Samsung Galaxy S8

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9/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 73 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Future-proof features and performance
  • Blazing performance
  • Stunning design
  • Gigabit LTE support
  • MicroSD support
  • Plenty of internal storage
  • All-day battery life
  • QuickCharge and wireless charging support
  • Crisp, vibrant display
  • Great camera (even in low lighting)

What's bad

  • Slippery finish
  • Darker colors are fingerprint magnets
  • Hard-to-find fingerprint scanner
  • Screen measurement might mislead

Hoping to redeem themselves after the Note 7 debacle, Samsung’s latest entry in their popular flagship S-series brings mobile firsts and some interesting changes to the mix. There’s no denying that the phone is an absolute stunner in pictures. But a pretty phone isn’t always a phone that’s good for daily use.

Reviews are rolling in on this much-anticipated release and we’ve slogged through them all so you don’t have to!

Let’s see what they’re saying!

The Galaxy S8 features a metal and glass chassis with a glossy finish and edge-to-edge display. While reviewers raved about how great it looks, they complained fingerprints and smudges. Some also felt the glass treatment made the phone slippery—something you want to be careful about with a phone of this price.

IT Pro UK said, “It's an absolutely gorgeous device - instantly striking and breathtakingly beautiful. It is, without a doubt, the best example of smartphone design produced to date.”

The overall design has changed from the typical Samsung layout. The phone is slimmer across and taller overall. With the tiny bezels on the front display, they’ve had to shift the fingerprint scanner to the rear. This was met with mixed reviews. While no one had trouble with responsiveness, many reviewers noted that it was hard to tell the fingerprint scanner and camera lens apart.

The phone also has an IP68 waterproof rating and a front-facing iris scanner.

Heading around front, you’ll see the biggest changes from Samsung’s usual formula. The screen now extends to the edges of the device, gently curving to meet the frame. There’s also no physical home button at the bottom. Instead, you’ll use a pressure sensor in the screen and software buttons.

Reviewers raved about the screen—both for its appearance and performance. Alphr said, “This is about as good a screen as you can get.”

While it’s a 5.6-inch screen, the 1440-by-2960 resolution is an important consideration. This means you can’t compare this to screen sizes on many other models. PC Magazine highlights this, saying, “On a standard 16:9 aspect ratio phone, you get the same real estate in a 5.6-inch screen. So I think you should consider the S8's screen on par with the 5.5-inch, 16:9 displays on the Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 7 Plus.”

Performance, once again, had reviewers singing Samsung’s praises. Depending on your region, you’ll find either a 2.35GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor or an Exynos 8895 processor. Paired with 4GB of RAM, reviewers found no delays or overheating issues.

Alphr summed up opinions well, saying, “Every benchmark revealed speeds at the very top of the class… it’s pretty clear that the S8 offers far more future-proofing than any other device we’ve seen to date.”

You’ll find Android 7 Nougat on the phone out of the box with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. While Samsung’s been dinged in the past for piling on bloatware, it appears they’ve streamlined things for the S8. All models come with 64GB of internal storage. Should you need more, the microSD slot supports cards up to 256GB.

On paper, the 12MP rear camera doesn’t seem that impressive. However, reviewers found that real-world use was a different story. Both PC Magazine and V3 called it the best smartphone camera ever released. Optical image stabilization and a large aperture make the phone good for low-light photography.

Heading around front, you’ll find an 8MP lens. It also includes autofocus for easier selfies. Reviews for the front lens were equally positive. Low-light performance isn’t as good as the rear camera.

The battery was another aspect that surprised reviewers. The 3,000mAh battery doesn’t appear to offer any more capacity than the battery in the S7, yet reviewers had no problem pushing a day and a half on a single charge. QuickCharge support saw full recharges in just over an hour.

If you’re in an area with spotty signals, support for Gigabit LTE and HPUE means you might see stronger signals. Reviews showed that these features live up to the hype. Your experience will depend on the network in your area.

The phone also includes Bluetooth 5. But none of the reviewers could find a Bluetooth 5 device to test the new features.

Overall, reviews for the Galaxy S8 are overwhelmingly positive. Apart from a slippery, smudge-prone finish, there were few complaints. PC Advisor UK summed up opinions well, saying, “Samsung has taken the best phone around and made it even better with an impressive screen and design. It ticks a shed load of boxes you'd want a flagship to do.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.35 GHz
Screen Size
5.8"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Central

The real value comes in comparing the S8 to the S9. They have mostly the same design, the same software, and identical amounts of internal storage. The camera on the S9 is much better, but for most situations, the S8 will still take fantastic photos. If you're eyeing the Galaxy S9, you can get 90% o...

- Tom Westrick, Android Central
Android Central

Samsung filled it with high-end specs, tons of features and lots of software to try and appeal to a wide swath of potential customers. And for the most part, those pieces all held together after 10 months of use.

- Andrew Martonik, Android Central
Gearburn

The Galaxy S8 screen, performance and camera still excel and the battery life has been a pleasant surprise. But in that same breath, the S8’s biometrics are clearly its biggest weakness — especially as time goes by. Don’t forget a case, by the way.

- Hadlee Simons, Gearburn
BGR

At the current price tag, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is still a worthy purchase if you are looking for an all-rounder of a smartphone with a very capable camera.

- Ritesh Bendre, BGR
TrustedReviews

The Galaxy S8 genuinely feels like an upgrade from any other phone I’ve used in a long time. And for me, that makes it worth splashing out.

- Max Parker, TrustedReviews


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy S8 on April 21, 2017.


