Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+: Should you upgrade?


So, you've been holding on that Galaxy S7 or S7 edge for roughly a year and not that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are here, you're probably wondering whether you should jump the gun and get one of these as soon as it's available in a store near you. That's only natural - after all, we as humans have an uncanny gusto for shiny new things albeit we might not necessarily need the latest bleeding edge technology in our lives.

So, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus - buy or pass? Let's form an answer together.

Design



The stark differences between the old phone and the new one are pretty obvious and are definitely one of the selling points of either the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus. There's a slight chance that you might not be liking the bezel-less looks of the eight Samsung flagship, but chances are that you'll be digging the redesigned exterior of the phone. Indeed, if the top and bottom chins of your Galaxy S7/S7 edge have been burning your eyes and you have been craving for Samsung to trim those down, you have reasons to rejoice. Hence, you'll likely want to upgrade to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

However, if you have a strong disliking towards rear-positioned fingerprint scanners, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus would definitely irritate you. Of course, if you've grown used to rear-positioned scanners and the placement of these feels natural to you, then the S8 and S8 Plus won't be much different than your previous phone in this regard. Although it might seem like a minor inconvenience to some, it could easily end up being a groundbreaking annoyance, so have that in mind, too.

Display



When it comes to the display, the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus take the cake, there's no denying that. That's probably the one reason that will sway you towards the S8 and the S8 Plus.

With the regular Galaxy S8, you get a 5.7-inch display (a 5.8-inch full rectangle) that fits a body that's pretty similar in terms of size to the Galaxy S7, which only had a 5.1-inch screen. This is a huge jump in screen real estate that is nothing but a lucrative selling point. When it comes to the larger Galaxy S8 Plus, this one boasts a 6.1-inch display (a 6.2-inch full rectangle) in a body that's not much larger than the one of the 5.7-inch Galaxy S7 edge. So, should you upgrade for the perspective of more screen at your fingertips? Why, yes!

Additionally, the display of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus support HDR10 content playback, which the Galaxy S7 doesn't. Although HDR10 content is not yet as widely available as we'd like it to be, it's slowly creeping in in our everyday lives, thus having a future-proof display on your phone is strongly advisable. You can read more about HDR10 right here.

However, in case you're not a fan of curved displays, you might have a few teeth to pick with the Galaxy S8's screen. Granted the curve on this one is not as pronounced as it was on the S7 edge, but it's still there and might not be exactly your thing. There is no flat-screen version of Samsung's 2017 flagship crop, so make sure to have that in mind while you're making up your mind.

Hardware


Newer is faster and faster is better, right? Technically, yes.Exclusively boasting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 on board, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are potentially two of the fastest smartphone in existence right now, just like the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge more than a year ago. Yet, would these great advances in performance change your everyday lives that much? Will the Galaxy S7 be a slouch in comparison with the Galaxy S8? 

Truth is that we hardly push our phones to their limits when it comes to regular usage. If you have no qualms with the way your Galaxy S7/S7 edge performs, then you probably don't really need the new Galaxy S8/S8 Plus.  

Camera


Camera-wise, the Galaxy S8 and the S7 don't differ that much. The new flagship essentially comes with the same camera as last year, which is not a bad thing per se. As a reminder, the Galaxy S7 had one of the best-performing cameras in 2016, and while one should never change a winning team, it can't be denied that a bunch of worthy opponents with well-performing cameras has spawned to challenge the Galaxy S7/S8's position. One thing is for sure, though - don't reason your potential purchase of a Galaxy S8 just for the camera alone.

So, should you upgrade?


In the end of the day, upgrading to the Galaxy S8 will largely depend on whether you're satisfied with your current device or not. If you're currently rocking a Samsung Galaxy S7 or an S7 edge, then upgrading can only be justified if you dig the new bezel-less design; other from that, the Galaxy S8 probably won't improve your day-to-day life that much. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are still good enough. 

However, if you're coming from a Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, or an earlier iteration of Samsung's flagship line, then you should probably save a bit and get that Galaxy S8 or even the Galaxy S8 Plus as these two will most certainly be a meaningful upgrade.

Price is also a big factor. At the time of writing, official prices for the US are not yet available, but both devices are expected to cost north of $800. Ouch! At the end of the day, we're talking about the most advanced Android smartphones for the first half of 2017 (at least), so it is kinda expected for them to go for a premium price.

