Last fall, the infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was released. This phone was supposed to be the latest and greatest flagship phone from Samsung, then something happened. Instances of the Note 7 randomly catching fire and exploding were reported. This eventually caused a massive recall of all Note 7 devices. It would appear that Samsung would not recover from this for a good while. Well, that was true, until now.
Yesterday, at their reveal event, Samsung unveiled their newest flagships phones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Samsung is seeking to recover and move on from the Note 7 ordeal. The S8 lineup proves to do just that. The specs are quite impressive to say the least, and the form factor receives a much-needed makeover from its predecessor, the Galaxy S7.
Let’s go into the detailed specs of the S8 lineup. The S8 boasts a 5.8 inch Infinity Super AMOLED curved display with a resolution of 2960X1440 and pixel density of about 571 pixels per inch. The S8 Plus boasts a 6.2 inch screen with the same resolution of 2960X1440 and a pixel density of about 529 pixels per inch. Both the S8 and the S8 Plus will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor at their core.
Both models sport 4GB of DDR4 RAM, 64GB of built in storage, and Micro SD Card support of up to 256GB. Both models have the standard Fingerprint Scanner and Heart Rate Sensor, but these models receive two additional features this year. Both the S8 and the S8 Plus will feature an Iris Scanner for increased security and will also feature Bluetooth 5.0. Both phones will come stock with Android 7.0 Nougat.
When it comes to the camera, you will not be disappointed. Both models come with a Dual Pixel 12MP rear facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization and Pro Mode with more options for those who like to be more involved with smartphone photography. With the S8 and the S8 Plus, you also have the ability to save a photo as a RAW image, to allow for more editing options without affecting the final image quality. Both phones also feature an 8MP front facing camera for selfies and video chat. The front facing camera also features a special Wide Selfie mode that allows the photo taker to get more people into a selfie.
Regarding battery and charging, both phones will have fast charging, wireless charging, and battery saving modes. Regarding battery size, the S8 will contain a 3,000 mAh battery, while its big brother, the S8 Plus will contain a larger 3,500 mAh battery, mainly due to the need for extra power because of the larger screen.
On top of all those specs, both the S8 and the S8 Plus have received IP68 waterproof and dustproof certification. This means that these phones are completely protected from dust and full immersion under water at a depth greater than 1 meter.
It looks like Samsung will be able to move on from the infamous exploding Note 7 after all. The S8 lineup will prove to be able to hold its own against other flagship phones, and while it may have specs that beat out the iPhone in many areas, many outlets have said the S8 finally beat out the iPhone in overall design and form factor.