[Review] Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+
Beautiful in every way
If you are waiting to see what 2017 will bring to the flagship segment of smartphones, wait no further. The Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ is the pinnacle that is the S-series from Samsung. The sculpted body, the curved edges, the glass body – all of which combined in a single package that will definitely entice people to Samsung for their smartphone needs
Inside the phone(s) is the new Exynos 8895 (the US version gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835) that is definitely powerful enough to run just about any benchmark or apps you can throw at it. The chip is built with the new 10 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process that makes it more power efficient when compared to the previous generation SoC- up to 20% in some cases.
To infinity and beyond
The new selling point of the Samsung Galaxy S8 (and S8+) is the display. Samsung dubs it ‘Infinity Display’, which is sort of correct. The screen curves to both sides, and is tall almost to the top and bottom of the device – making it almost a full screen smartphone. With the 18.5:9 screen ratio, you get a larger display area, in a body that is similar to last year’s device. The S8 features a 5.7-inch display while the S8+ has a 6.2-inch display – in a body no bigger than the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Same yet different camera
We have reports saying that the camera module in the S8 and S8+ are upgrades to last year’s units. In tests we agree on that. The 12 megapixel sensor features an f/1.7 lens, similar to last year, but the colour reproduction on the images are better when compared to the ones on the Galaxy S7. You also get a higher megapixel front unit, at 8 megapixels. One comment – the camera app does not take advantage of the new screen ratio. Pity.
Sample photos from the Samsung Galaxy S8
Another new feature that Samsung touted at launch is Bixby, their new on-phone voice assistant. It even comes with its own button on the side of the phone, that can be annoying as it can be accidentally pressed when you meant to press the power button. The features on paper is cool, but we have to wait and see if we get the full treatment here in Malaysia for Bixby.
- USB Type-C is here, as well as a headphone jack. Take that other smartphone manufacturers!
- The edge screen is nice, but new muscle memory needs to be learned for the phone
- The fingerprint sensor is located in a weird-location, but it works after getting used to it
Price: RM 3,299 / 3,699
Dimensions (HxWxD): 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 / 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 155 / 173 grams
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Samsung Exynos 8895 (as tested)
Memory (RAM): 4GB
Storage : 64GB
Operating System: Android 7.0 with TouchWiz
Camera: 12 megapixel (rear) 8 megapixel (front)
Display: 5.7 / 6.2 inch Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440 pixels)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, GSM/HSPA/LTE, NFC
Battery: 3000 / 3500 mAh
Ports: USB Type-C
PCMark for Android: 5299
3Dmark for Android: Slingshot Extreme – 3222
Icestorm Unlimited – 28494
V – 9
P – 10
F – 9
D – 10
U – 10
Total – 9.6 (Platinum)