Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Q&A: Your questions answered


A couple of days ago we let you ask us anything regarding the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the two hot new devices on the Android scene that really have the potential to disturb the waters. You asked lots of questions, but now it's time to provide answers to these questions. We've got lots to talk about, so let's just jump right into it without much ado!



PA: No, you are not.


PA: Without root, your options are pretty limited. You can try something like NavBar Apps, which lets you put a custom background below the navigation keys. 


PA: Oh, we are! Actually, here's a full comparison between those two Android bandits.


PA: The navigation bar goes away with most apps and games, though there are some are incompatible with this mode. You can technically hide the navigation bar for a truly immersive with the help of an app, though this one will most likely require root. 


PA: Sheesh, that's a tough one. We haven't made up our collective mind yet, but we have tons of options - here are some neat Galaxy S8 cases.



PA: We wouldn't say the curves get in the way that much. True, reflections might slightly ruin the cinematic experience in certain conditions, but we wouldn't call it deal-breaking at all. As far as subtitles go, you are pretty unlikely to run into any problems with these getting skewed or even cropped out - both Netflix and YouTube use dynamically-generated subtitles that remain at a fixed position on the display no matter if the video content is letterboxed or cropped to fit in the display. However, if you're watching a video or a movie with hard-coded subtitles you might experience some problems, depending on how low these are positioned. 

No, users can't add additional buttons on the navigation bar at this point. 


PA: In our experience, the Galaxy S8+ matches the battery endurance of the Galaxy S7 edge and then adds some. We'd attribute that to the Snapdragon 835. You probably won't be awed by the battery life of the Galaxy S8+ coming from the edge.



PA: Not at all surprising, the Galaxy S8's speakers packs a louder punch and sounds better than the Galaxy S7, subjectively speaking. The bundled AKG earbuds are a mixed bag, though they will most likely perform infinitely better than any non-brand buds you can use with your Galaxy S8.


PA: Ah, the glorious days of pre-Marshmallow TouchWiz when Samsung used a dark interface mode by default, you are gravely missed...!


PA: You're not mistaken. You can wake up your phone by hard-pressing the portion of the display where the home button normally resides, even if the phone is asleep.



PA: Lots of flags in this "actual" test video you posted. This battery test is irrelevant because the two phones were not set at the same brightness level (refer to 1:13 in the video), they were maxed out, and that's a big no-no in battery tests. The maximum brightness of the iPhone 7 Plus is superior to the maximum brightness of the Galaxy S8+, so it's a no-brainer the iPhone would die first. 



PA: Visually, the new Samsung Experience user interface has gone a long way since the TouchWiz days of old, and looks excellent! As far as performance goes, we'd give it an 8 out of 10, since there's still room for further improvement, especially in terms of performance.


PA: Performance. Not only is the Samsung UX heavier than iOS, it's also not organically fused with the underlying operating system kernel, so the raw horse power of the Snapdragon 835 doesn't automatically translate into superior real-life performance. The Galaxy S8 falls behind the iPhone 7 in some demanding graphics tasks.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 166646.66
Apple iPhone 7 168795
JetStream Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 55.503
Apple iPhone 7 144.71
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 60
Apple iPhone 7 57.3
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 41
Apple iPhone 7 59.1
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 3201.66
Apple iPhone 7 3355
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 2008.33
Apple iPhone 7 3464
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 6575
Apple iPhone 7 5605


PA: It doesn't throttle much, but it fails to hit that coveted 60fps sweet spot in certain games. FYI, we tested NOVA, Heroes of Order and Chaos, and Asphalt Xtreme on our Galaxy S8, but simply couldn't reach 60fps, which is a bit disappointing. Gamers should probably look elsewhere. 



PA: Sure. Apple has been getting away with less than that for years.


PA: There is, though we'd argue reaching out to the fingerprint sensor is as inconvenient as using a second hand to swipe down the notification shade as intended.


PA: For one, we hope this won't be the case this year...


PA: Maliciously complying — a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 coupled with an Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens.


PA: Both, actually! Here are the two phones side by side, held by one and the same guy:



PA: Honestly, you've held onto that Galaxy Note 4 for so long, you can probably use it for half a year more and see what Samsung's prepping for Note fans. Judging by the Galaxy S8and S8 Plus, the Note 8 will probably be another excellent device that will definitely check all of your boxes. 


PA: The Pixel feels snappier and more fluid, whereas the Galaxy S8 feels marginally slower in comparison. You can refer to our Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel review, which should also apply to the larger phones.


Thanks for participating!


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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie Samsung One UI
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie Samsung One UI

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