In spite of all the skeptics and ill-wishers of the Samsung quickly and easily disposed of the unpleasant consequences of the launch of the Galaxy Note 7. None of my colleagues have not gloating during the announcement of the Galaxy S8+, and fans of the brand meticulously counted the days until the release of new items, as if no Note 7 no. And the number of publications in the Network and the surge of interest in the new Korean flagship eclipsed even the iPhone 7. April 21, he officially started to be sold in the United States, Canada, South Korea and Puerto Rico, and Russia and Europe with sales start later. While it is possible to pre-order.

Walking down the street with a Galaxy S8+ in hand, I felt a little awkward – many people came up to me and said, “Wow! And how do you like it?”. None of the previous Samsung smartphones, none of Huawei c lenses from Leica and no iPhone has attracted such interest. Now, after ten days of receipt of test sample, I was finally able to understand their feelings and to make impressions in the format of the review. Looking ahead, I can say that S8 was exceptionally good in many aspects. But still there are moments that still haunt me.

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Apple iPhone 7 Plus Huawei P10 Plus LG G6
Screen 6.2 inch, Super AMOLED, 1440 × 2960 pixels, 529 ppi, capacitive multitouch 5.5 inches, Super AMOLED, 1440 × 2560 pixels, 534 ppi, capacitive multitouch 5.5 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch 5.5 inch, IPS, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 540 pixels, capacitive multitouch 5.7 inch, IPS, 2880 × 1440 pixels, 564 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Safety glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 4 No data Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Samsung Exynos 8895: eight cores (4 × M1, 2.5 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53 frequency of 1.69 GHz) Samsung Exynos 8890: eight cores (4 × M1, 2.3 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53, 1.6 GHz) Apple’s A10 Fusion: Quad core (4 × 2,23 GHz) HiSilicon Kirin 960: eight cores (4 x Cortex A73, 2.4 GHz + 4 x Cortex A53, frequency 1.8 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996: four cores (2 × Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + 2 × Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)
Graphics controller Mali-G71 MP20, 850 MHz The Mali-T880 MP12, 650 MHz No data Mali-G71 MP8, 800 MHz Adreno 530, 624 MHz
RAM 4 GB 4 GB 3 GB 4/6 GB 4 GB
Flash memory 64 GB 32/64/128 GB 32/128/256 GB 64/128 GB 64 GB
Connectors 1 × USB Type-C 3.1;
1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;
1 × nano-SIM;
1 × microSD
1 × microUSB 2.0;
1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;
1 × nano-SIM;
1 × microSD

1 × Lightning;
1 × nanoSIM
1 × USB Type-C 2.0;
1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;
1 × nano-SIM;
1 × nanoSIM/microSD (universal)
1 × USB Type-C 2.0;
1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;
1 × nano-SIM;
1 × nano-SIM
Cell 2G connection GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G cellular communications UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
Cellular 4G LTE Cat. 16 (1024 Mbit/s, 150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28 LTE Cat. 9 (450 Mbps, 50 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 10 (450 Mbit/s, 100 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 12 (500 Mbit/s 150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40 LTE Cat. 12 (500 Mbit/s 150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz
Bluetooth 5 4.2 4.1 4.2 4.2
NFC There There Yes (Apple Pay only) There There
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Hall sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Hall sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)
Fingerprint scanner Is back Is, from the front Is, from the front Is, from the front Is back
The main camera 12 MP, f/1,7, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash 12 MP, f/1,7, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash 12 MP, f/1.8, autofocus, Quad-led flash, optical stabilization 20 + 12 MP, f/1,8, phase and laser autofocus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash 13 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 13 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash
Front camera 8 MP, f/1,7, autofocus, without flash 5 MP, f/1,7, without autofocus, without flash 7 MP, without flash 8 MP, f/1,7, autofocus, without flash 5 MP, f/1.8, auto-focus without flash
Food Removable battery: the 13.3 WH (3500 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: of 13.68 W·h (3600 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 11,1 W·h (2900 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 14,25 WH (3750 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery by 12.54 W·h (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)
Size 159,5 × 73,4 × 8.1 mm 150,9 × 72,6 × 7.7 mm 158,2 x 77,9 x 7.3 mm 153,5 × 74,2 × 7 mm Of 148.9 × 71,9 × 7.9 mm
Weight 173 g 157 g 158 g 165 g 163 g
Protection from water and dust Mean, standard IP68 Mean, standard IP68 There are, IP67 Splashproof standard not specified Mean, standard IP68
Operating system Android 7.0 Nougat, shell UX Grace Android 6.1 Nougat, shell TouchWiz iOS 10 Android 7.0 Nougat, shell EMUI 5.1 Android 7.0 Nougat, shell LG UX
Current price 59 990 rubles 49 990 rubles 67 990 rubles 39 990 rubles 52 000 rubles

Design and ergonomics

Samsung has moved away from the separation of the flagship smartphone on the classic and edge, so the choice is between the Galaxy and Galaxy S8 S8+ is reduced to the choice of the diagonal is 5.8 or 6.2 inches, respectively. The difference in linear size is only 1 cm height and 0.5 cm in width. In this situation, select a larger diagonal seems to me more logical. In Samsung, also reported a higher demand on pre-orders it on the Galaxy S8+.

