Screen with built-in phone. First impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S8
Almost all the information about upcoming devices has been leaked online a few days before the premiere, so surprise was out. But nevertheless Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ themselves were surprisingly good. This is the first device of the Korean manufacturer, who at the start will cost more than the iPhone.
Previously the prices were either equal or a little lower. But now Samsung is very confident in his abilities. Galaxy is no longer just a powerful and beautiful smartphone, now it has developed around almost the same ecosystem as the iPhone. Yes, Samsung has no iTunes store, but the drawback is kompensiruet Google Music.
As expected, Samsung unveiled two flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S8 with a 5.8-inch screen and Galaxy S8+ with a diagonal of 6.2 inches. And the size (well and battery capacity) was the main difference between the two. All other features can now result in a table.
|Samsung Galaxy S8||Samsung Galaxy S8+|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 8895: eight cores (4 × 2,35 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.9 GHz), graphics core ARM Mali-G71 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: eight cores (4 × Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + 4 × Kryo, 1.7 GHz), graphics core Adreno 540||Samsung Exynos 8895: eight cores (4 × 2,35 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.9 GHz), graphics core ARM Mali-G71 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: eight cores (4 × Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + 4 × Kryo, 1.7 GHz), graphics core Adreno 540|
|Display||Super AMOLED display, 5.9 inches, 1440 × 2960, 586 ppi||Super AMOLED, 6.2 inch, 1440 × 2960, 531 ppi|
|Flash memory, GB||64/128 + slot for microSD||64/128 + slot for microSD|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM, the second slot is connected with the connector for memory card||Two nano-SIM, the second slot is connected with the connector for memory card|
|Wireless modules||Wi-Fi (802.11 ac/b/g/n), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC||Wi-Fi (802.11 ac/b/g/n), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC|
|LTE||LTE Cat.16 (up to 600 MB/s): the bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat.16 (up to 600 MB/s): the bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Camera||12 MP, f/1,7, 26mm equivalent, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilizer||12 MP, f/1,7, 26mm equivalent, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilizer|
|Front camera||8 MP, autofocus||8 MP, autofocus|
|The fingerprint scanner||There||There|
|Connectors||3.5 mm audio Jack, USB Type C (USB 3.1)||3.5 mm audio Jack, USB Type C (USB 3.1)|
|Battery||11.4 W·h (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)||The 13.3 WH (3500 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Dimensions, mm||149 × 68 × 8||160 × 73 × 8.1 Pro|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 Nougat with a proprietary shell Clean UI||Android 7.0 Nougat with a proprietary shell Clean UI|
No matter how good the previous Galaxy S, the new flagship surpassed them. It is both similar to the infamous Galaxy Note 7 and the recently introduced LG G6. With past Samsung devices the new have in common is angled on the sides of the screen, and with the new LG – the complete lack of controls on the front panel and the unusual aspect ratio.
The space freed by eliminating buttons, now occupied by the screen, and change the aspect ratio, was the only way to make it as painless as possible. 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ seems even more compact than the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus. However, unlike LG, Samsung has not disclosed any details on how to change the interface specific applications. But the ratio of screen area to the area of the front surface was called for 84.4%.
Home button, however, will not go away – it is located in the lower part of the screen, and pressing it activates the light returns. Samsung argues that engineers and designers had to work hard, but, in my opinion, this is a common on-screen button with tactile feedback.
The most controversial “innovation” has become a fingerprint scanner, which is moved from the front panel on the rear. Here two subtleties. First, it is not located exactly in the middle, as is usually done, but slightly offset to the right. And secondly, he is dangerously adjacent to the main camera lens, and although these tactile elements are totally different – the index finger intuitively lies in the Central point.
Both of the new smartphone, Galaxy and Galaxy S8 S8+ will be available in five colors: black, gold, blue, pink, silver and classic silver. In Russia, may be presented not all of these shades, but only some of them. The cutest, in my opinion, was blue, although the silver looks very good. Performance the back panel is reminiscent of Honor 8 – under protective glass is small, slightly raised texture, which creates a whimsical flare due to the moiré effect. It still looks original.
As expected, the smartphone has got a built-in scanner iris of the eye, and with a more modern sensor compared to the Galaxy Note 7. However, there was also a face recognition function. So now to unlock the phone can be in many ways – the face, eyes, fingerprint, a password, a pattern or a simple swipe across the screen.
But the possibility of shooting video with a frequency of 1000 frames per second, the smartphone was not. The story was published online, but none of the four samples that I had to work, no such opportunity was offered. Here precisely is the function of recording FullHD-video with a frequency of 120 frames per second, but nothing similar to the Sony Xperia XZ Premium Korean flagship was not.
Display resolution in fact can be changed. The default is 2960 × 1440 pixels (WQHD+), but in the settings it can be reduced to 2220 × 1480 and 1080 × 720 pixels. I tried to “play” with the resolution and noticed that when the reduction is markedly reduced and the sharpness of the picture, although the pixel density remains quite high.
Protecting the case from dust and moisture corresponds to the standard IP68. This means that the smartphone can easily transfer the dip to a depth of 1.5 meters. But the main thing is still possible with no visible security elements like plugs on the USB port and the minijack.
But the most interesting innovation was the new voice assistant Bixby. Or rather, I wouldn’t even call it assistant, is a new interface for everyday interaction with your smartphone. For example, you can look at the map and then utter the phrase: “to Take a screenshot and send Bob”. The smartphone will prompt you to select one of several people with the same name in your address book, then send him made a screenshot with a single touch. That is, switch between voice and touch control is smooth.
Also say that Brixby very much takes into account the context (“write Bob, I’m running late because of traffic jams”) and uses a picture with the camera. You can take a picture of a new pair of sneakers, and then Brixby will find them in popular online stores and will offer to immediately order, pay via Samsung Pay. Very cool, but it’s not clear how all this will work in the Russian reality.
When and how much?
Sales of Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy S8 S8+ will start on 21 April, but in Russia the new flagship will arrive a week later on April 28. The classic model will cost 54 990 rubles, and S8+ – 59 990 rubles. We can already pre-order in this case to the camera 360 Samsung Gear. Complete with any Galaxy S8 will be supplied wired headphones AKG is a natural consequence of the recent purchase of Harman. Maybe now all the expensive device from Samsung will be equipped with high-quality headphones.
Competitors Galaxy S8 a lot, but compared to any of them the new Samsung looks pretty cool. Sony Xperia XZ Premium can only beat the ability to record slow-motion video. Apple iPhone 7 Plus from a technical point of view loses much, but impresses with a convenient operating system and dual camera with a fashionable portrait mode. Well, LG G6 limited to merely external similarity.