Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Impressions [UPDATE]

Written by: Stephen Sanchez

Tech | Mar 30, 2017

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DJ Koh, Samsung's Mobile Chief, admitted that it had been a hard year for Samsung, with all its combustible Note 7 devices, harming people and attracting serious and unwanted attention.

In the recently concluded Unpacked event, Samsung seems committed enough to rectify their mistakes by doing a couple of things wildly different than what their competitors have been doing.

This year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 and the S8+. These are the flagships they are hoping would redeem their losses from last year.

The devices have what Samsung calls an Infinity Display, which is basically a slightly curved screen with Super AMOLED technology and set at 1440p. It has near-zero bezels, which looks damn gorgeous. You're probably wondering about the absence of the home button. Not to worry, it's there beneath the display. It's an invisible home button, a new gimmick Samsung is pulling off.

Powering up this two pizzazz are Octa-core processors. As far as I'm concerned, they are using Snapdragon 835. Does it even matter at this point what processors are used for flagship phones? It's going to be a heavy-hitter. Period. However, while a number of competitors opted to super charge their flagships with 6GB RAM, the Galaxy S8 and the S8+ settled with 4GB RAM.

Security measures have been added up by giving us standard PIN codes, passwords, iris scanners, fingerprint sensor, KNOX software, and a return to the facial recognition, something Samsung had in earlier devices. This, along with IP68 certification, Samsung blurts out as if everything was new and never featured in at least one of their earlier products.

Yes. Respectively, the Galaxy S8 has a 3000mAh battery while its bigger twin will have 3500mAh.

Are the specs more than enough to give us a really good and expensive phone? As of this writing, there is no official pricing yet here in the Philippines. We can give a wild speculation, and based on Samsung's history, the Galaxy S8 will probably hit between P32,000 to P35,000 while the Galaxy S8+ could go as high up as P38,000.

Yeesh. It's just a phone by the end of the day. Just grab the J7 Prime, which is already impressive and costs only around P15,000.

UPDATE 3/30/2017 3:09 PM - The local prices for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are in. The S8 will be priced at P39,990 while the S8+ will be at P45,990. Pre-orders begin on April 17 to 29.
About the author: Stephen Sanchez

Stephen is the source code of awesome. He loves to tinker with stuff that buzz.

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