Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

Positive

Amazing and comfortable design

Excellent Super AMOLED screen

Fast performance

Good versatile camera

Bixby Voice Assistant has potential

The best internal headphones of its kind

Acceptable battery life

The front camera has auto focus

Lots of customization options

Negatives

Strange location of the fingerprint sensor

Bixby is limited and needs work

No major improvements in the camera

The Iris recognition is random

The lower ignition speaker is average at best

Classification
Battery 8.5
screen 9.5
Camera 9.0
performance 8.5
software 8.8
Design 9.3

The Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge may have been two of the best phones of 2017, but the well-documented problems facing the Galaxy Note 7 have overshadowed Samsung’s mobile efforts. From two fantastic smartphones to a phone that would have been almost perfect if it had not caught fire spontaneously, 2016 was a year to remember and forget for Samsung, and its next flagship will always be the subject of intense scrutiny.

Before its Unpacked event last month, Samsung flooded the media with advertising designed to begin the laborious process of rebuilding the customer’s trust that took years to accumulate. Then came the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, two phones that cross borders, but offer enough?

In previous years, Samsung’s Galaxy S (s) would surely be the best phones of the year, but this year LG, Huawei and Sony have bought the best of them to the market, and Samsung’s problems have presented a strange fails in the market. your armor Does the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus follow the latest trends of being the best smartphones with Android? Discover in our Galaxy S8 review!

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus: design

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

In recent years, Samsung has gone from its plastic past to a refinement of its glass and metal manufacturing, and the Galaxy S8 presents the future of this design language. There are two sizes for the Galaxy S8 but none come with an Edge nickname, with Samsung calling its higher curved screens the Infinity Display. However, the focus of the phones this year is not the curved screen, but even more how Samsung has managed to squeeze so much screen space in the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus. Thanks to the change to an 18.5: 9 format and the removal of the start button and the Samsung brand on the front, we have phones that feel much smaller than they should be.

Think of previous phones with 5.5-inch or larger screens and they felt great at the time, but even the Galaxy Note 7 feels positively big compared to Samsung’s latest flagships. The 5.8-inch screen inside the Galaxy S8 comes inside a body that is a bit taller but narrower than the Galaxy S7 (148.9 x 68.1 mm versus 142.4 x 69.6 mm). Similarly, the Galaxy S8 Plus is slightly taller and wider than the Galaxy S7 Edge (159.5 x 73.4 mm vs. 150.9 x 72.6 mm) despite a screen that is 0.7 inches smaller.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

Both phones are slightly thicker with 8mm and 8.1mm respectively, but the difference is negligible compared to the best available experience. The additional real estate screen sees an increase in weight as well, at 155 grams and 173 grams, respectively, but this helps the Galaxy S8 feel more premium in the hand.

Moving through the phone, the volume keys are on the left and the power button on the right, as with the previous Samsung phones. The left sees the addition of a dedicated shortcut for Bixby and Bixby Home, Samsung’s new artificial intelligence assistant, which will be discussed later. At the top is the SIM card tray, while at the bottom, you have the headphone jack, the USB type C port and the single-source speaker.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

The back is where Samsung has made the worst design decision on the Galaxy S8 moot; removing the start button means that Samsung had to find a place for the fingerprint sensor and chose to combine it with the heart rate monitor next to the back camera. While other OEMs have chosen to place fingerprint sensors in the center of the device, Samsung’s decision means that they can have their logo just below the camera, but as a result, the fingerprint sensor is cumbersome to use.

The position does not feel natural and in the regular Galaxy S8, it is a stretch with big hands, while in the Galaxy S8 Plus, it is uncomfortable unless you have very large hands. As you will often blindly search for the fingerprint sensor, you can end up with fingerprints on the camera lens, so Samsung has included a reminder when you throw the camera to clean it.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

Thinking about the future and trying to redefine the meaning of a great phone is not without its challenges, and although Samsung has made an excellent attempt, the location of the fingerprint sensor makes a very good sensor almost useless. However, thanks to other biometric options, it is a small compromise for what is one of the best designed smartphones ever made.

Thanks to a higher screen, the elimination of the start button and bevels that are thinner than ever, Samsung has managed to place a larger screen on a footprint that is barely larger than last year. Samsung is known for making impressive smartphones and the Galaxy S8 is the best so far, ushering in a new era of smartphone design and setting a marker for Samsung’s rivals.

