Top 8 expected Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ features


The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus are getting announced in less than three weeks from now, but we already seem to know everything there is to know about those two. Pretty anticlimactic, isn't it? Indeed it is, as the rumor mill really outdid itself this year. It left no stone unturned and leaked everything about Samsung's next devices. Nothing is holy anymore.

So, what are some of the key features that aim to make these the new domineering phones on the market? We've already explored all the essential rumors as they unfolded and we've also summarized both the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus in great detail in our rumor review, but for the sake of brevity, we thought that it'll be a good idea to highlight 10 of the most notable features that will make the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus so special. 


Here goes:


1. New design with minimal bezels


It seems that 2017's leitmotif will be the demise of the excessive bezels that "plague" the fronts of our gadgets. Excessive top and bottom chins that eat away potential display real estate are slowly going the way of the dodo as many of the major manufacturers have either announced or are about to announce devices with such a space-saving design (before you call us out: yes, Sharp and Xiaomi were among the first to come up with such devices.. Thanks to the leaked schematics and press renders, the Galaxy S8 already seems to be sporting a higher screen-to-body size ratio than the G6 though both devices will come with similar-sized displays.  In terms of size, we expect the S8 to clock in at 148.9 x 68 x 8 mm, while the Galaxy S8 Plus measures at 159 x 74 x 8 mm.

2. High-res displays with a >2:1 aspect ratio


The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will most definitely come with 5.8" and 6.2" displays, respectively. However, both of these will be curved, essentially leaving you with a 5.7" screen on the Galaxy S8 and a 6.1" one on the Galaxy S8 Plus. Said displays are said to have a resolution of 1,400 by 2,960 pixels. It's important to mention that both upcoming Samsung phones will be boasting an aspect ratio of roughly 18.5:9, a tad narrower than the 18:9 FullVision aspect ratio of the G6. This means that you will have to deal with slight letterboxing even if you watch 2:1-shot Netflix content. Moreover, the displays of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will likely be HDR10-compliant and adhere to the DCI-P3 color gamut, similar to that of the unlucky Note 7. This way, Samsung will have the right feature set to combat the LG G6, which supports both HDR10 and DolbyVision.


3. Rear-positioned fingerprint scanner


The rear of a phone is not the optimal spot to put a fingerprint scanner, but that's what you will be getting with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Samsung has had to ditch the front home button in order to save some space and trim those bezels as much as possible. The fingerprint sensor will be embedded in what seems like an unclickable and plumper version of Sammy's signature home buttons. As much as the rumor mill was trying to convince us, there won't be a fingerprint sensor embedded inside the display. 

We'll live, we'll see.

4. Bixby


It's such a novel feature that it even has its own custom button -- the Bixby smart assistant will be Samsung's answer to the Siris, Alexas, and Google Assistants of the world. As far as we know, Bixby will be based on technology coming straight from Viv Labs —a company which has several members that used to work on Siri. Yet, Bixby will likely be based on Samsung's own S Voice. Remember that one? It never really kicked off due to its relatively lackluster feature set, which is what matters the most with virtual smart assistant of that ilk. Good luck with Bixby, Samsung.


5. USB Type-C port


Begone, microUSB slots of old, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will come with USB 3.1 Type-C ports that will save you some hassle when you try to insert your charging cable inside the S8 and the S8 Plus. We expect wireless charging to be making the cut either, but regardless, a reversible USB port is a nice touch.


6. Top-notch performance


It's clear that Samsung wants to make the S8 and the S8 Plus its best phones to date, especially after the unfortunate fiasco that plagued the Galaxy Note 7. One of the ways of doing that is by making sure no other device can hold a candle to yours when it comes to raw power and benchmark-crushing. This is why some serious silicon will be making the cut on Sammy's pride and glory - Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 will most likely be powering the US versions of the phone, whereas an equally-impressive Exynos 8895 chip might be tick-tocking at a ferocious rate in the international versions of the S8 and its bigger brother. 

Samsung 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)

The Snapdragon 835 is a 2.2GHz chip manufactured on Samsung's 10nm technology and comes with an Adreno 540 GPU. According to some leaked benchmarks, it will be quite the performer. We are certain that the octa-core 2.5GHz Exynos 8895 won't lag behind at all, either. 


7. Iris scanner and face recognition


A short-lived and rather gimmicky Note 7 feature, Samsung will try to pull a revenant on us and re-introduce this biometric sensor on a (hopefully) more reliable pair of devices. However, Note 7's iris sensor was allegedly found to be on the slow side, which might have made Samsung throw in yet another unlocking feature of the kind - facial recognition. 


8. Higher price tag 


All of the goodies mention above won't com cheap. It seems that Samsung might not be willing to part with its upcoming wares for less than €799 ($847) for a 64GB Galaxy S8 and €899 ($953) for the Galaxy S8 Plus. While we are still hoping that these pricings were over exaggeration or a typo, more and more sources are chiming in to low-key confirm that this might indeed be the pricing of the S8.

