Probably the best android phone in the market right now, the Samsung Galaxy S8+
packs a lot of key features with the best quality.
It’s gorgeous design, massive 6.2in QHD+ “infinity” screen, long lasting battery life, smooth performance and possibly the best quality camera in the market all make for a formidable package.
In this Samsung Galaxy S8+
review we are going to look at every aspect of the mega smartphone, from its design to its camera quality, its battery life and storage.
With the Samsung Galaxy S9 being expected next year, we should expect a drop in the value of the S8+, but till then the S8+ remains at the top of best phones in the android market at the moment.
Although the Samsung Galaxy S8+ might not deserve its own review page since it literally has the same software, camera, storage space, and screen aspect ratio and resolution with the Samsung Galaxy S8
, we are going to give a full review due to its massive 6.2in screen size and its tweaks.
Its massive screen size might be an advantage for gamers and movie lovers, but it tends to prove difficult when it comes to fitting it in your pocket.
Below is a summary of its pros and cons.
Great battery life
Fast, smooth performance
Gorgeous design with a massive screen
Great camera with best clarity and quality
Poorly developed rear fingerprint scanner
Bixby isn’t fully developed
Internet speaker has poor quality
Iris scanner still needs work
Can’t fit in jean’s pocket due to massive screen size
Display Size: 6.2 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat), which is upgradable to Android Oreo (8.0)
Storage: MicroSD expandable up to 512GB
Main Camera: 12MP LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Selfie Camera: 8MP, Dual video call, Auto-HDR
COMMS: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, wireless charging
Sensors: Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), heart rate, compass, barometer
Battery: Non-removable Li-lon 3500 mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: Display and Design
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ comes with a gorgeous display and one of the most beautiful designs.
Its 73.4mm wide and 159.5mm tall, its 18.5:9 ratio allowed Samsung to add more screen without physically expanding the width of the phone to a large extent, it also has a resolution of 2860 x 1440 pixels. That means an attractive display with HD resolution. Users can switch between FHD+, QHD+ and a 720p equivalent. This will save battery life but it will cost you the display quality.
Despite its narrow bezel, the 6.2inch screen size makes it quite tough to handle, it is taller than the Google Pixel XL and pretty hefty at 173g.
The Galaxy S8+ lacks a home button but includes a pressure sensitive area near the bottom of the display, which can be used for unlocking the phone when it’s asleep. Samsung also introduced soft keys in place of the home button.
It features a Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back, but that doesn’t mean it’s super strong. Due to its lack of bezels it will definitely crack if you drop it.
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is available in a wide range of colours - Midnight Black, Rose Pink, Orchid Gray, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver and Maple Gold
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: Battery
With a massive 3500 mAh non-removable lithium–ion battery (slightly larger than the S8), you would expect a longer battery life when playing games or running multiple apps.
Well the S8+ doesn’t fail to deliver. Depending on your usage the Samsung Galaxy S8+ can last for about 13 – 20 hours. Also, depending on your settings i.e using battery saving modes, the S8+ could last for 2 days without charging even with fairly heavy usage.
The S8+ is fast charging and also supports the wireless charging option.
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ offers a super fast performance. Its Octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage offers a non-lagging, fast and smooth user experience which is good news for gamers and heavy phone users.
You should also expect the same performance from the Galaxy S8
. Like we said before, both phones are almost similar in every aspect.
The Galaxy S8+ runs Android 7 Nougat, which might sound outdated, but there is good news as it is upgradable to Android 8 Oreo.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: Camera
When it comes to the S8+ camera, Samsung did not fail to wow us with it’s strive for quality and exquisite taste.
The Galaxy S8+ has the same 12MP rear and 8MP front (selfie) camera as the S8.
The main (rear) camera features optical image stabilization, LED flash and phase detection autofocus. The front camera now uses autofocus, which means your selfies are going to get better and sharper.
Compared to the S7, the S8+ shows significant improvement in capturing photos efficiently in good light with clear, sharp images.
It works efficiently in poor lighting conditions which is why we rated it very high in this review.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: Sensors
You would expect Samsung to make improvements on its sensors with the S8+, but the Galaxy S8+ still faces the same problems like many other recent smartphones.
The fingerprint scanner has been repositioned to the back of the phone, but, this makes it much unreliable and you would have to adjust the way you hold the smartphone to use the fingerprint reader perfectly.
The Iris scanner on the front is less tedious and a better alternative to unlocking the device.
I wouldn’t advise you put on glasses or contact lenses while using the iris scanner.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: Software
Samsung introduced its own virtual assistant, Bixby – in replacement to Alexa and Siri.
Bixby has a variety of functions – such as, Bixby Vision – a camera plugin that provides useful information based on where you’re pointing the lens at.
Conclusions from our test showed that Bixby Vision still requires some work, as it comes up with mostly inaccurate information.
Samsung Dex – Samsungs answer to Microsoft Continuum is quite more impressive.
It’s portable, capable and offers a smooth performance. It is certainly a big improvement on Microsoft’s Continuum.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: Conclusion
To end it all, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is literally the same phone with the S8, but with a bigger screen, a better design and a bigger battery, you should expect a bigger price.
The Galaxy S8+ costs a hefty E779 with 64GB of storage compared to the S8’s
The Samsung Galaxy S8+
seems like a great phone on paper, with its high quality and killer specs, but when it comes to portability the S8+ takes a negative.
Its large size makes it very awkward to hold and carry. For most guys, it would barely fit in your jean’s pocket.
Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a great phone if you love massive phones.