See also: Apple Iphone 8 analysis

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus – Screen

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

All this brings us to what we expected from Samsung’s screens: an extremely vivid Super AMOLED screen that hits colors with more force than ever and is a pleasure to use. Rated as one of the first HDR capable smartphones, the Galaxy S8 improves the brightness and saturation of the screen color when viewing content such as YouTube and applications that support HDR, such as Netflix. It’s a remarkable improvement when switching from one application to another, but that means the Galaxy S8 offers the best mobile entertainment experience on a smartphone to date.

The aspect ratio of 18.5: 9 means that Samsung has managed to include more pixels on its screen, with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus both offering screens at 2960 x 1440 pixels. In the Galaxy S8, this translates to a pixel density of 570 pixels per inch, while in the Galaxy S8 Plus it is a little less than 529 pixels per inch.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

Additional pixels mean a higher screen in general, but there is some pillar boxing when watching widescreen content, so you will have black bars on the sides. Bars may distract you from most multimedia content, but you can force applications to full screen mode, either through the screen settings menu or by touching the icon in the recent apps menu.

When leaving the box, both phones come with the screen reduced to Full HD +, but you can adjust this and things like the saturation of the color in the screen settings.

Samsung has found a way to preserve the original unlocking experience of previous Galaxy devices

The removal of the start button means a switch to soft keys, but Samsung has included a pressure sensitive area near the bottom of the screen that vibrates when pressed enough and can be used to unlock the phone when it is asleep. Samsung has found a way to preserve the original unlocking experience of previous Galaxy devices, but the function keys work well enough to almost forget the pressure-sensitive button. On-screen keys allow you to change the position of the “latest applications” and “back”, but unlike other manufacturers, there is no option to add an additional key to the notification menu.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

When running the Galaxy S8 screen through our tests, we found that the screen has a maximum brightness of 373 nits with auto brightness disabled and 515 nits with the power on. During the sunlight we find a visible blow in the brightness and although the screen is not technically the brightest, it is definitely pleasing to the eye. With a color accuracy of 7180 Kelvin, the Galaxy S8 does not have the most accurate display in its factory default state and has a warm tone, but with all these effects turned off, the screen is as close as we have come to the ideal temperature of 6500K with a temperature of 6440K.

In general, the addition of so many real estate is a welcome option for Samsung to eliminate the start button and much of the experience remains the same, including Edge UX and Always On Display, which have a couple of actionable additions. Samsung’s previous devices have always sported great-looking screens, but the Galaxy S8 is one of a kind and offers one of the most immersive experiences on a smartphone to date.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus – Performance

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

As the latest Samsung flagship, you can expect the latest processing package and the Galaxy S8 does not stop offering. Depending on your market, you can expect the latest Exynos 10nm chipset or the Snapdragon 835, both combined with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded through a microSD card. The Exynos version comes with the Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, while the Snapdragon 835 It has the Adreno 540 GPU.

As expected, there are no performance issues with the processing stack that powers the Galaxy S8 and we have not noticed problems with performance in applications or games. When running Super Mario Run and Jade Empire, which are both heavy mobile games, there were no problems with dropped or delayed frames.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

The Galaxy S8 also powers the DeX, the new Samsung docking accessory that allows you to turn your Galaxy S8 into a full desktop computer. It is a testament to the processing power of both chipsets that can offer a complete desktop experience with little more than a couple of small drawbacks and such slight latency when recognizing the input of a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

The only noticeable performance problem I experienced personally is with the recognition of the iris that, like the Galaxy Note 7, does not work properly if you wear glasses. Samsung warns you to remove your glasses or contact lenses when setting iris recognition, but this means you will have to look over your glasses or lift them up so that iris recognition is useful. Josh has not had any problems with this, so it could be a problem with my phone and when the iris scanner can see your eyes without obstructions, it’s very fast.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus- Hardware

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus come equipped with a large stack of hardware that includes expandable storage, a 32-bit audio DAC, dual-band Wi-Fi and a host of connectivity options.

The Galaxy S8 is also one of the first phones compatible with Bluetooth 5, which brings with it a much longer range and the ability to have an active connection with two different devices. In the real world, this means you can connect to two Bluetooth speakers or a speaker and headphones at the same time and play audio through both simultaneously.

Right next to the USB Type-C port on the bottom of the phone, you will find the only lower-firing speaker and the headphone jack. The speaker has the same problems that are inherent in its design, mainly a metallic sound and, in general, it is decent at best. The acquisition of Harman Kardon by Samsung should result in much better audio, but it is likely to come too late for the Galaxy S8 speakers.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

However, with the headphone jack, Samsung has taken a different approach by focusing on headphones instead of including a third-party DAC or a built-in amplifier. Instead, they have included a pair of high quality headphones made by AKG, and although we have a full review of these headphones soon, we can say that they are significantly better than the headphones included with any other phone.

The headphones are surprisingly “bassy” for small headphones and feature a premium feel design that includes a fabric cord and in-line controls. By immersing yourself deeply in the sound configuration, there is a group of equalizer switches that can be used to tailor the audio experience to your preferences. There is an Adapt Sound tutorial that helps you tune in the output with your own ears and the result is a headphone experience that manages to be surprisingly deep for the average user. Given what happened in a short space of time, we hope that Samsung’s acquisition of Harman Kardon will result in a vastly improved audio experience on future flagships.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus – battery life

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

The biggest problem that Samsung faces with the Galaxy S8 is the fear that still resides in the batteries of the Galaxy Note 7 that ignite spontaneously. Personally, I think the company has played it a bit safe with the capacity of the battery inside its new flagship, in an attempt to avoid any problem with the battery.

Instead of stretching the limits as they did with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has opted for the fairly safe capabilities of 3,000 mAh for the Galaxy S8 and 3,500 mAh for the Galaxy S8 Plus. This means that the Galaxy S8’s battery is the same size as the Galaxy S7, while the Galaxy S8 Plus is slightly smaller than the 3,600 mAh battery found inside the Galaxy S7 Edge.

In the last two weeks, the battery life of the Galaxy S8 has proved to be on a par with most of the flagships, but it is not spectacular. During an average day of work of 18 hours, the Galaxy S8 offered about 4 hours of screen in time for Josh, and sometimes, this extended to five hours. In comparison, the battery life for me offered about 3.5 to 4 hours of screen time from a workday of 14 to 18 hours. TouchWiz offers you many different energy-saving features and, combined with the Super AMOLED screen, you can extend battery life even more.

As mentioned above, our time with the Galaxy S8 Plus has been limited, so we can not comment on the battery life yet. However, we will publish the results of our battery tests for both phones next week. From the use of the real world with the regular Galaxy S8, it is clear that the battery life will vary according to its use, but we rarely had to hang up the phone before going to bed.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus – Camera

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

Samsung has refined its camera in the latest generations of its phones to produce what could arguably be the best smartphone camera on the market. It is possible that the Galaxy S8 camera does not change much from the Note 7, and even from the previous Galaxy S7 Edge, but the improvements in the overall shooting experience mean that Samsung’s legacy of high-quality photography continues.

The big changes in the cameras come in the front, where Samsung has included an 8 MP shooter with a Smart Autofocus system. Autofocus is not something that is too often found in front-facing cameras and self-shots benefit from the most megapixels, resulting in good photos in most lighting conditions. In low light conditions, the images lose some sharpness since the shutter requires more time, but this is expected, especially from a camera that lacks image stabilization.

The main camera is a 12 MP trigger with large dual pixels, aperture f / 1.7, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus and an LED flash. The interface is largely as before, prioritizing hits and certain gestures to continue shooting in a simple and as easy to use with just one hand as possible. There are no new modes in the camera, although 1080p recording is added at 60 frames per second for smooth video recording. Video recording also sees the addition of manual controls in Pro mode, including manual focus for more precise control over the focus of your videos.

Samples of the Galaxy S8 camera:

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus – Software

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

The Samsung version of the mobile assistant comes in the form of Bixby, which can be found across the phone in many different ways. Bixby is not the first time Samsung tries to offer a virtual assistant, after all, the company launched the infamous S Voice on the Galaxy S3. Despite much exaggeration, it ended up being a poor imitation of Apple’s Siri and, more recently, Google Now, and S-Voice was harshly criticized, quickly forgotten, and slowly relegated to the status of one of the first applications that you deactivated when You get your phone.

Samsung hopes that Bixby does not suffer the same fate and apparently recognizes its weakness with S Voice through the acquisition of Viv, an artificial intelligence platform developed by none other than Siri’s manufacturers. That said, Bixby does not include Viv technology at this time, although that will probably change in future releases.

Samsung’s assistant focuses on three key areas: vision, voice and home.

