Samsung Galaxy S8 – First Impressions
Samsung just released their newest flagship devices – the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. With “infinity Displays”, an on-screen home pressure sensitive button with a built-in fingerprint sensor and the new virtual assistant Bixby, the Galaxy S8 makes a very good first impression.
The S8 comes with a 5.8-inch screen, and the S8+ comes with a 6.2-inch screen. Samsung calls it the infinity displays. They have completely removed the size bezels – the displays are curved and forms the side edges of the phone. The top and bottom bezels have been significantly trimmed down, and the screen now monopolizes 80% of the front of the phone.
Beneath the 4K HDR display is the pressure sensitive home button with a fingerprint sensor beneath it. The display is rounded at the corners. So, some apps may cause issues if they are not optimized for it.
Samsung did not cram in a lot of pixels on the sensor. However, both the front and back cameras have auto focus. The front houses an 8MP f1.7 camera module with 80 degrees FOV. The rear has a 12MP dual pixel AF sensor with also f1.7 aperture.
Both cameras come with a lot of other software frills – like selective focus and HDR. It is capable of 4K video recording at 30 fps or 1080p at 60 fps.
Network and performance
The two devices are powered using Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad) processor or Octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) processor, both are 64 bit and 10nm processors. It has 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB on board storage. There is an option for microSD card as well. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the first phone with Gigabit LTE and Bluetooth 5.0. There are single SIM and dual SIM variants that take in Nano SIM.
The device runs on Android 7.0, with Samsung’s customizations. Samsung DeX Dock allows to dock the phone and use it as a desktop, similar to Microsoft’s Continuum. The phone also comes with Bixby, Samsung’s own AI assistant and there is a dedicated hardware key to launch Bixby.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ comes with the most decent hardware on a phone. A lot has been crammed into a small chassis. There is not even a camera bump on the device. The appearance is so minimal that it may just be boring to some. Battery issues are still unknown. Still, it is a stronger package than most other flagship Androids in the market.