The new Samsung S8 and S8+ are here, but are they good enough to forget the catastrophic Note 7? After a pre-order period that finished two days ago, the company’s new flagship phones are now available in the United States, South Korea, Puerto Rico and Canada. The phone is expected to debut in other markets in the upcoming weeks.
First of all, there’s no difference between the S8 and S8+, except the fact that you will receive more pixels per inch on the smaller model. They are both equipped with a Gorilla Glass on the front, while the back has a fingerprint magnet. Similar to the iPhone 7+, the Samsung models have a small difference in battery capacity, but it’s not much.
Apart from Apple, the specifications of the new Samsung phones are the same, so your choice depends on the size you prefer.
The 6.3-inch Galaxy S8+ might sound a bit too large for you, but the design is very comfortable, and it’s quite easy to hold the device. The device is narrower than its Apple competitor, and you don’t have to stretch your finger to the top. However, the S8+ is all screen, and the resolution is incredible, which makes everything you do crystal clear.
The device features a Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440, a pixel density of 529 PPI on the S8+ and 570 on the regular model. For comparison, the iPhone 7 Plus has a 401 PPI high-definition display.
Goodbye physical button
This is the first Samsung model that has no physical button, but it has a virtual home and back button. At the bottom of the screen, there is a pressure sensor. When you press harder, you are returned to the home screen. However, this is all limited to the home button, unlike the iPhones which offer a full-screen 3D Touch.
Unlocking the phone can be a troublesome process as it takes a few steps to do it. If you want to use the fingerprint reader, you need two steps. But if you use a PIN, then you have to press home, swipe up, enter the code and then unlock the phone. The process is two-step with iris scanning as well.
At the bottom of the phone’s body, you will find the Bixby button and the mono speaker. The volume rocker is located on the left edge, while the right edge is preserved for the sleep button. Unlike Apple, Samsung isn’t ready to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.
It’s water and dust resistant, but you have to wait up to twenty minutes to dry if you wish to use the USB-C port. The device can withstand up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for around thirty minutes.
Both devices are equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU and 4GB of RAM, delivering impressive results. The models come with a 64GB of storage, which can be expanded with a micro SD storage to 256GB.
We firmly believe that Samsung has put way too many biometric security options – iris scanning, fingerprint and face recognition. If the light isn’t good, then the facial recognition won’t do the trick. Moreover, it can’t be used for Samsung Pay as well.
To unlock the phone with your finger, you have to tap the button on the back while watching the screen and it’s a bit uncomfortable. Plus, it’s the sensor is located right next to the 12MP camera and I often press it instead of the sensors.
The company has decided to stick with the 12MP camera of the S7. The photos are quite good, but the photos get oversaturated, which changes the colors considerably.
The front facing camera is significantly improved, and it is now 8 MP, which makes it perfect for selfies. By the way, the Galaxy S8 allows you to apply animated stickers and filters on your face if you are not willing to open Snapchat, Facebook or Instagram Stories for the purpose.
Samsung offers amazing gesture-based controls such as turning the volume up & down, changing the brightness, swiping up and down and switching between the two cameras.
Wireless Charging & Battery Life
Both flagship models offer a fast wireless charging, whereas you only have to leave the phone on the pad to charge. It charges the phone to a full capacity in less than two hours.
The S8 is equipped with a 3,000 mAh battery, while the S8+ offers a 3,500 mAh battery.
All in all, the new Samsung is an amazing phone with many functionalities. The screen is truly amazing, and the lack of a physical button should not be a problem. For an Android device, the Galaxy S8 is the best one on the market, and the terrible sensor placement for the fingerprint isn’t much of a problem.