Finally, one of the most anticipated phones of the year, the flagship of the Korean giant of which many things were expected,came to our hands and, as we have seen in first person, has fulfilled them. Although this time we have analyzed the plus version of this Asian jewel, this has only made the experience even better.
A phone that dazzles at first glance, which despite the hypnotic size of your screen does not feel fragile to the touch and also, is completed with a performance in the rest of hardware that will be quite difficult to improve by their immediate rivals. Let’s see without further delay, what has given us the Samsung Galaxy S8 + during its analysis.
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Fashionable and flawless design
The first thing that we appreciate when holding in our hands this telephone is the elegance of its design, especially lavished by its curves. And is that we can no longer conceive a new Galaxy without its beautiful lines, well finished and that completely facilitate the grip in hand.
Outside frames, curvature to the sides and farewell to the frontal physical button, three trends that we have already seen and seem to continue to see in the mobile market. Yes, a couple of glitches with respect to the design: it easily attracts the prints and is extremely slippery, so despite its beauty, it is advisable to protect it with a cover .
The fingerprint sensor: a bad choice
One of the thornier issues that have arisen around this new terminal has to do with the position chosen by Samsung for the fingerprint reader. All the rumors indicated that Samsung would have looked for a way to place the sensor under the screen, but after the failed attempts decided to place it in the back , right next to the camera.
This has caused many users to complain and even to comment that their experience of use is not the best for left-handed people. Even with all this, the sensor responds very well and if we do not adapt to it we always have the possibility of passing us to face recognition or the iris sensor that incorporates the phone.
The screen, its greatest charm
It is inevitable not to be surprised to see for the first time the Galaxy S8 +, and is that its screen 6.2 inches longer than normal does not go unnoticed. We talked about a Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2,960×1,440 pixels and a density of 530ppp.
If we are demanding we can conclude that this AMOLED screen is not much better than the one we found in the previous model, the Galaxy S7, but that is no reason to fail to recognize the experience of use thanks to the perfect contrast and high levels of Brightness , is impeccable.
Good performance, but few differences
Inside the S8 and S8 + we find the one that is supposed to be the fashionable and best processor we could find, a Snapdragon 835 running alongside 4GB of RAM and 64 internal storage from the most basic option. However, we have not appreciated a significant performance improvement against the Galaxy S7, nor a better Android experience than with other terminals such as OnePlus 3.
Of course, in benchmarks this processor and its eight cores will eat the rest of what we find in the market. And this we have perceived in our own meats, because in both multitasking and performance when using very heavy applications the phone has yielded without problems.
Autonomy and connectivity
The connectivity in the Samsung Galaxy S8 is very careful and is that no to this phone does not lack either LTE Cat 16, WiFi ac dual band or Bluetooth v 5.0 (2Mbps). We also come across ANT + support, USB Type-C port, NFC, Samsung Pay, and GPS localization technologies, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou.
In terms of autonomy we find a battery with 3.500mAh for the version we tested, somewhat higher than that found in the smaller model, which stays at 3.000mAh. At this point it has not been revolutionized and the phone in intensive use (about 5 hours the screen on) reaches below 15% in the last hours of the day. If we also give a lot of clutter to the camera, especially in recording mode, we are still below these figures.
TouchWiz strikes again
The Samsung Customization layer, TouchWiz reappears again on this model based on Android 7.0. So far it was a layer that more than help annoying, full of bloatware little useful and also lost the intuitive of the purest Android. Aware of that, the Koreans have worked on preparing this “TouchWiz 2017”, much more functional and accessible than we found so far.
Even so, we do not find many of our own applications and Edge tools that allow us to take advantage of the edge of the screen, the complete screen capture, the Always On Display, or the split screen. In addition, there is a series catalog that comes from Microsoft’s very complete in which we find Skype , Excel, World, OneDrive or Powerpoint.
The premiere of Bixby has not been as good as expected. We find it still limited to English and Korean and still half developed, so it is advisable to continue using Google Now and other associated services. Something interesting about Bixby is the subject of image recognition, Bixby Vision. This system allows, through artificial intelligent, to recognize elements in our photos and then send us on the Internet to related stores or banks of images.
As Samsung has decided not to join the fashion of dual cameras in its flagship. This, a priori, might sound short, but nothing beyond reality. While it is true that the hardware in this photographic equipment was not far from the previous model, improvements in software and other elements have only improved something that was already excellent.
A 12 megapixel sensor with a maximum f / 1.7 aperture that performs several images at once and cleverly joins them together to get the best shot. It also has the fastest focusing system, Dual Pixel, and perfectly withstands moving elements and fast scene changes.
Where we have noticed notable changes is in the front camera, with an 8 megapixel sensor and aperture f / 1.7 that thanks to the new autofocus system, picks up videos and photos considerably sharper.
[wpsm_reviewbox title=”Wesharethis Opinion” description=”The Galaxy S8 + was clear that it wanted to be the best phone in the market this year 2017 and although it could have given us greater autonomy and performance, has left a spectacular design that we can barely catch. While it is true that the choice at the time of locating the fingerprint sensor has not been the most successful, to sacrifice it in exchange for such a spectacular screen has been worth it, As we have seen previously, the photographic equipment, even without a dual camera system is excellent. In the same way is the connectivity that we find in the phone and also the multiple applications that this time includes TouchWiz. So we can conclude that the Galaxy S8 + is going to be a tough opponent to beat for the new iPhone and for the moment, you can hang the flagship medal of the year.” score=”9.5″ ]