Since its inception, the Galaxy S series is a benchmark in the Android scene. The flagship of the Koreans always attracts attention, but no doubt this has been the year in which the expectation has reached its peak. Finally, after months of rumors and leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 + Galaxy are now official.
Samsung had a complicated task at hand and it is that, in addition to regain trust following the scandal of Note 7 batteries, also they had to offer us a proposal that was at the height of the successful Galaxy S7. Have you got it? We tell you all the news about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 + and facing the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
Screen: absolute protagonist of the design
Reduce the frames surrounding the screen is the new goal for manufacturers of smartphones. Although they were not the first to have a mobile without frames (Sharp came before), Xiaomi Chinese brand was responsible for shake the market with the arrival of my Mix and give kick off a trend that will continue giving much to talk.
We have seen more approaches to this new design, the LG G6 as one of the most recent, and how could it be otherwise, Samsung has also wanted to adopt the idea of small frames. As we already knew thanks to leaks, the two models presented today have a front in which the screen is the absolute protagonist.
As well as being very attractive from the aesthetic point of view, reduce the frames allows the S8 to have more screen surface in practically the same size of the S7.
Specifically we are before a panel of 5.8 inches in the standard model and one of 6.2 inches in the plus version. The resolution is for both the same (2960 x 1,440 pixels) and is also approaching the idea that LG recently submitted from the point of view of the format. Samsung offers us a screen of format 18, 5:9 to get a larger surface area, but only grows along, not across, so it keeps some manageability.
In addition to be very striking from the aesthetic point of view, also reduce the frames it is an advantage with regard to the visual experience and the aforementioned manageability. If we look at the dimensions of the new S8 front of the S7, we see that screen has increased considerably, but the overall size has grown only a few millimeters high and much just across – in fact, the normal S8 is narrower than the S7-. This translates into a greater surface viewing in virtually the same size.
But reduce the frames also means making sacrifices and in this case the most notable is the disappearance of the classic Samsung Home button. The S7 and S7 edge had the physical button on the bottom of the screen, which in addition the fingerprint reader was a member to unlock the terminal or make payments. What we find in the duo S8 is one touch keypad integrated into the screen itself and an invisible button It is located in the lower part of the screen. The fingerprint reader goes to the back, right next to the camera.
Reduce the frameworks involves sacrifices and the most notable of the S8 is the disappearance of the physical home button. There is now an ‘invisible’ touch button and the fingerprint reader goes to the back.
This is perhaps one of the most controversial decisions of the S8 Galaxy, and is that pass the footprints back button has disadvantages. The first and most obvious is that not you can unlock the mobile when it is resting on a table, but it can also be a hassle since it is very close to the camera and is easy to get dirty it with fingerprints. It is said that Samsung wanted to integrate fingerprint under the glass of the screen reader, but the technology was not available in time.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and front button with fingerprint reader
That Yes, in Samsung have not wanted to give an element that already has become the House brand, we speak of the curved screen or dual edge. The curves commitment is total, so much so that This year there is no flat-screen option as if there was with the normal S7 and two models, both as the S8 + S8, have a screen that is curved sideways.
Speaking of curves in the design just we have straight lines and both corners of the device and the screen itself are fully radiused, Another trend that we have seen in my Mix of Xiaomi and LG G6, but Samsung leading to a higher level with the S8.
Last touch by talking about materials, another point in which Samsung stays true to what they are showing us for a couple of years, that is, a combination of metal with both sides covered with glass frame. Also be maintains the IP68 water resistance.
Camera: If something works, what change it?
Seeing how Samsung has pulled the pool with fashion without frames, it seemed likely that they did the same with the double Chambers. Moreover, there were rumors that pointed to the Plus model would take a camera double the style of Apple with its iPhone 7 Plus, but finally Samsung has chosen to maintain the camera that we already knew, that was the best in the entire panorama.
Samsung says that the rear camera improvement in aspects such as the processing and the focusing system, but the truth is that, on paper, its configuration seems to be traced directly from the model of the previous year. We talk about a 12 megapixel sensor with technology Dual Pixel, optical stabilizer and f/1.7 lens (OIS). You will have to wait for more details about the size and type of the used sensor.
Rear camera stays without notable changes, while the lead increases to 8 megapixel and introduces autofocus.
Where improvements is in the front Chamber. If the duo Galaxy S7 gambled on a 5 megapixel sensor, with the S8 raise the bet to the 8-megapixel and also added auto-focus, an unusual system in chambers for selfies.
Talking about the front camera, next to the Samsung has placed several sensors that serve to improve the safety of the device. The S7 reduced their biometric security systems to the fingerprint reader, but here we also have to add a set of facial recognition and of course the iris reader It was premiered with Note 7.
A hardware to match
We said that the Galaxy S series has been reference in the Android since the first models. One of the reasons is that they have always opted for a hardware to the last, and the new S8 Galaxy were not to be outdone, although in this case Samsung has been rather conservative in some points.
If we look at the processor, Samsung bet on a self-made chip brand Exynos (8895), made up of eight cores in two groups at 1.7 and 2.3 Ghz, which has also been manufactured with 10nm process, so that energy efficiency should be a point in his favor. In addition, there will be a second version for other markets that will take the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.
Samsung says that the S8 is 10% more powerful that anticipates the S7 and S8 + 21% the S7 edge.
This strategy is common in terminals of the brand and the Galaxy S7 couple also bet on two different processors depending on the region. In this case are the 8890 Exynos or Snapdragon 820. According to Samsung, the new S8 is 10% more powerful and the S8 + goes up to 21% more power.
In relation to memory, Samsung stays with 4 GB of RAM and a unique capacity of 64 GB (UFS 2.1), of course expandable with MicroSD. The S7 Galaxy also had the same RAM, the difference was that they were also in a 32 GB version not found in the new Galaxy S8.
