So, here we have it, after the numerous leaks Samsung today has announced the Galaxy saga’s new flagships, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. We thought we would give your our initial thoughts about what we think Samsung has done right and not so well this year, let’s get into it shall we?
The normal Galaxy S8 boasts a 5.8″ Super Amoled display while it’s bigger sibling has a 6.2″ one both equally holding 2,960x1440px resolution with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and with HDR capabilities. The chipset will be either the Snapdragon 835 (In EU) while the US versions will get the new Exynos 8895. The front facing camera will have an 8MP shooter with AutoFocus (F1.7) and face detection while the rear camera will stay very similar with its own Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7). Both versions will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage available including users to expand their storage via a MicroSD card slot. Last but not least, both devices will have the IP68 rating meaning that the new Galaxies can withstand dust and water up to 30 minutes sunk up to 1.5 metres.
Design wise, both Galaxies look identical to their predecessors in terms of the curvy front and back panels, full glass bodies and their metallic frame. Overall, both phones look like they are mixed with the failed Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy S7. The Galaxies of course have a lot of improvements over their predecessors with the new and improved refined edges, sleek curves that gives you a more stable feeling when you’re holding the device.
The new Galaxies surprisingly have another additional button on the left side under the volume buttons. It’s a dedicated single-button for Samsung’s so called Bixby (Works similarly to Google Assistant but with more features). that will let you say things, record apps, take screenshots, make reminders and memories and many more. It’s basically Google Assistant on steroids, according to how Samsung has showcased it.
The normal Galaxy S8 hosts a 5.8″ S.AMOLED display while its larger sibling has a 6.2″ screen. Both displays have the same resolution at Quad HD+ 2960×1440 that equals to 570ppi for the normal Galaxy and 529ppi for the larger. Just like the Lg G6, Samsung has also implemented the 18:9 aspect ratio that lets people view 2 applications at the same time while displaying a large portion of the app itself on the upper and lower parts of the screen equally. This will also make the handling of the phones easier as they are not going to be as wide as before, rather they are going to get a little bit taller that we think is better than having a wide phone that is unreachable with our hands.
As mentioned, the US models will get Samsung’s own Exynos chipsets while Europe and other parts of the world will have the new Snapdragon 835 chipsets. Both of the chipsets are going to be powerful as we’ve seen leaked benchmark results and it is not questionable to assume that the new Galaxies are going to be beasts.
The battery department however could have bring some higher battery capacities in our opinion. The normal Galaxy holds a 3000 mAh battery while its sibling has a 3500 mAh. Just as a quick comparison, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have 3000 mAh and 3600 mAh. Assuming that the new Galaxyies have an even larger display to power, we think that the batteries could have been a little larger and not the very same, smaller compared to their predecessors. Anyways, we’ll see how well the new chipset and system, software tweaks work out in a later review.
Both galaxies hold a top-notch spec sheet with powerful processors, a beautiful display, amazing camera and things that we’ve so far seen and expected from a 2017 flagship device to have. The Galaxies are no exception and we are looking forward holding this device in our hands and put it through our judgemental hands.
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