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Samsung Galaxy S8 Beefs Up Security Features

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ look like some powerful new smartphones. They are stunning to look at and pack some interesting security feature. But will it be enough to make it the go-to tool for your business? The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are both available on Amazon and Best Buy unlocked. 

The bezel-free design is definitely worth a double take. It comes in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver. The S8 sports a 5.8-inch screen and the S8+ includes a 6.2-inch screen. Both AMOLED displays offer sharp, quad-HD+ resolution (2960 x 1440). The curved screen offers 83 percent more screen-to-body ratio than was available on the S7. The whole device is both dust and water resistant. 

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The Galaxy S8 is powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. You can also up the storage to as much as 256GB with a microSD card. The S8 packs a 3,000-mAh battery while the S8+ has a 3,500-mAh battery. On tests from our sister site, Tom's Guide, the S8 lasted 10:39 on a charge, while the S8+ lasted 11:04. Both of those can be charged wirelessly or wired via the USB Type-C port. 

Perhaps the most interesting of the features of the new device are its security options. Samsung moved the fingerprint scanner from the front to the back. It can be used to unlock the device. It also features an iris scanner for added biometrics, or you can use the traditional PIN or password unlock methods. All of those have been available in previous models. But what's new is facial recognition. 

Simply by looking at the device you can unlock it via software Samsung preloaded. Samsung also included Samsung Pass, which allows users to log into web pages with your face. Secure Folder allows users to keep both apps and files private by putting them in a folder that only you can access them.

The new Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone is built on Samsung Knox, which the company says offers defense-grade security that starts at the chip level. It allows for hardware-level encryption and real-time protection.  

Businesses may also appreciate the integration of Samsung Galaxy S8 with Samsung DeX. When you plug this phone into the dock, and connect the dock to a mouse, monitor and keyboard, the phone acts as a full-fledged computer. On the monitor, you'll see a desktop-like interface with a dedicated app tray and notification area. It can even handle right clicks and keyboard shortcuts. 

Samsung Premium Care comes standard with both versions of Samsung's new flagship phones for the first 30 days for free. With it, that service offers one-on-one, 24/7 technical support and assistance. The tech's can help you set up the device, teach you how to use it and they will replace the phone if something breaks. After 30 days you have to play for the help.