Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in India on Wednesday. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ mark a fresh start for Samsung after the disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung builds some beautiful phones. The Note 7 was a beautiful phone. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are also very beautiful phones. But, unlike the Note 7, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have a lot of added responsibility on their shoulders. It won’t be easy. Still, you can’t take away the fact that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ look like pretty amazing phones, at least for now.The new Galaxy S phones from Samsung are an evolved lot that have plenty under the hood to make one excited. They have a fancy new edge-to-edge design, lots of horsepower courtesy a next-generation mobile processor, improved cameras and smart AI tricks. The new Galaxy S phones also have as many as three modes of biometric authentication, and a feature that lets you connect these phones to a monitor the way Microsoft’s Windows Continuum does. We take a closer look.Specifications:Processor: The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ available in India will be powered by a 2.3GHz octa-core Exynos 8895 processor clubbed with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. The US version of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor inside.RAM: Both the phones come with 4GB of RAM.Internal storage: Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with 64GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card.advertisementScreen: The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with what Samsung calls as an Infinity display. Both the phones boast of an edge-to-edge screen and an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio instead of a regular 16:9. While the Galaxy S8 is a 5.8-inch phone, the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen. Both the phones have a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution and Super AMOLED panels. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ also come with Samsung’s trademark always-on functionality.Rear camera: Both the phones come with a 12-megapixel (Dual Pixel) rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation. While the rear camera is largely the same as the one in last year’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung has made software tweaks to enhance post-processing that should result in slightly better results. At the same time, the camera app now houses a barrage of fancy new animations to add AR effects to photos.Front camera: On the front, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ sport an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ launched in India, price starts at Rs 57,900 Software: Both the phones run Android Nougat-based TouchWiz UI or more precisely Samsung Experience UX.Battery: While the Galaxy S8 has a 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S8+ has a larger 3,500mAh battery inside. Both the phones support fast and wireless charging.Special features:– Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, from the onset, are exact replicas of each other. The Galaxy S8+ is simply a larger Galaxy S8 with a bigger battery. Samsung isn’t launching a new Edge phone this year, because probably, both its new Galaxy S phones have just the right amount of curves and Edge-functionality built right into them. There was no need for a stand-alone curved-display phone this year round.– Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ still boast of a glass and metal body, but unlike their predecessor phones, Samsung’s 2017 flagships have near bezel-less screens. These have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front as well as on the back.– The front, in the case of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, is clean and without any buttons. Contrary to reports, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones do have a front-mounted home button, only that it is software-based now. So are the back and recent keys. While the home button is pressure sensitive — and gives haptic feedback when pressed something on the lines of Apple’s Force Touch — it is also now possible to edit and re-position the back and recent keys. Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ also come with a dedicated Bixby button.– Bixby is Samsung’s take on Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. It responds to both touch and voice and has the ability to translate as many as 52 languages. Apple’s Siri, for your reference, maxes out at 30. “At launch, Bixby’s Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with the plan to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future,” Samsung said. Bixby, for instance, can be used to search for images. Also, it can be used to get details about nearby places. There’s a catch however, in that, it supports only US English and Korean languages for now. Also, Bixby doesn’t support voice commands yet.advertisement– The Galaxy S8 and the S8+ have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that lies adjacent to the camera module. In addition, Samsung’s new Galaxy S-phones also come with an iris scanner and facial recognition for added security. Samsung Knox and Samsung Pay are also built-in.– Just like their predecessor phones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.– Samsung has also announced a dock and a feature called DeX that is very similar to Microsft’s Windows Continuum. “Samsung DeX is a unique solution that transforms your smartphone into a desktop by providing a secure desktop-like experience. With Samsung DeX, users can easily display and edit data from their phone, making working from a smartphone faster and smarter,” the company said.India price and availability: The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available for buying starting from May 5 — with pre-orders beginning from today — both online and offline in as many as five colours: Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. Both the phones will ship with AKG-tuned headphones. While the Galaxy S8 has been priced at Rs 57,900 the Galaxy S8+ will cost buyers Rs 64,900.
Share Austin Price / The Texas TribuneU.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks to the press after touring the Daikin Texas Technology Park in Waller, Texas, on July 28, 2017.U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he backs President Donald Trump’s move to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military.“I totally support the president in his decision,” Perry, an Air Force veteran and the former Governor of Texas, told reporters on Friday after speaking to workers at an air conditioning manufacturer. “The idea that the American people need to be paying for these types of operations to change your sex is not very wise from a standpoint of economics.”Trump announced the transgender troop ban earlier this week through a series of tweets that injected a fresh dose of confusion into a U.S. Capitol already best by political chaos.“After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow … transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military,” Trump tweeted. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming …victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption.”Perry, who frequently touts his five-year tenure as an Air Force cargo pilot, backed that position on Friday, speaking to reporters at Daikin Texas Technology Park, a sprawling campus that produces heating, ventilation and cooling equipment.“I think the president makes some good decisions about making sure that we have a force that is capable,” he said, focusing on the potential medical costs of sex reassignment surgeries.A Rand Corp. study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense and published last year estimated that the cost of extending gender transition-related health care coverage to transgender troops would range from $2.4 million and $8.4 million.Trump’s critics have described the cost as minuscule, particularly when considering that the military spends $84 million each year on medicines to combat erectile dysfunction — nearly half of the sum on Viagra, according to a 2015 Military Times analysis.Asked about that comparison, Perry said: “You know what, I don’t check on the price of Viagra.” Also on Friday, Perry renewed his call for Washington to find a long-term storage site for thousands of metric tons of high-level radioactive waste piling up at nuclear reactor sites across the country — whether or not that includes Texas.“What I think is a tragedy is that we have 38 states that have nuclear waste that is stored in various forms of storage – some of it not very well protected,” he said. “And I do worry about that, from the standpoint of the citizens of this country. I think we have a moral obligation to address nuclear waste, to store it in a way that’s as safe as possible.”Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists — formerly owned by the late Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons, a longtime political donor to Perry — has applied for a Nuclear Regulatory Commission permit to bring much of the nation’s high-level waste to its low-level radioactive waste dump in Andrews County. Due to financial turmoil, however, the company paused that effort in April.Perry, long bullish on the economic prospects of Texas as a home for the highly radioactive material, would not comment specifically on Waste Control Specialists’ struggles.“I think there’s a path forward for that company,” he told reporters. “I don’t know with great detail where they are from a business model.”