Though the Galaxy S8 screens grow considerably, the capacity of your battery does not increase with respect to the previous generation. Will it be enough?
And what about the battery? This is one of the sensitive points of the new S8, and it is that despite the size of their screens have increased considerably, the battery capacity has not increased, in fact, the S8 Plus is even lower than the of the S7 edge. We speak of 3,000 and 3,500 mAh respectively, figures that a priori seem tight, although we will have to wait and see how they behave in real-world usage scenarios.
Another novelty of the new S8 is the integration of a port USB-C reversible How have already done on other computers of its catalogue. As well as offering a quick charging system, Samsung also maintains the option of wireless charging.
Commitment to the software: Bixby and Samsung DEX
But the hardware isn’t everything and, for several years, Samsung is giving more importance to the functions of the software, a trend that reached a new level with the Galaxy S8. Here mark not focuses on personalization or small utilities such as edge, which functions also, if that does not go beyond with stronger news.
The first and most important is, without a doubt, Bixby, the virtual assistant that has been leaking for weeks and that finally has been confirmed. According to Samsung, this function offers a new way of interacting with the device that understands natural language, though at the moment it is very limited since It is only available in English and Korean.
Bixby has with a dedicated at the side of the phone button, a detail that evidence that the Samsung is very serious in this regard. Although it alongside Google’s Assistant, the company wants to make Bixby his own Assistant which will be available in other products in its catalogue, including appliances and more.
Bixby comes exclusively with the Galaxy S8, but Samsung wants to be an integrated solution in more products in your catalog.
The functions of Bixby include Bixby Vision, allowing the Search by images through the camera or Hello Bixby to see content that is constantly updated as alarms, reminders, or the weather.
On the other hand, Samsung offers us a new way of using the S8 Galaxy with Samsung DEX, which comes to be the version of the Microsoft brand Continuum. The idea is that the terminal can be connected to a large screen, mouse and keyboard to use it as if it were a desktop computer.
Returning to the topic of security, as well as the fingerprint reader, the recognition of faces and iris scanner, Samsung also features other software focused to protect content such as Secure folder or Samsung Pass, a fingerprint authentication system.
All this must be added the functions that we already knew by the S7 as they are Always On, multi-tasking Multi mode window, the functions of the screen Edge and of course all the What’s new in Android Nougat.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
Seeing the main innovations of the new Galaxy S8 and S8 + Galaxy, the truth is that there are quite a few differences with respect to the Galaxy S7. As we said, Screen, Samsung has made the protagonist of the S8, increasing its diagonal and betting on a design not just frames that does not go unnoticed.
The software is another key with Bixby and Samsung Dex, while hardware, although there are improvements in spots such as the processor, the C USB port or front camera, Samsung has not risked in other aspects such as the RAM memory, the main camera or battery.
The rumours were not wrong and the new S8 raise price to stand at 809 and 909 euros respectively.
Finally, we leave you with the comparison table of all specifications of the S7 and S8, but before we do not forget a key detail: the price. As already it was rumored, the new S8 are more expensive than the previous generation, specifically 809 euros for the normal model and 909 euros for the Plus version, or what is the same, 90 euros more than the S7 at launch.
We also passed that, currently, the S7 have dropped much in price and is expected to fall further after the arrival of the S8. What do you prefer?
SAMSUNG GALAXY S8/S8 +
SAMSUNG GALAXY S7/S7 edge
|SCREEN||S8: Super AMOLED dual-edge, 5.8 inches, 2960 x 1440 pixels (18, 5:9)S8 +: Super AMOLED dual-edge, 6.2 inch, 2960 x 1440 pixels (18, 5:9)||S7: Super AMOLED 5.1 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixelsS7 edge: Super AMOLED dual-edge, 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels|
|PROCESSOR||Samsung Exynos 8895 octa – core 2.3/1.7 GHzSnapdragon 835 octa – core Cryo||Samsung Exynos 8890 octa – core 2.3/1.6 GHzSnapdragon 820 quad – core Cryo|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB|
|MEMORY||64 GB (UFS 2.1) + MicroSD||32/64 GB + MicroSD|
|SOFTWARE||7.0 Android Nougat + Samsung Touchwiz||Android 6.0 Marshmallow (upgradeable to Nougat) + Samsung Touchwiz|
|SECURITY||Reader of fingerprints, facial recognition and iris scannerSamsung Pass and secure folder||Fingerprint readerSamsung Knox|
|CAMERAS||Rear: 12 MP, AF Dual Pixel, f/1.7, OIS, 4K videosFront: 8 MP, AF, f/1.7||Rear: 12 MP, AF Dual Pixel, f/1.7, OIS, 4K videosFront: 5 MP, f/1.7|
|CONNECTIVITY||LTE Cat 16, WiFi ac, 5.0 Bluetooth, ANT +, GPS, USB-C, minijack||LTE Cat 9, WiFi ac, 4.2 Bluetooth, ANT +, GPS, MicroUSB, minijack|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||S8: 148,9 x 68.1 x 8 mm and 155 gr S8 +: 159,5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm and 173 gr||S7: 142,4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm and 152 gr S7 150,9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm edge and 157 g|
|EXTRAS||IP68 water resistanceAlways On, Multi-windowing, Apps edgeAssistant Samsung Bixby with dedicated buttonSamsung DEX||IP68 water resistanceAlways On, Multi-windowing, Apps edge|
|BATTERY||3000/3500 mAhQuick charging and Wireless charging||3.000/3.600 mAhQuick charging and Wireless charging|
|LAUNCH PRICE||809/909 EUR||719/819 EUR|
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