Samsung Galaxy S8+ unboxing: hello, gorgeous!

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ unit used for this article was kindly provided by Samsung Romania.

Frankly, I'm not a fan of Mondays. Getting up early in the morning to go to work after the weekend just isn't what I'd call fun. Which begs the question: why did I arrive at the office before anyone else this morning? Well, because a Samsung Galaxy S8+ was waiting for me in the mailbox – packed in a pretty white Samsung-branded gift bag. 

Since the team and I haven't spent enough time with the Galaxy S8+, we cannot deliver a full, in-depth review. These take considerable amount of testing and hands-on time to produce. However, we're perfectly ready to give you a quick Galaxy S8+ unboxing video, where we take a first look at a retail Galaxy S8 and its accessories. 

For your reference, the box contains:

  • A Samsung Galaxy S8+ (obviously)
  • Stereo earphones tuned by AKG
  • Wall charger, Adaptive Fast Charging supported
  • USB Type-C charging cable
  • USB Type-C to Micro USB adapter
  • USB Type-C to full-size USB adapter
  • SIM card ejector
  • Quick start guide, warranty card, other papers

In case you're wondering, the aforementioned USB adapters are used to allow Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners to transfer data from their old phone over to their new one. And the AKG earphones – they do sound pretty good, as one would expect. We'll be giving them a final verdict in our upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ reviews. 

Below follow more of our posts featuring the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, in case you've missed them.

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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)



2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

That was quick. I should have told Tmobile I worked for a website and gotten mine delivered faster. haha. :)

3. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

played with the floor sample at bestbuy over the weekend i gotta say this is the best looking phone i've ever seen. but not impressed with the performance. even with the snapdragon's latest and greatest, the phone still lagged here and there and the phone started getting warm just after a few seconds. The battery life would probably be average. the camera was as good as s7 with no significant upgrade. bixby also took forever to load, the image search was pretty useless.

5. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I left the phone with the same impression. Without a doubt, the most impressive looking handset I've seen in person. However, the Snapdragon 835 variant LAGGED SO BAD. LAG WAS EVERYWHERE 1. Homescreen to home screen lag 2. browser lag 3. App delays I thought that it might have been just that Best Buy one that maybe had a defect. Visited another Best Buy and it had the same exact issues. How the hell can Samsung still not get this right? Phones still lagging in 2017 when it has been a problem for a very long time. Samsung was far too focused on making an incredible looking phone that it yet again forgot to optimize the SD 835 for the phone. Why not just give the whole world the Exynos ( I mean, I know why because of capacity issues). But damn Samsung, I really thought you guys had a winner. I won't be purchasing one. Samsung WTF??

6. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

lag was everywhere .. come on .. nobody believes you.

9. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Um...Okay? You don't have to believe me, in fact i don't give a s**t. However, it is my duty as a Phonearena member to spread the fair truth that this was my personal experience with the Snapdragon 835 version of the GS8. If you want to choose not to believe me, that is up to you. But I felt necesarry to share this just in case other members may have had similar experiences. As you see, NexusX had a similar experience. So don't you dare get on me about being truthful when another member has already informed the blog about this issue.

20. willard12 unregistered

"But I felt necessary (sic) to share this just in case other members may have had similar experiences." Don't worry man. You're not a reviewer. So no, it isn't necessary to share the experiences of your Best Buy demo model tour. The whole point of coming this "blog" is to get the information from reviewers and the testers and then comment on what they wrote. Though they constantly sway from the world of facts to the world of opinions (which can be criticized), they do at least present some facts that can be proven and demonstrated. So, the AllFanboysMatter assessment is indeed useless. And to throw in," I wont' be purchasing this one" were never purchasing this one, demo model lag not withstanding.

41. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well said, +10

104. Lsh99

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 26, 2016

I believe that it lagged, but I don't trust a display unit to accurately represent everyday, real world performance or temperature control.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This could be just me, but in my experience with Best Buy's display units, they've always seemed to lag like crazy. Excluding the iPhone, of course. Once you get a unit in hand, it usually get a lot more stable. It's rather odd if I'm being perfectly honest.

10. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I think they are in a demo mode which may be the issue...... but I don't know

11. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's probably the case, now that I've gathered my thoughts...

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013


13. Subie

Posts: 2383; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I've noticed that in the past too. With the exception for me being the Note 5 working lag free. Trying units in actual carrier stores seems to improve the experience... for me anyway.

16. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

i think it's probably the phone being always on for demo that causes the lag, which means there is problem with software not being optimized for standby. be it android or samsung software i doubt that is the case with the iphone, you can go to your bestbuy and do a side by side comparison, samsung phones feel like they are made with 2013 cpu when placed next to the apple demo units. i also find the iphone standby time to be much better than any android phones i've ever had. mine is just the iphone SE.

60. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I've notice this too at Best Buy with the S7. Didn't think about the demo thing but that makes sense. I remember clicking on message and like a second delay opening the app.

66. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The Demo software and ads and video loops installed definitely bogs downs the device. A smart tester will just go into the swttings and turn demo mode off, then reboot the phone in normal mode. A world of difference it will make.

23. mikehunta727 unregistered

Demo units definitely lag more, but that's because of the extra demo software and etc running on the device that won't obviously be shipped on retail devices but yeah..I do agree, it doesn't exactly show the device in the best light in terms of actual performance

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

All the devices have Demo mode. What the losers dont understand is that, the demo is loaded into the phones RAM. Even though clicking the device, will exit the mode, its designed to go back rather quickly. When you actually buy the phone and place it in demo mode, it does the same. The performance is not greta. But see if the losers were actually smart. They can go into settings and turn demo mode off, give the phone a quick reboot and try the phone again. There whole point was to try to discredit the phone, by using it in the way NO ONE WILL. Which is precisely what PA and all the trolls who hate Samsung do. Samsung phones in general are "slower" than phone that run stock Android or iOS. However, who cares? Computers that DO MORE ten to be slower. Truck are slower than cars. Trains are slower than cars. If you go an use a product the way it was NOT INTENDED and then try to complain about it, that makes such person an idiot.

32. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Are you a PA reviewer now.

36. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And like you were even thinking about getting one.

44. 23nikki1 unregistered

The one that I tested on, someone stopped the demo app that was running before and I just used the phone in a normal mode and to be honest, phone didn't lag at all.

80. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

I tried it out at a T-mobile store and there was zero lag. None whatsoever. It may just be the units that Best Buy gets.

84. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"It may just be the units that Best Buy gets." No, it's because of the ads-infested demo software installed in the showcase units of the S8 at Bestbuy, with videos put on loop. It bogs down the phone, as the demo softwares are huge memory-consuming programs which are constantly in the RAM.

97. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Its not capacity issues. its qualcom's lock on CDMA....

17. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Bixby is probably a rebranded s voice tbh.. And no matter what processor they put on, the phone will always lag here and there while the battery was always going to be average and image search is pretty useless most of the time.

19. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

That phone you tried has been on and chargeed all day, it's also purposely bloated with ads, themes and videos on loop... have you ever put that in consideration?

22. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

if the demo unit, the unit that is made specifically for you to try out can lag so do you instill confidence in prospective buyer? wait, should i just buy just because it's the latest and the best from samsung hoping that the lag would work itself out after i dropped $800?

38. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Best Buy does load all their s**t on them.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

IOS, and pure stock Android laggs every now and then. BOTH of my nexus phones lag. I played with the S8 in best buy and found it to be a solid performer.

26. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Don't know about the performance, but the phone looks stunning. I have s7 and thought of not buying s8. But after watching the video I am having second thoughts.

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