Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
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The Infinity Display is one of a kind and certainly makes you want to take it for a spin. Moreover, Samsung has made themselves a real prominent player in the market with Bixby.
However, the fingerprint Scanner is at an awkward position and the lack of a dual camera doesn’t allow for optical zoom.
|Infinity Display||Bixby remains in beta, Vision is a hit or miss|
|Excellent Battery life||Fingerprint sensor is awkwardly placed|
|Sleekest phone design yet||Lacks dual cameras for optical zoom|
What was once a dream – an idea in someone’s head, a small note of an ambitious project – is now a reality. These and more thoughts of grandeur come to mind when holding the Galaxy S8 Plus, the big and bold next step taken by Samsung.
Following the unfortunate demise of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S8 Plus survives and even thrives under the immense pressure of being their new flagship. With Samsung putting all its eggs in one basket, it stands to reason why they feel compelled to put out their very best with the S8 Plus. The extraordinary display is only one aspect of the brilliant package that Samsung has assembled for us.
The Midnight Black Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, 64 GB (4GB RAM) runs for a decent price of Rs 45,000. The 6.2inch, bezel-less, full frontal, edge-to-edge Infinity Display screen with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 is a true sight to behold. The phone is also decked with a 12 MP rear and an 8MP front camera. The system runs the latest Android on an Exynos 8895 processor on 4/6GB RAM and has a 3500 mAh Lithium-Ion battery which gives it an endurance life of a good 88 hours. It is also IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.
The phone has dimensions of 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm and is at bit hefty at 173 grams. It is a bit taller than S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7 too. There is no camera bump – it slides into the hand comfortably. The edges are curved making it easy to hold. However, it does not have any premium element added to it. The fingerprint scanner is now off center and next to the camera and so, you might have problems activating the phone, mistaking the camera for the sensor.
The curved screen is 6.2 inches wide diagonally, and the infinity display is gorgeous. Content on the phone spills over the glass on the curved sides, and the added vertical space makes the screen seem massive. Going over the past few years, the realisation that a curved screen is nothing new dawns upon every person. Subjectivity aside, the display panel is one of the brightest and is vibrant, having excellent contrast and legibility in sunlight.
The massive screen does come with its problems though. Due to the unusual aspect ratio of the screen, most videos either get cropped or stretched in landscape mode, with two black bars on either side being present at all times.
The phone uses Samsung Exynos 8895 which is a amazing chipset. It can easily breeze you through the daily apps and even handle intensive tasks without stutters. This time around Samsung has focused a lot on Bixby, its new virtual assistant. You can summon Bixby with a dedicated hardware button on the left. The phone has a single speaker at the bottom, whose loudness rating is average at best. It makes you want a stereo speaker as a possible inclusion in the next model.
Moving on to the camera, we have the 12 MP main shooter with f1.7 aperture, 26mm, phase detect AF and optical image stabilisation. The camera setup is very similar to the S7; however, Samsung has been able to improve the performance a bit by coming up with a new feature called multishot stacking, previously seen in Google Pixel. The difference in the quality of the image is striking and gives the S8 Plus a definite upper hand
It has a 3500 mAh Lithium-Ion battery which gives around 88 hours of endurance. It can stay alive for a whole day and can give you adequate time to work on it, without dying.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is one of the most beautiful phones we have seen. The camera takes excellent, well-balanced photos, and brings cool new features such as multi-stacking. The selfie camera too is the best we have seen from Samsung. Although there are things that Samsung could’ve done better – the awkward position of the fingerprint scanner being foremost of them – these are merely small faults in an otherwise outstanding flagship phone. But if you can meet the price, this phone is definitely worth recommending.