With a screen which is now more part of the front, some but interesting level design changes and few but enough improvements at the hardware level, the new Galaxy S8 and S8 + are already a reality. A great proposal by Samsung that we have already been tested.
We come to London to learn all about the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 +, show you our first impressions and that thus know what all they offer.
Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 +
|Samsung Galaxy S8||Samsung Galaxy S8 +|
|Physical dimensions||148,9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (155 grams)||159,5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (173 grams)|
|Screen||5.8 inch 18 curve Super AMOLED screen, 5:9||Curve 6.2 18 inch Super AMOLED screen, 5:9|
|Resolution||1,440 x 2960 pixels||1,440 x 2960 pixels|
|Processor||Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (depending on region)||Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (depending on region)|
|Cores (Exynos)||Octacore (2.3 Ghz + 1.7 Ghz) 64 Bit of 10 nanometers||Octacore (2.3 Ghz + 1.7 Ghz) 64 Bit of 10 nanometers|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB|
|Memory||64 GB (UFS 2.1) expandable via microSD (up to 256 GB)||64 GB (UFS 2.1) expandable via microSD (up to 256 GB)|
|Software||7.0 Android with TouchWiz||7.0 Android with TouchWiz|
|Connectivity||Cat.16 LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), VHT80 MU, 1024QAM Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT + USB Type-C, NFC, location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)||Cat.16 LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), VHT80 MU, 1024QAM Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT + USB Type-C, NFC, location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)|
|Cameras||Rear 12 megapixel camera with a lens with OIS and f/1.7 Front-8 megapixel camera with a f/1.7, autofocus||Rear 12 megapixel camera with a lens with OIS and f/1.7 Front-8 megapixel camera with a f/1.7, autofocus|
|Battery||3,000 mAh||3500 mAh|
|Other||IP68 protection, quick charging and Wireless charging||IP68 protection, quick charging and Wireless charging|
|Price||809 EUR||909 EUR|
The design of the new Galaxy S8 and S8 + maintains the essence of the S7 Edge. Continuous with the stake of a display with edges curved leaving behind the flat version option. And both front and rear make use of glass. With respect to colors, comes in three variants: Arctic Silver and Midnight Black, Orchid Gray. But let’s go with the novelties and changes where perhaps some are not to the liking of most.
With curved panel and 18 aspect ratio, the new Galaxy S8 and S8 + 5:9 say goodbye to the model flat
The first thing that will draw attention is its front. Top and bottom frames reduced screen gains prominence, achieving what they call as Infinity Display.
This is a personal assessment, of course, but on an aesthetic level it seems to me that Samsung work surpasses the already seen in the Mix my Xiaomi or LG G6. At least with the black model where the continuity of the glass with the framework, which have the same tone, makes the device look really attractive.
Of course, the work of Xiaomi or LG is notable and there will be those who prefer them for dimensions, use of flat screens,… but the new Galaxy polished design that was already very well, the S7 Edge. Among those improved aspects is the subject of curves, now with a curving slightly lower. This variation is not easy to appreciate but according to Samsung will help prevent unintentional touch on the screen (curved zone) while we hold terminal.
With compact dimensions, great finishes, and a feeling very comfortable in hand, the S8 Galaxy design is at a high level
With very compact dimensions, even more if we consider the diagonal of your respective screens – 5.8 ‘ on the S8 and 6.2 “in the S8 + – terminal feels very good in hand and nothing heavy (S8 155 gr and S8 + 173 gr). Of course the topic of being so “round” will make you like it more or less according to the preferences of each. But I think that it is not contentious or know-how of the manufacturer or the quality of the materials.
Returning to the topic of dimensions, this compact design with large diagonal screens is achieved thanks to the use of a few panels with an aspect ratio of 18, 5:9 of which I tell you things more later.
Moreover, the most striking is now We have no physical button on the front. But that doesn’t mean that it has disappeared as such. Now, with a sensitive pressure sensor positioned behind the screen, the Home button becomes invisible. It maintains the same functions as the one of the S7 and when we make use of it will return a vibration so that we are aware of that has been pressed. This vibration is interesting, similar to the 7 iPhone and used once offers a correct experience.
Changing the home button mean another difference in the new Galaxy S8 and S8 +, now the fingerprint reader is on the back. For many the front seems a location better, for others is the nicest area back by how the device is fastened. The biggest problem here is the position chosen by Samsung, just to one side of the camera.
When we use the fingerprint reader in the S8, because of its size, it’s not uncomfortable and comes easily. In model S8 + things change since its size, it is more difficult to get. But the biggest problem is that touching the lens involuntarily will be the most common. We will therefore, leaving footprints that if we are not careful then affect the photographs we undertake.
