Samsung Galaxy S8+ review
Bigger screen, bigger battery
Our Samsung Galaxy S8+ review uncovers the Infinity Display, which fundamentally changes the aspect ratio of display.
There are few differences between the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8+ has a larger display and a longer lasting battery, resulting in a body that is slightly heavier with larger dimensions.
The Infinity Display wraps around the sides of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ to give a bezel-less appearance, while at the top and the bottom there is only a small strip of the phone’s body visible. This effectively gives a stretched out appearance with the display having a new 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
The Super AMOLED Infinity Display measures 6.2” and has a Quad HD+ resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. This breaks down to an incredible 529 pixels per inch. The Quad HD+ resolution isn’t active as default, so you will need to venture into the settings to change the default, which Samsung has set at Full HD.
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The Infinity Display has a few key features that are really useful. The Edge Panel offers shortcuts to various functions, while a new split screen feature allows you to, for example, watch a movie while you are checking your social media feed.
Finally, the display is of the Always On Display variety, so you can see at a glance the time and notifications. You can also pin FaceWidgets onto the Always On Display so that you can see more detailed and focused information from various apps.
The design of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is top notch and this includes an aluminium shell and a slimline body that measures only 8.1mm thick. The physical home key has gone in favour of a virtual button that is only shown on the display when needed. The removal of the home key was an essential move in reducing the blank space at the bottom of the front face.
The Galaxy S8+ weighs in at 173g, which is heavy but not the heaviest phone around. It has IP68 certification indicating its water and dust resistance. You can buy the Samsung Galaxy S8+ in Orchid Grey, Coral Blue, Midnight Black, Maple Gold or Arctic Silver.
World’s first 10nm processor
The processor in the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is the world’s first 10nm processor, indicating its high speed and low power consumption. The 2.3GHz clock speed is paired up with an impressive 4GB RAM.
Phone Set Up
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ has Smart Switch software and this is designed to make it really easy to transfer over content from your old smartphone. Samsung has been really generous by giving the phone 64GB of internal storage and this can be boosted if needed by inserting a memory card with a value of up to 256GB.
Setting up security
The security options are numerous and can be used to lock a Secure Folder for your files, as well as locking the phone itself. Iris security is the most secure choice and this is backed up by fingerprint security, using the sensor on the back of the phone.
Fingerprint security is slightly less secure but it is quicker at authenticating the user, so the security method will come down to a matter of preference.
OS and the Bixby assistant
Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system powers the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and this gives owners the best of both world’s, as they can download Samsung apps and Android apps from the Play Store.
Samsung has pre-loaded its own Bixby assistant, which understands speech, text, photos and taps. You can do the usual tasks with Bixby, such as setting reminders, translating text or finding restaurants. But, you can also use the camera to shop online for things that you see or to get more information about a place or building.
Camera & Video
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ has a 12MP camera with a Dual Pixel Sensor, large 1.4µm pixels and a f/1.7 aperture. This makes the camera fast to focus, with clear results, even under low light.
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The camera gets good results by taking multiple photographs, almost simultaneously, and by then combining them to make one high quality image. There are shooting modes that will blur the foreground or background (bokeh), a Pro Mode and video recording at 4K quality.
The 8MP portrait camera keeps your face in focus with Smart Auto Focus, which tracks your face even if you move around while setting up your selfie pose.
The battery is easily large enough to get you through the day and offers up to 50 hours of music playback with the Always On Display on or 78 hours of music playback if the AOD is off. Alternatively, the battery can sustain up to 15 hours of internet use or up to 18 hours of video playback.
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Written by: Michael Brown