Review: Samsung Galaxy S8+

Arising from the flames of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and taking up the notch from its predecessor, the remarkable Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung has redeemed itself through the recent release of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 +.

Daring to defy barriers and breaking the boundaries, Samsung has redesigned the S8+ to define what it means to simply ‘unbox your phone’.

The S8+, redesigned from the inside out, has break free from the confines of the bezels and buttons, offering a smooth uninterrupted surface that flows seamlessly over the edges.

 

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Infinity Display

Its stunning 6.2-inch Infinity Display of the Galaxy S8+ is 18 per cent larger than the display of the Galaxy 7, hence making more of an immersive viewing experience.

The Infinity Display in landscape mode has made watching movies more cinematic and gaming experiences have been enhanced and more entertaining as the Galaxy S8+’s 18:5:9 full screen mode is automatically optimised to full up the entire screen.

Mobile games such as Need for Speed: No Limits and Bully played on the S8+’s Infinity Display take mobile gaming to a whole different level with its astonishing graphics.

At the same time, the Infinity Display makes it a lot easier to see and do more from a single screen without having to scroll as often and to optimise on multi-window usability, making multitasking easy.

In addition, the Infinity Display is protected with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 which is impervious against scratches and external impacts.

 

Design

The design of the Galaxy S8+ is a futuristic work of art as Samsung has once again eliminate the left and right borders with a gently curved screen and now almost erases the top and bottom bezels too.

As previously mentioned of Samsung’s Infinity Display, it gives more screen without significantly increasing the size of the smartphone.

The S8+ measures 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm and weighs 173g but its subtle curvature flows from the front of the device to the back has created a more ergonomic grip ideal for one-handed use.

Additionally, Samsung has eliminated the unattractive rear camera bump and simply outlines the flat lens with a tiny lip.

Meanwhile, along the sides of the S8+ sits the typical volume rocker and standby buttons, however, they have been joined by a dedicated Bixby key to access Samsung’s new smart assistant.

That being said, with how limited Bixby is at the moment, it can be considered as a waste of space to give its own button.

Bixby

Samsung’s new mobile assistant Bixby will be a new take to use the Galaxy S8+ as it can understand the use of voice, text or touch. Even if you are lost for words, capture a photograph using a camera and Bixby will look it up.

That being said, Bixby is not ready for prime time as its voice interface does not work yet but Samsung has provided the Bixby Home panel where calendar appointments, daily activities, reminders and the local weather ready at your finger with a right-swipe on the homescreen or mashing the dedicated Bixby button.

It is just a matter of time before Bixby be fully operational to be utilised.

Camera

With the dual-pixel sensor technology, wide aperture and fast autofocus of the 12MP f1.7 rear camera of the Samsung Galaxy S8+, it has worked together to create beautiful photographs even in low-light conditions.

 

Meanwhile, its 8MP f1.7 front camera has been equipped with enhanced autofocus features and facial recognition technology that can recognise and track faces to provide clear, focused selfies, regardless of the distance between the user and the camera.

 

Additionally, with an easy-to-use filter setting, it was a fun experience to enhance photos by selecting from a variety of filters, including Auto Filter, which automatically selects one optimised for a photo.

 

Meanwhile, animated stickers and stamps can also now be applied to images when taking photos, right from the camera app. At the same time, the S8+ camera’s UX has also been optimised for one-handed photo-capturing.

 

Performance and battery life

 

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ powered by new Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM onboard where it runs smoothly on Samsung’s improved interface and also while jumping between running apps.

 

Meanwhile, running on 3,500mAh battery, the S8+ gets about two full days of use on a single charge and that is with the screen set to its maximum resolution. Imagine how long would the battery last if the display is tone down to Full HD+ or lower.

This makes the Samsung Galaxy S8+’s battery one of the strongest in the market to date.

Security

All eyes are on security with the S8+ as it provide strengthened security features through the integration of Samsung’s trusted Knox security platform and a combination of biometric technologies.

Among the new security technologies is the S8+’s secure iris scanner that it is supposedly fast, accurate and touch-free.

However, that is not the case as it took some time or failed to detect whilst making a below par experience.

It goes the same with its fingerprint scanning sensor awkward location- on the S8+ back, next to the camera. The sensor is a little off the centre making it a easy to miss and more often smearing fingerprints all over the camera lens before finding it.

Meanwhile, for those who are a little narcissistic, the S8+ offers another form of security through unlocking the device with your face.

Personally, it was an uncomfortable experience as it was similarly like taking a selfie (never gotten used to it) to unlock the S8+.

That said, in my opinion, the old school pattern, PIN or password would make a better choice to secure the device.

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