Samsung Galaxy S8Confident face
76.5%
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Good display outdoor visibility, record high maximum brightness

"The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a very bright screen. I've read that on sammobile website they measured the maximum brightness of the S8 of around 44.70.."

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Camera

78.3% user satisfaction score (24 votes)
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One of the advantage that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has compared to its predecessor is that it brings an Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) in 4K video recording. In the Galaxy S7 edge there was an EIS option, but it wasn't available in UHD/4K, only in resolution below it. Regardless of the rear...

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Today I went into a little digging to analyze some Samsung Galaxy S8 sample images and see how well it copes in low-light situations. of course I expect it to perform well, but nevertheless, a felt that I won't count on the S7 performance and see for myself how good the image quality is in low-light...

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I was really impressed with the image quality of the sample of the Samsung Galaxy S8 that I've seen on YouTube. When I analyze the image quality, I am usually checking the dynamic range, the color reproduction, the video stabilization, sharpness, image artifacts, low-light performance, how severe is...

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Both the rear and front cameras of the Samsung Galaxy S8 feature a F1.7 aperture lens. We usually get to see only one of the cameras having a fast aperture, usually the main one. This time around, Samsung wanted to make sure that both cameras can perform well in low-light. The rear camera has an...

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Today I've spent quite a lot of time viewing high-res Galaxy S8 camera samples. There are plenty of them on the web right now and many phone reviewers are doing a comparison to see how the Galaxy S8 primary camera matches the S7/S7 edge, LG G6 and iPhone 7. In this post I want to share with you my...

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Supports RAW image files for the rear camera

The Samsung Galaxy S8 camera supports RAW image files. Which means that you can shoot and save images in an unprocessed manner and edit them later using Raw conversion software and photo editing software of your choice. This gives you more control over the end results.

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The rear camera of the Samsung Galaxy S8 phone features a 1/2.55" sensor with 1.4-micron pixels. If you are a tech savvy, you probably already know that larger pixels contribute to better image quality and better low-light performance. The S8 camera sensor is relatively large, it's off 1/2.55-type....

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a Pro Mode for its rear-facing camera. This mode gives users a full control over the camera settings when composing your shot. You can control six different camera settings and set them as you desire. This includes the ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, exposure, color...

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 rear-facing camera features one of these two sensors, either the S5K2L2 ISCOCELL from System SLI, a Samsung's subsidiary, or the Sony IMX333 sensor. According to a post posted by 萌萌的电教 on Twitter, Samsung approves the detail. Here is the Tweet with the camera specifications...

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with 8MP F1.7 front-facing camera. The Galaxy S7 has a 5MP F1.7 camera in comparison. I've checked out the S8 front camera sample images taken by gsmarena and I was very impressed with what I've seen. The image quality is just superb. It looked like it was taken with a...

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 12MP 1/2.5" Sony IMX260 Exmor RS sensor. This sensor has a 1.4-micron pixels, a f/1.7 lens and comes with dual-pixel PDAF system and an optical image stabilization system. So the same great sensor found in the S7 and S7 edge. For me the not so good news is that I...

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 rear camera has really good optics, but I wasn't pleased with the the image quality in the corners of the frame. I've gone over many sample images and observed the image quality (mainly the sharpness) in the edges of the frame. Usually when you look at the center or when...

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is capable of recording slow motion videos in 720p at 240fps frame rate. This is really not great news. I think that many people, including myself, hoped for a much faster frame rate considering the powerful processor utilized in this phone. Just for comparison, Sony's latest...

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I was quite disappointed when I first saw that the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a single rear-facing camera. I thought that Samsung will follow the dual-lens camera trend and will introduce the S8 with a dual-lens camera. I personally would have preferred a second ultra-wide angle lens so I can...

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No HDR and video effects in QHD resolution

I think it's because of the intense processing needed to apply it, so both video effects and HDR (rich tone) aren't available while recording in QHD resolution. It would have been great to have HDR in 4K.

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I've just seen a camera sample video taken by Max Lee with the Samsung Galaxy S8 rear-facing camera. I am aware that this is a pre-production model, but I've noticed rolling shutter (jello effect). This was very noticeable in that particular sample video and it was quite shaky. From my...

Performance & Hardware

100% user satisfaction score (7 votes)
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 features the Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 processor in the US and the Exynos 8895 Octa for EMEA. These are high-end processor that suppose to feature in many high-end Android phones in 2017. The S8 SoC still showing inferior single-processor performance compared to some of...

