Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
- An extremely attractive display screen
- Extremely fast and responsive
- Great camera
- Great overall performance
- Bixby is not very useful at the moment
- The fingerprint scanner is located in a bad place
If you’re thinking about buying a Galaxy S phone but you’re not sure whether or not you want the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, then you’ve come to the right place. If you enjoy a phone with a 5.5-inch display screen which is easy to hold and handle. Then the Galaxy S8 would be your best option.
However, if you prefer using a bigger phone with a bigger display screen, then the Galaxy S8 Plus would be a better option.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Design:
The Galaxy S8 Plus is a sleek, attractive, innovative phone which comes equipped with a 6.2-inch bezel-less Super AMOLED display screen. As technology continues to expand the size of the display screen on the average smartphone has been slowly increasing.
A bigger display screen isn’t always better, sometimes a phone with a bigger display screen can be difficult to manage when holding it in one hand. However, I think Samsung did a great job designing this phone. The Galaxy S8 Plus is a big phone that feels great in your hand.
Even though the Galaxy S8 Plus is a big phone it’s not as wide as some of the other big phones on the market. I like the way the curves of the phone fit nicely into the contours of my hand when I hold the phone.
The only problem I have with the design of the phone is the size and placement of the fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is small and it’s located right next to the primary camera at the back of the phone. It’s very difficult to reach it when holding the phone normally in one hand.
Located at the sides of the phone you will find the standby buttons along with the volume rocker. There’s also a dedicated Bixby button which will give you access to the new Samsung voice assistant. At the moment the Bixby voice assistant feature isn’t very useful, it’s a work in progress.
At the top of the phone, there’s a microSD card slot and SIM along with a headphone jack and mono-speaker. The USB Type-C port is located at the bottom of the phone.
The Galaxy S8 Plus is water-resistant and it can be submerged into 1m of water for roughly 30 minutes. The home button is not a physical button, it’s virtual, and it has haptic feedback. You can access the home button at any time by pressing down the bottom portion of the display screen.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Display Screen:
The display screen on the Galaxy S8 Plus is absolutely stunning. It’s an edge-to-edge 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display screen. This is one of the main selling points of the phone that will appeal to the masses of smartphone enthusiasts.
The display screen does a great job of detecting and rejecting accidental touches along the edges of the phone. The bezel has been completely removed which makes it possible to get a bigger display screen in a smaller chassis.
The ratio of the display screen has been modified. Most smartphones have a 16:9 ratio, however, the Galaxy S8 Plus has 18.5:9. This makes the display screen tall and narrow. Some smartphone manufacturers have recently started modifying the ratio of the display screen on their phones.
LG did this with the newly released LG G6 and now Samsung has done it with the Galaxy S8 Plus. I believe that the tall and narrow display screen is something that more smartphone manufacturers will adopt in the near future.
The display screen on the Galaxy S8 Plus has a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. At the moment this is the only phone that’s been ‘Mobile HDR Premium’ certified by the same UHD Alliance that certifies HDR TVs.
The Super AMOLED display screen does a great job producing the deepest black and the brighter shades without oversaturation. The Galaxy S8 Plus can display the entire DCI-P3 cinema-grade color gamut and it has the ability to go beyond 1000-nits of brightness.
Whether you plan on watching movies, photos, or playing video games, the display screen on the Galaxy S8 Plus will provide an amazing user experience that’s second to none.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Hardware And Performance:
If you live in Europe, Asia or Canada and you buy the Galaxy S8 Plus locally it will come with the Exynos 8895 processor, if you buy it in the USA it will have the Snapdragon 835 processor. So if you buy the Galaxy S8 Plus, regardless of which processor it has it will be an extremely fast and responsive phone.
The Galaxy S8 Plus has the latest processor but the speed of this phone isn’t significantly faster than that of the LG G6 which has an older processor. However, what’s noticeable different is the efficiency, the Galaxy S8 Plus works more efficiently than the LG G6, therefore, it has a better battery life.
The variant of the phone which is sold in the USA comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via the microSD card slot. The battery is a 3500mAh Li-lon non-removable battery, the CPU is an Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo), the GPU is the Adreno 540.