The smartphone is available in five colors: black (Midnight Black), gray (Orchid Gray), silver (Arctic Silver), blue (Coral Blue) and rose gold (Gold Maple). My personal favorite at the end of the first meeting in new York was the blue machine, but on test got black. The front panel, or rather the narrow strip that was left of it, in all cases will be black. First, it is beautiful. And secondly, this technique reduces the already slim frame. She left the metal, is three millimeters thick stripe on the sides and completely covers the top and bottom faces. The rear panel is covered with curved tempered glass, and combined with the curved edges of the screen this creates a very harmonious and beautiful symmetry. But Samsung is not the first time – last year’s Galaxy Note 7 could boast of a similar design.

Increase the screen size while maintaining the comfortable width of the case became possible only after changing the aspect ratio of the display. Instead of the usual 16:9 in the Galaxy S8 and S8+ it is 18.5:9. To Samsung with a similar initiative was made by LG releasing flagship smartphone G6 with an aspect ratio of 18:9 (2:1). And after Samsung something similar must submit to and Apple. Other ways to increase the screens without turning smartphones into the ceiling (or smartsite?) does not exist.

It’s funny that Galaxy S8+ is stepping on the same rake as the previous two generations of flagships – its body is completely glossy, so in real life, it loses its original appearance after half an hour, covered with greasy stains from the fingers. Samsung does not deny – it is important that the device and shone in the window. With a matte case it would have looked less seductive. Oleophobic coating is not only on screen but also in the rear window, but it is nearly saves. And yet hiding a smartphone in a case or silicone bumper do not want – it was too nice outside. So it is better to choose the blue or silver model, where the fingerprints are so noticeable, and then regularly clean.


From mini-Jack to Samsung refused (for example Apple, HTC and Xiaomi), it is located on the bottom near the USB-C port and system speaker. All of these elements without plugs and not afraid of getting moisture inside. The smartphone is protected by standard IP68 and can withstand a half-hour immersion in fresh water up to the depth of five feet. However, to connect the charger or headphones immediately after the water treatment is not recommended. At the top there is a slot for SIM card and microSD card.

The sides of the Galaxy S8+ button power (on the right), double key to adjust the volume (left) and a new button to call a smart assistant named Bixby. However, none of the test samples of a smartphone in Russia this feature was not active. So, I guess, to this subject we will have to return in future materials.


The front, above the screen, visible voice speaker, and on either side of him – several cameras and sensors that would be good to understand. To the right is the front facing camera and a secondary sensor for recognizing the iris of the eye. On the left is the main sensor of the scanner of the iris and a barely visible “window” of the proximity sensors and light.

No hardware buttons on the front panel of the Galaxy S8+ left, they are now on the screen. And the Central button is always active, even when no icon is displayed. Moreover, Samsung has managed to implement the feedback function in the style of the iPhone 7. But iPhone has only one button, while the Galaxy S8 – three, but the returns are only Central.

The interface and features of use

Fingerprint sensor, facial recognition and iris scanner eye can be used simultaneously. Or rather, neither of these variants does not negate the other. The finger the smartphone can be unlock in any condition, even if the screen is off. Face recognition starts to work only after you press the power button. Well, to activate the iris scanner will need to hold your finger on the screen for the traditional unlocking. In the same way, it is possible to enter a password or pattern.

Samsung did a great job, having achieved such ease, but despite all the bells and whistles, the fastest and most convenient way of unlocking remains the good old fingerprint scanner. However, in the case of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ all the spoils of his location. Many – for example, Huawei, ASUS, LG placed this element at the back, but none of them came to me to place the sensor next to the camera lens, but still not on center, and right. Finger intuitively gets right in the lens and only then, after a fraction of a second, finds the right surface to the right of it. Another annoying feature is detected if the smartphone falls into the hands of the left-handed – the index finger of the left hand has to bend unnaturally, and to reach the sensor, the middle finger can only with great risk of dropping the phone. Some nameless smart phone for $ 100 it could get away with, but to see similar shortcomings in the flagship Samsung is very unusual.

For the main menu now there is no individual icons, it is called swipe up or down, which in practice turned out to be even easier. Changed the style of icons, but overall the interface without radical changes. Menu under the “top curtain” has become more informative, the possibility of “side panels” expanded compared to the Galaxy Note 7. And, by the way, he got also the function of creating animated gif images from any content on the screen. You can even record a short screencast, though a fragment from the video on YouTube to save, and it all works fine without a stylus.

The transition to a new, more elongated shape of the screen brought a lot of obvious advantages. First, the screen shows much more information while using the keyboard in vertical mode – you can view the previous chat messages and messengers with no apparent discomfort. Secondly, on this screen you can display vertical videos simultaneously with the control buttons. Unfortunately, not all applications support work with the aspect ratio of 18.5:9. In most cases you will see black bars top/bottom or left/right: in games, when watching movies, as well as in all existing applications running in full screen mode. Along with the games start and pre-installed Game Tools. It allows you to disable all notifications during a game, and choose a display mode with black frames or stretch full screen with loss of picture at the edges. However, on my smartphone, this feature did not work at all, even in Super Mario Run.

Brand smart assistant Bixby, which in the case of a separate button, does not yet support Russian language, and it is unclear whether they will support him at the beginning of sales in Russia. So while you can enjoy an additional button that you can “hang” any other action. However, to enjoy long. American bloggers complaining about the latest update for Galaxy S8, in which the ability to reassign the buttons cut off, apparently, seriously fearing that intelligent anybody would not use. And in General, for reviews, Bixby inferior to Google Assistant. In particular, the function of recognition of objects in pictures and the possibility of searching in online stores is not yet working properly. For example, the smartphone is able to recognize the banana, and the Herman Miller chair he “sees” the abstract office chair.

Source: 3dnews.ru

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