It’s just about time that we post up our thoughts on Samsung’s latest flagship mobile device, the Samsung Galaxy S8. The Samsung Galaxy S7 successes seemed overshadowed by the explosive battery debacle that occurred with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. As such, Samsung stood to produce a device that not only sets the bar for 2017 devices, but hopefully reminds everyone of their extensive success in the mobile market. After extensive battery testing, this new Samsung design promises to bring safety, security and performance.
So let’s dive in.
Base Specs, Build and Handling
|Dimension||148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, 155g|
|Processor||Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process|
|Memory||4GB RAM (LPDDR4)|
|Display||5.8” (146.5mm)1 Quad HD+ (2960×1440), (570ppi)|
|Camera||Rear: Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7)
Front: 8MP AF (F1.7)
|Network||LTE Cat. 16|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor|
On the front of the Samsung Galaxy S8, you have the front-facing camera, earpiece speaker, iris scanner, proximity sensor and the Infinity Display screen itself. The power button is on the right side of the phone while the volume and Bixby buttons are on the left. Along the bottom you have another speaker, a USB-C port, a mic, and a 3.5mm jack while on the top you have yet another mic. Lastly on the back, you have your main rear camera, a heart rate sensor, a flash LED, and a fingerprint sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a beautiful phone featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and a curved screen as seen in their previous Edge models. The curved screen using the new Infinity Display stretches from side to side, exposing only a negligible bit of bezel. Having a body of mostly glass, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is actually easy to grasp and handle as opposed to devices with plastic or brushed aluminum bodies. The device is especially thin, coming in at 8mm in thickness, where even the rear camera’s protrusions are nicely subdued.
The screen is brilliant, displaying vibrant and warm colors even when viewing the screen in very bright environments. When indoors and under heavy fluorescent lighting, the display is yet even more visible, displaying vivid and sharp imagery even with low brightness settings. Watching anything on this screen is a dream, whether it be browsed websites, streamed video, or even when reviewing photos and videos you took with the S8’s camera directly.
The monaural speaker is loud enough to be heard clearly within a small group indoors or an even smaller group outdoors. It’s not the loudest speaker I’ve experienced on a phone, but it gets the job done and does so clearly.
When using with one hand, the power, Bixby, and volume buttons are easy to access for either hand. The fingerprint sensor on the back feels more comfortable to reach for when holding the phone with the right hand versus the left. The 3.5mm headphone jack preference differs from user to user, where I prefer that the jack be on the top of a phone. It makes it easier to plop a phone right-side-up into one’s pocket while a headset is physically connected. On the other hand, having the jack on the bottom like the Samsung Galaxy S8 does allows the cabling to be out of the way when holding the phone in your hand in a portrait display fashion. So take that as you will.
We also have to mention the Samsung Galaxy S8’s IP68 dust and water resistance rating, which protects the phone when it’s submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. With a device that looks and feels this good, you’d hate to lose it to somewhat common water dunking accidents.
In the end, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is as easy to handle as it is a joy to look at. The S8 has a sleek, attractive and subtle appearance. The curved Infinity Display goes beyond being just a novelty. It gives you an excellent display with farther reaching boundaries, giving you more screen real estate than many of the other phones with generally the same-sized body. The speaker is clear, crisp and loud enough to be enjoyed between a handful of people in closed quarters.
Physically speaking, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is simply a winner.