We will begin with Bixby Vision, which manifests itself in the camera through the small eye icon. Touching this activates Bixby Vision, which brings augmented reality to the camera in an attempt to provide information in real time, depending on the objects in the viewer. The premise of Vision is that it is intended to offer reviews in restaurants, shopping links for articles and related images, all in real time. While our initial demonstration seemed impressive, Bixby Vision is at a very early stage.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

Scanning the name of a restaurant does not bring related information, and scanning a simple bottle of water does not show any shopping link. Samsung has partnered with several applications and services to have a wider range of data and, although most of the partnerships seem to be in early stages, Vision does a great job of searching for wine reviews. Samsung has partnered with Vivino to bring the wine reviews, the average sales price and ratings directly to Vision, and it works as well as Vivino’s usual application.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

To the left of the Galaxy S8, you have a dedicated shortcut button to start Bixby Home, which aims to integrate several applications and services on a single screen in a similar way to the Google Assistant . A new reminder application means that you can set a reminder from within an application using the Share menu and then it appears as a reminder inside Bixby Home. While it works quite well in general, you need to use all the Samsung applications that are powered by it, instead of saying, Google’s native Android applications. For some users, this will not be a problem, but for others, the dependence of Samsung’s applications on others could be a decisive factor, especially because Google’s own applications are powered by the Wizard, which is also present in the Galaxy S8 .

For now, Home is the most interesting part of Bixby, at least until Bixby Voice launches later in the year. Voice is expected to offer a lot of talk, which Google offers with its Assistant, but the biggest problem for Samsung is how long it will take Bixby Voice to launch. We expected that Bixby Voice would be available at the time of the launch of the Galaxy S8 later this week, but instead, it is likely only available in South Korea, with a launch in the US. UU Scheduled for the end of this spring.

Samsung has shown with Samsung Pay that it is not the fastest application in new markets, and with places like Germany that do not expect to get Bixby Voice until the end of the year, it is likely that future devices will benefit more from Bixby Voice than Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Like all attendees, Samsung will improve Bixby and improve over time, but at this time it lacks features that make it truly exceptional.

That said, Samsung clearly recognizes that Bixby will need time to mature on the platform that it has the potential to be and it is likely that giving users the Google Assistant option is a way to mitigate this. Both Josh and I like to have a dedicated button to start Bixby Home, instead of just a home screen, but we would like it to be customizable so we can launch other applications or services, such as the Google Assistant. A few days before the launch of the Galaxy S8, Samsung blocked an unofficial method to reassign the button to other functions.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus-Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8 +
screen 5.8 inches Quad HD Super AMOLED
Resolution 2960 x 1440
570 ppp
Aspect ratio 18.5: 9
6.2 inches Quad HD Super AMOLED
Resolution 2960 x 1440
529 ppp
Aspect ratio 18.5: 9
Processor U.S.: 64-bit octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 10nm process

Global: 64-bit octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad) Samsung Exynos 8895, 10nm process

U.S.: 64-bit octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 10nm process

Global: 64-bit octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad) Samsung Exynos 8895, 10nm process

RAM 4GB
LPDDR4
4GB
LPDDR4
Storage 64 GB
USF 2.1
64 GB
USF 2.1
Micro SD Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Cameras Rear: 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor, aperture f / 1.7, OIS

Front: 8MP sensor, aperture f / 1.7

Rear: 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor, aperture f / 1.7, OIS

Front: 8MP sensor, aperture f / 1.7

Battery 3,000 mAh
Fast charge
3,5000 mAh
Fast charge
Wireless charging Yes, Qi and PMA Yes, Qi and PMA
Waterproof IP68 powder and water resistance IP68 powder and water resistance
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5 GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
ANT +
USB type C
3.5 mm headphone jack
NFC
Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5 GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
ANT +
USB type C
3.5 mm headphone jack
NFC
Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
SIM Nano SIM Nano SIM
software Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat
Dimensions and weight 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm
155 g
159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
173 g

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Samsung Galaxy S8- photos

Samsung Galaxy S8- Price and final thoughts

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, analysis: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus continue the recent trend of Samsung to combine the outstanding design of smart phones with an excellent screen to create a fantastic experience. The switch to the higher screen has allowed Samsung to add even more screen space to its new smartphones and, in doing so, the company is setting the new standard for large-screen devices. Think about what a big screen phone meant a couple of years ago and compare it to the Galaxy S8 and it is clear that the future is much more promising, and now we are closer than ever to the phone that is all screen.

With the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge proving to be excellent smartphones, Samsung sought to further refine their experience with the smartphone and succeeded, albeit with some concessions. The biggest of these is that one of the main selling features, Bixby, is in its early stages and, as a result, is not as useful as Samsung made us believe. That said, however, the Galaxy S8 could be said to be the best phone for most users, but it might not be the best phone for users who want specific features.

For the big screen experience in general, Samsung has taken it out of the park and while the likes of LG and Huawei definitely come close, the design of the Galaxy S8 means that it is well above the competition.

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