No surprise here: everyone was spot on with Samsung keeping the “Galaxy S” naming convention. Many outlets also accurately reported that the phone would come in two sizes with the larger being given the “Plus” moniker. Samsung has been pretty firm that the “Plus” is not a replacement for the Note series.
We’ve learned that the S8 and S8+ will both have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core processor (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad). On the graphics side, it will come packed with an Adreno 540. If you were a little disappointed in some other manufacturers using an older processor, it’s probably nice to see Samsung going all-out with the latest chipset.
Rumors were that the Galaxy S8 would boast a 12 MP Dual Pixel rear camera and an 8 MP front facing camera. These rumors proved to be true but in addition, we now know that the camera will come with several features including Wide selfie, Optical Image Stabilization, 8X Digital Zoom, and the ability to take still pictures simultaneously as you are recording video. Speaking of video, the Galaxy S8 will have 4K video recording at 30fps, and will support slow motion video for 720p at 240 fps, Continuous Autofocus while recording as well as Face Detection while recording video.
In what seems to be an industry-leading theme this year, the rumors about a bezel-less screen in two different sizes were accurate. Samsung is calling their bezel-less screen the Infinity Display and both models will have Quad HD+ Super AMOLED with the Galaxy S8 being a 5.8" screen and the 8+ 6.2” screen. And while some may decry Samsung’s decision to remove the physical home button in favor of capacitive on screen buttons, I am not one of them. I personally like the trade off in favor of a larger 18.5:9 screen ratio.
The Galaxy S8 will have a 3000mAh battery while the 8+ will have a 3500mAh battery. As with other Samsung devices, the Galaxy S8 will come with fast charging capability. As for memory, the phones will both have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. As our needs with storage increase, it’s nice to see Samsung pick up on this and make 64GB standard. If 64GB isn’t enough, you can also add a microSD card to expand up to 256GB. I’m a little disappointed by the amount of the expandable storage. With other phones featuring 2TB,I’m a little puzzled why Samsung chose to go with 256GB.
As with most flagship devices, the Galaxy S8 will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat straight out of the box. The phone will also have Samsung’s new digital assistant Bixby but according to Android Authority, only some features will be available at launch with the rest coming later. Those worried that Samsung might follow the trend and forgo the headphone jack can rest easy. Samsung announced during their Unboxing event that the phone will retain the 3.55 mm headphone jack. On top of that, Samsung is including a pair of Wired AKG earphones with each phone when it launches. Some other things we have learned is that it will be IP68 water and dust resistant which is a step up from the IP67 rating of the Galaxy S5, will feature an always on display, have facial recognition to go along with the fingerprint scanner being moved to the back of the phone and is making the jump to using a USB Type-C charging port.
All in all, the Galaxy S8/S8+ is going to be packed with some great new features and is shaping up to be one of 2017’s marquee devices.