8 fantastic Samsung Galaxy S8 features that went under the radar


Being one of this year's critical smartphone releases, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been profoundly well documented. Among all the praise for its Infinity Display, virtual AI assistant, and other key features, you surely must have heard about some of the following additions – remapping the Bixby key; the new Gear VR headset with controller and the AKG-branded earphones bundled in; the DeX dock that turns the smartphone into a PC; the updated S-Health app with the ability to call your doc; the brand-new camera sensors, or rearranging the Home Screen icons with a single tap.

Turns out there's lots more where that came from and Samsung has left it to the media to discover and publicize some very compelling features and functionality that got very little "screen time", or not any at all! It's not surprising – with a smartphone this packed, Sammy had to focus on the best of the best to make an impact.

Now here are 8 of the best Galaxy S8 features that Samsung didn't advertise directly, but are going to be there for you!

1. Fast wireless charging


You'd be right to dismiss wireless charging as slow and cumbersome, but Samsung has actively worked to change your mind. The Galaxy S8 supports wireless charging at almost twice the speed of most Qi wireless chargers – 2.4A, instead of 1.5A. That's still not as fast as wired charging in combination with Adaptive Fast Charging or Quick Charge optimizations, but it's quite workable.

If you want to take advantage of that, you will need Samsung's Fast Wireless Charging Stand (Amazon, $90). It seems to be the only one on the market that delivers enough amperage to see the benefit. It also looks kinda rad and has a built-in fan to cool down your phone. Wireless charging tends to make back panels heat up, so a cooling system is quite welcome. Let's hope it's quiet, though!


2. Customize soft keys and color


Samsung said 'goodbye' to capacitive keys with style! The Galaxy S8 lets you personalize the software navigation keys by choosing a colorful background for them, or switching the layout between Recents - Home - Back or Back - Home - Recents. You can also tweak the amount of pressure needed to hard-press the virtual Home button. Speaking of the Home button...


3. The Home button is always available


Even if the Home button icon isn't visible on screen, or the screen is off, you can still hard-press in its general location and get haptic feedback indicating you've triggered the Home button. This way, you can easily power the S8's display, quit open apps, and glance at notifications when the phone is lying down, for example. Thoughtful!


4. Multi-frame image processing


There's even more going on behind the camera scenes compared to previous Galaxy S flagships. Samsung has worked out a neat image processing algorithm where the Galaxy S8's camera takes three photos instead of one. It chooses the clearest image as baseline and uses the rest to reduce blur. This applies to all images and happens so fast, you wouldn't be able to tell. The result is supposed to be clearer, more detailed photographs.


5. One-handed control for camera app


Instead of adding a separate one-handed control mode for the camera app, Samsung straight-up optimized it so that using it one-handed comes naturally. Swiping your thumb in different directions triggers shooting modes, switches between front/rear cameras, and opens filter settings. Moreover, moving the on-screen shutter button to the left or right adjusts zoom.


6. The battery is slower to degrade over time


Improvements in technology have allowed Samsung to increase the Galaxy S8 battery's longevity. If the Galaxy S7 maintained around 80% of effective battery capacity during a typical year of use (charging and discharging), the Galaxy S8 will hover at around 95%. Of course, such metrics can get quite "stretchy", depending on how much you use your phone and how often you charge. But Samsung has clearly put in the work to make the S8's battery last substantially more in the long run. Now if only they could think about two-day battery life!


7. Gigabit Internet


The Galaxy S8 is among the first smartphones – if not the first – to handle LTE speeds of up to 1 gigabit/s (125 megabytes per second). This owes to Qualcomm's X16 modem built into the Snapdragon 835 chipset that powers the Galaxy S8 in the US. Alas, such speeds are only obtained within test settings for now, at least in the USA. But the technology exists and will become the backbone of future high-speed mobile internet.


8. High-saturation display


Much has been written about the Infinity Display's forward-looking 18:9 aspect ratio. But it kind of flew under the radar that the Galaxy S8 boasts a 'Deep Red' OLED screen. According to DisplayMate measurements – confirmed and endorsed by Samsung – the screen's color gamut measures 113% of the DCI-P3 and 142% of the sRGB color standards. The former is the cinematic default, and the latter is standard for use on monitors, printers, and the Internet.

