This is the first Android smartphone that comes out on the Snapdragon 835 processor. This processor supports advanced image processing and the new Bluetooth 5.0 standard.
Galaxy S8 is the second smartphone with a protective coating Gorilla Glass 5, with glass used in front and behind. The first was the device HTC U Ultra. Despite the presence on the glass case, the device is designed with increased protection against falls. This review is a black version of the smartphone.
Last year, Samsung acquired Harman, consumers have already benefited from this, as AKGearphones were included with the smartphone. Samsung promises here a clear sound without distortion in games, video and when listening to music.
The South Korean company LG first released a smartphone with an unusual 18: 9 aspect ratio. They recently became the flagship smartphone LG G6. Samsung followed suit in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 +, where the aspect ratio of the screen is 18.5: 9. This trend shows that manufacturers are trying to offer something new, which will increase interest in podnadoevimi black rectangular smartphones. A narrower smartphone is more convenient to hold in hand, while it has become longer and more content fits on the screen.
Testing DisplayMate calls the Galaxy S8 and S8 + screen the best among modern smartphones and gives an A + rating. The display is the main interface of the smartphone and a high-quality screen is important for productive interaction with the device. There is a great opportunity to display two applications at the same time, the additional length only contributes to this.
Samsung did not remove the analog 3.5 mm headphone jack from its flagships. As for the dynamics, it is only one here at the bottom of the device, the sound quality can be called adequate.
The volume button is located on the upper left side of the screen, and next to it is a dedicated button for activating the Bixby digital assistant. At the moment, when you click this button, Bixby cards are launched. In the future, the button will be responsible for launching the voice assistant.
Unlike smartphones like the iPhone 7 Plus and the LG G6, the Galaxy S8 has one rear camera. It has a resolution of 12 megapixels, dual pixel autofocus, f / 1.7 aperture for improved photographing in low light. The Galaxy S7 camera was one of the best last year, the Galaxy S8 + camera is not inferior to it. It almost does not extend beyond the surface of the body, only the edges around the lenses stand out a little.
To the left of the camera is a flash and a heart rate sensor. Fingerprint scanner for some reason placed on the right of the camera. Since they also do not protrude beyond the case, there is a problem to find a fingerprint scanner with your finger. It would be more convenient to place the scanner under the camera, as is done in the LG G6 and many other smartphones, where the scanner is located on the back of the case.
The iris scanner is located above the screen and works fine. Sometimes you are asked to raise the device higher before your eyes so that you can recognize them. It takes more time to turn on the Galaxy S8 + than on the LG G6 or iPhone 7 Plus, because you first need to turn on the screen, only then the iris scanner is activated. The fingerprint scanner works simultaneously to turn on the screen and unlock the device, so that its use allows you to quickly start working with your smartphone. On the other hand, as already mentioned, first a fingerprint scanner must be groped.
There is a function Always-On Display, which is not yet on the iPhone. Here you can watch notifications, time and multimedia playback when the screen is completely off. Double clicking on the notification opens the application that sent it. Here you can pause, run and search for audio.
Battery and specs
With daily testing throughout the week, we can conclude that the 3500 mAh battery allows the smartphone to work a full day without recharging. The battery life is about the same as on the iPhone 7 Plus. The presence of fast wireless recharging allows you to simply put the smartphone on a stand on the desktop and not connect wires to it. Although the charging speed can not be compared with a wired one, it is quite enough.
On the smartphone there is no hardware Home button, which previously, among other things, allowed double clicking on it to launch the camera application and unlock the smartphone. Now, to start the camera, double-click on the power button on the right, which is no less convenient.
For the first time in a smartphone, you can change the location of the soft navigation buttons. At Samsung, they are usually arranged in reverse order compared to other Android devices. Now you can fix it and change the Back and Recent Applications buttons in places.
The smartphone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system with the Samsung Experience 8.1 shell. In this instance, the Android security update of April 1 was installed.
The user has a choice of whether widgets and favorite applications or all installed applications will be displayed on the home screen. You can also choose between 4×5, 4×6, 5×5, or 5×6 grid sizes, finding the best option for the location of icons.
As in the Huawei EMUI shell, a gesture with a finger down on any empty space on the home screen opens the application loader with the search bar at the top, which allows you to quickly find and launch programs. You can also press and hold the Home virtual button to launch Google Assistant. Clicking on the button of recent applications allows you to choose which programs to run in multitasking mode. With a 6.2-inch screen diagonal, you can comfortably work with two windows at the same time.
