Galaxy S8 comes with a fair treat for Galaxy buffs waiting for a long time. Read the full Samsung Galaxy S8 review to explore every nook and cranny of the latest smartphone. Following the Galaxy Note 7 battery issues, Samsung truly needed a home run to keep its lead in the market. Is Galaxy S8 the kick start it required? It seems so. Samsung Galaxy S8 is perhaps the best enrichment in smartphone design in last few years and the biggest step towards the holy grail of an all-screen phone. The new flagship device is good enough to help company leave the Note 7 nightmare behind. Well, it’s just a promo. Scroll down to our hands on Samsung Galaxy S8 review to look into the big picture.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Review
Release Date and Price
Although Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have arrived in India on April 19, the S8 smartphone will go on sale globally on April 28. The price of Samsung Galaxy S8 is £689 in the UK and $720 in the US if you want to buy it outright.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Design
The next point we’re going to discuss in our Samsung Galaxy S8 review is design. What makes it the prettiest phone ever is its tall and narrow shape that fits snugly in one’s palm and curved sides that scream ‘classy.’
The display has a new aspect ratio of 18.5:9 instead of 16:9. It comes with a 5.8-inch big screen that lands the phone at the top of the smartphones’ class. It sounds really huge, but the smartphone is compact and Samsung is keen to point out that it can still be used comfortably with one hand. All in all, it’s scarcely wider than iPhone 7 and evidently narrower than Google Pixel XL.
Galaxy S8 is a highly capable and fast smartphone with snappy performance across the board. It is one of a few devices to provide support for the new cat 9 LTE – the fastest of 4G technologies currently available.
The new flagship device comes with brand new Bluetooth version dubbed Bluetooth 5.0 standard. It provides much more advanced and extensive support for wireless headphones. However, Bluetooth 5.0 headphones will not be available in the market for a while. In the interim, S8 uses the more advanced Bluetooth chip to send an audio to two different devices at the same time, making headphone sharing wireless.
Wireless charging is also available. Floating camera button, iris scanner, app shortcuts, one-handed mode, longer battery life, split-screen mode, and always-on display are some of the Galaxy S8’s quintessential earmarks.
On top of that, Galaxy S8 features a Bixby assistant, Samsung’s rival to Siri. But it’s probably the biggest regret. The digital personal assistant pops up every time you use the phone. The thing is, it feels half-baked and not quite ready yet.
Another sizable enhancement over S7 is its 12-MP camera. Surprisingly, it takes three shots every single time you snap, reducing blur and leaving you with a sharper shot.
Samsung Galaxy S8 review will remain incomplete if we do not discuss its wonderful specifications. Let’s shed some light on its key specifications:
- Screen – 5.8-inch quad HD+ AMOLED
- RAM – 4GB
- Dimensions – 148.9×68.1×8 mm
- Weight – 155g
- Camera – 12MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
- Operating System – Android 7.0 Nougat with TouchWiz
- Storage – 64 GB + micro SD card
- Connectivity – WiFi, LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Iris sensor, wireless charging, NFC, and GPS
- Processor – Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 or octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
We’ve already discussed Galaxy S8 features and specifications above, now let’s tell you about its software – the soul of a smartphone. Galaxy S8 runs Android Nougat, the latest major release of Android. Unlike prior Samsung phones, the UI is clean, very quick, and fluid.
The version based on Android 7.0 running on S8 is known as ‘Grace UX’ and is actually very good. The device runs the operating system with TouchWiz that is filled with useful additions and options, allowing you to customize the device to behave the way you want.
Overall, TouchWiz on Samsung Galaxy S8 is a feature-rich, polished, and highly customizable operating system.
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- Pressure-sensitive screen
- Spectacular camera
- Splendid display
- Longer battery life
- Water resistant
- Superior performance
- No USB-PD
- Fingerprint scanner placement is not ideal
- Bixby is a bit of a flop
After carefully examining the Samsung Galaxy S8 review, it can be said that it is one of the most beautiful devices available in the market. It has raised the bar for high-end smartphone design and squeezes a large selection of cutting-edge technology into a user-friendly package.
Of course, nothing is perfect. The fingerprint scanner could be positioned better. It’s the only thing that can sour your smartphone experience. But what you get is just awesome and it feels like the future is in your palm.