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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been released and the world is curious about the features of the phones. After the shaky release of the Galaxy S7 and Note 7, Samsung is working hard to change the conversation about its status as a leader in cell phone development.

Here are six things you need to know about the Galaxy S8 before you consider purchasing the device for yourself or your family members:

 (1) The home button is no longer manual.

Like recent iPhone releases, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ don’t have manual home buttons. This is a big step for Samsung, which has always insisted on using a distinctive button. This time, there is special software built into the glass. Whether or not this is a step forward, however, remains unclear.

(2) Both phones are capable of scanning your eyes.

Unsurprisingly, both phones offer the ability to use your eyes, fingerprints, or facial recognition to gain access to your phone. Of course, you can still use passwords, PINs, and patterns.

(3) You can take advantage of a blue light filter.

Ever noticed your eyes hurting in bed while you scroll through your phone after a long day? The bright light from your cell phone could seriously impact your sleep. The blue light emitted from the screen can make your brain feel more awake than it really is – altering the way you function the following day. Both new releases offer a blue light filter, stripping out the blue and making it easier to scroll without hurting your eyes (or your brain).

(4) There are edge panels.

Like the previous phone release by Samsung, the S8 and S8+ have an emphasis on “edge.” Edge panels are shortcuts that pop out from the edge of the screen, much like panels on Windows 8 touch screen computers. You can choose a number of shortcuts, including applications, contacts, the weather, quick tools, or important reminders.

(5) You can search for anything on your phone.

Whether you have ten apps or a hundred, both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ include a search bar. This bar is built into the app drawer and can help you search for just about anything on your phone, including installed applications, appointments, messages, settings, and more.

(6) The phones passed an eight-point battery check.

As told by a recent commercial, Samsung has put a new eight-point battery check system into place to ensure that customers understand the emphasis placed on safety. One researcher, Werner Goertz, expects YouTube or video makers “to show that mechanical design changes were made to better accommodate the naturally occurring swelling process of lithium ion cells during charge.”

Nearly all recent phone explosion scandals have taken place in phones that have lithium ion cell batteries. Samsung is hoping to improve customer approval with safer batteries, major screen improvements, and a pressure sensitive home button.

Will these improvements be enough to bring fans back to the brand? Only time will tell.

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