Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are Official
After months of rumors and speculations, the latest flagships from the Samsung’s ‘Galaxy World’ are finally here. There is a lot riding on S8 and S8+ as the previous flagship Galaxy Note 7 got recalled twice and never saw the light of day after that. The company plans to launch refurbished Note 7 in selected countries, but that’s the discussion for some other time.
Back to Galaxy S-series, both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ features crazy thin bezels at top and bottom. Unlike its predecessor, there is no flat variant this time. After two years of experimenting with flat/curve options, Samsung is confident enough to go with only ‘Edge’ variants in 2017.
The Galaxy S8 is covered by a 5.8-inch QHD SAMOLED display with 18.5:9 ratio and curves on both sides as well as at top and bottom. As the name suggests, the Galaxy S8 Plus packs a bigger 6.2-inch screen with same resolution and aspect ratio. The curves here are minimal compared to Galaxy S7 Edge and resembles more similarities with Note 7. The device is powered by 10-nm based Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 processor. US, China and South Korea are expected to get Snapdragon variant while the other regions to catch Exynos version. The built-in storage is 64GB with a micro-SD expansion slot and a 4GB RAM ensures smooth multitasking. IP-68 certification guarantees the safety from accidental drop downs in water.
The photography experience is handled by 12MP camera on back and 8MP selfie shooter on front. The aperture is unchanged at f/1.7. Samsung says they have improved the post-processing algorithms in Galaxy S8, so expect to see some marginal enhancements in results. Well, that doesn’t bother us as the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge packed one of the best shooting capabilities for 2016. Any advancement over it is welcome.
The battery capacity stands at 3000 mAh for Galaxy S8 and 3500 mAh for Galaxy S8 Plus, supported by Fast charging and wireless charging. USB Type-C and a headphone jack (Thankfully!) are on-board too.
The fingerprint scanner rests on back just besides the rear camera as Samsung ultimately decides to ditch hardware buttons this time. Controversial? May be. Only time will tell. The Iris scanner makes a return from Note 7 and if goes by the early impressions, the mechanism works much better than v1.0 found in Galaxy Note 7.
Let’s talk about software. The Grace UI makes a solid case to forget the awful days of TouchWiz. Samsung has strongly utilized circular elements throughout the UI. The icons and search bar are circular which tunes with the design of Galaxy S8. Other goodies like Samsung Pay, the Theme store, Samsung Knox are present too.
Announced few days ago, the Bixby Assistant makes a debut on Galaxy S8/ S8 Plus. It promises more personalized experience to enhance the way people interact with their phones and the world around them. Samsung says Bixby is not an ordinary voice assistant, but rather an intuitive and comprehensive interface that leverages contextual awareness to learn users’ habits and respond accordingly. Currently the default Samsung apps are Bixby capable but the company plans to release an SDK for developers to append Bixby capabilities within apps. Apart from that, Bixby can perform other tasks quite similar to Cortana and Siri. The approach here is more of a user focused.
In the U.S., the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver. Pre-orders for both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will begin on March 30, 2017. AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Sprint, Straight Talk Wireless, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless will carry the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in stores beginning April 21.
|Galaxy S8||Galaxy S8+|
|Network||LTE Cat.16 *
*May differ by markets and mobile operators
|Dimension||148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, 155g||159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g|
|AP||Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process
Octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process
*May differ by markets and mobile operators*
|Memory||4GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB (UFS 2.1)
*May differ by markets and mobile operators
|Display||5.8” (146.5mm) * Quad HD+ (2960×1440), (570ppi)||6.2” (158.1mm) * Quad HD+
|* Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners|
|Camera||Rear: Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7), Front : 8MP AF (F1 .7)|
|Battery||3,000 mAh,||3,500 mAh,|
|Fast Charging on wired and wireless
Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA7
*Fast wireless chargers sold separately
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO,1024QAM
Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC,
Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
* Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor,
Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, HR Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
|Audio||MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR,
AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF
|Video||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM|