Samsung took a hit last year with their long awaited Note 7. The market was as usual blowing up as soon as it came out, but unfortunately for Samsung so was the phone. A lot of last year was about kind of trying to regain the trust of their audience and they stayed put for some time launching a couple of smaller devices. But now it seems that Samsung is looking to make a comeback with their flagship Galaxy S series. This time it is the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus.
I am writing this with the live stream of the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 press conference on play and they just gave away a Gear 360 to everyone in the audience (Envious). Alright, getting back to the topic at hand. Right from the top Galaxy S8 has a different look to it. The past few years we saw that Samsung was sticking to the glass and metal look that everyone loved and just worked over it. This time it seems to be a makeover. Still metal and glass but a lot more polished. The back looks a lot like the previous phones. The changes are mainly seen on the front of the phone. The glass display bent on both sides are a lot more rounded up leaving almost 0% bezel on the sides. Very small amount of empty bezel on top and bottom too. They got rid of the single button on the front of the phone to give the display a little more space. It just seems like a made up fan design that is way too futuristic and good looking to be true. But it is true and it is launching in just a few weeks.
Let’s talk about the specs. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a 5.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 16M colors and 1440 x 2960 pixel resolution protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The back is also covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It is running on a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 with Octa-core 4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo CPU and Adreno 540 GPU for their US model. For their EMEA model it is running on the Exynos 8895 Octa chipset with Octa-core 4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz CPU. Both of them are running Android 7.0 Nougat. It has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage with 256 GB of external storage option.
On the back of the device is a 12 MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS and LED flash. A few of the features are geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection or smile detection, Auto HDR and panorama, dual-video recording. It also has 4K video recording at 60fps and 1080p video recording at 120fps. On the front of the device is an 8 MP Selfie shooter with f/1.7 aperture, autofocus, dual video call and Auto HDR. As we all know Samsung has been making some of the best smartphone cameras in the business. So we should not be expecting anything less than awesome.
Now just imagine the Galaxy S8 with a 6.2 inch display instead of the 5.8 inch one and that is the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. That is exactly what Samsung did with this one. They changed the display size but not the resolution. It is a 1440 x 2960 pixel 6.2 inch display. Other than that the only difference is the battery. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is powered by a Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is powered by a Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery. That is it basically. There is no other difference between the two devices. Both have USB Type-C connectors with fast charging and also wireless charging.
Other than that a few other features are the Iris scanner, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate monitor. With the Iris scanner that they introduced last year, Samsung now gives us face scanning which is just crazy fast. It also has a fingerprint sensor that is right beside the camera. And for a phone that is so long, it is not the most suitable position. Especially in the Plus version. But that is where they put it. Also the S8 and S8 Plus has desktop experience support which is called Samsung DeX.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is up for preorder starting from today. it will hit the US market on 21st April. The available colors are Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. My favorite is Midnight Black. No details on the price just yet. I guess that announcement will come from the distributors and that’s it. It will be fun to see how the market turns up for them.
Source | Samsung