What's more, the Galaxy S8 is the first smartphone to get the UHD Alliance's 'Mobile HDR Premium' certification. This is a set of performance requirements for resolution, dynamic range, color space, and bit depth as to ensure the best experience in viewing HDR content from Amazon, Netflix, and other content providers. You can read more the certification here. Alas, Netflix isn't on board just yet, but it will catch up eventually.


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  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
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  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
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  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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41 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You forgot a new camera sensor with better images. I don't get it why Samsung focused on Bixby and barely mentioned features that we care more about than that stupid AI assistant.

3. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Also the first android phone with linux 4 kernel. It is going to significantly improve power consumption and performance. All other android phones are stuck on 3-4 year old linux 3 kernels.

6. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It felt like they weren't that excited to announce the S8 as much as they wanted to brag and talk about Bixby.

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

maherk, I see it more like Samsung purposefully didn't mention most of the S8's key factors during the launch event in order to let reviewers discover the new stuffs like an easter egg... and that will then make news writers keep talking about the new stuffs they've discorverd... thus keeping the S8 trending in the tech news outlets longer than it would have, if Samsung had talked about everything concerning the S8 during the Unpacked event. Just saying.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

because not everyone wants to hear the same announcement every year? If you do, then theres iphone. "now slightly faster, slightly bigger ,and slightly more expensive!" bixby isnt much now, but if samsung follows through on their talk, it could be something really cool later on.

21. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

It seemed like their focus was elsewhere (battery issues, AIs, etc)

29. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I think they wanted it to be mostly mainstream and less nerdy, which I didn't like at all. I want them to go full on nerd like the S6 keynote.

30. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here. They were trying to sound more like Apple in their keynotes

40. KRPT55

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

Not only that. It's the only phone in the planet to have portrait mode on the front facing camera

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Meh. Most geeks already knew of these. Well, except maybe number 5

4. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Number 5 is present in S6 and S7 too with nougat update.

5. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Hello Tyrion...... just curious.....are you working on a new post for your blog?

19. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Should come in next 24 hours.

23. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Plz the link of your blog ?

28. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

https://goo.gl/pQsSZ8 The content is severely lacking right now with me being super lazy.

32. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The G6 article is also written by you?

33. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Of course .. He most certainly wrote the G6 article and everything in that blog.

39. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Yeah, it's my blog.

7. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Great phone!

8. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

The art of bitçhslapping the competitors ...

9. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Multi-frame image processing seems like a good novelty.

10. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

Sure the s8 is probably the best phone in the world right now, but for many s7 users, especially the s7 edge it's not really worth it to upgrade Personally, I would wait for the note 8 because, like always the note series will be superior with much more improvement that make it a worthy upgrade

12. kerginaldo17 unregistered

S7 It is still an excellent choice.

20. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I would rather the s8/S8+ over my current s7Edge specifically for the enhanced power consumption control and the feel of the s8's curved screen. I had the Note 7 and was forced to step down to the s7 edge and the differences in the edge are extremely noticable

11. kerginaldo17 unregistered

a Also battery is slower to degrade over time.Perhaps one of the best features of the S8 along with photo processing.

13. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

There's also: - Sharing your Wi-Fi connection through... Wi-Fi; - Steaming music to 2 pairs of Bluetooth headphones with independent controls; - Gigabit Wi-Fi (and faster Wi-Fi ac); - 2 brightness sensors (one on the front and one on the back) to better adjust the brightness of the display, even against the light; - customized auto brightness — it gets used to how bright you like your display over a few days; - gestures on the fingerprint scanner; - choosing which speaker you want your music streamed to, directly from the quick settings (to switch between headphones, Bluetooth speakers and the phone's speaker easily) These are the unknown features of the S8... There are many more of them, but competent persons need to test the phone, to find them...

15. dimas

Posts: 3383; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Now I want to see what apple will do to iphone 8 to challenge s8's rich features.

22. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Just slap n Apple Logo on the back, replace the square home button with a round one, and remove the 3.5mm jack

27. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Why ruin the phone?

38. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

LOL they can't even catch up to stock android in features

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