Samsung Galaxy S8 price, features and specs

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has finally been launched and it’s simply gorgeous, it looks better than the LG G6, and sleeker than the iPhone 7 Plus. For the first time, Samsung designed the S8’s 5.8-inch screen with no physical home button, and barely a bezel. In essence, the screen takes up roughly 90% of the phone’s face.

Screen

The Galaxy S8 features a massive 5.8-inch screen that wraps its way around most of the phone. It’s a QHD resolution, but longer @ 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The screen is also HDR-enabled, so expect superbly bright and colorful experience when watching Netflix.

Samsung also added another key to the S8 which takes the user to the Bixby assistant, a contextual assistant that can work out what you need through voice, touch or the camera. Although Bixby is good, but not as good as Google Assistant which is thankfully also on the phone.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S8 camera hasn’t really been given much of an upgrade compared to the Galaxy S7, however, the 12MP sensor on the back offers clear images and great performance in low light making it one of the best around. Samsung also added multi-frame image, which takes three snaps and finds the best quality for you. The front-facing camera has been boosted to 8MP, with lots of effects.

Battery

The S8 features a 3,000mAh non removeable battery and fast wireless charging support. Although not much has been done on the S8 battery, the new chipset inside has been improved to offer 10% more CPU power and 21% better management on the GPU, so as to improve efficiency so everything should fly along faster and with more efficiency. But then, the screen offers more pixels which the battery is expected to power, that’s something to think about.
Samsung claims that the S8 battery is about long-term performance rather than a short-term benchmarking burst. It’s expected to hold a longer charge after 6 months, a year and two years compared to the S7. According to Oh Boo-keun, vice president of Samsung’s mobile R&D team.

Where most batteries hold about 80 percent of their charge after two years, this battery should be capable of 95 percent of its original capacity.

Samsung Galaxy S8 price

You can preorder the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on March 30. The phone will sell globally, starting April 21 in the US and April 28 for the rest of the world (including the UK) – for now it hasn’t given specific information on territories such as Australia and other major regions. The SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S8 price is $720 (£689, AU$1,349) – quite expensive yea? On contract in the US, it’ll cost you anywhere from $28 to $35 a month, that of course depends on the carrier. In the UK, the S8 has been priced at £689 and might go for around £40 per month on a two year deal.

If you pre-order the phone before April 19 you’ll get the Samsung Galaxy S8 delivered to your door as soon as the April 20 if you’re in the UK.

That’s a few of the Samsung Galaxy S8 features, more can be seen from its specification below.


Technical Specifications

Model Samsung Galaxy S8
Release date Announced 2017, March
Exp. Release date 2017, April 21st
Dimension 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in)
Weight 155 g (5.47 oz)
Connectivity GSM, HSPA, LTE, Nano-SIM, Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Screen size 5.8 inches (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Display tech Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Rear camera 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
Video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Front camera 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, dual video call, Auto HDR
Storage 64 GB, microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
RAM 4 GB RAM
OS Android OS, v7.0
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 – US model
Exynos 8895 Octa – EMEA
CPU 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
GPU Adreno 540 – US model
Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

Although the S8 is a great phone, some will be worried by the fact that the camera and battery haven’t been given an obvious boost, but then, Nexus 6P and PixelXL have the same camera hardware, but additional processing pushes the Pixel xl picture quality higher, this might be the same in the case of the S7 and s8. Let’s wait and see how Apple responds…


Samsung, founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938, is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. Samsung diversified into areas including food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. Samsung entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s and the construction and shipbuilding industries in the mid-1970s. It’s product, Samsung Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality device developed in collaboration with Oculus VR. A compatible Samsung Galaxy device such as the S7 acts as the headset’s display and processor, while the Gear VR unit itself contains the high field of view lenses as well as a custom IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) for rotational tracking which connects to the smartphone via micro-USB.

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Good Things

  • Outstanding Performance
  • Beautiful Design
  • Sleek UI
  • Brilliant Screen

Bad Things

  • Unremoveable battery
  • Camera and Battery same as S7


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