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Samsung Galaxy S8
Galaxy S8 is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor. It has 4GB RAM and packs 64GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The smartphone comes with what the company calls Infinity Display, featuring dual-edge curved display and 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
It’s hard to believe that this is a 5.8 inch display panel. Univisium aspect ratio makes it taller, but watching content on the Galaxy S8 is much simpler than its elder brother. You still get pillarboxing effects, but only on the two sides and none on the Edge panels. Colour reproduction, saturation and touch sensitivity and feel remain just as good, underscored by excellent black levels and contrast ratio. It achieves nearly luminance readings of nearly 800 Lux, making it one of the brightest displays out there.
You make a slight compromise with the battery on this device and frankly speaking, a 3000 mAh battery is small by today’s standards. In the Galaxy S8’s case, size does matter and the battery lasts about two-three hours less than the bigger variant. On the PC Mark test, the Galaxy S8 lasted 8 hours 57 minutes on the PC Mark Work 2.0 Battery test.
On regular usage, the phone gets you by about 10 hours during the day. I got the same with some camera usage, about 10 phones calls and just over an hour of gaming. Brightness was set on auto throughout the day, and I spent about two hours in the sun, pushing screen brightness to above medium levels.
It’s the industry standard when it comes to flagships today, but really, it’s about time companies focus on this aspect too. Samsung’s competitors, including Apple, may not be doing much either but for a company looking to have its phone stand out, a bigger battery would have been a better idea.
Performance, Camera, Audio Quality and UI
All of these are mostly the same on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. So, you can simply head over to that review to learn about them.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is noticeably smaller than the S8+, but its screen size differs by only 0.2 inches. Hence, graphics performance and other performance elements are the same too. As always, Samsung also chose the Exynos 8895 SoC for this one instead of the Snapdragon 835.