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UPDATE May 20, 2017: According to an article posted on uploadvr.com, Google has confirmed at Google I/O 2017 that both Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus get a software update this summer that will add native support for Daydream.Before the update:The Galaxy S8 is not daydream compatible by default. A...

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Doubles as a remote control using IR LED

The Samsung Galaxy S8 features an IR LED, which allows you to use your Galaxy S8 as a remote controller to control home appliances instead of using several remote controllers, one for each device.

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Iris scanner

The Galaxy S8 comes with a unique Iris scanner, which is your unique digital signature. You can use it to unlock your phone or use it with integration of Samsung Password service to login to apps and websites instead of manually typing in your passwords.

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Lots of RAM (4GB)

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with plenty of RAM. I kind of wished it came with 6GB, but I have no worries that it will be a beast when it comes to performance regardless.

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Display

90% user satisfaction score (10 votes)
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a very bright screen. I've read that on sammobile website they measured the maximum brightness of the S8 of around 44.70 cd/m2 (nits) and it can go up to 693.21 cd/m2 when set to auto brightness, where the phone sensor automatically detects the ambient light intensity and...

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 display is the best smartphone display on the market right now. It was already tested by DisplayMate and got their approval for having the best screen they have tested to date. One of the main reasons I found the S8 screen useful for is when watching movies. Of course having a...

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 has received the highest A+ (Excellent) rating from DisplayMate. This website does a very intense and in-depth analysis of the screen, so intense that maybe half of the things there I still don't understand what they mean. You can check out their Galaxy S8 screen analysis and...

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Gorilla Glass 5 front glass

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with the latest and most durable of Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 hardened glass.This is the second phone after the Note 7 that comes with GG5 on the front. Gorilla Glass 5 has increased protection against drops and good scratch resistant capability.

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Always On Display

The S8 features an AOD (Always On Display). This helps display information while easing on the battery. You can display a customized clock, calendar, wallpaper image for the AOD screen and more custom information.

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UHD Alliance Mobile HDR Premium certification

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (and the S8+) are the first phones to receive UHD alliance Mobile HDR Premium certification. This means that the S8 display meets the minimum requirements for 4K HDR video playback. A great screen to view 4K HDR content, like that from Amazon Prime videos.

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I personally dislike the screen's 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The LG G6 at least is adapted to the 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio that is used for movies and series broadcasting, whether the Galaxy S8 just comes with an odd one which isn't compliant with any popular medium. The Galaxy S8 screen can adapt to those...

Design

72.7% user satisfaction score (11 votes)
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is in my opinion one of the most beautiful looking smartphones to date. I think that the two main things that makes the phone look so attractive is due to its edge-to-edge display and overall rounded design. Both the corners of the phone, the screen and the edges are...

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Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for front and back

The Galaxy S8 features a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back glass, which provides a higher degree of protection against drops and also protects the phone from scratches. I personally would buy a cover for it anyways, but just know that the phone is quite durable even without it.

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IP68 dust and water resistance

The Samsung Galaxy S8 boast IP68 rating environmental protection. It's sealed against dust and can be submerged in water up to 1.5m depth for up to 30 minutes. So it's waterproof, but just know the limitations.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8, judging by the leaked images on bgr.com is a beautiful looking device. The first thing that I've noticed and I've read about it prior to these photos appearing on the web, is that the S8 uses the same 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio display. You can clearly see that the device is...

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The Galaxy S8 has its fingerprint reader in a very uncomfortable place to reach if you use the phone with your left hand. However, the main problem with its position is that it is placed near the rear camera lens. People who try to unlock their phone or use the fingerprint reader for authentication...

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The best looking phone on the market, the Galaxy S8, is quite susceptible to cracking so it seems. I've already seen a video of a guy who dropped the Galaxy S8 from waist height and the rear glass shattered, although didn't break. Than I saw this test done by SquareTrade Inc (see the S8 breakable...

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Feels a bit tricky to hold and somewhat fragile

Although I personally really like the Samsung Galaxy S8 design, I did find it a bit tricky to hold due its very slim edges. The S8 is 8mm thick, but thinner closer to the right and left edges. It just feel less secure and fragile in my opinion, and I would have used a case for it.

Audio

66.7% user satisfaction score (3 votes)
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Dual Audio, play audio to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously

The Samsung Galaxy S8 supports Dual Audio through its Bluetooth 5.0, allowing two Bluetooth devices to be connected to a single S8 device. So two people can get stereo sound output simultaneously.

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Bundled with $99 value AKG earphones

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is bundled with very high-quality headphones by AKG. A Hybrid canal type earphone with 2way dynamic unit. The headphones sold separately for $99, and when you buy the S8 you get it for free.

