Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 +: taken in hand and first test of the two monsters [Exclusive Guide]

12:52 am April 12, 201713305

Samsung invited us to the top floor of the House of the radio to find out more about its Galaxy S8 and S8 +. After a few hours in their company, here are our first impressions of the new two standard-bearers of the Korean brand hot.

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the Galaxy on the left (5.8 inches) S8 and S8 + right (6.2 inches)

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8 +
screen 5.8 inches WQHD + HDR Super Amoled “Infinity Display” 6.2 inches WQHD + HDR Super Amoled “Infinity Display”
CPU Exynos 8895 2.3 GHz Exynos 8895 2.3 GHz
sensor before 8 megapixels with autofocus 8 megapixels with autofocus
rear sensor 12 megapixel Dual Pixel f/1.7 12 megapixel Dual Pixel f/1.7
storage 64 GB (base) + micro SD (up to 256 GB) 64 GB (base) + micro SD (up to 256 GB)
battery 3000 mAh 3500 mAh
security fingerprint scanner Scan IRIS
facial recognition
fingerprint scanner Scan IRIS
facial recognition
connectivity USB type C standard USB 3.0 compatible DisplayPort
NFC, audio jack
USB type C standard USB 3.0 compatible DisplayPort
NFC, audio jack
OS Android 7.0 Nougat + overlay Samsung Experience 8.1 Android 7.0 Nougat + overlay Samsung Experience 8.1
color black carbon, polar silver, Orchid (purple) carbon black Silver fleece, Orchid (purple)
Dimensions 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
weight 152 grams 173 grams

Galaxy S8: design impressive, but not without compromise

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 + are visually impressive. The curved to 18.5:9 format screen had its effect, giving the impression of holding only the screen. The Super AMOLED slab seems of very high quality, and also curved rear hull allows smartphones to have an extremely thin aluminum frame. Everything is protected by Gorilla Glass both sides 5 glass.

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the black version of the Samsung Galaxy S8

with respectively 5.8 and 6.2 inches, two smartphones remain very compact, but the Galaxy S8 + still seemed us a little big. Although the “wow” effect is increased tenfold, the elongated format makes it hard to reach items at the top of the screen. Depends of course of the hands and the expectations of each. The best is to test it in the store to get your own idea.

The fingerprint hard drive placed

but to highlight its “Infinity Display”, Samsung had to do the housework on the front. Farewell the physical button with fingerprint reader and the touch buttons on each side, everything happens now directly on the screen, except… the fingerprint reader who is deported to the rear.

Would not be a problem if the latter was placed under the photo sensor like on the LG G6, but Samsung for made the choice (and probably by technical constraints), just place it next to the photo sensor, making the fingerprints on the fairly frequent camera. The parade of Samsung: alert the user to the photo app when the sensor is dirty.

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version gray of the S8 Galaxy

the fingerprint reader is easily accessible on the Galaxy S8, much less on the S8 + and its 6.2 inch screen. If you have big hands, you’ll need a gymnastics to reach it, a quite embarrassing ergonomics defect if you plan to use.

Two alternatives to secure your Samsung Galaxy S8

If you do not use the fingerprint reader or its investment giving up, you will always be able to use the scanner to Iris introduced on the Galaxy Note 7, or facial recognition, even if the latter is less accurate and secure.

Without having had confirmation by Samsung, it is not improbable to think that the fingerprint reader will eventually arrive directly on the screen of the smartphone in the years to come, resolving this problem of ergonomics. With the Galaxy S9? To finish on design, phones aren’t too heavy, and the builder had the good taste to keep the headphone jack 3.5 mm.

Three colors are available: black, silver and orchid. Personally, I prefer this color that reveals less than black smudges, and made less “mirror” as the silver version.

The Infinity display is a slap

Samsung for nothing to prove in my mastery of the AMOLED technology. The Galaxy S8 and S8 + screens have been designated as the best by DisplayMate . This time, the builder goes even further with still more curved edges and a format 18.5:9 in length which gives the good content.

