Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Galaxy S8 Plus Complete Comparision
Samsung has officially launched their flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus 2 days ago. After months of truly unparalleled leaks Samsung’s 2017 flagship smartphones are here but a lot has changed. Mostly for the better improvement however there is also some stagnation and a few areas of possible regression.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Pre Order will be available in Malaysia start from 11 April 2017. Let’s take a look on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus and which model should you buy.
Design & Display
Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus get a huge and new 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays respectively, but the best thing about this is impact these massive panels have had on their body size:
Galaxy S8 : 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, 155g Versus Galaxy S7: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 152g
Galaxy S8+: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g Versus Galaxy S7 Edge: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157g
The significant changes is the Galaxy S8 has added 0.7-inches of screen space while remaining almost the same size as the Galaxy S7. However for the Galaxy S8 Plus, which is both bigger and heavier than the Galaxy S7 Edge, but it is still by far the most compact 6.2-inch smartphone ever made in the market.
Samsung has achieved this almost border-less screen by dramatically trimming down the top and the bottom bezels. Both new Galaxy phone have curved Edge panels which Samsung has rebrand it as Infinity Display and for once the hype is not overblown.
There is a two Always On OLED panels have dramatic 18.5:9 aspect ratios with 2960 x 1440 pixels resolutions and gently sloping curves more akin to the Galaxy Note 7 than their predecessors. Predictably they are a visual treat and the brightest and sharpest displays I have ever seen in a smartphone and also the first phones to be granted with Mobile HDR Premium certification.
Flip the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus around and things are more familiar. Samsung has retained the love em/hate em glass backs, though the loss of the home button from the front means there’s a virtual home button while the fingerprint reader has moved to the back of the screen. Illogically it has been pushed alongside the camera which you will smudge over and over again when you unlock it and it’s hard to reach if you have small hands, particularly on the Galaxy S8 Plus.
To counter this Samsung has fitted an iris scanner to both new models, as seen on the Galaxy Note 7. It is fast and accurate but you do have to deliberately look into your phone’s camera for alignment which is not easy on the move. A combination of both iris and fingerprint recognition should get the job done, but its still not perfect.
More practically, Samsung has retained microSD expandable storage (supporting cards up to 256GB) and IP68 water and dust resistance which allows for full submersion in up to 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes. This is unchanged from the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
Launch color options will be Midnight black, Orchid Grey, Coral Blue, Maple Gold and Arctic Silver.
2016 was the year software won the camera race. Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL took a technologically inferior camera module and swept away the competition with unparalleled image processing. Now Samsung is playing the same trick by retaining the same main rear module as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge but talking up new image processing software.
As such you will find a 12 megapixel, f/1.7 aperture shooter on the back with the same mix of Sony and Samsung variants shipping globally and a new focus on processing burst photography. This means Samsung is able to take multiple shots of a subject as standard then stitches them together, the exact same trick Google did so well with their Pixel phone.
Where hardware changes have been made is the front camera with both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus featuring upgraded to a 8 megapixel sensors compared to the underwhelming 5MP modules in Galaxy S7.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have moved to the latest cutting edge CPU chipsets.
Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus (US): Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core (4x 2.35GHz & 4x 1.9GHz CPUs); Adreno 540 GPU; 4GB RAM
Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus (Europe and Asia): Exynos 8895 (4x 2.3 GHz & 4x 1.7 GHz CPUs); ARM Mali-G71 MP20 GPU; 4GB RAM
Historically Samsung has claimed that Qualcomm and Exynos chipsets have negligible differences, but real world testing has consistently found the Exynos chips to be slightly faster and easier on battery life. We won’t know if there is the case again until review samples are issued.
When it comes to the benchmarks, Samsung claims fairly modest gains compared to last year for a 10% faster CPU and 21% faster GPU (vs 30% and 64% jumps between the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6), making performance evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
Samsung has loaded both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus with more software than ever before. There are Samsung Pass a secure login tool for financial services, Samsung Connect an IoT hub similar to Google Home and Apple Home, plus Bixby the previously announced hybrid of Google Now and Google Goggles.
There are also still two app stores, two calculators, two web browsers, two mobile payment services, two clocks… you get the idea. For me it’s overkill and I’m not impressed that both phones will be launched based on Android 7.0, when Android 7.1 which is nearly six months old.
Smartphones As PCs
The most talked about aspect of Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus software is actually not designed for smartphones at all. If you pay up £150 (To be confirmed), you can buy the DeX dock which turns these new flagship phones into ChromeOS-style desktop computers
Which brings me to perhaps the biggest area of concern in Samsung’s new flagship phones. Having been traumatized by the explosive native of its Galaxy Note 7, this year Samsung has played it more safe and fitted the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus with familiar battery capacities. The concern here is that while the new chipsets are more efficient, the displays are now dramatically larger.
Galaxy S8 – 3000 mAh (same as Galaxy S7)
Galaxy S8 Plus – 3500 mAh (same as Galaxy S7 Edge)
Price And Storage
Samsung has increase all the price of the Galaxy range in recent years and this is happening again in 2017, which takes both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus over take iPhone pricing:
Galaxy S8 – 64GB – $750 / €799 / £689
Galaxy S8 Plus – 64GB – $850 / €899 / £779
Samsung Galaxy S8 Hands on Review
Reviewed by Techradar