Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits stores, aims to move on from recall crisis

After rave reviews for its latest flagship smartphone, Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S8 reaches USA consumers this week in one of the most closely watched product launches of the year.

Among smartphone users, about a third (31 percent) said they own a Samsung, a figure that lags Apple smartphone users by 3 percentage points.

The device, unveiled in NY last month and a challenge to Apple's iPhone, is the firm's first major launch since last year's humiliating withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7 over exploding batteries, which hammered its once-stellar reputation.

However, after the debacle caused by the Galaxy Note 7, with many reporting the phone heating up, catching fire and exploding, it was extremely important for the Korean telecom giant to make a phone that was not only lovely, but sturdy as well.

Samsung was hit by a major controversy earlier this week when several South Korean owners of the Galaxy S8 began complaining about a display issue which gave the phone's screen a reddish hue.

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As mentioned above, the Galaxy S8 follows the LG G6's lead with a taller display, eschewing the typical 16:9 widescreen dimensions when it's held sideways.

We don't know why Samsung hasn't tried a dual camera setup yet (even Apple did it on iPhone 7 Plus).

It has ditched the traditional physical home button in favour of moving to an expansive 5.8-inch curved QHD, near edge-to-edge display that's been squeezed into a device with an overall footprint similar to last year's 5.1-inch S7.

(Samsung) Official product render for Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which is expected to be improved by leaps and bounds in the Note 8. Best Buy, which had a great preorder deal for the phone, is back with a brand new Galaxy S8 launch day promotion. This device is also said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 processor. The phones are available in Midnight Black with 64 GB of storage.

More features: IRIS scanner, a fingerprint sensor (under the Display), USB Type-C and S-Pen (of course).