Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8+: What are the differences and which one is for you?

Well folks, the most anticipated high-end Android handsets of 2017 are finally official! Samsung just announced the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ - two premium smartphones with a radical design and a host of interesting features. The pair looks fantastic and both devices will undoubtedly sell like hotcakes, but despite the many observable similarities, there are some key differences between the two that could influence your buying decision if you're thinking of committing to a purchase.  

Fret not, because we're here to help with this tough choice. In this article, we've gathered information that will aid you in determining which handset is more suitable for your needs. You'll see all the specs and features that make each phone unique, but first, we'll start with an overview of the things that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ share. Without further ado, let's dig in! 

Similarities between the Galaxy S8 and S8+

As we mentioned earlier, the two devices have so much in common, they're barely distinguishable from one another. As with virtually any other flagship duo, both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ sport the same design, and it's not difficult to see why the manufacturer takes so much pride in it. The whole "curved edges" approach that we've seen on previous Samsung flagships is also present here, but this time, the outlook is hugely enhanced by the rather big reduction of bezel size in addition to the curved corners on the top and bottom. The outlines of the new Galaxy S models are quite a sight, and Samsung even considers the handsets as a whole new class of "infinity phones". 

The almost non-existent bottom bezel is the cause for the disappearance of the physical home button, and at the top, one can see that there is an iris scanner positioned next to the array of sensors. Both the S8 and S8+ come with the new AI assistant Bixby, and Samsung has even implemented a dedicated physical button for the knowledge navigator. The back panels are made out of plastic which allows for wireless charging, and this year, the fingerprint scanner can also be found on the back, right next to the camera sensor. IP 68 certification is present on the two devices. As for color options, the handsets will come in Black, Silver, Orchid Gray, Blue, and Maple Gold, but customers in the US will only have access to the first three variants. 

In terms of hardware, the pair is nearly identical - Exynos 8895 chipset (Snapdragon 835 for the US), 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage + micro SD support. You'll find a 12 MP main sensor on the back, while the front selfie cam has been bumped up to 8 MP. On the software side, you can expect the duo to come with Android 7.0 out of the box.

It is obvious that the resemblance between the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is truly great, but let's take a look where things start to diverge... 

Dimensions and display size

So, let's start with the most obvious difference - screen size. While both phones boast sizable displays, the larger S8+ model comes with a ridiculous 6.2-inch screen which would have made it into a humongous phone, were it not for the innovative design from Samsung. Still, the S8+ is a pretty big handset, so if you're not that insistent on getting the maximum possible screen real estate, the smaller version would probably suit you better. The Galaxy S8 has a "modest" 5.8-inch display, which should be more than enough for most people. The displays on both devices are Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440), so the smaller screen boasts a higher pixel density (570 ppi versus 529 ppi on the S8+).

Naturally, when there are differences in display sizes, one can also expect the phones to have different dimensions. The smaller S8 measures at 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, which is a quite of an achievement, considering that this makes it only slightly larger than the iPhone 7 (4.7-inch display). The Galaxy S8+ stands at 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm - this makes the handset marginally bulkier than its predecessor - the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Battery capacity

Ah, batteries... Samsung's Kryptonite for 2016. The company seems to have learned its lessons from the Note 7 fiasco, as the main reason for the delay of the S8 announcement were a series of rigorous tests that were performed to ensure that there won't be any disastrous recalls this time around. The tech giant now employs an 8-point check and multi-layer safety protocol, which means that your new phone is pretty much guaranteed to be safe for use. 

As for the power cells on the two new devices, I won't surprise you by saying that you can expect a larger one on the bigger 2017 flagship model. The power bank on the Galaxy S8+ has a capacity of 3,500 mAh, while the smaller S8 has to make due with a 3,000 mAh battery. While these numbers are not negligible in any sense of the word, it will be interesting to see if they will able to support the huge screens on both handsets for a sufficient amount of time. The new processors will also play a huge role in this task, so we can barely wait to put these modern smartphones to the test. 

Price and release date

From all the information above, we can safely state that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are going to be great. Actually, you've probably known this from way back, as there was no shortage on leaked information and materials. The prices for the two flagships are going to be equally great, just not in the sense we've all hoped for. 

The S8 should sell for about $750 with most US carriers, while you can get the S8+ for $100 more, at $850. 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. 

The handsets will officially hit the shelves on April 21 in the US (April 28 globally), and Samsung is prepared to sweeten the deal for anyone who wishes to pre-order. You can start doing so on March 30th at AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Cricket Wireless, US Cellular, Straight Talk Wireless, and you'll be rewarded with a free Gear VR headset and a controller for your support. Additionally, each model will also ship with a pair of AKG-branded earphones (worth $100), irrelevant of the purchase date.



1. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

The regular S8 for me, I admire the body trimming down, but I'm still a realist at heart and would prefer something below 6''...

44. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

NEITHER for me. I have a brain and can think for myself. Sealed Battery = FAIL Fragile Glass Rear = FAIL Price = LOL I love my S5 and Note 4. Looks like they're my last new Samsungs.

3. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I'd go for the S8 if I had to choose, but then I get the smaller battery.... :(

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If its smaller as last as long as the S7 did, why does it matter? There are so-called flagships with even smaller batteries, that have terrible battery-life and take forever a year an a day to charge. Example, my red iPhone came and it was 69% charged. The display was off the whole time I was syncing data to it. I have touched it for over an hour. It still syncing data and the battery has dropped to0 55% and its plugged in.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

But you said it went back, and you didn't have it anymore, cause it had issues. You're a liar ma'am. Ma'am.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It did go back. I also stated I was receiving a replacement today. I have my new replacement. What's your beef dude? I got it at first AM deliver as VZW promised. What is that a problem? This is today brush. You do know FedEx has next day delivery...right? I did state I would get a new phone TODAY....FIRST AM...RIGHT? Obviously you cant read! But that;s not my fault.

34. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You're a liar.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stop lying dude.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why would you post a video of the unboxjng, then not post a video of the phone going bonkers, but tell us that it did? Let me guess...right around the time the iPhone went bonkers, so did your camera huh?

39. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

He tries to give himself credibility by saying he owns them. Because his facts are anything but.

4. epic_ninja420

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

S8 $750, S8+ $850

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Which is the prices I stated they would be. $100 extra, isn't terrible. Considering the phone is an upgrade above the previous model, unlike some other phones which were the same for 3 straight years. As the S7 was to the S6 and the S8 is to the S7, we got a larger display, we now have higher resolutions, more efficient chipset, display and more. At least we get something for the extra $100 including free gifts. Unlike some OEM's who raise the price an give nothing. In a few, all the barking dogs with be here trying to start trouble.

6. kevv2288

Posts: 309; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

The s8 actually has a slightly smaller screen area then the s7 edge due to the new 18x9 aspect ratio and the s8+ is only slightly bigger in screen area compared to the s7 edge. So I'm not sure do i want a smaller screen area then my current s7 edge or should I go for the s8+?

9. kevv2288

Posts: 309; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

There is literally no difference other then screen size and battey capacity between the s8 and s8+ correct?

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

As much as I'd like to be more compact I'd rather have the bigger battery and not have to carry a battery pack on adventures as much as possible. S8+ for now.

11. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Waiting the first explosion.

13. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

You must live in the middle of nowhere if you think this is still funny.

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Galaxy S8 for me! I've got a hand big enough to handle it single-handedly.

20. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Which one is for me? Neither. Too little anything new, except the very high price. Nice screen though, but that's not enough. 64GB in 2017 as top model is a joke. As is that small battery (Chinese competition wipes the floor with Samsung/LG/Sony battery sizes) - without explosions.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

64GB is a joke, when APple use 16GB for 6 years, and only just went to 32GB in recent years? 64GB for the S8 I think is OK per se. But the plus should have had 128. Having said that, my Note 7 came with 64GB and I only used 50% because I can have everythign else on my sdcard. So Its fine. For a phone like the iPhone for example, it needs to come with more storage, because you dont have another option to add any. So the base iPhone as an example, I think surely should be 64GB, especially for what it costs. I thinkl it is good both S8's have 64GB vs Samsung gimping the base model with only 32GB like the S6 and S7's had

22. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Correct me if i'm wrong but i don't see any groundbreaking features in Galaxy S8 series.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What phone has had any?

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Can you give an example of a ground breaking feature? Also what was the last phone to get any? I await!

35. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

The world's first smartphone with Dolby Vision (LG G6). The world’s first smartphone with a 4K HDR display and world's first 3-Layer Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with DRAM for Smartphones Xperia XZ Premium.

30. Blessed777

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 23, 2017

Beast 835 processor killer for usa

31. Blessed777

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 23, 2017

Beast 835 processor killer for the US

38. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Ok PA. Killing comments on here. What are you going to do? A ban is in order. Our eyes are on you. Do you actually promote violence ?

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now I wonder what size the Note 8 will be.

42. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Just wanted to take a second and everyone know this is a Samsung article. Someone here can't seem to figure that out.

43. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

"The back panels are made out of plastic which allows for wireless charging..." Plastic back panel???

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