Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ review: Infinity Display Design, Performance, Camera, BatteryPrint
The wait is over. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ has finally landed in Australia. Featuring its new ‘infinity display,’ the Samsung Galaxy S8 packs a huge 5.8 inch screen into small form factor, thanks to its curved edges and minimal bezels. The S8+ is a bigger version of the S8, with massive a 6.2 inch screen, making it one of the largest-screened phones out there. Both these phones are absolutely stunning, and arguably the best-looking phones ever.
Body & Screen
Samsung first introduced curved edges with the S6 edge, and the success of the S6 edge and S7 edge over the S6 and S7 means that now the main S8 will also come with the smooth curved edges. Curved edges, small bezels and the removal of the physical home button has allowed Samsung to achieve a screen-to-body ratio of 83.6%, the highest of any phone available in Australia. That’s the main selling point of the S8 – Samsung has managed to fit a large 5.8 inch screen in a body that is not much bigger than an iPhone 7 and much smaller than an iPhone 7 Plus.
The display itself is as what you’d expect coming from Samsung – the best in the market. The Galaxy S8 has a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 570 pixels per inch. The AMOLED display is bright and vibrant, making it a brilliant phone for viewing and gaming.
The S8 also carries the Always-on display from the S7 – and now you can even have it display photos. At the back next to the camera is the S8’s repositioned fingerprint scanner. Samsung has introduced secure and accurate iris scanning as a means to unlock the phone though, so you’ll find yourself using the fingerprint scanner less often.
Processor, Memory, and Performance
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the first the use Samsung’s latest Exynos 8895 with Octa-Core processor, and it is blazingly fast. Both benchmarks and real world usage attest to that – if you want the fastest phone currently in the market, the Samsung S8 is your answer.
The S8 comes with 64GB of on-board storage, a step up from the 32GB offered in the S7. This will ensure that you’ll have plenty of space to store all your apps and media, however if you need more storage you are able to insert a MicroSD card of up to 256GB in its dedicated slot. There’s 4GB of RAM, which is considered the sweet spot for current flagships, allowing you to run many apps seamlessly at once.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has the same 12 megapixel back camera as the S7. While that is a little disappointing, the Galaxy S7 is known for having one of the best cameras out there, capable of producing highly detailed and accurate shots no matter the lighting condition.
At least the front camera (the most important camera to some people) has been improved, now featuring a resolution of 8 megapixels. Samsung’s Beauty mode works well too, removing blemishes and wrinkles to give you a younger look.
Samsung has recognized the need to pack a large battery in order to power a large 5.8 inch screen, so the S8 and S8+ comes with a 3000mAh and 3500mAh battery respectively. Both these phones will be able to get through a day of moderate to heavy usage without issues. Samsung also claims that the battery’s long-term life will be better than its previous generations. For those concerned about Samsung’s batteries after the Note 7 disaster, Samsung has recognized the need for redemption through the S8 and now includes a 8-point battery test for all its new releases to ensure that there are no battery issues.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 picks up from the success of the Galaxy S7, and further improves upon the screen. It’s curved edges and small bezels allow for massive screens on a relatively small bodies, making the S8 both beautiful to view and comfortable to hold. The S8 has the fastest Exynos chip in the market today for blazingly fast, and still one of the best cameras in the market, ticking all the boxes for the best flagship of 2017.
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