Samsung is of course, the largest player in the smartphone industry. Every year, people all over the world are excited about new iterations to its Galaxy lineup. Obviously there’s pressure every year to deliver. This time around, it’s worse, since the ‘blast scandal’ of its last phone – the Galaxy Note 7.
So does the S8 live up to the expectations of the people who were let down by the last product? Let’s find out in our analysis.
The anticipation around Galaxy S8 was building up since the time it was announced. Every since the design of the phone was leaked online, and the hype around the phone only built up.
With its dash on look and a slim handy design, the S8 looks perfect, might possibly be one of the most stylish phones we will see this year. Samsung definitely has spent a lot of effort into the design of the phone. Weighing 155g, it feels lighter because of its sleek and thin design. And since it is made out of glass and metal, holding it makes your experience only smoother and better.
Unlike the previous Galaxy phones, this one has the fingerprint sensor near the camera. If you are used to the front fingerprint sensors, you might find it a slightly difficult to get used to this but that shouldn’t be an issue after a certain point of time.
Now what’s really interesting about this feller here is that the front of the phone is almost all screen. And talking about the screen, it might remind you of Galaxy S7 edge with its two-end curved screen but this one is only better.
With a 12-megapixel back camera and an 8-megapixel front one, the Galaxy S8 camera doesn’t really disappoint. It has a wide f/1.7 lens just as S7. There aren’t really many upgrades in the camera since S7. The photos, no doubt, come out fantastic and sharp as ever. But the big question is – will it be able to compete with that of the Google Pixel?
Running on Android 7.0, the phone will give you a great user experience. Things seem to be looking sharp with a super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and resolution of 2960 x 1440. Good news is that you can stream HDR videos on the phone from Amazon Prime and Netflix when these apps are updated. The 5.8” screen (6.2” for S8 plus) doesn’t seem to be too big but controlling it all with one hand might seem a little difficult unless you have large hands.
With 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB (expandable to 256GB) of internal storage, there isn’t really anything to complain about. There were initial rumours that Samsung was going with 6GB of RAM but then again, there wasn’t necessarily a need. This time around Samsung decided to add its chipset Exynos 8895 which will face the test of the time.
To counter the threat of Apple’s Siri, Samsung has introduced Bixby. That’s right! It has finally happened. They have added a Bixby button on the side and not added any voice recognition to everyone’s surprise. But hasn’t this phone surprised us all in so many ways.
Now let’s finally address the elephant in the room which we all have wanted to get bigger. THE BATTERY! Unfortunately the Galaxy S8 has a 3000 mAh battery which we believe it not really enough to make it last a day. I mean let’s be honest, with that 5.8 inch full HD display, a 3000 mAh battery is likely to fall short. But Samsung argues that it will get you through the day thanks to its more efficient processor.
Ok, we’re just going to say it- This is the best looking and performing phone that we have seen in a long time. The design and the user experience will make you fall in love with it and you will forever cherish it. Our only concern is the battery which might prove to be a setback but overall, it is a phone worth having.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will release in India on April 21st. The price is expected to be around Rs. 55,000 – 58,000.