Price: $690 (USA) or £720 (UK) (S8)
Colours: black, silver and a blueish grey.
Water resistant: to 1.5m over 30 minutes.
Glass: Gorilla Glass 5
Screen size: 5.8 inch or 6.2 inch for the S8+.
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (USA) or Exynos 8895 (UK)
SD card: up to 256GB
Camera: 12 megapixels.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Review
Just to point out there are two versions of the new S8. There is the standard S8 and there is also the S8+. One thing we notice is the finger print sensor missing from the front, instead, this has been put on the rear of the phone. In general, the S8 looks like the S7 Edge but the curves are a bit more subtle. One would think that the battery being so small would not perform, however you should expect over 4 hours easily in use. In any event, the battery has the ability to fast charge just like it’s predecessors.
In short, there are no options here, the S8 has curved glass just like the S7 edge. However, unlike the S7 edge, the glass in this case is top to bottom. Obviously, the result is a much bigger screen to view. The glass on the S8 is the same type also used on the S7. So, for those who have experienced surface scratches on the screens in the past, we suggest protecting the S8 screen from the offset.
Overall, there is no improvement on existing Samsung phone cameras. The 12 megapixel camera which we also saw on the S7 is perfectly capable of taking decent pictures. However, the S8 has multi-shot image processing. In effect, the phone takes three shots each time you take a picture. Then it processes the images and merges them to offer the sharpest possible picture. Also, like the S7, low light images are reasonably good and for some, this was a selling point. Obviously, the video features are similar to the S7. However, with the new chipset, users should see a slight improvement in quality.
In brief, the S8 has taken a bit of a step back on the S7. With more processing power, one would think that a much better battery would be designed too. In this case, users should expect slightly less performance. The supplied 3000mAh battery, is still good, but users have experiences less power time. All in all, the battery is ample for most peoples needs. But, don’t expect to use it for longer than you would with the S7!
Finally, as part of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Review, we now come to Bixby. This could be said to be like Samsung’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and also Google Assistant. The voice recognition is not quite ready so expect some updates. However, the photo-recognition is ready. In effect, take a photo and the S8 will offer many options from the web, including similar shopping. Although Bixby seems a bit like a gimmick, it is what we expect as mobile phones advance.
To sum up the Samsung Galaxy S8 Review
Without doubt, the S8 is the best phone on the market right now. So, for those who demand the best, the S8 is for you. Consequently, for those who wanted the S7 and couldn’t afford one, their prices may drop. Also expect many of these coming onto the second-hand market cheaper as people upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Review$690 (USA) or £720 (UK) (S8)
- Excellent mobile phone
- Beautiful display
- Feels good in the hand
- Excellent camera
- Water and dust proof
- Finger print reader at the back
- Battery power
- No FM support without the internet
- Camera - little improvement
- Bixby - not quite ready