips showing the Samsung Galaxy S8. 

We're confident that these are the real deal, as they are identical to the other images we have been seeing leaked over the past few months. That and the fact that whoever leaked these images neglected to remove the stickers saying "Confidential, No photo allowed, Not For Sale" and most crucially "Do not leak info." So much for that idea!

These are some of the most up-to-date images to have emerged of the Samsung Galaxy S8, clearly showing the home screen and dimensions of the new flagship device.

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Powered-on Galaxy S8 home screen / © phonearena
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The latest side views show how long the new Galaxy smartphone will really be. / © phonearena

The ever-reliable Evan Blass has leaked a render of the S8 or S8 Plus that is of press quality. It shows the front of the powered-on S8, with a dual-curved bezel-less screen, an iris scanner, an extra button dedicated to the Bixby assistant on the side but no physical home button. This might just be the press render we've all been waiting for.

During MWC, a new video made an appearance on Weibo, which shows the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. A lot can be seen in this wobbly video, and it gives a good idea of the size ratio between the two devices. You will also notice that the display corners are rounded, like those of the LG G6.

Here is another new video of what is probably the Galaxy S8. The video is brief, but shows the device's screen powered on and being used.

A photo leaked by the famous leaker Evan Blass on Venture Beat shows the device's front and back, and we can assume its authenticity based on his reputation for providing accurate leaks.

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Placing the scanner beside the camera may be problematic for some. / © Venture Beat

The photo shows the fingerprint scanner placed on the back, just beside the camera.

Another picture focuses on the back of a device case, with a wide opening for the camera, flash and fingerprint sensor. These are supposedly official Samsung cases for the Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy S8.

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The first pictures of the official Samsung cases. / © AndroidPure

Further indicators of the design are two screen protectors which we saw back in January that are consistent with the design we've seen in leaks that followed, like the two pictured above.

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Protective covers for the Galaxy S8 display. / © @DforDesign (Twitter)

The above-mentioned leaks of cases and protective screens of course inspire designers to create animations and renders of the Galaxy S8. These aren't leaks, but they do give us a nice idea of what the phone will look like based on partial leaks and rumors. This render video from GearIndia and @OnLeaks shows off the S8 and S8 Plus in a full 360 degrees. The renders are supposedly based on factory CADs, so if the source is real, these renders would be highly accurate. In the video you will see the fingerprint reader, USB Type-C port and headphone jack featured. See the video below:

GSMArena says the smaller S8 has dimensions of 140.14 x 72.20 x 7.30 mm. The S8 Plus, on the other hand, measures 152.38 x 78.51 x 7.94 mm, which is significantly wider than the S7 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: Bixby digital assistant

We think it is very likely that the S8 will come pre-installed with a digital assistant, Samsung's new equivalent of Siri, named Bixby. There is now possible confirmation of this from a Samsung employee's profile on LinkedIn, which you can see in the Tweet below. The employee is a Principal Program Manager, whose job is to "drive the execution and delivery for Samsung's upcoming AI (Artificial Intelligence) assistant on Galaxy S8".

Furthermore, during Samsung's Q4 2016 earnings release, it was mentioned that AI-powered software and services are an integral part of the company's growth strategy, so the presence of an AI assistant in the S8 is consistent.

Bixby differs from other AI helpers in that it will be a third-party open platform. Bixby will run on many devices, like appliances and wearables, and become the control hub for your smart home. Recently acquired Viv Labs, Inc. and Samsung both agree that AI assistants are the next major revolution in IT.

Recent information from SamMobile is indicating that Bixby may include a few very interesting new features. In addition to being able to support Samsung Pay and integrating with installed apps, Bixby will also have a visual search and OCR tool to use on the camera. It's rumored the camera will include its own Bixby button, allowing it to access a search tool that processes whatever the camera is pointing at. Bixby will analyze the image, and identify any objects or text. Bixby will even help you search for the object, or use the OCR to process any text you point the phone at.

The newest rumor to emerge is that Bixby will be able to support between 7 to 8 languages when it is launched, surpassing the linguistic capacity of AI rivals such as Google Assistant. 

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: special features

The closer we get to the official launch, the more leaks spring up, and at this point they tend to be quite reliable. It's unsure if Samsung is intentionally stirring the rumor pot here - but I wouldn't put it past them to create as much buzz as possible before they unveil their new flagship. Similar to the leak of Samsung India's early registration page, the registration page for the Philippines presents users with a little questionnaire asking users "What are you looking for in your Next Galaxy?".

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I'm looking for a battery that won't explode. / © Samsung

The likelihood that the the new Galaxy S8 will tick all those boxes is quite high - though it is interesting to note that they are "offering" enhanced battery life, as most rumors have stated that the battery size of the S8 will be the same as that of the S7. Could this mean that the Galaxy S8 is going to be more efficient with its power capacity? 

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: S Pen accessory and possible PC mode

Samsung may introduce the S8 with some accessories. Sammobile says the device may have an S Pen, but it won't have its own holding slot in the device to plug into. It's also possible that Samsung could supply new wireless headphones with the device.

