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Galaxy S8 helps Samsung bounce back from Note 7 fiasco

Posted April 27

Samsung is trying to work its way back into the smart phone game, betting on its new Galaxy S8.

The new iteration uses curved OLED screens that wrap around its corners. Samsung hopes the new smartphone helps people forget about all the $5 billion issues with the Note 7—the battery fires, a massive recall, even an airplane ban. 

The Note 7 was pulled from the market.

The Galaxy S8 recently hit store shelves, though, and there's already buzz about one aspect of it: When you look at your new phone, you expect a crisp, clear screen. But some owners of Samsung's new Galaxy S8 are seeing a red display.

That reddish display is just one issue Consumer Reports looked into with the new phone. They found the problem with four of the eight phones they purchased to test. 

In a statement, Samsung didn't directly address the red tint issue but said it will release an update soon that will give users the ability to further adjust the phone's color settings. In the meantime, if your display looks red and you want to adjust it, go to settings, display, screen mode, color balance.

Consumer Reports also put the phone's camera through rigorous tests and found the S8 did well.

"The camera is among the best we've ever tested," said Consumer Reports' Rich Fisco. "Samsung toned down the oversharpening so pictures now look more realistic and natural."

As for surviving an unplanned dunk in water, the S8 passed that test, too, validating the company's claim the phone can withstand 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

One of most important tests, though, Consumer Reports found the damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 5 on the S8 is more scratch-resistant than the S7.


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