Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review – What A Powerful Phone


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.


Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Pros Cons
  • 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
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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 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 is extremely thin 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 noticebly 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.



  1. Hey Marvin,
    This Samsung Galaxy s8 plus is is very eye catching looking at the design. I personally use Samsung phones and I like their smart phones especially because of the their picture quality. They have a very vivid display compared to other competitors on the market.

    I currently use their Galaxy s4 which have served me well for sometime. The only problem I have with it is that it get hot especially when i turn on the data.I don’t no if this s8 plus also does the same.

    But looking the design alone attract me. And I think I will consider it to be my next choice.

    thanks for this informative review.

    • Hi Stephen, I agree with you 100{4e00ece13e2b02890f5a6026c7361cc7def9c5809a46332fda610a80d11c2762}, I think the display screen and the picture quality on a Samsung smartphone is second to none.

  2. Very detailed review and I have a good idea of what to expect from the next phone from Samsung’s S line, I do have one question and you get it a lot but would you recommend upgrading to this from an S7 edge or would you think it makes more sense to wait for the new S9 or perhaps even the new note 8?

  3. Galaxy phones that I had in the past did have an issue with getting hot for some reason. But, the camera is amazing. Do you know if the camera comes with certain special effects? I have been looking to purchase a phone with a great camera to improve the quality of my pictures for my blog.

    • Hi Liz, at the moment the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has the best camera you can get on a smartphone. As for special features on the camera, there’s Bixby Vision, it’s a hit or miss because sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Bixby Vision is supposed to analyze whatever is being shown through the viewfinder on the camera and give you specific information about it. I wrote about the Bixby Vision in my review of the Galaxy S8

  4. Thanks Kyle, the Galaxy S7 Edge is a great phone if you’re still happy with it then there’s no need to upgrade.

  5. The Samsung S8 is an amazing phone if it’s in your budget because it’s not cheap even with a contract. My iphone contract has come to end, it’s all I’ve ever used so for a while I’ve been on the search what to buy because I wanted something different. I looked at the Samsung S8, but when a fab deal came up for a Sony Xperia XZ Premium, I snapped it up quickly. I had to preorder so I don’t have it yet. I would have opted for the Samsung S8 if I hadn’t have seen that brilliant offer.

    • Sharon, the Galaxy S8 Plus is an amazing phone and what you pay for is what you get, if you go to a smartphone dealer to try the Galaxy S8 Plus you will understand why it’s so expensive. Good luck with your Sony Xperia XZ.

  6. Sounds like a great phone. I like the fact that the camera takes three pictures for each shot and calibrates an optimal photo. I also like the HD camera and extended battery life. Do you know if the Galaxy S8 is waterproof?
    Does ebay offer the best price on this phone?

    • Hi Mitch, the Galaxy S8 is waterproof it can be submerged into 1m of water for roughly 30 minutes and yes ebay is the best place to buy it.


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