Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: Unbox Your Phone

The Day we have been waiting for is finally here, The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are officially revealed now,but Ironically obviously because this phone was leaked everywhere. These phones will be on sale from 21, april, 2017.

But it is not that bad, because it is different thing to see it in person and feeling the feel of having it’s in hand. Now, that everything is now out officially, so let’s talk about this new phone.

samsung galaxy s8 and s8 plus unboxed

The Galaxy S8 is embedded with a 5.8 inches, 2960 x 1440 OLED Display and S8 Plus is embedded with a 6.2 Inches, OLED Display with same resolution as S8.

In Compare to other phones

That is extremely sharp and that is an 18.5 : 9  aspect ratio. For those who are counting on this, it’s little bit taller even than the LG G 6.
Samsung-Galaxy-S8

So, these are huge displays and very tall resolutions, but of course footprints of these phones, when you compare them to something with a more traditional larger bezel, it’s awesome. It fits in the footprint of a phone with a waist smaller screen.

Comparing S7 Edge and older models

They are calling it the infinity display, it is not completely new concept from Samsung, because Samsung already came with their Galaxy S7 Edge.

samsung galaxy s8 in hand

Galaxy S7 Edge had the display  glass melting over the edges already last year but for some reasons that phone’s edges felt kind of sharp, so never really got quite comfortable with it.

comforting Edges and expanding display

But The Edges of Galaxy S8 here feel much softer and they are feeling much more seamless than before which no doubt took a lot of careful engineering and of course they pushed display further up to the top and further towards the bottom of the phone by getting rid of the physical buttons and replacing them with soccer button.

samsung s8 comparing others

So, finally Samsung is now actually switching from hardware buttons on the bottoms and the chins of all their phones to the software on screen buttons. That’s great, but what does that mean we lose by switching?

Switching to Software Buttons

First of all, Samsung software buttons are not pretty in my opinion and But great thing is we can reorder these buttons in the software to switch the order if we want. We can’t change the look of it, but it’s ok.

Fingerprint reader position

We also lose a physical home button which had the fingerprint reader on it’s last phone. So the fingerprint reader is now here moves up to the back of the phone and wait by the camera.

fingerprint reader position in galaxy s8 and s8 plus

This fingerprint reader is kind of a stretch and actually phones with the fingerprint readers on the back like on the Google Pixel XL for the example.

When you hold Google Pixel XL in your hand in normal position, fingerprint reader is actually easily reachable, which poses no problems, that it is in the middle of the back.

pixel excel fingerprint reader reach

But do you stretched out Samsung phones are a little bit taller so with the single hand holding Galaxy S8 in normal position, puts the fingerprint reader just a little bit out of reach. So you have to stretch a bit to find the fingerprint reader.

And then with the Galaxy S8 Plus, again when its way up at top of the phone, if you hold Galaxy S8 Plus in your hand  in normal position and check to reach to the fingerprint reader, it feels completely out of the place and if you try to find without turning the phone, there is not really big indentation to know exactly where it is.

So, it is definitely something, that is going to take some time getting used to. Many people will need two hands with this. In fact in the official Samsung Commercial, user do it with two hands.So, all and all the fingerprint reader placement is little odd.

Futuristic Design

Samsung-Galaxy-S8-concept-b

But everything else about this hardware, Samsung pretty much hit it to knockout. So, it’s finally feels futuristic smartphone design in the seamless and beautiful type of the way that we dream of. But without sacrificing any functionality or it’s features, it is still thin and pretty light weight phone.

Common features with older

It still has USB Type C at the bottom of the phone with fast charging, It still has a headphone jack and it is still fully IP68 water resistant. Still has wireless charging, microSD card slot for expandable storage.

galaxy s8 usb type c and jack

With all that sandwich between sheets of metal and glass, The galaxy S8 will also have pretty much some of the best specifications, you can find in any Android phone. Snapdragon 835 Chipset and 4 GB of RAM and the first phone of the world with the Bluetooth v5.0.

Iris Scanner

It’s bring Iris scanner also back from the dead from that Galaxy Note 7. Prying eyes are not a problem when you have iris scanning on the Galaxy S8 and S8 plus. No two irises have the same pattern and they are nearly impossible to replicate.

iris scanner in galaxy s8

That means with iris scanning, your phone and its contents open to your eyes only. And when you need to unlock really fast, iris recognition is a handy option.

Battery life

The only question lies with in the battery life of this phone.  The only different between Galaxy S8 and S8 plus is not any features, but only physical size. So the displays are different and the battery size is different.

Its 3000 mAh on the Galaxy S8 and 3500 mAh on the Galaxy S8 Plus. 3000 mAh battery can seem decent and may be little bit small, but biggest draw on the battery is the display and it’s so easy to forget while holding Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus that these are phones with displays of 5.8 Inches and 6.2 Inches.

samsung galaxy s8 and s8 plus review and specifications suratnow

It is huge display, so a mere 3000 mAh on a 5.8 inch display. I am not really sure, if that is going to hold up.

The same thing with bigger one, The Galaxy S8 Plus is with 3500 mAh battery, which seems pretty decent size but it’s a 6.2 Inch display, there are not much phones with this bigger display size and not only that, its with super high resolution and super bright display.

That is going to be a big draw, which will be main thing to check when Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus sales starts.

Cameras – same as old one

Camera on the back of this phone are the same as the Galaxy S7 from last year. So, 12 Megapixel camera with f 1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization.

samsung galaxy s8 camera

That’s not a bad thing at all, that was a really good camera but that’s not exactly pushing limits here. Just a pretty safe bet, that will do just fine.

Software

People have mixed feeling about this. There is Samsung’s UX on the top of the Android 7.0 Nougat with all their slightly redesigned colorful icons, launcher and everything.

samsung galaxy s8 bixby assistant suratnow

It feels fine with the hardware. They have a new set of wallpapers to look pretty good on the display, home screen icons and widgets are a little tweaked but overall, its nothing drastically different from the before.

Full Screen Button

galaxy s8 full screen trick suratnow

There are some neat tricks up its sleeve, like there is a button which shows up when you are watching videos with full screen that basically lets you do with the iPad does and punch in a little bit to fill the display for those who hate the black bars on the side.

Bixby: Samsung Personal Assistant

Biggest Software feature of Samsung galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is Samsung’s Personal Assistant called Bixby. Bixb’s existence is the biggest question itself. Because Bixby does all the same thing Google Now aka Google assistant does.




The only different between them is its by Samsung instead of Google. So it will show you bunch of cards in an order that is relevant to you. It tries to show you the information that it thinks important to you before you need it.

bixby assistant of samsung galaxy s8 suratnlow

Which is same as Google Now and what Google does with the cards. You can access it with the swiping over from your home just like Google and Bixby has its own freaking buttons on the side of phone.

Power Button on the one side of the phone and Volume Buttons and Bixby buttons on another side. There are features like Image recognition and all which are similar to Google. But they could not show us any of these things that’s going to be launching with the phone.

It is still hard to digest that it is Android 7.0 with Google Now AKA Google Assistant within, then why???? Why they go through the trouble of copying Google Assistant to show off with their own name.

Full Specifications:

Hardware Details
Network Support GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM Type Dual Nano SIM Cards (Dual Stand-by)
Display Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.8 inches for S8 ( 83.6% Screen to body Ratio)
6.2 inches for S8 Plus (84.0% Screen to Body Ratio)
1440 x 2960 pixels (~570 ppi pixel density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection
– 3D Touch (home button only)
– Always-on display
– TouchWiz UI
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 – US model
Exynos 8895 Octa – EMEA
Processor Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) – US model
Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) – EMEA
RAM 4 GB RAM
Memory 64 GB Internal
microSD, up to 256 GB (Use SIM 2 Slot)
Camera Primary: 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Features: 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Secondary: 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery For S8
Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery For S8 Plus
Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
GPU Adreno 540 – US model
Operating System Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
Connectivity Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/ g/n/ac, Dual-band , Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
USB v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
No FM Radio
Special Features – Photo viewer/editor
– Document viewer
– No Java Support
– Fast Battery Charging
– Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Reasons to Buy:

  • Samsung Pay Feature
  • Refined Edge to Edge Panel
  • Soccer Buttons instead of Hardware Button
  • Iris Scanner
  • Jaw-Dropping Design
  • High Resolution and Bright Display

Reasons to Don’t:

  • Too High Price
  • Many unnecessary software like Bixby
  • Same Camera as Old one
  • Awkward Fingerprint Reader Position
  • Battery Capacity is not enough
  • Doesn’t seems anything newer much

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Buy Older Models:

Source Model Price
128-128-9538401a2012ec56289daff4ca812ae6-amazon  Samsung S8+ Unlocked 64GB Dual SIM amazon prime $1,299.99/-
amazon_m-buy-logo-suratnow  Samsung S7 (Black Onyx, 32 GB)  amazon fulfilled 40,999/-
amazon_m-buy-logo-suratnow  Samsung S7 Edge (Black Pearl, 128 GB)  amazon fulfilled 56,700/-
flipkart-buy-button-suratnow  Samsung S7 Edge (Gold Platinum, 32 GB)  flipkart assured 50,900/-



Conclusion:

After reading all this, I guess you all made decision for yourself, that whether you want to buy it or not. But yet the final wording is, as per given specifications by Samsung, This phone doesn’t have something above the brilliant.

If you are a Samsung Fan and You like S7 Edge then you will surly like S8 too. But Unfortunatly there won’t be anything much newer for you. Just Changed Position of Fingerprint Reader, Iris Scanner, Big Screen Size and Soccer buttons instead of Hardware Home button.

About Battery, as per specifications that’s not good enough. But wording on battery can be stated only after sale starts and user starts comparing its backup.

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