Reviewing the rest of the terminal, have button for power, volume, C USB and headphone jack controls as well as a unique button to summon Bixby, his new Assistant’s voice.
Samsung continues to demonstrate the power of Super AMOLED screens
The new Galaxy make use of screens with Super AMOLED technology and an aspect ratio different from what we are used to seeing, 18, 5:9. Of quality there is little to comment on, in these first impressions, the experience was very good. It has everything that we like the AMOLED technology and enhances details such as darkening of the edges of the previous generation.
The screen is the main attraction of the device, a SuperAMOLED display with ratio 18, 5:9 and resolution 1440 x 2960
Brightness level, representation of color and contrast issues screens fall short of expectations. We will have to analyze it better during the review but I don’t think that they will disappoint anyone. But most striking is its aspect ratio, similar to that seen in the LG G6 just a little more than having a few pixels of height over (2880 passed to 2960)
We have two panels with different diagonal (5.8 and 6.2 inches) but same resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. This resolution does not provide those two exact squares of LG terminal but the difference is practically imperceptible, 80 pixels in vertical.
With a clear commitment to offer large screens without compromising the dimensions of the terminal, the user experience certainly is favoured both by the aspect ratio of the screen as the reduction from their frames. When we make use of the device in its natural position – vertical – we will be able to view more information as well as take advantage of the split-screen Android Nougat options.
When it comes to consuming multimedia content also will have benefits although there are situations in which to take advantage and others that do not. See the classic black stripes when viewing a video will be something to continue happening, the difference is that content will be smaller or will go from horizontal to vertical.
Some highlights of the new screens is the support for HDR content. Samsung has decided to gamble and to integrate the support for HDR 10 on their screens of the S8 and S8 +. This will allow better viewing quality when you play content supports HDR. What little I could see does not allow an assessment clear on if it is an improvement or not, but improve the management of the brightness levels and color display capabilities always is interesting. Still, it will have to wait for further data analysis.
In short, the screen is at least to the same level as the of the S7. And the change of ratio is something possibly coming to stay because they offer improvements in the experience and content consumption.
Up to 21% more powerful than the Galaxy S7
The technical sheet of the new Galaxy S8 and S8 + can not assume a breakthrough regarding as seen in the recent ranges high on the market. Used processors will be Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 according to market and come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage expandable via microSD.
The improvements to the Galaxy S8 and S8 + hardware level are not its main value but improve up to 21% the performance of the S7
However, according to Samsung, the S8 is up to 10% more powerful than the S7 while the S8 + would reach up to 21% improvement. Being cautious, the brief experience I had was satisfactory. Both system and the few applications that I could use moved with ease.
I don’t think that you present problems of power. Especially when we could see the responded well to make use of mode desktop, one of the striking developments of this product. Through the use of the base DeX Station we convert to the Galaxy S8 and S8 + on desktop computers. With a system interface that adapts to the screen where we are viewing it, the monitor. / p
It will also be interesting to see how these settings will affect the autonomy. In theory, both the Exynos and the 835 promise more optimization but, perhaps, the mAh both 3,000 and 3,500 respectively of the S8 and S8 + they could be very fair capabilities. So attentive because we’ll see with data in the review.
Software and security: be marked differences?
If there is a section that really liked the new Galaxy was without doubt the software. 7.0 Android Nougat and all the innovations that we already know appears to have achieved implement improvements to make these devices more productive and safe.
Security level you have three biometric security options: Reader, fingerprint, iris and face detector. The footprint is faster and more secure option so that I could see but we have the “problem” of the location of the sensor. So I could test the iris reader as I would have liked so we will have to wait for the review to draw conclusions, but it seems to work well, practically transparent to the user – even if you wear glasses. Face detection is also a fast option although it may be less safe than the previous ones. That Yes, according to Samsung more convenient for the user. I still leaving me with the trace option.
With regard to the software, the fluidity of the system is good and improving offering Android 7.0 with options such as split-screen – something which was already customary in terminals Samsung – as well as a less ornate interface are welcome. Applications open quickly and we will have to see how it behaves on the day to day and with certain applications to assess better. However, what I liked most was the way desktop before mentioned, something very similar to Remix OS that offers many possibilities.
