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With the exploding Note7 battery fiasco, Samsung inadvertently did something that's increasingly difficult these days: It made smartphones interesting for a flickering moment. Super interesting, in fact. Besides the intrigue of the mournful saga of Note7, whose embarrassing recall cost the company billions, Samsung also set up a dramatic release narrative for the Galaxy S8. This wasn't just another smartphone -- this was a make-or-break device charged with saving a company in the throes of an existential crisis. A smartphone that screams at the void -- yikes!

The Galaxy S8 and plus-sized S8+ are absolutely brilliant smartphones. They're not without their flaws, but in everything from industrial design to internal hardware to software refinement, Samsung has knocked this one out of the park.

In the eternal war between Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, the world's largest smartphone maker just scored another -- minor -- victory. Millions of customers from Australia's second largest bank can now use Samsung's phones and smartwatches instead of their credit and debit cards to pay at almost any NFC payment terminal around the country.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has finally been officially introduced to the world, after a long series of leaks. Now that we know what it looks like and what its vital statistics are, here's what it's like to actually use.

Bixby is Samsung's voice agent: an AI, or assistant, or bot, or whatever you want to call it, that the company wants to work alongside touch input on your smartphone and be every bit as seamless as typing already is. It has big aspirations for its virtual assistant, and its debut on the Galaxy S8 is only the start.