Surprise, surprise! The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have already been launched. After having witnessed months of predictions on how the devices would look like, we now have a clear picture of the whole design and the specs of course.
In a nutshell, the smartphones represent progress in some areas and stagnation in others. So what is it that Samsung has added and what have they eliminated or replaced with an advanced alternative? Did the firm get it right this time round? And most importantly, what will inform your decision to buy the Galaxy S8 Plus and not its small bro? Read on to find out…
Bigger Display without tampering with the size
The headlines are focused on Samsung’s geniuses who managed to design a smartphone whose display is bigger but the actual size remains unhampered. The Galaxy S8 comes with a display size of 5.8 inches while the Galaxy S8 Plus gets a huge new 6.2 inch display – or what the firm chooses to call ‘infinity display’.
The immediate difference between the new S8 and S8 Plus is on the size.
Galaxy S8 – 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm ( 5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31-inch), 155g (5.36oz)
Galaxy S8 Plus – 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (6.00 x 3.09 x 0.31-inch), 173g (oz)
Yes, Galaxy S8 has significantly managed to add a 0.7 inch display without changing the size of the Galaxy S7, whose dimensions were as follows:
Galaxy S7: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31-inch) and 152g (5.36oz)
However, the S8 Plus not only did it change the display size but also the actual size of the smartphone compared to its predecessor. Have a look at last year’s S7 Edge size:
Galaxy S7 Edge – 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm (5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30-inch) and 157g (5.54 oz)
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus comes in a massive 6.2 inch size.
The similarity of the two Galaxies is based on a feature we have come accustomed to from Samsung – the curved ‘Edge’ panels. These have been improved to ensure the hype is not overblown.
Screens better than ever before
The OLED panels feature gently sloping curves, similar to the troubled Note 7. Both screens are sharper and brighter and are the first phones to be granted Mobile HDR Premium certification.
Most users will be drawn by these screens, regardless of the many other enticing features. The default shipping resolution is 1080p which can be increased but be ready to give up your battery life.
The 5.8 inch smartphone weighs some 14g extra compared to Apple’s 4.7 inch iPhone 7 – 33g less than the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus. Don’t you think you are going to turn heads? LG G6 had left has perplexed but Samsung has undoubtedly overturned all that design wise.
Unity in Death
The two are also united by a dead physical home button.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus marks a new era for Samsung by becoming the firm’s first device to kill the physical Home Button. As a replacement, the home button is now built in the screen and will operate on the basis of pressure-sensitive hardware and software.
In addition, S8 has a facial recognition and iris recognition capability to help users unlock their smartphones more securely. This technology makes up for the decision to relocate the fingerprint scanner to the back.
The front-facing camera comes in 8MP and has face detecting autofocus technology, although using the same sensor and lens found in the S7.
The water resistance has however not been touched right from the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Both still feature IP68 water and dust resistance with which you can submerge your for as low as 1.5 metres for a maximum of 30 minutes.
The available colors are Arctic Silver, Orchid Grey and Midnight black but the coming months may see an addition of more colors to meet your needs.
The New Galaxies Cameras
Samsung failed when it comes to the cameras. This is an area that did not receive much of attention as one would expect in the era we are living in.
The S8 retains the same rear camera of the Galaxy S7 – the 12MP sensor. Samsung defends this decision saying they did a software research to make the picture quality much better besides making the camera launching and saving faster.
Nothing changes much for the S8 Plus because the camera quality and dual camera setup is still the same. Besides the screen and battery size, the two are identical.
The front camera has been upgraded to 8MP besides including an autofocus technology. You can also easily switch between the cameras. Some additional gimmicks are also exciting, especially the GIF mode – although it would have been wise to make it automatic as Apple’s Live Photos and the Motion Stills app.
Camera competition among smartphones has become more interesting than it was some few years ago when only Samsung and Apple had it all. Today we see LG and Google’s Pixel becoming formidable forces to contend with. It might still be too early to judge the S8 camera but I can safely say other companies have nothing to worry about at this stage.
Your decision to buy either the S8 or S8 Plus will likely be determined in terms of size and not specs.