DeX Station is a great complement to the new Galaxy S8 and S8 + that will turn them into desktop
Thanks to DeX, an accessory that will be sold separately at a price of € 149, allows become a team desktop to the Galaxy S8 or S8 +. Of course, adapting the interface of Android that we see on the screen of the monitor. An idea that is not new but will add much value to the device as a productive tool or even for entertainment (movies, series and games). All with good fluidity and an adaptation of applications and control for the few minutes that I saw enough promises. Also, another section to better assess the analysis.
In addition, when we use desktop mode not only we can use apps of Android, also solutions such as Citrix, which will connect to a PC remotely and work with it as if we were in front of the same. And by the way, if we disconnect the device and do not close any application, when we return to connect will appear sales we had open and in the same position.
You have more information about DeX and how it works in this article. If you ask you if gets too the terminal response is that not. Yes a little the temperature rises because demands something else but for that is the ventilation system of the base and off screen.
And we arrived to Bixby, the wizard’s voice of Samsung comes as important bet by the manufacturer. A wizard that was created after the purchase of Viv, company formed by one of the creators of Siri.
Bixby has the ability to understand natural language, the context and not to limit the use of Google Assistant
Bixby appears to be a product much better that we saw with S-Voice, It is able to understand the context and natural language. So do not you will be blocked or no answers when say you certain things that with S-Voice not getting answers, at least not so much. In addition to offering other options as a screen where to see relevant information for the user created reminders, news, etc.; or show, for example, links of purchase of a product at Amazon with just a picture of the same. And according to Samsung, you are able to learn as we use it more.
In the view show not he painted bad but like that other features of this terminal needs to be tested more calmly and in every day. It is clear that it is a major bet for Samsung, which was created with the S8 Galaxy but other products will reach the manufacturer develops as televisions or refrigerators.
Also, full support for Samsung apps, the big question will be if the developers also enhance such integration in their applications or are limited to include Google Assistant.
Finally, if you’re wondering, Bixby for now is available only in English and Korean. Half-year will arrive in Spanish of the United States and from there to more languages. So calm.
Without double camera system, it is still a great camera
With many manufacturers betting on dual camera systems, Samsung maintains the same scheme of the S7. Improve the front-facing camera that happens to use a 8MP, lens open f1.7 and Smartfocus sensor. In addition to new features in the camera application that will allow the use of stickers.
Samsung does not jump to dual camera systems, maintains what worked it as well with the S7
But the rear camera is that most concerns. Here’s a unique sensor of 12MP, f1.7, stabilizing O.I.S. and focus Dual Pixel aperture lens. Basically the “same” Galaxy S7 camera.
After a few photographs we can only say that If the camera of the S7 was good this will continue to be just as good or, quite possibly, something better. I’ll stick with that seems a smart manufacturer’s decision, and that we tend to think that Samsung is always targeted to any technological innovation you may not know how to take advantage.
Therefore, it is best continue with a bet that such good results has given to bet on something where it is not known if they will be able to provide something better. So we are looking forward to test it thoroughly, comparative future and much more. Because we are sure that this will be one of the most important cameras of this 2017 also.
With respect to the application, with the inclusion of some gestures that improves usability level options is practically the same app in the S7. With its manual controls, support for RAW photos, etc. A good application for advanced users and for those seeking only point and shoot.
The opinion of Engadget
Before assessing what has been our brief experience with the new S8 and S8 + Galaxy, some details. Samsung showed Samsung Connect, application dedicated to controlling all the demotic home. As well as a number of accessories like pillowcases, new headphones wireless, the dock or base DEX, new Gear VR and the also new Gear 360. This House promises finally to 360 4 k real video.
And now yes, being aware that we need more time to test thoroughly the terminal and all their news, the truth is that globally he liked us. Its design is an improvement from the already seen on the S7, is comfortable in hand, perhaps still somewhat slippery but it is eye-catching and safe that it leaves no one indifferent.
The new Galaxy S8 and S8 + are a very successful evolution of the S7, where the screen is your main attraction
With respect to hardware, from the processor to the cameras or screen, it is a step in the right direction. Always have a higher power increase is interesting but which offer these S8 and S8 + is not little. And if we gain in aspects such as optimization of the autonomy (which we want to see how it behaves by the capacity of their batteries), better management of processes, etc. are going to be facing a terminal very attractive priced high but not runnig at first. In addition, joint use makes your DeX Station earn points.
Therefore, as I see in other manufacturers, here the key is experience. Which is improved in many ways but one that is key: the display. The S8 and S8 + is more than interesting. Aspect ratio requires getting used to at first, because it generates a feeling of having a more elongated than normal clear device. But as time passes, I not only like but make you look to the other terminals in other words, not worse but… Yes as if were of many years ago.