The Galaxy S8 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy S8 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy S8 user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy S8 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy S8 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
5.8"

The Samsung Galaxy S8's screen size is 5.8 inches with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.35 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1200 minutes, 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S8 Specs

Overview
Release date April 21, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/700/2100/800 /850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.46 W/kg
Body: 1.01 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 960 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 840 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 720 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 13.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold, Burgundy Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.9 x 6.8 x 0.8 cm (5.9 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 155 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Pixel density 570 pixels
Size 5.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Infinity Display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Voice activation, Exposure compensation, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, Wide angle lens
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-G950

Also available in dual SIM variant.

Additional Sensors: Heart Rate Sensor, Barometer, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor

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Critic Reviews


Android Central

Much cheaper, still fantastic

from Android Central

The real value comes in comparing the S8 to the S9. They have mostly the same design, the same software, and identical amounts of internal storage. The camera on the S9 is much better, but for most situations, the S8 will still take fantastic photos. If you're eyeing the Galaxy S9,...More

The real value comes in comparing the S8 to the S9. They have mostly the same design, the same software, and identical amounts of internal storage. The camera on the S9 is much better, but for most situations, the S8 will still take fantastic photos. If you're eyeing the Galaxy S9, you can get 90% of the same experience for half of the price by buying last year's device.

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Android Central

The go-to flagship holds up well

from Android Central

Samsung filled it with high-end specs, tons of features and lots of software to try and appeal to a wide swath of potential customers. And for the most part, those pieces all held together after 10 months of use.

Read full review

Samsung filled it with high-end specs, tons of features and lots of software to try and appeal to a wide swath of potential customers. And for the most part, those pieces all held together after 10 months of use.

Read full review

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Gearburn

Held up rather well against more recent high-end smartphones

from Gearburn

The Galaxy S8 screen, performance and camera still excel and the battery life has been a pleasant surprise. But in that same breath, the S8’s biometrics are clearly its biggest weakness — especially as time goes by. Don’t forget a case, by the way.

Read full review

The Galaxy S8 screen, performance and camera still excel and the battery life has been a pleasant surprise. But in that same breath, the S8’s biometrics are clearly its biggest weakness — especially as time goes by. Don’t forget a case, by the way.

Read full review

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BGR

It has lived up to expectations

from BGR

At the current price tag, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is still a worthy purchase if you are looking for an all-rounder of a smartphone with a very capable camera.

Read full review

At the current price tag, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is still a worthy purchase if you are looking for an all-rounder of a smartphone with a very capable camera.

Read full review

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TrustedReviews

Feels like the future

from TrustedReviews

The Galaxy S8 genuinely feels like an upgrade from any other phone I’ve used in a long time. And for me, that makes it worth splashing out.

Read full review

The Galaxy S8 genuinely feels like an upgrade from any other phone I’ve used in a long time. And for me, that makes it worth splashing out.

Read full review

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Android Central

One of many greats

from Android Central

Three months in, I'm still happily using my Galaxy S8. Like every other phone, the Galaxy S8 has its issues — chief among them being its awkward biometric security setup and sometimes-frustrating software. But for me, those are so dramatically outweighed by its gorgeous hardware, great scre...More

Three months in, I'm still happily using my Galaxy S8. Like every other phone, the Galaxy S8 has its issues — chief among them being its awkward biometric security setup and sometimes-frustrating software. But for me, those are so dramatically outweighed by its gorgeous hardware, great screen, strong performance and core features. And even though its camera isn't a world-beater in the same way the Galaxy S7 was last year, I still feel confident carrying it in my pocket every day knowing I'll be happy with the photos it produces.

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Tom's Guide

The best phone will only get better

from Tom's Guide

Although the Bixby assistant still isn’t ready for prime time, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a fantastic phone because of its captivating infinity display, very strong performance, long battery life and great cameras.

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Although the Bixby assistant still isn’t ready for prime time, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a fantastic phone because of its captivating infinity display, very strong performance, long battery life and great cameras.

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The Wirecutter

Stylish and water resistant

from The Wirecutter

If you prefer to buy a phone from your carrier, or if you want a phone with a huge screen, water resistance, a microSD card slot, or wireless charging, you should get the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. In addition to those features, they have the best displays of any phone we’ve tested, and with...More

If you prefer to buy a phone from your carrier, or if you want a phone with a huge screen, water resistance, a microSD card slot, or wireless charging, you should get the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. In addition to those features, they have the best displays of any phone we’ve tested, and with curved sides, tall aspect ratios, and impressively narrow bezels, each one has a lot more screen than the Pixels do.

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KnowTechie

Better late than never

from KnowTechie

Overall, if you’re an Android diehard, this phone should be on top of the list of smartphones to buy in 2017. The phone is gorgeous, powerful, and offers a ton of features that you can’t find in any other smartphone.

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Overall, if you’re an Android diehard, this phone should be on top of the list of smartphones to buy in 2017. The phone is gorgeous, powerful, and offers a ton of features that you can’t find in any other smartphone.

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Paste Magazine

Rising from the Note 7 ashes

from Paste Magazine

While not a pitch perfect phone, the latest flagship from the Korean giant is the best it’s ever made, and an easy frontrunner for phone of the year.

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While not a pitch perfect phone, the latest flagship from the Korean giant is the best it’s ever made, and an easy frontrunner for phone of the year.

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User Reviews


ROXANNE

Screen breaks easy

Very disappointed with this phone. It slid off the couch and the screen broke. 2nd of the same phone fell out of hubby's pocket and that screen broke. Now there are chunks of glass on my hands.

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