After a long, twisted and explosive affair with its Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is back in the flagship smartphone scene with its Galaxy S8. The smartphone was announced in India on 19 April at a price tag of Rs 57,900 with pre-orders beginning the same day, while the device goes on sale in stores and online from 5 May.
I received the review unit two days after launch and have had plenty of time to go through its feature list. Being a Samsung phone, there were some gimmicks of course, but there were a number of useful features as well.
After seeing success with the Galaxy S3, Samsung hit a rather rough patch, but that was mostly Samsung’s fault. Some rather odd design decisions and a lack of innovation hurt them. It wasn’t until the stellar Galaxy S7 and S7 edge last year, that Samsung really proved its worth. The Note 7, if it wouldn’t have exploded so frequently, would have further cemented Samsung’s stature as a flagship device maker.
The S7 was a great device and apart from the rear camera, there wasn’t much to complain about with regards to the performance and design.
The fresh design, with its curved edges gave Samsung something to talk about. A phone that could bear the title of “flagship” with pride and hold its own with, and even surpass, the best in the industry. In fact, the launch of the S7 and S7 Edge saw Samsung hit its highest earnings in years. The devices did, in fact, start eating into Apple’s marketshare in the US.
The Note 7 of course, ruined everything.
To add to Samsung’s woes, the unstoppable force that is the mighty Google came up with the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
These smartphones featured a premium build (thanks to HTC), and packed in stock Android with a few customisations. While Google was looking to take on Apple, little did it know that it had crushed Samsung (and many others) along the way with what many termed as “Android perfection”.
Thankfully for Samsung, issues with availability kept the Pixel from truly achieving its potential.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels and is powered by a 2.35GHz + 1.7GHz octa Core processor and has 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable upto 256GB and has a 12.0-megapixel rear camera and 8.0-megapixel front camera. It comes with Android 7.0 Nougat OS and support a 3000mAh battery capacity with 3G & 4G.
||QHD+ Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
||2960 X 1440
||64GB, 4GB RAM
||F/1.7 Aperture Lens, Dual Pixel Technology, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Multi-Frame Image Processing, Auto Filter, Stickers And Stamps, Smart Auto Focus, Face Detection, Pro Mode, Food , HDR (High Dynamic Range), Night, Selective Focus, Slow Motion
|Video Resolution / Frame Rate
||1080p / 30fps
||SMS, MMS, Email
||Midnight Black, Maple Gold
||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
||802.11a/B/G/N/Ac 2.4G + 5G, MIMO
||68.1 X 8.0 X 148.9 Mm
||Music Formats: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF|#|Video Formats: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM