Smartphone Supertest 2017: What's the best phone right now?

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Samsung Galaxy S8: The headlines

Samsung already had one of the best-looking phones in the world with last year’s Galaxy S7 Edge, but it’s refined the design for 2017, stripping away bezels and buttons to make room for an eye-catching screen that almost completely fills the front of the phone. Those tiny bezels on the front have forced the fingerprint sensor to the back. It sits right next to the camera, so take care not to leave fingerprint smudges on the lens. If the fingerprint sensor's position bothers you, then worry not: there’s an iris scanner at the top which can unlock the phone with a glance. It works best during the day, but doesn’t scan 100% of the time.

It’s a thing of beauty on the surface, but a performance monster underneath – exactly what a flagship phone should be. With Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos CPU supplying the grunt, there’s no game or app you won’t be able to run. Dock it into Samsung’s DeX Station and it can even switch from phone to desktop PC, running all your apps on the big screen with a keyboard and mouse. Now that’s a powerhouse.

On paper, Samsung has played it safe when it came to the battery: a 3000mAh cell doesn’t exactly sound massive, but you’ll easily get a whole day of juice from a full charge. The biggest new addition on the software side is Bixby, an AI butler that won’t just recognise your voice but also detect what’s on screen and what the camera is pointing at. Samsung has even given it a dedicated button, just below the volume keys. We’re waiting on Bixby’s full launch, and only a few apps work with it for now, but it has potential if app developers get on board.

With a truly top-notch camera, retina-busting resolution and a design to die for, the Galaxy S8 really is the full package. 

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