Galaxy S Flagship: Design Review, Performance Review, Cameras Review, Battery Life Review
The Galaxy S8 Plus is the Android phone you want if you like big and tall smartphones. Though, for most people, the smaller 5.5-inch S8 will be best. It’s handier, and will comfortably fit in your pocket. So why is the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus? This model is a big phone that has an eye-catching design, slick software, high-performance, the best camera and the newest chipset. These make you forget all about the awkwardly placed fingerprint scanner and the half-baked Bixby assistant.
The revolutionary design of the Galaxy S8+ begins from the inside out. This model comes with a stunning 6.2inch screen, it's the biggest, most immersive screen on a Galaxy smartphone of this size. But on a phone that’s still small enough to be easy to hold.
The smooth curved screen on the edge is available on Galaxy S8+, this design manages to make it looks more sleek and graceful, also allow you to hold on easily and comfortable while you watch movies on the larger screen.
It measures 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm. Touching the top corners of the display requires two hands, or extreme juggling with one hand. It looks like a “Full Screen” phone, so while the view is grander, Galaxy S8+ feel small in your hand, making them easy to hold and use.
Everything about the Galaxy S8 Plus design seems to highlight the 6.2-inch screen, absolutely the “More Screen Means More Is Seen” is Samsung’s big selling point. But when comes to the placement of the fingerprint scanner, it’s an unfortunate design choice: the fingerprint scanner was placed right next to the camera lens on the back. It’s hard enough to reach on this fingerprint scanner of this big phone without dislocating your thumb.
S8+ feature an IP68 certification that makes them dust and water-resistant. The Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ is rated IP68 and the dust rating is 6 (highest level of protection). The '8' in 'IP68' means the devices are water resistant for 30 minutes under 1.5 m deep fresh water. This is the highest level of IP certification available for consumer devices. It is also higher than that of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which feature an IP67 rating.
If you already decide to buy a Sumsung Galaxy S8 Plus, the good thing is your next phone could have the fully reversible USB-C port for charging and data transfer, replacing the non-reversible micro USB port. You can now plug in your phone easily in the dark.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is the fastest and most powerful phone. Like the regular model, the Galaxy S8 Plus will come with two different processors for different markets. Whether your Galaxy S8+ comes with an Exynos 8895 (Europe, Asia and Canada) or the Snapdragon 835 (USA), you’re getting one fast phone, even if the phone only has 4GB of RAM, and 4GB Ram is just enough. More RAM means more apps running in background which means more battery consumption. So 4GB looks a good balance here atleast for S8 which has only 3000 mah battery.
As we know, in most international markets, the Galaxy S8 plus is built around the new Exynos 8895, featuring new custom CPU cores, new Mali GPU, and with the whole thing fabricated via a cutting-edge 10nm process intended to maximize performance and power efficiency.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is similarly a 10nm chip, and while it's an octa-core processor like the Exynos, Qualcomm uses its own Kyro 280 CPU cores. It also introduces a new GPU – here the Adreno 540 – and like Samsung's chip, the Snapdragon brings its own new image processor, media playback engine, and supports high-speed gigabit LTE.
Even if the Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835 are very much two chips in the same class, there's bound to be little differences here and there. Samsung’s Exynos chips are a little more powerful, but Qualcomm’s have the US-essential CDMA capabilities to work with Verizon and Sprint. Maybe one has an advantage in a particular use case, while another really shines under different operating conditions. But if you do not have a monumental number of applications running in the background, then you have absolutely nothing to worry when it comes to choosing either the Snapdragon 835 variant or the Exynos 8895.
Phone photography is important to almost every user, The Galaxy S7 range has an awesome camera, the main camera has a 12MP sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, it still has an f/1.7 aperture and it's one of the best around for those partaking in regular self-portraits or video calls.
Lighting and subject movement are two factors that greatly influence the outcome of a photograph. But in the real world, these conditions are not always ideal for taking pictures. The Galaxy S8, however, is embedded with sophisticated multi-frame image processing to ensure bright and clear photographs in nearly every environment.
Multi-frame image processing is a new image processor which enables the camera on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ takes three photos instead of one, selects the one that is clearest out of all three while using the remaining two to reduce the overall blur, and finally creates a better result.
The front camera is 8MP sensor with autofocus and facial recognition technology, you will find your selfies look sharper. You can wipe up or down anywhere on the camera viewfinder and it switches between the front and back cameras – no more hunting for the insufferably small camera flip button.
Overall the camera app is smooth and responsive, and as you would expect offers plenty of different modes and filters to play around with. There's a new food mode for showing off what you've ordered out or managed to make yourself.
Apart from the bigger screen, there's another reason to opt for the Galaxy S8 Plus over the smaller model.
It still has USB-C, fast charging and wireless charging but since the device is bigger there's more room for a battery. While the Galaxy S8 has a 3,000mAh battery, the S8 Plus is sixth larger at 3500mAh.
With a more power-frugal 10nm CPU, though, the S8 Plus can still deliver when it comes to battery life. The Galaxy S8 Plus manages to offer day-and-a-half of streaming video playback, and easily lasted a full day of heavy use - including wireless music streaming to a pair of Bluetooth headphones, snapping photos and far too much time spent scrolling through Facebook.
When you do eventually run out of juice, fast charging should have you up and running again in less than three hours. There’s wireless charging, too - something that few 2017 phones have. It's not the best, then, but will last as long as any other flagship phone out there right now.