Samsung Koreans have officially introduced the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus a couple of hours ago, the new smartphones with which the company wants to face the reign in the high-end of the different iPhone models. Although during the last weeks have been filtered almost all the novelties of this terminal, until it has not been presented in New York officially we have not been able to confirm all its specifications, because like the rumors that surround the IPhone, until its official presentation there is nothing officially confirmed.
The new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, like the iPhone 7, continues to opt to implement a camera with a resolution of 12 mpx, proving that again the quality of the photographs rewards the resolution. In this sense the camera of the S8 and S8+ offers us an aperture of f / 1.7 by the f / 1.8 of the iPhone 7 in its two versions. Like the models of Apple, the new models of Samsung allow us to record video in quality 4k and slow-motion up to 240 fps. The front camera of the S8 and S8+ has increased its resolution up to 8 mpx, 3 mpx more than the iSight camera integrated in the two models of iPhone 7.
Samsung has not implemented the two cameras that has recently become commonplace among smartphone manufacturers, and are available on the iPhone 7 Plus. The cameras of the iPhone 7 Plus are a wide angle with an aperture f / 1.8 and a telephoto lens with an aperture f / 2.8, offering us a optical zoom of 2x and digital up to 10x.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Display screen
Samsung has chosen this year to set aside the flat model, with no rounded edges on the screen, launching two models with curved screen edges, in two different sizes: 5.8 and 6.2 inches. Having expanded the size of the screen, leaving the upper and lower edges to the minimum, both models offer practically the same dimensions as the models of 4.7 and 5.5 inches, demonstrating how Apple stretch the screen without changing the Size of the device.
In this regard, the Korean company has chosen to offer a resolution of 2960 × 1440 in both. Models, a resolution that contrasts with that we can find in the iPhone 7, whose resolution is 1334 × 750 and the iPhone 7 Plus that offers us Full HD resolution. The screen of the S8 and S8 Plus, like the previous model, is OLED and offers us the Always On function, which continuously displays information on the screen with hardly any impact on the consumption of the battery.
Although it had been rumored, the fingerprint sensor was located on the back of the device, because there is not enough space on the front to be able to implement it, so rumors that it would be integrated into the screen were not Correct. The next terminal that Samsung launches the market, Note 8, if it is more than likely that already integrates the fingerprint sensor on the screen, just as in theory will also offer the next iPhone.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus battery
It is known that Apple designs its operating system for a specific hardware specification, so that battery consumption should always be as tight as possible, although the latest updates do not confirm this rule. Samsung, on the other hand, faces software that it has not designed when creating its devices, a software that obviously is not as optimized as it can be iOS.
The battery of the 4.7 inch iPhone 7 is 1,969 mAh while the iPhone 7 Plus battery is 2900 mAh. Samsung offers us in the S8 a capacity of 3.000 mAh, more than enough to be able to finish the day, while the model of 6.2 inches, the S8+ is 3,500 mAh. In order to be able to quickly charge the devices, both models integrate a fast charging system that allows us to fully charge the device in less than half an hour.
Connections of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
The Korean company continues to think that the headphone jack is still alive, and we find it again in the new models, despite having managed to reduce the thickness compared to last year’s models. The main novelty in the connections, we find in the connection USB-C, which has replaced the previous microUSB.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus sensors
In this case, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ offer us an iris scanner that allows us to unlock the terminal quickly, something that according to the latest rumors will also be available on upcoming iPhone models.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be the first terminal to hit the market with the new Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos 8895, both with 4 GB of RAM. It is noteworthy that according to the first tests, the processor 8895 designed and manufactured by Samsung, seems to offer a higher performance than the last processor Qualcomm according to the different tests that have been performed.
The iPhone 7 in its two versions, is managed by the A10 chip, a processor dedicated in part to the power consumption and to offer the maximum performance. The iPhone 7 is intended for 2GB of RAM while the 5.5-inch model accompanies the processor with 3GB of RAM, which help ensure that the processes required to be able to use the two integrated cameras together are much more Quick.
As we all know the launch of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has left out the 16 sad GB, going to be 32 GB the smallest device. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is also available in 128 and 256 GB. For its part, Samsung has chosen to launch three models of different capacities: 64, 128 and 256 GB. These models can also expand their storage space up to 2 TB using microSD cards.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will hit the market in five colors: black, gold, pink, blue and violet.
|Galaxy S8 Plus||iPhone 7 Plus|
|Size||159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 in)||158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)|
|Weight||6.1 ounces (173 grams)||6.63 ounces (188 grams)|
|Screen||6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED touchscreen||5.5-inch Retina HD LED-backlit touchscreen|
|Resolution||1,440 x 2,960 pixels (529 ppi)||1,080 x 1,920 pixels (401 ppi)|
|OS||Android 7.0 Nougat||iOS 10|
|Storage||64GB||32, 128, 256GB|
|MicroSD card slot||Yes||No|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 (International)
|A10 Fusion with 64-bit architecture, M10 motion coprocessor|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi||4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi|
|Camera||12MP rear with OIS, 8MP front||Dual 12MP rear, 7MP front|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 5||Yes, version 4.2|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes||Touch ID|
|Other sensors||Barometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor||Barometer, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor|
|Water resistant||Yes, IP68 rated||Yes, IP67 rated|
|Battery||3,500 mAh||2,900 mAh|
|Marketplace||Google Play Store||Apple App Store|
|Color offerings||Black, silver, orchid gray, coral blue (international), gold (international)||Gold, rose gold, silver, black, jet black|
|Availability||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Unlocked|
|Price||$850 on T-Mobile||Starting at $770|
|DT review||First Take||4/5 Stars|
Prices and availability
Although many rumors said that the new Samsung terminals could exceed 1000 euros in its model of lower capacity, the Korean company makes available the Galaxy S8 64GB model fo about $750, while the 64GB S8 Plus will be available for roughly $850.