Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ Initial Thoughts
The Galaxy S8 & the S8+ were finally made official & they’re actually packing amazing spcs from both the outside & the inside. So, this article is not made to be a specification article so, let me actually tell you the most important spcs quickly & then we’ll move to the thoughts part.
S8 & S8+ Specifications
- Display: 5.8″ QHD+ Super AMOLED (S8) & 6.2″ QHD+ Super AMOLED (S8+) with “18.5 : 9” Aspect Ratio
- Processor: 10nm Octacore Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 (Depending on the Region)
- RAM & ROM: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM & 64GB UFS 2.1 ROM
- Audio: Upto 32-bit Audio Supported
- Camera: f-1.7 12MP Rear & 8MP Autofocus Supported Front Camera
- Battery: 3000 mah (S8) & 3500 mah (S8+) with Wired/Wireless Fast Charging Support (Both S8 & S8+)
- Security: Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, Face Recognition
- Protection: IP68
- Virtual Assistant: Bixby (Google Assistant Also Available)
Our Initial Thoughts
Judging by the spcs, we have to give a mixed reaction to the S8 & the S8+. The most interesting feature is definitely the huge QHD+ screens with 18.5 : 9 aspect ratio. The screens have a resolution of 2960×1440 & that’s definitely because of the different aspect ratio they are packing.
It’s interesting that Samsung actually took a step further to expand the screen space & the result is quite impressive. The edge-to-edge screen is definitely there & now finally Samsung has implemented this technology for both the devices instead of using a normal display in the lower end model. So, good work Samsung.
The audio side is also impressive as Samsung has now added the support for 32-bit audio. So, LG is not the only one anymore. Samsung always had a very sweet audio output & let’s see how much they were able to fuse that with this new Hi-Fi Audio system.
Anyway, instead of making their customers disappointed by giving either Wireless Charging or 32-bit DAC depending on the region, Samsung will give support for both in all the regions. But, there is something they’re surely making different for regions & that is the processor. In some regions the devices will ship with the Snapdragon 835 & in the other regions, they’ll ship with Samsung’s homemade Exynos 8895. Last time the Exynos variant of S7 & S7 Edge were way behind their Snapdragon variant so, if that is going to be the same case this time, we’ll definitely be disappointed.
Samsung will ship the Galaxy S8 & S8+ in five different color options & we think having more options is a good thing. the color options are Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver & Maple Gold.
The RAM & Internal Storage options are still the same at 4GB & 64GB. Now, believe us Samsung, we expected 6GB RAM for S8 & 8GB RAM for S8 Plus. We also thought that the storage will be bumped up to 128GB this time. But, you guys disappointed us a lot here.
The biggest let down is proably the Rear Camera of the device. While Samsung claims that they’ve improved a lot on the image processing side, the camera is actually packing the exact same 12 Megapixel sensor as the Galaxy S7. Our question is, why didn’t Samsung also implemented an improved sensor that has much more higher capabilities like 960fps slow-motion video recording ? Looks like some manufaturing cost cutting is going behind the scenes.
However, they atleast improved the Front facing Camera this time by using an 8MP sensor with support for Autofocusing. This makes the S8 series the first smartphones to debue with front camera autofocusing system. That’s kinda interesting.
In the end let’s not forget the Battery Capacity of the devices. Samsung has thrown a 3000 mah battery in the S8 & a 3500mah battery in the S8+. Well, now we have to see if the 10nm process size can make the battery to provide a much longer SOT but, looks like Samsung somewhere compromised with the Battries again.
Anyway, we think that Samsung has done a very good job with their S8 Series but, thay had the chance to make the devices even better. But, why Samsung kept these loopholes ? Are they saving their best for the Note 8 ? What do you guys think ? Let us know in the comments section.
We can’t promise you a Review of the Galaxy S8 as that depends on, if Samsung is sending us a review unit or not. But, in case Samsung sends one, we’ll definitely bring the review for you.