After the sad end of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, a lot is at stake for Samsung as the company prepares to launch its 2017 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, today.
The Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s bounce back attempt from a rough past year that has seen several things go wrong, one of which was the indictment of the Samsung heir on charges of bribery.
For this reason, the flagship phone is carrying a lot of expectations even as it stands just a few hours away. The company will be trying to reestablish the safety and reliability of their phones while also trying to get back its innovative and technological advantage and it will be doing this in a world that already has an iPhone 7.
The S8 is expected to come in two sizes, the 5.7-inch S8, and the 6.2-inch S8 Plus. A radical design that inculcates minimizing the bezels around the display for a seamless look is expected and as part of that change, Samsung is killing the capacitive buttons that have long graced the front of the device, switching those functions over to software controls and moving the fingerprint sensor of the back of the phone.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is also expected to premiere its new Bixby virtual assistant. The phone may be the main focus of the Samsung event but a few new accessories are also expected to have their first outing.
Here are the three things that will put you ahead of other Samsung fans as the Galaxy S8 prepares to launch;
A live blog that will follow the whole thing:
You can tune into The Verge’s live blog for up-to-the-second updates, commentary, and pictures directly from the venue. Techradar also has a live blog ready to keep you updated on all the action.
A live stream you can clock into if you have the data:
Samsung’s live stream is available on Samsung’s website or the company’s YouTube page. You can also follow along through a special Unpacked 2017 app (iOS / Android).
Live tweeting of the event:
Verge’s twitter, @Verge, will be tweeting the latest headlines and specs as they emerge.