Previously, Samsung included the option to display the Flipboard ribbon in the left Home screen. Now here is the panel Bixby Home, which contains all of its cards.
The smartphone has some Samsung apps preinstalled, including Galaxy Apps, browser, Explorer, Samsung Health, Samsung +, email client, calendar, contacts, image gallery with editing tools, instant messenger, Samsung Connect, Samsung themes, safe folders, Samsung and Samsung Pay notes.
The email client does an excellent job with different accounts, like Gmail and Exchange, one of which can be working and the other personal. The calendar helps to keep track of the daily schedule, which is issued over the display of the current month. The image gallery is even more functional than Google Photos, there are advanced editing tools and image creation.
The camera has a variety of photography modes, which make it possible to make changes to photos and videos. There is an automatic shooting mode, Pro / manual, panorama, selective focus, slow motion, fast shooting, food photography, virtual shooting and others that can be downloaded on the Samsung website.
Although this is not particularly important for corporate clients, the camera application supports filters, you can add text to photos, there are stickers like those available in Facebook Messenger and Snapchat.
Voice Assistant Bixby will not be available at the moment of the start of sales of these smartphones, but you can already use Bixby Home, Bixby Vision and Bixby Reminder.
The interface based on Bixby Home cards resembles Google Now cards, but here they are associated with applications. You can make settings to control the appearance of cards on your smartphone. Even when they are enabled in the settings, the cards will be shown only when artificial intelligence finds it appropriate. For example, appointments scheduled for the morning will appear at the top of the Hello Bixby page, but during the day the cards will change.
Bixby Vision allows the camera to recognize images, find products on the Internet, get information about nearby places, translate into different languages, identify QR codes, etc. Business cards can be recognized and saved in the contact list, text can be extracted from objects, there is still detailed information about different wines.
Bixby Reminder seems to be an alternative to reminders in Google Assistant and a competitor of Evernote, Wunderlist and Google Keep applications. You can create reminders based on contextual information, as does Google Assistant.
DeX Docking Station
One of the distinguishing features of the Galaxy S8 smartphones is the ability to turn them into a full-fledged personal computer. This is done with the help of a docking station called DeX. In this test, a 22-inch Dell monitor was connected to it with an HDMI cable, a Samsung Bluetooth mouse, and a Bluetooth keyboard. Touchscreen monitor works great with a smartphone.
The interface was extremely responsive, you can simultaneously run many applications, all installed on the Galaxy S8 + programs supported work on the big screen. Microsoft Word and Excel are optimized for working with DeX, so you will get almost the usual way of interacting with them.
You can watch through the smartphone on the monitor screen of the movie, while the sound will come from the speaker of the Galaxy S8 +. Reproduction works smoothly, there are no complaints about performance. Samsung has all the chances to be the first to make smartphones the real and only computer devices of users.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7
- The excellent screen is almost borderless.
- Compact for this screen size case.
- Numerous security features, including the iris scanner.
- Fast and wireless recharging.
- Slot for microSD memory card.
- High level of protection from water and dust.
- Sheeting of Gorilla Glass 5 in front and behind.
- It is difficult to accurately press the fingerprint scanner, which is located on the back of the case.
- Bixby digital assistant is flawed.
- The advertising of the Samsung Galaxy S8 + smartphone focuses on its new non-standard Infinity Display screen. Its diagonal is 6.2 inches versus 5.5 inches in the iPhone 7 Plus. The screen has become longer due to the aspect ratio of 18.5: 9
Galaxy Note 7 was a great smartphone, but its flammable batteries brought this device to the grave. In the Galaxy S8 + Samsung took all the best from the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7, while the size of the frames around the screen was reduced, an unusual aspect ratio of 18.5: 9 appeared and the Home button was removed.
Samsung continues to raise the bar on smartphone technology, it uses the most modern processor, the best screen, mobile payment technology, etc. The cost of the smartphone is 59990 rubles., Its appearance, perception and performance will not disappoint.
Unfortunately, the Bixby digital assistant will not be ready for the start of sales, it should be finalized in the coming months. Some Bixby modules are working now, but the full potential of the assistant is not yet clear. There is a separate button for it on the left side of the case, so Samsung makes a big bet on Bixby.