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Samsung Galaxy S8: an analysis

Samsung Galaxy S8: A beautiful cellphone both on the inside and the outside


The good thing about the Samsung Galaxy S8 is that it has a beautiful curved screen with little bezels that make it look spectacular. Its symmetric design makes it to feel very comfortable in the hand. Bixby provides a new artificial intelligence that might be helpful; a 64GB base storage; micro SD card slot; iris reader; USB-C port; wireless charge system and water resistant.


The bad thing is that its print reader is not well located; its construction and curved screen might make it more fragile than its predecessors. There is no flat screen version. Bixby and Google Assistant don’t speak Spanish and it is Quick Charge 2.0.


As a conclusion of a first impression the Samsung Galaxy S8 has what it takes to crown itself as winner in this competitive market, not only for its design but also its internal construction. However, it’s not a perfect cellphone.


Samsung Galaxy S8 is without any doubt one of the most beautiful cellphones we have ever seen, and it has a new virtual assistant called Bixby.


Besides it offers as its predecessors the same water resistance, the micro SD card slot, the wireless charge system and now has preinstalled Android Nougat with Google assistant.


Unlike Galaxy S8 Plus, the S8 has the advantage of being lighter and compact, which makes it more comfortable to use with only one hand. Also, it’s slimmer and cheaper but its battery has an inferior capacity.


Samsung Galaxy S8: Characteristics and specifications




LAUNCH Announced 2017, March
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2017, April 21st


BODY Dimensions 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in)
Weight 155 g (5.47 oz)
Build Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  – Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes


DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.8 inches (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels (~570 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  – 3D Touch (home button only)
– Always-on display
– TouchWiz UI


PLATFORM OS Android OS, v7.0
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 – US model
Exynos 8895 Octa – EMEA
CPU Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) – US model
Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) – EMEA
GPU Adreno 540 – US model


MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
Internal 64 GB, 4 GB RAM


CAMERA Primary 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Features 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Secondary 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR


SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  – 24-bit/192kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic


COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
Radio No
USB v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector


FEATURES Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  – Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
– Fast battery charging
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor


BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery


MISC Colors Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
SAR EU 0.32 W/kg (head)     1.27 W/kg (body)
Price group 9/10



Price and availability

The presale of Samsung Galaxy S8 starts on March 30th and will be available until April 21st. The Galaxy S8 will be available in midnight black, maple gold, orchid gray, coral blue and artic silver. The price of this new device will be of about US$750.

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