The launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices was a big deal for fans of the brand and technology-focused media, with two simultaneous live events (in New York and London), as well as live-streaming launches for media in several countries. As expected, Samsung had made all kinds of promises before the event, including, most intriguingly, that there would be a "whole new form factor" for smartphones. So, do the S8 and S8+ live up to the hype? There’s no doubt that these are spectacular devices. They are the latest in a line of solid handsets that (mostly) just keep getting better across the range of specs: display, camera, processing performance, battery life and so on. The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch screen, while that of the S8+ is 6.2 inches. Both have an elongated 18:9 ratio display (compared with the more traditional 16:9). Most of the bezel has been stripped back, providing even more screen space — which Samsung is calling Infinity Display. Even the physical home and bac...

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