Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus announced: Here’s everything you need to know


2017 is the year to write down the greatest happenings of the smartphone industry. Making this day the best in Samsung’s timeline, Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus at its exclusive unpacked event taking place in London and New York at the same time. Against all odds, Samsung managed to release 2 stunningly beautiful smartphones. The new rockstars by the Korean giant have some massive improvements over the smartphones of the past. The Galaxy S8 seems Samsung’s comeback particularly keeping in mind what happened to the Galaxy Note 7. It’s time for us to go down the specification street and learn a little about what these phones have to offer.

First off, this is the year when we are all set to say goodbye to the flat-screen flagship devices by Samsung. Both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have an edge display with different screen sizes. The curves on both the phones are the best ones Samsung has ever produced. The Galaxy S6 Edge had slightly prominent curves, Galaxy S7 Edge improved them and the Note 7 had them the best. Now the Galaxy S8 comes with the edges that are more like a primary build of the phone, the display doesn’t seem any uncomfortable like it did when Samsung started off with the phones back in the year 2015. Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus also say goodbye to Samsung’s hard capacitive keys at the bottom of the phone. Samsung has added the soft-keys inside the display of these phones. Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus sport a whole new design-language and also a new build.

If you remember what the rumors making rounds for the last 3 months had in them, there might not be so much that will excite you about both these smartphones. Most of the specifications of these phones are exactly as what we saw in the leaks and rumors.

Samsung Galaxy S8

The standard Galaxy S8 has a 5.8 inch Super AMOLED display on the front with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels, which is the WQHD display resolution. Galaxy S8 has an 8 MP shooter on the front. A 12 MP dual-autofocus shooter is fixed at the back of this phone. Samsung has acquired the Sony IMX333 sensor from Sony for its latest flagship.

Infinity display is real!

Galaxy S8 is equipped either by Snapdragon 835 CPU by Qualcomm or its very own Exynos 8895 CPU. The phone has a 4GB RAM for its standard variant, the Chinese variant may or may not have a 6 GB RAM. Adreno 530 GPU will power up the Snapdragon variant of the Galaxy S8.

It is worth noting that the Galaxy S8 doesn’t say goodbye to the 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone has it, which might cater in a lot of audience for Samsung as it is strictly not following Apple’s footsteps in this regard.

Galaxy S8 carries a 3000 mAh battery under the hood. The battery may seem a downgrade for users who have had a chance to run the Galaxy S7 Edge. We hope that Samsung has made enough software enhancements on the Galaxy S8 to last a little longer at this battery capacity. Galaxy S8 has a USB-Type C port at the bottom for charging and connection with the computers. The phone is IP68 certified, which makes it resistant to both the water and dust. 64 GB is the base storage of this smartphone with an external card slot supporting up to 256 GB of the card.

Google’s latest Android OS, the Android 7.0 Nougat is what will be adding life to the software aspects of the Galaxy S8. Samsung is using its own TouchWiz UI over the Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S8.

A variety of colors including Orchid Gray, Black, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver and Maple Gold will be made available for the Galaxy S8. The expected price tag is 799 Euros. Galaxy S8 will hit the shelves started April 29, 2017.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

This is the bigger variant of the Galaxy S8. Samsung has stepped in this new trend of the Plus variant as well alongside the other smartphone manufacturers. With every single smartphone coming out from the giants like Apple, Huawei, Google and many others, we see a Plus variant of their flagship device.

The Plus variants aren’t supposed to carry massive upgrades over the standard variant. Just like that, the Galaxy S8 doesn’t deviate too much from the spec-sheet of the S8. The very first notable change is in the display department. Galaxy S8 Plus equips a 6.2-inch WQHD display for the users who love it big on their smartphones.

Other specifications of the Galaxy S8 Plus are almost exactly the same as that off the S8. The phone carries a same Snapdragon 835 CPU with Adreno 530 GPU or the Exynos 8895 CPU. The phone has a 4 GB RAM under the hood. The phone has 64 GB internal storage which is expandable by means of an external SD card. Galaxy S8 Plus is also IP68 certified to protect itself from water and dust. The phone also touts a USB Type-C port. A battery of 3500 mAh is fixed inside this phone, which is definitely more than the Galaxy S8 to cope up with the display needs of the Galaxy S8 Plus. S8 Plus also sports 12 MP dual-autofocus shooter at the back and an 8 MP shooter on the front.

Samsung’s own Bixby assistant is a part of both the smartphones.

Galaxy S8 Plus also runs on Android 7.0 Nougat running Samsung’s in-house TouchWiz UI atop. The Galaxy S8 Plus will also hit the shelves with the Galaxy S8. Color options of this phone are also as same as that of the S8. Galaxy S8 Plus is expected to carry a price tag of 899 Euros.

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus Specifications in a nutshell

Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+
Display 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display
Processor Exynos 8895/ Snapdragon 835 Exynos 8895/ Snapdragon 835
Storage 64GB, 256 GB via SDcard 64GB, 256 GB via SDcard
OS Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat
Rear Camera 12MP 12MP
Front Camera 8MP 8MP
Battery  3,000mAh 3,500mAh
Connectivity 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, USB Type-C 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, USB Type-C
Other IP68 , Wireless Charging IP68, Wireless Charging
Price € 799 € 899
Color Black, Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray and Silver Black, Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray and Silver.

That’s all for now. We are keeping an eye on everything Galaxy S8. Stay tuned with us to have a look at the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Price and Release Date, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus official images and the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus camera samples.

Don’t forget to drop us a word on your perspective regarding these phones by Samsung. Do you think that Samsung will be able to undo the damage done by the Galaxy Note 7 with the help of the Galaxy S8 Duo? What are your expectations from these brand new flagships?

Usama is a software engineer by profession and at he uses his expertise to solve everyday consumer tech problems with his main areas of interest being Android, iOS and Windows.

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