So it is finally here, the biggest and brightest star of 2017. We couldn’t wait any longer for it. The duo have made their entry with a bang. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 plus taken the world by a storm. They are the sexiest phones of 2017, most advanced phones of 2017 as of yet and the highest spec phones of 2017 along with Xperia XZ Premium (named phone of the year 2017).
There are so many features that we have to cover so let’s start with the most obvious and sexiest.
The screen on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus is 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches respectively. Both phones use the best screen tech on mobile displays that is Super AMOLED. Super AMOLEDs have deepest blacks as they tend to illuminate each and every pixel individually. That results in infinite contrast ratio and for us the best viewing experience on a mobile display ever.
Aspect ratio of the screen is an odd 18.5:9. This is because the screen has been increased in length and not the width due to decent ergonomics. The phone supports a resolution of QHD (1440×2160). The screen is capable of playing HDR with HDR10 format supported. Samsung has partnered with Amazon to bring HDR capable content. The phone is the first to have an Ultra Dynamic Range certified screen. Details have to be released on it.
Hardware buttons below the screen are now gone and replaced with pressure sensitive on-screen buttons. Even the home button is embedded into the screen. Gone is Samsung’s iconic home button but replaced by worthy tech. We have to agree it certainly looks a lot better and sleek. Samsung claims that the tactile feedback is better than Apple’s.
This is the assistant that is set to revolutionize IOT (internet of things) in the coming future. Samsung has placed enough faith in it that Bixby has got its own hardware button in the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 plus.
Bixby is promising to lead the future of digital assistants. Apart from performing regular digital assistant tasks (this sentence alone makes us users seem spoiled by tech) like setting an alarm, calling a contact, sending a text, Bixby will be able to do much more. Samsung is promising that Bixby will be able to control your phone just like the way you control it with your hands. For starters Samsung has implemented it in 10 apps and is looking forward to implement it in much more apps. Samsung has also urged the app developers to write apps that support Bixby. Bixby also has its own page like Google’s assistant where all of your feeds can be shown. The assistant learns from your behavior and starts giving you updates on its dedicated page based on your phone using habits. This is really impressive tech as it was started by Huawei and Sony for making the phone faster based on the apps you use the most and puts rest of the apps on power saving mode. Now it is being used for notifications on Bixby’s own page.
Bixby’s functionality can be broken down into 3 main categories. The first one is that it answers your voice queries just like every other digital assistant. Secondly, it can recognize objects and landmarks when you point your camera at them. Samsung has partnered with Amazon so after recognizing an object Bixby takes you to Amazon’s page from where you can also order that product. Sony tried implementing the same functionality in its camera app but failed since the app didn’t recognize many of the objects. Lastly, Bixby has the same page as Google Now where there is a hub of all what you like or frequently ask Bixby for.
This is one of the most important things now a days. Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 plus use the same rear camera module as before and we are still happy with it since it was one of the best phone cameras we had ever used. Things however have improved now. The camera has new and improved image processing tech. We need to have a shootout once we get all the latest flagships at our office to determine which comes out on top.
The rear camera has the same resolution at 12MP with dual-pixel technology that has lightning fast auto-focus. The new tech captures multiple images at different exposure levels and then forms it into one image. This is just like Google’s HDR Plus tech. The front snapper got bumped up from 5MP to 8MP and now supports multiple image processing technology and has a really clever face detection feature that doesn’t let faces get blur when capturing any picture.
This is very big news since there were rumors of LG using Snapdragon 821 due to Samsung ordering all Snapdragon 835s and this rumor came true. So Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are powered by Snapdragon 835s and Exynos 8895 chips (depending upon your region). The two have very similar performances and will support 1 gigabit LTE speeds. Snapdragon 835 is currently the king of mobile processors.
RAM and Storage
RAM on Galaxy S8 is 4GB. To tell the truth we are not disappointed, because Android does not use all 6GB of RAM. For that matter 4GB is more than enough for now. This however should be increased once Android OS becomes sophisticated enough to individually utilize its RAM management based on the power extracted from the CPU by each single process. Until then, RAM is more than enough and we are happy with 4GB.
The storage on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus is going to be 64GB going up to 256GB. Since Samsung phones support UFS storage so one can always increase the memory at will.
Oh God! Where do we start? Galaxy Note 7 blew up due to its battery issues and that is one sensitive area that Samsung has really been concerned about. They have implemented an eight point testing system for batteries only now. This was implemented after Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. We are sure a big brand like Samsung has taken all the measures to ensure top notch quality of its batteries.
Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are powered by 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh batteries respectively. The batteries feature Samsung’s adaptive charge technology and also support fast wireless charging WPC and PMA.
Both phones are waterproof and are rated IP68. The phone is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 front and back. This sure as hell makes the phone look really sleek and sexy to say the least. We can’t stop drooling over the Galaxy S8. It seems like Samsung has made all the right moves to make Galaxy S8 a stepping stone for future phones.
Color options and pricing
There are a total of 5 color options to choose from Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Orchid Gray, and Maple Gold. The duo will be available from April 21st in US and the European region can get their hands on it on April 28th
The S8 will cost $750 in US and €809 in the European region, while the S8 Plus will set you back $850 in US and €909 in the European region.
Other features include face scan and iris scanner. The face scan takes some time compared to Intel’s 3D scanning feature but nonetheless, it is a useful feature. The iris scanner makes a comeback. Last time around it was used in Note 7. It works perfectly and can hide your files and folders. This is an added layer of security that quite a few people might enjoy.
We are thoroughly impressed by Samsung’s attempt at redemption. The phone is really amazing and we cannot emphasize enough. Last time around a month ago you all loved our review of Xperia XZ Premium. We shall soon be posting a side-by-side comparison of two of the best phones of 2017.
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