Samsung's Galaxy S8 has a killer feature that nobody's talking about

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has one pretty display.
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Samsung's Galaxy S8 is packed full of awesome new features like the new larger screen, face recognition and Bixby AI assistant. But there's one pretty killer feature on the phone Samsung didn't bother to mention at its Unpacked event on Wednesday.

That feature: a built-in GIF maker. It's not like the Smart Select GIF maker that first appeared on the Galaxy Note 7 and later trickled to Samsung's Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab S3. It's even better.

Located within the Gallery app's video section is a little GIF-creation tool that lets you convert a section of any video (even ones you record) into an animated GIF.

Unlike the the Smart Select feature on the Note 7, you don't need to manually select a specific area on the screen to capture.

Just open up a video within the Gallery app, tap on the GIF icon, and then move the slider along the bottom to select the section of the video you want to convert into a GIF - and that's it! There are even settings to adjust the speed of the GIF.

I don't know about you, but this is a friggin' game-changer for anyone who's really into GIFs. If my genuine excitement in the video below doesn't convey how awesome this feature is, nothing will.

Samsung launches S8 and S8 Plus

  • DJ Koh Samsung President Mobile Communications Business introduces the new Samsung S8 and S8 Plus during a new conference on March 29, 2017 in New York.
  • Justin Denison senior vice president of product strategy at Samsung, introduces the new Samsung S8 and S8 Plus during a new conference on March 29, 2017 in New York.
  • Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its new Galaxy S8 smartphones, incorporating its virtual assistant Bixby, as the market leader seeks to rebound from a chaotic handset recall and a corruption scandal.
  • The two handsets, fitted with screens of 5.8 and 6.2 inches, include Samsung's upgraded digital assistant Bixby, competing in a crowded field that includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
  • Koh said Bixby would provide users with "more and more personalized help," using voice commands to navigate apps and services.
  • The new Samsung S8 is on display for the press after a news conference in New York on March 29, 2017.
  • The new Samsung S8 is on display for the press after a new conference in New York on March 29, 2017.
  • The new Samsung S8 is on display for the press after a new conference in New York on March 29, 2017.
  • The new Samsung S8 is on display for the press after a new conference in New York on March 29, 2017.
  • The new Samsung S8 is on display for the press after a new conference in New York on March 29, 2017.
  • The new Samsung S8 is on display for the press after a new conference in New York on March 29, 2017.
  • The new Samsung S8 is on display for the press after a new conference in New York on March 29, 2017.
  • The new Samsung S8 is displayed for the press after a news conference at David Geffen Hall in New York March 29, 2017.

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