Samsung also may be working on a competitor to Microsoft's Continuum, according to AllAboutWindowsPhone.com. The technology would allow the smartphone to extend itself to an external display, and make use of peripherals like a keyboard and mouse. It would function much like a desktop computer in this way, and in the picture we see that it looks like Chrome OS. 

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The S8 with an extended workspace. / © AllAboutWindowsPhone.com

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: iris scanner

The S8 is very likely to feature an iris scanner. The Note 7 was released with one, and it would be a shame to let the feature end there. The iris scanner offers an extra level of security which can't be faked, and an API would allow third party apps to use the iris scanner as a way for users to unlock sensitive files.

A new teaser video, which seems to allude to the iris scanner, has been released on Korea's number one ad portal. The video features a maze and an eyeball, and there's no other explanation for it than an iris scanner hint. You can watch it here, but you have to have Flash enabled to see the video.

According to a report by Korean news site Naver, an industry official said that the S8 would come with a 3.7 MP front camera for iris scanning.

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The Note 7's iris scanner will be used in the S8 most likely. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: facial recognition

In addition to the iris scanner, the Korea Economic Daily has reported that the S8 will have facial recognition. This extra security feature is also meant to improve convenience, as it will take less than 0.01 seconds to unlock the phone according to their source, which was an unnamed Samsung official. Apparently, the prototypes are already being tested.

Facial recognition won't just be for unlocking the phone, though. According to a report from Bloomberg, facial recognition will also be used for Samsung Pay, in addition to fingerprint and iris scanning. Their source also says that Samsung is working with banks to help them embrace the technology in the coming months.

Conclusion: almost all details are known

Samsung tightened security to prevent leaks, but this apparently didn't work very well. Almost all of the details of the S8 and S8 Plus are now known. There is some suspense hanging around the software features, but everything has been said about the hardware specs already.

What are you hoping to see from the Galaxy S8? Do you like the specs and design so far? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Será que o S8 vai ter o sensor de controle remoto assim como tem no S6?

    • Georg Seebode
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      3 hours ago Link to comment

      English please ;)

      but to answer your question - its highly doubtful that the S8 will have an IR Blaster. It was dropped with the S7/Edge probably because it made manufacturing cheaper repairs easier.

  • Samsung is even trying to please the ladies early this time by releasing the Purple version on the Galaxy S8 models,as they usually wait then release a Pink version of there phones later in the year,just can"t wait till next Monday when the phones will be officially announced,as the rumours sometimes can be very misleading from the Chinese people

  • Mark 1 week ago Link to comment

    Colors are nice but what the point when most people put them in a case anyway. Purple or pink I would not buy. Grey, black and maybe blue for me.

  • "color variants" is meaningless in android world since all are rarely available in all countries/carriers/stores

  • 4gig of ram LMFAO, 6gig would have been inadequate. Samsung needed to step up HUGE after what they did to me and countless other people with the Note7. They failed period. If this is the best Samsung is willing to do, then I'm done with them.

    • Georg Seebode
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      1 week ago Link to comment

      the Note 7 had 4gb of ram as well and it was still hailed by everyone as THE best smartphone on the market. They failed because the batteries kept on blowing up.

      • No batteries blew up, overheated and melted surrounding components, yes, no Note 7 every blew up. And the number of Notes 7's that had this issue was miniscule.

      • Georg Seebode
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        3 hours ago Link to comment

        No batteries blew up? are you serious? there were over a hundred reported cases in the US alone of that happening.

      • No batteries blew up, do you know what would have happened if the batteries actually blew up. You need to learn to read between the lines, because some idiot wrote blew up, even though they have no clue what blowing up means, then you need to understand what the difference is between blowing up and catching fire means, it's like saying a car battery caught fire, is different than saying a car battery BLEW UP, the end results would be significantly different.

  • 28th Apr is confirm release date and any changes on handset?

  • An aside about government snooping. If you are living in a free nation, it just doesn't matter what data the government has on you. What does it matter whether the government knows or not how many times you've traveled abroad? As long as you have nothing to hide it really doesn't make sense worrying about that. On the other hand, if you're living under a despot, even giving the state your date of birth might be an issue. But such regimes usually get every bit of information about you in any case, whether you like it or not.

  • Reading how the CIA apparently uses TV's and Android devices to gather data on the public, do we really want to give them such high resolution facial recognition data, retina data, finger prints etc?

    • Georg Seebode
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      2 weeks ago Link to comment

      its too late at this point anyway. Without putting on my tinfoil hat, how much data do you think the government already has on you? Do you have a passport? drivers license? health insurance? Have you ever traveled abroad? Weve already given them this data voluntarily. Im more worried about them spying on the things that I didnt give them....

      • Well in south africa they use low quality small black and white passport photo's for all those kind of stuff, finger prints still done with ink. So facial recognition and retina scans not done here yet, that I'm aware of, so for me it's something I don't want to give a foreign government when my own don't have it either, once again that I'm aware of.

      • Everything's about the license we give them and for the most of the time we don't pay much attention with what we are agreeing with

  • storm 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Facial recognition isn't very secure as currently implemented. Photos can defeat it. Retinal imaging could be spoofed by a high quality and high density image as well it seems. Convenient, but not really secure. Much like the fingerprint systems aren't really secure.

  • Heard it might even contain a fire extinguisher just in case?

  • Wait for S8

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