Samsung’s New King: Galaxy S8

A couple of years ago in 2014 Samsung came up with something unexpected- The Edge, A curved display that hangs out from the side. Since then it has evolved into Samsung’s entire flagship lineup. Which Brings us to Samsung’s latest Flagship: Samsung Galaxy S8.

Design

In the looks department, this phone tops the bar and then exceeds a little. Under this seamless hood is a package full of sheer power. The curved rear, as seen on the Galaxy S7, nestles perfectly in your palm, while the glass shimmers as the light hits it. The device is available in three colors – a dark black, bright silver and a gray with a blueish tinge – with no ugly white front plate in sight.

The S8 is thin and incredibly light at 155g, but it feels sturdy and precisely made. The last time Samsung opted for a huge change of direction with its flagship, many of the basic features were lost in the transition. Thankfully, this isn’t the case here.

The Curve- It’s a much subtler curve than on the Galaxy S7 Edge; far more like the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 in fact, which makes it a lot easier to use

Having such a big display and tiny bezel means there’s no room for the fingerprint-sensing Home button to sit on the front. Instead, it’s on the back, next to the camera.

The Screen– Not only has Samsung crafted the best-looking phone out there, but it’s slapped on the finest display too. It has a new aspect ratio of 18.5:9, rather than 16:9. This means it’s taller, essentially giving you more space in a body that isn’t that much bigger than that of the S7. While the Galaxy S7 had a 5.1-inch display, the S8 bumps that to 5.8. the panel is AMOLED and has a slightly odd quad-HD+ 2960 x 1440 resolution. Colours are gloriously vivid, but it manages to avoid oversaturating brighter shades while still displaying the deepest black. Like the iPhone 7, it covers the DCI-P3 cinema-grade colour gamut for a much wider spectrum of colours. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best phone out there for media binging.

KEY FEATURES
  • 5.8-inch quad-HD Infinity Display (AMOLED)
  • Samsung Exynos 8895 (Europe and Asia) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (USA)
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (microSD up to 256GB)
  • 3000mAh battery with wireless and fast charging
  • Rear camera: 12 megapixels, f/1.7 aperture and Dual Pixel sensor
  • Front camera: 8 megapixels, f/1.7 and autofocus
  • Iris and fingerprint scanner
  • Samsung Bixby personal assistant
  • Android 7 Nougat with Google Assistant

Power and battery life

The Galaxy S8 runs on Samsung’s own Exynos 9 chip, sporting the “industry’s first 10nm application processor”. The company claims this offers 27% higher performance compared to its previous 14nm chip while consuming 40% less power.

The chip comes paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB with a microSD card.

There’s a 3,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8, and a bigger 3,500mAh battery inside the S8+. While these offer no improvement over the S7 and S7 Edge, they will comfortably survive a day of heavy usage.

Verdict

All in all, the Galaxy S8 is hard to fault. It looks great, it’s a powerhouse of a device, and it offers every type of biometric authentication going – from fingerprints to iris scanning and facial recognition.

There are some nice software enhancements, but not so many that they overpower the core Android experience, and Bixby offers an opportunity for the device to evolve over time. Some may prefer the “pure” Android experience offered by the Google Pixel, but this is really a matter of personal taste.

The placement of the fingerprint sensor is unfortunate, and some may find the phone’s propensity for picking up greasy fingerprints a turn off. Bixby also has a long way to go before it becomes truly useful.

But overall, there are more than enough features to compensate, and the sleek design, impressive camera and top-class features like water resistance and iris scanning make it the best Android smartphone of 2017 so far.

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