Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus


Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Design

It still looks like a Samsung phone, granted. But the removal of the Home key has given the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 a much more pronounced visual impact over previous versions of the handset.

I mean, Samsung phones have had more or less the same button for as long as Android’s been in existence. The removal is jarring, but it adds in plenty of sass to the frontage of the phone which is now essentially one massive AMOLED display.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus look rather LONG, thanks to their new, 18.2:9 aspect ratios which, to my mind were implemented with two things in mind: 1) better, more immersive video experience; 2) more space for stacking applications, which means better multitasking.

Aside from size, the two Galaxy S8 handsets look identical. The Galaxy S8 has a 5.2in AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S8 Plus has a 6.2in AMOLED display. Both panels are QHD, so no 4K this time around.

The fingerprint scanner is now on the back

Both handsets features Samsung’s popular EDGE display as well. Last time around you had a choice; this time it’s EDGE across the board. The new AMOLED panels in this year’s handsets represent a 20% increase in screen-to-body ratio from the Galaxy S7.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Specs & Hardware

“The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ usher in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.

“The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smartphone legacy.”

  • Premium Camera: The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are equipped with an advanced 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus front camera and 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing.

  • Powerful Performance: Packing powerful performance and connectivity, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature the industry’s first 10nm processor, enabling heightened speed and efficiency. It is also gigabit LTE and gigabit Wi-Fi ready with support for up to 1 Gbps so users can quickly download files, regardless of the file size.

  • Robust Entertainment: As the world’s first mobile device certified by the UHD Alliance as MOBILE HDR PREMIUMTM, Galaxy S8 and S8+ let you see the same vibrant colors and contrasts that the filmmakers intended while watching your favorite shows. In addition, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ offer next-level gaming experiences with vivid and superior graphic technology, as well as Game Pack, featuring top game titles, including select titles supported by the Vulkan API.

  • Global Standard in Mobile Security: The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are built on Samsung Knox, a defense-grade security platform. In addition, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will offer a wide selection of biometric technologies including a fingerprint scanner, iris scanner and facial recognition so users can select a secure biometric authentication method that works best for them.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs:

    Body: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm, 152g
    Screen: 5.8” Super AMOLED, 1,440 x 2960px resolution (586ppi)
    Memory: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage; 6GB RAM + 128GB storage; microSD slot
    OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
    Battery: 3,000mAh

    Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Specs

    Body: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm, 173g
    Screen: 6.2” Super AMOLED, 1,440 x 2,960px resolution (531ppi)
    Memory: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage; 6GB RAM + 128GB storage; microSD slot
    OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
    Battery: 3,500mAh

    Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Camera

    The main, rear-mounted camera will be a 12MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture similar to the Galaxy S7. However, there are differences, as the Galaxy S8 is rocking Sony’s new IMX333 sensor, which should result in some very impressive uplift to overall performance.

    Bixby has also been integrated inside the camera app, so you can select images and stuff in the viewfinder and Bixby will scan it and identify it. Bixby links with Samsung Pay, so you can see where Samsung is going with this – point and shoot payments, basically.

    Example: you’re friend has a pair of cool, new boots. You like them, but rather than asking him where they’re from, you simply snap a picture of them and get Bixby to buy them for you (via Samsung Pay).

    This is a pretty impressive feature with huge implications for the future. Apple is apparently working on something similar inside the iPhone 8 as well and how the two services differ will definitely make for interesting debate later on this year.

    As for the rest of the camera setup, you now have an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies and HD video calling. We haven’t had a chance to test out the handset yet, so obviously we’re reserving judgement until then. But suffice to say this camera setup should be one of the best in the business. I cannot wait to test it out properly!

    Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Battery

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 will pack in a 3000mAh cell, while the Galaxy S8 Plus will use a larger – but still not that large – 3500mAh battery. Keen readers will know that these batteries are the same sizes as the one’s used inside the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE.

    Why keep them the same? Samsung obviously has some new optimisations and tweaks that it is using to ensure an uplift to battery performance versus last year’s models. Either that or it simply isn’t taking any chances by squeezing a too large cell inside a mobile phone, as it did with the Note 7.

    This article is from Know Your Mobile

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