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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus review

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus review

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 plus launch event called Unpacked 2017 has begun, and the two new phones have been unveiled by Samsung in New York and London. There’s a live stream as well for those who want to watch the event. Galaxy S8, S8+ feature a bezel-less display, which will ensure a bigger screen, but in a more compact form factor.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus review
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus review

Galaxy S8, S8+ will also be the first official smartphones with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. They will also feature Samsung’s very own Bixby voice-assistant, which will come with its own dedicated button on the smartphones.

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

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

                    Samsung also highlighted several key areas that the Galaxy S range is designed to excel at. These areas are as follows:

  • Premium Camera: The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are equipped with an advanced 8MP F1.7 Smart auto focus 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

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus review
Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs
  1. Body: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm, 152g

  2. Screen: 5.8” Super AMOLED, 1,440 x 2960px resolution (586ppi)

  3. Memory: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage; 6GB RAM + 128GB storage; microSD slot

  4. OS: Android 7.0 Nougat

  5. Battery: 3,000mAh

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus review
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Specs
  1. Body: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm, 173g

  2. Screen: 6.2” Super AMOLED, 1,440 x 2,960px resolution (531ppi)

  3. Memory: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage; 6GB RAM + 128GB storage; microSD slot

  4. OS: Android 7.0 Nougat

  5. Battery: 3,500mAh

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus review camera software

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus review
Samera Software

The software side is where the biggest differences lie over last year’s S7s. Samsung says the S8s employ enhanced image processing which manifests as three photos being combined into a single image every time you snap the shutter. The phone shoots with HDR enabled automatically to better balance bright and dark areas within shots too. The camera interface clearly takes a leaf out of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series, with one-handed use a big part of the experience. Swiping up lets you quickly switch to the front camera whilst swiping right brings up eight distinct modes, including access to manual control, access to a dedicated food mode and the phone’s background defocus ability.

Another feature carried over from the likes of the Galaxy A5 (2017) is the addition of a ‘floating shutter’; a secondary shutter button you can activate from within the camera’s settings that can be repositioned anywhere within the viewfinder. It’s a feature that might prove particularly useful on the larger 6.2-inch screen-laden Galaxy S8+. Other capture methods include a palm detection shutter, the option to simply tap anywhere within the viewfinder to snap a snap and the option to enable use of the rear-mounted heart rate sensor. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are hitting stores across Europe on April 28th and we’ll hopefully have had time to extensive test both device’s hardware and cameras for full reviews by then.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review: Battery

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus review
Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will pack in a 3000mAh cell, while the Galaxy S8 Plus review 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.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review review: Screen

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a 5.8 inch display while the Galaxy S8 Plus will have a 6.2 inch screen. Both are said to be curved Super AMOLED displays with Quad HD or 4K resolution and over 550ppi pixel density, though 4K is highly unlikely as it will raise battery requirements. The screen to body ratio of the smartphone is said to be over 90 percent.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review: Release Date & Price

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus review

Both handsets will be available from April 21st, though Samsung has yet to mention anything about price. These will be expensive handsets though – expect to pay £700 for the S8 and £800-900 for the Galaxy S8 Pro.

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