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No stereo speakers

The Galaxy S8 doesn't employ stereo speakers, but a single bottom-firing speaker. Sometimes I like to listen to audio and play games without wearing a earphone and I'm disappointed that Samsung hasn't given it more weight in the Galaxy S8 and put stereo speakers in it.

Software/Apps

50% user satisfaction score (4 votes)
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Very little bloatware (compared to the S7)

The Galaxy S8 has very little bloatware in T-Mobile and other carriers. Some carriers might put more of their own software, but overall it's nice to see that the phone has much less bloatware than before.

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Android Nougat pre-installed

The Samsung Galaxy S8, of course as expected, runs the latest OS version, Android 7.0 (Nougat) out of the box. So you enjoy the greatest and latest features of this newest operating system (as of the time of writing).

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with a face recognition system. However, this system has already proven to be insecure. This means that people who you haven't authorized to use the device can unlock your phone by using a photo of your face and fooling the face recognition system to believe that...

Connectivity

75% user satisfaction score (4 votes)
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Supports Band 66, LTE-U and LAA technologies

The S8 supports Band 66, LTE-U and LAA technologies which are used by T-Mobile, Verizona and AT&T and helps improves LTE speeds when the phone is used in indoor or crowded areas. By the way, Apple iPhones lacks support for LTE-U and Band 66.

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Gigabit LTE offers crazy download speeds

The Snapdragon 835 processor supports Gigabit LTE speeds that some are offered by several carriers in and in around 300 cities in the U.S. like T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T. We are talking about data rates around 300Mbit/s, so crazy download speeds for those who leave in zones that support.

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Expandable storage using microSD cards

The Galaxy S8 storage is expandable using microSD cards up to 2TB in size.

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On supported models

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a Hybrid SIM option. This means that there is a single slot for both the memory card and the SIM cards. It's hybrid, because you can decide whether to use a memory card or replace the microSD card with a secondary SIM card. So the good news is that the phone supports...

Usability

85.7% user satisfaction score (8 votes)
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This is not a direct advantage of the device itself, but having an option to use the DeX accessory (optional, sold separately) is a great advantage that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ brings with them. When you buy a device, it's also useful to know which type of complementary accessories are available for...

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with Bixby, which is an artificial intelligent interface that leverages contextual awareness using advanced machine learning capabilities, natural language understanding voice recognition, all which supposes to work and enhance the user experience more or less the same as...

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Multiple ways to unlock your phone

You can unlock your Galaxy S8 in various ways, including using the Iris scanner, using the Face recognition system, your fingerprint or the conventional pattern or password.

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Very large display yet comfortable to hold and operate with one hand

The Galaxy S8 features a very large 5.8-inch display, but due to its 18:9 aspect ratio display and bezless design, it's very comfortable to hold and operate in one hand as well.

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I really don't like the steps requires for the iris scanner to unlock your phone. You first need to use the power key to turn on the device, then swipe and then put the phone in front of you and use it without glasses or contact lenses to unlock it. It's terrible usability wise. It's use the...

Battery

66.7% user satisfaction score (3 votes)
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 supports wireless charging. The compatible wireless charger will launch with the phone itself when it is released (what Samsung dubbed "Wireless Charger Convertible"). I know that some of you might think that a Wireless charger is useless and no one actually use it, but I think...

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The S8 doesn't have an option to remove the battery. I personally prefer having an option to replace the battery rather than needing to rely on a battery pack when I go on a trip and plan to use the GPS a lot and take many pictures and videos. Of course this is just for specific purposes and many...

Other

25% user satisfaction score (4 votes)
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 like its predecessor, the S7, is compatible with Samsung's Gear VR headset. Gear VR is Samsung's proprietary virtual reality headset which you use to consume VR content like VR games, apps, videos and other type of virtual reality experiences. Samsung also announced the new...

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Iris recognition isn't as safe as I thought it is

The Iris recognition can be hacked with the right equipment. You need a printer infrared image and a contact lens places on the iris and you can unlock the phone. Of course it's not that easy to achieve all this, but it's far easier to hack than a strong password.

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The S8 gets a premium launch price, but it's not unexpected. You want the latest and most anticipated high-end smartphone, you'll have to pay a premium price for it. I've just read about the Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950N) preliminary BOM and manufacturing cost and according to that data, BOM +...

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In my opinion, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ aren't innovative enough to convince me from upgrading from the S7 edge and it doesn't feature such amazing features that make iPhone fans even blink towards it. Don't get me wrong, the S8 is probably the best Android smartphone out there when it comes...