Let’s check out Samsung’s latest flagship.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally here after months of leaks and rumors. Samsung’s current flagship is undoubtedly the best smartphones they have made. From its design and features, it goes to show that the Korean company isn’t backing down despite a disastrous 2016.
I said it before and I’ll say it again, the Galaxy S8 is one gorgeous device. Thin bezels and larger screen is the main selling point of the S8, without making the device larger overall. It’s thin enough to still be carried around comfortably with one hand, considerably thinner than the iPhone 7 Plus. The curved edges make a comeback but it is less pronounced compared to the Galaxy S7 Edge – that means there’s less instances of you triggering unwanted touches from your palm when using the device.
At 5.8-inches, (6.2-inches for the bigger Galaxy S8+), the taller screen with 18 5:9 aspect ratio gives you more real estate to read websites and emails. The 2,960 x 1,400 Super AMOLED display also pushes mobile displays to the limits. Samsung calls this the Infinity Display since it was made to look like it runs outside the smartphone without any borders. This is unarguably one of the best displays I’ve seen on a smartphone – bright whites and deep blacks and brilliant colors all around. It also helps that this is one of the mobile smartphones that support High Dynamic Range (HDR), though content isn’t available for us to test it.
Most of the front of the S8 is occupied by the screen, with hardware buttons on both side. A dedicated button for Bixby is located on the right – which is Samsung’s new smart assistant (more on that later). The speaker grill lies at the bottom, and while sound isn’t as great as we expected it’s loud enough for us to enjoy listening even in crowded places. Samsung retained the 3.5 mm audio jack, much to the delight of audiophiles everywhere and has now implemented USB Type-C as its main point of connection for charging and data transfers.
All the usual bells and whistles are present: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC (used by Samsung Pay which is launching in the UAE later this week). This particular S8 variant we got runs on the company’s own Exynos 8895 octa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM. The S8 now also sells in one 64 GB storage variant, which of course can be upgraded using the microSD slot that can support up to 256 GB cards. And yes, it is still dust and water resistant.
- Excellent display
- Great performance
- Camera is top notch
- Slim and lightweight
- Glossy design is fragile and a fingerprint magnet
- Rear mounted fingerprint sensor placement is awkward
- Bixby is a bore
The Samsung Galaxy S8 triumphs over its current rivals in every way – yes, that even includes the iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus. It is not just one of the best Android smartphones, but one of the best overall no matter the platform.