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the Samsung Galaxy S8 +

unlike the screen of LG G6 , of the Galaxy S8 for no black bar between the interface and the borders. The integration is perfect, aesthetics also, but what about content offered to take advantage of this screen?

An interface to the service of the screen

Google for called all Android developers to adapt their applications to this new, wider than the 16:9 screen format and who could leave black bars on each side. Samsung seems to have taken the lead in offering a software option that comes to put over any application to propose a standard view or expanded to fit the format 18.5:9.

We were able to test it on Chrome or even YouTube, the service proves effective. You can either go through the settings to set the display of each application, or from the concerned app mode. The Samsung applications are of course compatible by default.

Some changes side photo

the photo sensor remains at 12 megapixels with Dual Pixel technology (which is always among the best), Samsung says software enhancements will come to embellish photos of Galaxy S8. If we could not check it in so little time, we however found some improvements in the photo app.

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some “new” resume that we found during our test of the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017, as the floating button or the passage of the front camera to the rear camera with a simple movement upwards or downwards. Another good idea, the ability to zoom by making a lateral move since the capture button. Convenient to zoom in to a hand.

Samsung Bixby, a nearly complete assistant

the intelligent assistant Bixby of Samsung is based on three components. The first is “Hello Bixby”. It corresponds to the left office which includes all applications, information (always with upday) and your activities, all at the artificial intelligence sauce. Understand there suggested content depends on your habits and practices of the phone. Difficult to judge it in a few minutes, so we keep our opinion for the complete test.

The second is “Bixby Vision”. In the photo app, you will find a function that allows to analyze objects and monuments that you capture, to offer similar images, information and other sales pages Amazon (to buy a package of laundry, for example). We were able to test it on the Eiffel Tower, it worked well, even if the test was pretty simple.

The last component is “Bixby Voice” that we will not immediately on the S8 Galaxy . To make a shortcut, it’s the “Google Samsung Assistant”. But the problem of localization (translation) delayed its output at home. During our test, we’ll see if switching the phone in English can be used in the language of Shakespeare.

Accessories galore

we have also put their hands on several accessories. The first of them is the Samsung DeX to transform the Galaxy S8 in PC , provided you have a monitor, a mouse and a keyboard at your fingertips. The passage of the smartphone to PC mode mode is fast enough, with an interface that adapts to the classic codes of a desktop computer.

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Samsung DeX to transform the Galaxy S8 in PC

the DeX in him even taking two USB ports, an Ethernet Jack, a HDMI and a USB – C port to power it. Fans are also integrated to cool down a bit the phone in case of overheating.

All applications in the Store work in this mode, but all are not optimized. Samsung for already signed some partnerships with Adobe to adapt some software like Photoshop to the interface. Add to this the suite Office directly installed on the Galaxy S8, and you have to the desktop in a fairly comfortable way. This solution is clearly not to the “power user”, but works well.

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the induction charger of the S8 Galaxy, not to be confused with the DeX Samsung

the other accessories ranged from four types of different shells, the new Gear VR helmet who ships a connector USB – C and a remote control in addition to the previous model. The camera Gear 360 also improves the ability to shoot in 4K and propose of the livestream at 36 degrees on YouTube and Facebook Live.

Our opinion after this first test of the Galaxy S8 and S8 +

after a few hours spent in the company of S8 and S8 + Galaxy, we can say that Samsung mastering my subject. These S8 are one condensed brand expertise, both in terms of design and interface screen. Yes, the phones are impressive and should not disappoint.

But the S8 did us not feel like “without compromise”, as one would expect on a phone of this range. The fact that the photo sensor pushes not the limits of the S7 Edge (which will remain on sale), the fingerprint reader is placed awkwardly or that the vocal of the Bixby Wizard is not yet available in french just qualify a table expected idyllic.

But do not judge too quickly, still us have a lot to discover a Galaxy S8 and S8 +, starting with the autonomy, the audio part, performance and the quality of the photos. Tell us what you think of S8 and if you count it or not buy one?