We will learn everything about the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on March 29, 2017, when Samsung will "unbox your phone".

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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49 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Meanwhile low specs iphone priced at more than s8!!!

2. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

this is the only article PA didnt mention any iphone or note7 fiasco...!! Yet u mentioned it now!! :D but ur statement is rather on true side...!

3. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

"Moreover, the displays of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will likely be HDR10-compliant and adhere to the DCI-P3 color gamut, similar to that of the unlucky Note 7." They did mention the Note7

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"It's clear that Samsung wants to make the S8 and the S8 Plus its best phones to date, especially after the unfortunate fiasco that plagued the Galaxy Note 7" The Note7 mentioned again.

32. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

And this "A short-lived and rather gimmicky Note 7 feature, Samsung will try to pull a revenant on us and re-introduce this biometric sensor on a (hopefully) more reliable pair of devices. " (hopefully)

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I guess you didn't read the article!

47. funky013

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

"A short-lived and rather gimmicky Note 7 feature, Samsung will try to pull a revenant on us and re-introduce this biometric sensor on a (hopefully) more reliable pair of devices."

11. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

It's not. Base model iPhone costs 650$ while S8 base model is supposed to cost around 800$. Same with the iPhone 7+(750$) and S8+(900$). Heck, even the 128GB models of iPhone 7 and 7+ will cost less than base of S8 and S8+ respectively.

23. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Are you quoting fake iPhone prices or have the lacklustre sales caused the iPhone price to drop by over 25% since launch?

25. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol.....wut????

28. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Are you high?

24. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

@Tyrion I would compare S8 same as iPhone 7+ & not to small iPhone 7. So as I see, S8 with 64GB storage can demand $50 more(I know it won't work for Samsung as it is not Apple) than 32GB 7+, especially with that awesome display & futuristic design (I know many people doesn't like it but it is futuristic none the less).

29. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Either way, it's insanely overpriced like the iPhones. And the 128GB S8 will still cost 50$ more than 128GB 7+. So there's that. Not to mention the storage in iPhones is faster.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The S8 isn't going to cost $800 if we fo by Samsung's past cost increase. The S5 was $599. The S6 and S7 were both $650. I would guess base don that the S8 will start at $700~750 tops. Not saying I am right. I am simply basing it off past cost oincreases. The S8+ will surly be $800~850. Which means the Note 8 toting a possible 4K display will cost $950 as the Note 7 was $850. Hwoever I don't see a reason for the cost increase. If the S7 edge cost them $280 to make, then how much does the S8 cost? I mean other than the costly display, what else is more expensive to make?

39. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Exactly. If it costs 800$, it's DOA for me. At 700$, it maybe deserves a second look despite the s**tty battery capacity.

44. sissy246

Posts: 7088; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

But you are forgetting that the iPhone 7s and 7s+ (rumored) or iPhone 8 (rumored) will be as high as $1000.

48. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

So we finally get to enjoy feature #8 in the Android world? Great! iOS users have had that for years...

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Beauty and the Beast!

5. ChrisHartcom

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

No wireless charging will break the deal for me.

10. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It will definitely have wireless charging there is no way Samsung is removing that.

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And why exactly would it not have it? I mean the design of the phone tells you it will have wireless charging. Who said Scythian about it being removed?

6. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I don't like the placement of the fingerprint sensor.

7. fyah_king unregistered

I don't even care because I don't even use it.:)

30. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

Well, i don't like the screen resolution. I mean, why mess with the good thing. Secondly, what is going on with smartphones' sizes nowadays. Our hands do not grow as manufacturers think and keep making displays bigger. Have u wondered how good 5.1 inch S8 would feel with such small bezels? Bigger is NOT always better.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

1- Impractical. 2- Gimmick. 3- Hard to reach. 4- Bloat. 5- Useful. 6- Laggy as ever and will never reach stock Android performance. 7- Gimmick. 8- Turnoff.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, please keep crying over something you'll never consider to buy... btw, you said Gimmick twice, and I'm not sure that you actually write that word in number 5

16. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

You forgot to mention c4 feature

19. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

I think the S7 wins the pixel with stock android. So it is faster than stock android.

31. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

Curves are impratical. 18.5.9 is a gimmick. Fingerprint placement is hard to reach, not to mention the pull down notification bar. It's basically a glass waiting to be shattered the moment it hits the pavement. It is not filled with bloat as much. Most of it can be turned off. I won't lose lose my sleep over a few apps that can easily be disabled. It won't be laggy and it will have good battery life considering the more efficient processor and whatnot. It does not have dual cameras. It is not necessary in my opinion but, the photog in me wants it.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and yet, after numerous articles and numerous times I've corrected their pricing, they still FORGOT TO REMOVE THE EMBEDDED VAT TAX FROM THE PRICING FOR THE USA CONVERSION. ugh.

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