Samsung's Unpacked event was well done and visually stunning. The stars of the event did not disappoint either. The wraps have officially been taken off and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have been revealed to the world. All of the leaks and rumors were spot on for the most part so the devices were not exactly a surprise. Regardless, the phones are simply the best designed smartphones ever created. The rest of it? Well, let's just say that this has become the phone to beat in 2017.
DISPLAY AND PROCESSOR
GALAXY S8 - There are a lot of similarities between both handsets, but one difference is obviously the size. The Galaxy S8 weighs in at a minuscule 155 g and its dimensions are 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm. It also has a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ SUPER AMOLED display, with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 and a whopping 570 ppi (pixels per inch).
GALAXY S8+ - Still extremely light, especially for a phone its size, the Galaxy S8+ weighs 173 g and has dimensions of 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm. As the larger of the two devices, it has a massive 6.2-inch Quad HD+ SUPER AMOLED display, with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 and a lower ppi count of 529.
Depending on the country, both devices will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor or an Exynos 8895 chipset. Again depending on the region, the specs for these will be either an Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor or an Octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor. Additionally, the handsets will feature an infinity display, which is practically a bezel-less screen that goes edge-to-edge. They also will, by default, come out of the box with a Full HD+ resolution that can be changed, via the settings, to the upgraded Wide Quad HD+ (WQHD+) resolution. Lastly, Android Nougat 7.0 will come pre-installed and both smartphones will have 4GB of RAM.
BATTERY AND CAMERA
GALAXY S8 - Being the smaller of the two devices, naturally, comes a smaller battery. The Galaxy S8 will be fueled by a 3000 mAh battery. According to Samsung, this is good enough for up to 20 hours of talk time, 16 hours of video playback, 14 hours of use on Wi-Fi, and about 12 hours of use on 4G (it really depends on how you use your phone).
GALAXY S8+ - The bigger sibling will provide a larger battery capacity. A 3500 mAh battery will keep the lights on a few hours longer than the Galaxy S8. However, this battery is slightly smaller than the 3600 mAh battery found in its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 edge. Despite this, Samsung claims that it will provide up to 24 hours of talk time, 18 hours of video playback, 15 hours of use on Wi-Fi, and roughly 15 hours on 4G (again, it depends on how you use your phone).
In addition, both devices can be charged wirelessly or charged using the USB Type-C charging port.
The camera is identical on both handsets. The rear will sport a dual-pixel, 12-megapixel camera with a f/1.7 aperture which is good for shots in low light. Both devices will also have upgraded 8-megapixel selfie cameras with a f/1.7 aperture and Smart Auto Focus. Smart Auto Focus basically tracks faces so everyone will come out crisp and clear. The front-facing camera will also come with a Stickers feature that allows you to place virtual items into images. Think Snapchat's AR (augmented reality). Additionally, videos can be recorded in 4K.
Wireless Charging - Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be able to be charged wirelessly
via a wireless charging pad.
Water Resistant - The handsets are IP68 water resistant in up to 1.5 meters of water for about 30 minutes.
Bixby - Gone is S Voice. Bixby is a significantly upgraded replacement. Bixby is a personal assistant that understands talk, text, and taps. Samsung incorporated a dedicated Bixby button on the left side of the two new smartphones. It understands context which allows it to schedule reminders and perform many other tasks. You can even use the camera to show Bixby items that you want to shop for.
Iris Scanner - This feature allows you to unlock your device with your eyes.
Fingerprint Scanner - With the lack of a physical home button, Samsung put a dedicated fingerprint sensor next to the rear camera lens.
Facial Recognition - Samsung incorporated facial recognition software to give you an additional option of unlocking your phone. It's as easy as taking a selfie.
Samsung DeX - This allows you to connect your device to a monitor, wired keyboard and mouse to bring Android OS to your PC. However, the DeX station is sold separately.
Expandable memory - The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ can offer you additional storage in the form of a micro SD card up to 256GB.
Pre-orders for both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will begin on March 30th. The Galaxy S8 retails around $720 ($30 a month) and the Galaxy S8+ retails around $840 ($35 a month). The handsets will come in five color options (depending on region): Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Maple Gold, Coral Blue, and Orchid Gray. Both devices are set to be released on April 21st and come with 64GB of internal storage.
Are you ready to "unbox your phone?" Which one are you buying?