Over the past few years, Samsung has transitioned away from its plastic past to a refinement of its glass and metal build, and the Galaxy S8 presents the future of this design language. There’s two sizes to the Galaxy S8 but neither comes with an Edge moniker, with Samsung calling its taller curved screens the Infinity Display. The focus with this year’s phones isn’t the curved display however, but more so how Samsung has managed to squeeze so much screen real estate into the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Thanks to the switch to a 18.5:9 format and the removal of the home button and Samsung branding on the front, we have phones that feel a lot smaller than they should.
Great display, impressive battery life, micro sd card slot, small bezzels, AKG speaker is good
Fingerprint in an inconvenient location, finger magnet
The Infinity Display of the Galaxy S8 is a 5.8-inch dual-curved Super AMOLED panel of 2960×1440 pixel resolution in a 18.5:9 aspect ratio. We measured a maximum brightness of 440nits on the S8 when set to manual, practically identical to the S8+. Auto can boost that all the way up to 620nits, slightly lower than the big bro, but still plenty bright. Both phones outshine last year’s models in manual and auto alike.
Тhe Galaxy S8 is here to replace the S7, and in doing so it keeps the previous model’s battery capacity at 3,000mAh. The S8 does have a larger display than the S7 (about 19% more area), but a newer 10nm chipset next to the S7’s 14nm silicon, so things should mostly even out. Not only was the standby power draw much more reasonable this time around, but the Galaxy S8’s video playback time improved by two full hours, compared to the initially tested unit, reaching fourteen and a half hours – that’s a negligible 20 minutes short of last year’s model.
The Galaxy S8 boots Android Nougat, but in typical Samsung style there are plenty of customization on top. The company’s overlay now goes by the simple Samsung UX – the Grace UX name from the Note7 has seemingly died with the phablet itself. And while the Nougat builds for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were mostly a direct reuse of the Note7’s user interface design, the Galaxy S8’s gets a thoroughly revised version with new iconography and other goodies. Before you get to those, however, there’s an Always On Display to greet you, and all sorts of unlock options.
Samsung really pulled out all the stops in the S8 and S8+ specs department. Nothing but the best, which in this case is the current pair of flagship offers from both Qualcomm and Samsung’s own silicon divisions. Of course, we are talking about the Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos 8895 – both built on a cutting-edge 10nm manufacturing process.
Samsung’s tried and tested 12MP Dual Pixel shooter is present and accounted for on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, ready to power another generation of flagships. The Korean giant deemed it worthy and held off on any fancy dual-sensor setup for yet another year. Perhaps, the Note8 will be the first Galaxy to see double in a few months.