Samsung to roll out display color and Wi-Fi patches for the Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal on Monday that it will be rolling out two software updates for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ this week. One will be giving users "a further enhanced ability to adjust the color setting to their preference," or, in other words, deal with the slight red tint that some units are exhibiting if it bothers them. 

The other will address some patchy Wi-Fi reception issues that apparently can benefit from a software enhancement. We'll let you know when they hit, and to what extent these particular problems have been addressed by Samsung's expected software updates to your brand new Galaxy S8.

source: WSJ (paywall) & Unbox Therapy

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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)



1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

You shouldn't get a screen lottery on a €900 phone.

4. fanboysaresad

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

And you shouldn't have to hold your phone a certain way, and your phone shouldn't bend, and batteries shouldn't explode, but these things happen to all manufacturers at some point. There is not an industry that doesn't have issues from time to time. It's going to happen. What is telling is how the company responds. I would submit that rolling out a patch within a week or two of release is better than telling your customers they are holding their phones wrong.

5. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I agree. It's good that they're already sending out an update, but they should improve their screen manufacturing process as screen lotteries are quite common with AMOLEDs.

7. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

This has nothing to do with the iPhone. You fanboys are pathetic

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Is this based on the photo posted above? Few vids that have shown the devices side by side, They weren't that bad and you wouldn't notice it unless you have another S8 sitting next to it with polar opposite color settings. I don't know why phonearena would bother photochopping the pic so much to make it seem like one device is red to that extreme

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

did you finish that video? in the end he test iPhones, and all iPhone he test didnt have the same color calibration... and the point is, every display is just different, and it good that you can adjust it to your liking..

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Here's to nitpickers of the world...

6. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Would you expect a laptop to have a screen that is not red?

8. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Expecting a screen without defects isn't nitpicking... Especially considering the price

12. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Expecting a first-run product to not have any issues is dumb thinking... Please be smarter with your thought process...

9. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Nitpickers? Lol you're a dumbass. It's not nitpicking when it's a serious issues like bad Wi-Fi reception (I experience this on my T-Mobile S8+) and a screen that shows red when displaying whites. I've never seen a bigger fanboy. And even if it is nitpicking, customers have every right to when they are paying $750+ for a phone. Samsung shouldn't release a phone unless they have all the kinks worked out. It's sad that they continue to ship software that is poorly optimized despite the major criticism. Look at how poorly the Note 7 ran and now the S8 is suffering from the same performance issues Can't wait to hear all of your fanboy excuses :)

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Here's another baby crying about something very minuscule... You guy's act like these smartphone are your life and if there's a minor flaw then it's the end of the world... Get a life... It's a very slight red tint that can be fixed by adjusting the red hue or like Samsung said they will send out an update.. As far as the wifi issue it's getting a fix too. There are always going to be issues when a phone first releases so you might want to consider that and wait next time until the issues with the first batches are worked out if you're going to be such a huge baby lol... I was fortunate that my t-mobile S8+ didn't suffer from either but you do have t-mobile so your data should be unlimited at this point. And you're right... I'm a huge fanboy of all smartphones, I own iphones and multiple android phones so thanks for the compliment... Why would you even buy a samsung device if you believe all the negative reviews that get published... If we as consumers believed all the biased paid negative reviewers we'd never buy anything...

13. Luxowell

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

No, it is a big deal. I work as a photographer and use my phone for wifi to my camera for importing and quick edits to get some early photos to them. But I can't do anything but black and white on a phone that makes skin tones look like everyone has the absolute worst sunburn they'e ever had. So this weekend's wedding didn't get them. Is it the end of the world? Nope. But it's something that's very clearly there and needs to be fixed.

14. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I wouldn't use a device so new like the S8 or any just released cellphone to rely on for a important project like that.. You've got to use better judgement than that when handling business...

16. hihiguy

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

Dude they need to step up the quality.... and i do own samsung phones all the galaxy line up... but quality has drop a lot

17. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

From the pictures I have seen of the red tinting highly unacceptable for a flagship from a company that was supposed to put their reputation back to their prior high standings. Has anyone ever had to color calibrate their phone before out of box?

18. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Samsung screen calibration should be the best behind iPhone don't know what happend with S8 some screen comes with red tinny some blue titnt and other yellowish tint!.

19. Luxowell

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

To my eye, the tint isn't a deal breaker when you're on a home screen or whatever. It is when you open up a photo though or see one on Facebook or something.. Like, REALLY bad, even with the red slider all the way down.

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