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The new and shiny; Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

Samsung did a very good job with both Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in 2016. However, their fame got defamed by the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. It could have been the ultimate smartphone if they managed to provide a safer handset which doesn’t explode on charging. Over hundreds of cases were reported about the phone catching fire or getting exploded while charging it by the supplied charger. But again they are back with their flagship model the S8 and S8 Plus. This time Samsung is facing a huge challenge to win back the customer faith built over the years.

In the previous years, Samsung never had any difficulty in dominating the flagship market. As a matter of fact, they were known to be the revolutionist in the Android smartphone market just like Apple. However, this competition is very stiff. As LG, Huawei and Sony are the new innovators in today’s market. So Samsung still packs the old trust and innovation? Let us discuss the phone through my review.

Design: 

The majority of people buy a smartphone based on its look and appeal. Earlier Samsung used plastic for its flagship devices, they stretched the same design language till the Galaxy S5. However, they completely redesigned their devices after the introduction of the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S8 is no exception when it comes to extraordinary design and robust build. Samsung is boasting the screen with terms like “Infinity Display”, though it is little different than the Edge variants of S7. Furthermore, the phone feels quite sturdy and compact for single hand usage. The S8 Plus is little taller and wider than the older S7 Edge. And both the new phones are quite thin at merely 8mm. Samsung has managed to fit a standard headphone jack, unlike the iPhone without one. But the Korean giant did a very big mistake by placing the fingerprint sensor on the back of device near the camera. Which creates a create fuss while taking pictures with the rear camera. Other than the biometric sensor on the back it has one of the best design ever made. As the company is featuring a complete unibody design with the ceramic finish along with curved display on the sides. Finally, Samsung’s effort in putting a bigger display into a small form factor is really appreciatable.

Display:

 Samsung is famous as the leading AMOLED panel distributor among the various smartphone vendors. The S8 also features a stunning 5.1-inch display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. In addition to that, the phone has a massive pixel density of 570 pixels per inch. However, the S8 plus has little lower pixel density (570 pixels). Samsung has recently removed their traditional hardware buttons from the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. As a result, you get the soft keys to navigate throughout the interface. Sunlight visibility is one the strong point of S8 and S8 Plus’s display. Conclusively, Samsung has again managed to score their usual best in the display department.

Performance: 

In the recent years, Samsung has also pioneered the chipset depart after Qualcomm. As a matter of fact, most of their handsets are equipped with Exynos chips. However, with the Galaxy S8, you got the choice to choose from an Exynos chipset or the Snapdragon 835. Both of them comes with snappy 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of Onboard storage. In addition, further expansion through microSD card is also possible. For the gaming department, you can expect the top notch performance, as you are getting the latest Mali-G71 MP8 and Adreno 540 GPU.

Battery life:

 After the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung is now back with better and safer batteries. They have opted for a 3,000 mAh for the Galaxy S8 and  3,500 mAH for the S8 Plus. However, various tests on the battery life showed satisfactory results instead of being the dominant player. Moreover, most flagships are able to beat its battery performance. The S8 is meant to last up to 18 hours on a medium usage. In addition to this, you also get some battery saver mode under the TouchWiz UI. Samsung’s AMOLED technology is also very helpful in managing battery life efficiently.

Camera:

 Samsung is also known for manufacturing the best camera optics. In fact, they are responsible for manufacturing the camera optics for some iPhone models as well. With the S8 the camera game has further enhanced. Firstly, the front shooter packs a 8 MP shooter which features an auto focus system. A perfect camera for shooting selfies. Secondly, the phone packs a 12 MP shooter at the back with proper optical image stabilization for better stability while shooting. The camera is feature rich and remains of the best in the industry. You can record 1080p videos smoothly at 60 fps. However, some shots may seem oversaturated sometimes. Perhaps this is due to the AMOLED display responsible for providing vivid images.

Hardware:

Both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 plus packs the top notch specs at the moment. For starters, the S8 is one of the first phones to support the latest Bluetooth 5. Then for charging and data syncing you get the latest USB Type-C port on the bottom of the device. Thankfully, Samsung has opted for the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack. Furthermore, they have also collaborated with sound brand Harmon Kardon for a superior audio experience.

In conclusion: 

I would say that both the models of the Galaxy S8 line up to become the best phone of the year. Samsung is really pushing to rectify their past mistakes and trying to build a customer faith around their brand. Furthermore, Samsung’s implementation on Android Nougat is the best user experience after stock Android. The Custom UI features plenty of customization options, enabling the true meaning of Android. Everything from design, performance seems in the favor of Galaxy S8. However, they could have improved the location of the biometric sensor for the fingerprint.

Spec sheet: 

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

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

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

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

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

Front: 8 MP sensor, f/1.7 aperture

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

Front: 8 MP sensor, f/1.7 aperture

Battery 3,000 mAh
Fast charging
3,500 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging Yes, Qi and PMA Yes, Qi and PMA
Water resistance IP68 dust and water resistance IP68 dust 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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