For people who enjoy using headphones, the Galaxy S8 Plus comes with Bluetooth 5.0 which gives you the ability to simultaneously listen to the same song with two pairs of wireless headphones.
This phone works great when multi-tasking, it’s extremely smooth and responsive and it will not slow down.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Software And User Interface:
The software on the Galaxy S8 Plus has been refined and it’s extremely well optimized. This phone has retained a few of the great features from its predecessor.
Some of these features are, the Always-On display showing notifications and showing the date and time even when the phone is asleep. This is a great feature that works so efficiently that it does not have a noticeable effect on the battery life.
The split-screen applications have also been retained and they work great. When you capture a screenshot there’s an automatic sharing and editing feature that’s conveniently built into the pop-up.
Whether you’re on a locked screen or the home screen, you will be able to access the notifications drop down menu. From the home screen, there’s a set of quick settings shortcuts which have multiple swipeable screens that you can customize.
With the release of every smartphone, Samsung continues to push the envelope, they continue to expand upon the features and functionalities. The Galaxy S8 Plus settings are extensive, however, the user interface is not cluttered, it’s extremely clean and well organized.
If you’re looking for something but you’re having a hard time finding it you will notice that Samsung has added some prompts at the bottom of the menu that will help you to find what you’re looking for.
The Samsung user interface can be customized via the themes, Samsung has their own theme store embedded in the Bixby application.
Upon releasing the Galaxy S phones Samsung stated that all Bixby functionality, except the Voice Assistant, will be available at launch. Bixby Voice will be available in Korea and the U.S. English later this spring, and they will expand to more languages globally over time.
Bixby can be accessed via the Bixby button which is located at the left edge of the phone directly below the volume rocker. You can also access Bixby by swiping from the left to the right of the home screen.
Until the Bixby Voice Assistant becomes available you can opt for the Google Assistant which comes pre-loaded on the phone and it can be accessed via a long press of the Home key.
Bixby Vision is supposed to analyze whatever is being shown through the camera’s viewfinder. After the object is analyzed the application will give you information about the object that it is focused on and whether or not you can buy it.
Sometimes this feature works and sometimes it doesn’t, it’s a bit disappointing. At the moment, the Bixby feature without the voice isn’t very useful, however, Samsung says that it will be able to understand things contextually in the future.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Camera:
The camera on the Galaxy S8 Plus is exactly the same camera we saw on the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy S8. The primary camera is a 12-megapixel sensor with a f/1.7 aperture with Dual Pixels. Even though the camera on the Galaxy S8 Plus may be the same camera we saw on its predecessor last year.
The Galaxy S8 Plus takes better photos, and I’ll tell you why. The software and the sensor have been upgraded. Everytime you press the shutter button to take a picture, the multi-frame image processor takes three pictures.
Two of these pictures will be used to eliminate blur and reduce noise. The end result will produce an absolutely amazing photo with rich, vibrant colors.
The camera comes equipped with an extremely fast dual-pixel autofocus along with image stabilization. There’s a new auto-HDR mode which will decrease exposure and contrast in brighter conditions. So whether or not you’re in a well-lit setting, this camera has the ability to adapt and take great photos.
The selfie camera is an 8-megapixel camera which is also great. Just like the primary camera this camera has a f/1.7 aperture and autofocus.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Battery Life:
The main differences between the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus are the size of the phone and the size of the battery. The Galaxy S8 comes with a 3000mAh battery which powers a 5.8-inch display screen. While the Galaxy S8 Plus comes with a 3500mAh battery which powers a 6.2-inch display screen.
Even though the battery in the Galaxy S8 Plus is bigger, the battery life is about the same as that of its smaller sibling. The battery will last for about one full day of moderate use, however, the Galaxy S8 Plus comes with fast charging via USB-C so you can fully charge the phone in about 1.5 hours.
The Galaxy S8 Plus also comes with wireless charging technology but it will take an additional 30 minutes to charge when using this method.
My Final Thought:
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is a high-quality premium smartphone that performs very well. This phone has more features and functionalities than the average smartphone user will probably use. It has its pros and cons like any other smartphone on the market but the pros outweigh the cons.
At the time this review was written the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus unlocked was available at ebay.com for US $799.00, price subject to change. Please let me know your thoughts about this phone in the comment section below.