After many months of speculation, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are finally here, and both have lived up to the expectations of pundits. Essentially, these high-end smartphones are major design triumphs.’ To find out just what each has to offer please read on.
In terms of design, there are really very little dissimilarities between these new Samsung flagships. Both have curved edge displays, which this South Korean tech giant has aptly labeled infinity’ display, due to their large dimensions. But the only major difference between them is basically their sizes. The S8’s dimensions stand at 140.1mm X 72.2mm X 7.3mm. While the S8+’s are 152.4m X 78.5mm X 7.9mm. The screen on the first measures 5.8”, while the second 6.2”. Both of these smartphones feature 1440 x 2960p super AMOLED panels. You will get to pick from 3 different chassis color options, which are dark black-gray with a bluish tinge or bright silver. Their chassis are sleek and both integrate panels made of glass.
When it comes to performance, these Samsung phones come with virtually the same hardware specifications. Still, they each feature different processors in accordance to the exact markets they will be released. US buyers will get Qualcomm’s very latest chipset the Snapdragon 835 for both models, which incorporates plenty of new techs. This includes Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility, exceptional graphics, and powerful octa-core CPUs. Buyers from the UK, the rest of Europe and Asia, will get Samsung’s very own Exynos 8895 chipset that is also a relatively new innovation. The processors will be backed by 4GB worth of RAM and 64GB worth of internal storage. The latter of which can be expanded to up to 256GB thanks to a microSD slot. The only discernable difference between these smartphones is battery power. The S8 will come with a 3,000Ah battery while the S8+ will have one with a 3,500mAh cell. So, besides the slight difference in battery, there is frankly little differences performance-wise between both models.
Both of these Samsung phones will have a 12MP main camera situated at their back areas. This camera will feature a f/1.7 aperture as well as optical image stabilization functionality. They will also have a secondary 8MP front camera with a f/1.7 aperture and autofocus feature. Additionally, both will come with USB type C ports, wireless charging, and complete IP69 waterproofing. These smartphones will run on the Android 7.0 Nougat platform, which is the very latest OS from Google. Finally, the whole package will include a free next-gen Gear VR headset that features Samsung’s latest wireless controller along with an Oculus gaming pack.
Release date and price
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ were released into the UK market on the 29th of March. The first retailed at 689 pounds and the last, 779 pounds. They are scheduled to be released into the US market on the 21st of April, and the former will go for $750 and the latter $850.
Both of these Samsung flagship mobile phones are at the top of the class and are definitely the fastest of their kind currently available in the market. They come with much more or less similar features and specifications. However, should you be interested in a bigger screen, the S8+ will be right down your alley.