The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 plus were great mobile phones until they started bursting into flames somewhere around last year. While some workers were working day and night to solve this problem, others were developing a new model that would help people to move on from this tragedy. Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.
The S8 plus is built careful precision and flawlessness. These smartphones may be the first steps to the path of retribution/ people who have got their hands on the S8 plus will definitely agree with their organic looks, innovative design and the simple easiness with which the device goes about doing its job.
The pros include a smooth finish which is comfortable to hold and also boasts a strong performance. The new Samsung UI also feels more polished. However, the fingerprint sensor placement is a bit awkward and the cameras which are a key factor in this range, aren’t improved that much since the previous models.
The S8 and the S8 plus is largely similar, and the latter only outlines the former in terms of performance and a battery life. The comfortable narrow design not only renders the S8 plus comfortable to handle, it also has a better longevity package in terms of long term usage without getting your hand numb in the process. Although the location of the fingerprint is the all over pickle of the device, overall performance seems to make up for it.
Design and Hardware
It goes without saying, but the description and the stock photos of the phones on the internet don’t do them proper justice. They are just gorgeous to look at with their rounded edges and precisely proportional metal glass bodies. They also appear a lot slimmer than the previous S7 variants. Both the displays of the S8 and S8 plus are 5.8 and 6.2-inch respectively. The curved flagship designs of Samsung ios found much appealing to the people, and the company probably thinks it doesn’t need a block type design to maintain its appeal.
The screen remains almost the same when compared to the previous version, but the bezels seem to have disappeared, all thanks to the superb design. Like the Lg G6, the screens are longer and narrower providing a better grip.
The S8 brothers sport a USB type C charge a common recurrence in all the on temporary devices. The old classic port is being ditched by the companies on the pretext that they take up to much space, hence the new Type C. both the devices are IP68 water and dust resistant, which means the underwater selfies and swim shots are going to get only better from this point.
In terms of horsepower, both the devices pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, along with 4GB of RAM. The new RAM is an LPDDR4 variant and is said to set the benchmark, quite high. Coupled with Adreno 540, the new beast is just seeing with power. Both the devices come with 64Gb of onboard storage which can be expanded via an SD card up to 256GB. Both devices support LTE capabilities along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0, which offers faster data speeds a longer data ranges. Although at this time and age, no one uses the Bluetooth to send and receive data, the wearables will be ones who will be benefiting from this upgrade.
The only difference that sets these two devices apart are their batteries. The S8 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery while the S8 Plus packs a 3,500 mAh juice box. The reason why Samsung is pushing the battery issue is that the Note 7 was a failure in terms of battery backup and Samsung doesn’t want to repeat that mistake with her flagships.
Although the ports and all may be difficult to get used to, in the beginning, the design is superb and the average user will get used to them in no time.
The display is a quad AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2960 x 1440. The resolution can be manually adjusted as per the user's desires. By default, it is set to 2220 x 1080 display and can be dialed down, all the way to 1480 x 720. Lower the resolution lesser is the lower consumption, and in power saving modes, the icons may look a bit edgy, but not ugly.
Both te Galaxy siblings will be running on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. In the beginning, it will be hard to tell, as Samsungs own custom UI has stroked over Google’s design scheme. The TouchWiz has also been refined and remodeled after since the S7s.
The interface now has no app launcher and one has to slide up and down to take a look at all the apps they have installed, and Samsung was kind enough to include a search bar on top of the launcher for better navigation.
The camera appears to be not so impressive as the 12 MP rear shooter fails to impress the majority. Photos are decent with good exposure and great color representation. The dual pixel cameras focus at a lightning fast speeds
and the optical image stabilization produces top notch images. However, that will appear that something is missing in all these, as there appear some hazy edges when shooting in low light and sometimes in daylight scenarios.
The S8s 3,000 mAh battery sports a 13 hrs and 27 mins battery life which is slightly better than the S7. The test was done while an HD video was being played at 50% brightness, while the phone was connected to the Wi-Fi. The S8 Plus, however, sported a whopping 15 hrs and 8 mins of a lifetime, which is better than most of the competition, such as, Pixel XL, Note 7 and Moto Z and Force.
We aren’t still all the way through 2017 and some of the best smartphones may be still in the factories, awaiting their debut. But as for the present day scenario, Samsung seems to dominate the market with their S8 and S8 Plus flagships. It may lack in term of the camera quality nut in every other field, Samsung seems to leave everyone behind in the dust.