Samsung had a lot of pressure to put the Galaxy Note 7 explosion fiasco behind it with the release of Galaxy S8 and S8+. The latest flagships were released at the Unpacked event on March 29 in New York and with the Galaxy S8 breaking pre-order records in South Korea, Samsung is expecting to shatter profit expectations in the 2017’s second quarter.
Let’s see if it’s worth upgrading to Galaxy S8:
The display is bigger and better as the Galaxy S8 has a 5.8 inches display in contrast to Galaxy S7’s 5.1 inches screen and the resolution has also been improved. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been included instead of the CGG4 which was protecting Galaxy S7’s screen.
Galaxy S8 is the first smartphone to get the Mobile HDR certification meaning you can enjoy high-resolution movies and videos like never before.
The biggest achievement of the Galaxy S8 is fitting a larger screen in a smaller body than many 5.8 inch phones. The screen ratio from the S7 has increased from 72.1% to 83.6%, but the size has barely changed. The smaller than ever bezels have pushed Samsung to lose the physical home button which is smartly hidden inside the screen while the fingerprint sensor is located next to the camera.
However, if you do not like to reach for the fingerprint sensor every time, you can always use the Galaxy S8’s new biometric systems, Iris and facial recognition. Galaxy S8 has ditched the USB 2.0 and replaced it with a more futuristic connectivity option, the USB Type-C.
Samsung has always improved its cameras in the flagship releases year after year until now. The rear camera sees no difference from the Galaxy S7 and is the same 12MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture. Samsung says that the results will get be better with changes under the hood that will make the image processing faster and better.
The selfie or front camera has seen a major upgrade with the 5MP replaced by an 8MP one.
The Galaxy S8 comes with the Snapdragon 835 which is Qualcomm’s fastest processor ever! Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 is included in the other variant of the smartphone and the version you get depends on the region you live in.
Samsung states that with the inclusion of the Snapdragon 835 the Galaxy S8 will exhibit 10% greater CPU performance and 21% better GPU performance. The Galaxy S7, when released, saw an upgrade of 30% better CPU performance and 64% faster GPU performance but that does not mean the Galaxy S8, by any measure, falls short of the S7. It just implies that the chip in the Galaxy S7 was a bigger leap regarding technology from the processor housed in the Galaxy S6.
The Galaxy S8 features the same 4GB RAM as the last year’s flagship, which is more than enough for any smartphone. An area where the Galaxy S8 is clearly ahead is the inclusion of the Bluetooth 5.0 that doubles the speed and quadruples the range.
The obvious improvement in Samsung’s latest flagship is that it runs on the latest Android version Nougat. Other than that Samsung has glorified the inclusion of its own AI assistant Bixby which has been tipped to take over Siri and other assistants like Cortana and Alexa.
Samsung has gone so far as to include a dedicated Bixby button beneath the volume rocker. Samsung says it will improve Bixby’s functionality, so the users seldom have to touch the screen. However, for now, Bixby is an intelligent AI assistant with contextual awareness meaning it can record what activity you are performing currently and can understand incomplete commands according to that.
Battery life has been a major concern and point of discussion among the users since the Galaxy S8 release. Samsung has not upgraded the battery from 3000mAh that came packed inside the Galaxy S7. Analysts say Samsung should’ve included a bigger battery as it now needs to power a much bigger screen than its previous flagship.
The company has tested the new batteries by an 8 point quality check which was devised after Samsung recalled all of its Note 7 devices due to battery explosions.
You will have to pay almost PKR 10,000 more than the price of Galaxy Note 7 when it was released but for spending more you get twice the internal storage and a pair of AKG headphones making the deal even better since these headphones are priced at around PKR 9,9999 if you visit the market for buying separately. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are available for PKR 87,000 and PKR 97,000 respectively.
The Last Word
The Galaxy S8 is a great phone as no phone on the market gives such a sleek and beautiful design with this fewer bezels. On the other hand, the phone has not upgraded its rear camera and battery capacity which are two major parts of any smartphone.
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