In the end of the day, it's up to you.

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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30 Comments

1. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yes, but no. Waiting for the note 8

28. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

You mean DOWNGRADE. No, I refuse to DOWNGRADE to this garbage. Sealed Battery = FAIL Fragile Glass Rear = FAIL Price = LOL I love my S5 and Note 4. Looks like they're my last new Samsungs.

2. surethom

Posts: 1665; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

As most are on a 2 year contract all the above should have been comparing the S8 with the S7 & S6 not just a small statement at the end. Still not happy that the better format 16:9 camera megapixel is much lower than the S6.

3. mikehunta727 unregistered

If I upgrade , which I might, I will get the S8 +

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1467; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Holy s**t the presentation was boring, just like the phone.

5. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Keep your s7 with no worries.Is not a really huge upgrade but design only which is gorgeous on the other hand.That is all really.Get the s7 for the half of the price you would pay for the s8 or If you have the s7 already,I would wait for the s9 or the new X gen.

25. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

I'm hyped for refurbished note7 thou.. i think I'm the only one in this world ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

6. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Yes, it worth the upgrade.

8. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Sony launched the Xperia XZ Premium.. P. A's thoughts? They had a terrible naming scheme! Like for real? Sony had the same snapdragon 835 as S8,albeit it was announced earlier, it has a new, upgraded camera unlike the S8,4k display, same 3200+ battery.. Glass design and all.. but.. People's reaction? Meh... This is by far the most biased site..

9. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The battery is what kills it in mt opinion. 3000mAh on a 5.8" is not gonna beat or be on par with a 5.1" screem with the same batt capacity, no matter how 'optimized' the phome is.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"3000mAh on a 5.8" is not gonna beat or be on par with a 5.1" screem with the same batt capacity, no matter how 'optimized' the phome is." Well, the Galaxy S7 has a 5.2" screen witj 3000mAh, and it scored 82hrs at GSMArena. I'm kinda sure the S8 will score abpve 81hrs, despite having a bigger 5.8" screen.

10. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

What about the 1000fps video? Although It was boring

12. ishaqthkr

Posts: 155; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Gsmarena say no 1000fps

11. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

If you don't mind a bigger phone, sure. The concept and colors are very nice though.

13. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

Gonna stay with my s7 edge not impressed at all from thos device.

14. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 556; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Pretty much what I said all along Same Ram, Smaller Battery, same camera. The only reason why someone would want this is if they crave having the fastest cpu/gpu combo and the display. That isn't a big enough upgrade for me, so im still happy with my S7 edge and im hoping the Note 8 is amazing.

17. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Yeah, I'm waiting to see what the note 8 will have as well, as Google Pixel 2.

18. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I wish the Nexus line still exists.

19. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

Why no one talks about the stupid position of the fingerprint scanner?

21. Phonehex

Posts: 759; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Because you wont be using it that much anymore. Face recognition and iris scanner are the way to go. iris scanner works in pitch darkness also.

22. kschempp

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 19, 2016

There is one major problem that STILL exists with Samsung's way of thinking about audio from a mobile device. Here is a recent snip before the official launch of the Galaxy S8 taken from a video from China that among other things shows off a dummy unit of the Galaxy S8 next to the Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone. Have a look at the picture. I have to laugh at it. ---picture inserted here of four young people sharing two earbud lines looking at a video on the new Samsung mobile device in landscape mode--- ...Why are Samsung engineers forcing this upon users of their mobile devices? Why don't they just do the right thing, and provide two good front-facing stereo speakers on their device? Because they could, if they really wanted to. Till they do so, don't buy their mobile devices, and this includes their tablets that conform to the same stupid engineering principles.

24. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Why don't they just do the right thing, and provide two good front-facing stereo speakers on their device?" You think front facing speakers is the right thing? It doesn't boost sales for Samsung in any way.

23. Tipus

Posts: 851; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Note 8 ftw

26. Zhephyr

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Wish they create the S8 smaller like S7 with that screen.

29. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well it's a nice phone but I'm still content with my S6, plus the battery factor in don't know

30. molosar

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 06, 2015

You can hold your breath all you want for the Note 8. I foresee the Note 8 being a carbon copy of the S8 Plus with possibly 6GB RAM and a slightly larger screen which is allowed by the S Pen storage.

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