What the Galaxy S8/S8+ "Video enhancer" does and how to use it


One of the main points of interest with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ is the gorgeous new display that adorns their facades. With an unusual aspect ratio of 18.5:9, the so-called "Infinity Display" maximizes the space available on both flagships, leaving very little in the way of bezels on the top and bottom. Samsung's new Super AMOLED panel has a native resolution of 1440 x 2960 (WQHD+), which results in an exceptional pixel density that makes images appear crisp and makes even the tiniest fonts eligible. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are also HDR-certified, meaning they can reproduce a wider than normal gamut of colors when displaying HDR content.

This is cool and all, don't get us wrong, but the fact of the matter is that most video content that you will be consuming on your flashy new bezel-less S8 will be of the non-HDR variety. Or, in other words, plain ol' video. That's why Samsung has included a feature that's aimed at augmenting regular videos.

Enter "Video enhancer".

This video enhancement tool was first introduced with the Galaxy S7, and although it won't magically convert your 720p videos to 4K or anything like that, it can certainly add some pleasant oomph to otherwise bleak-looking videos by enhancing the colors.

You can enable the feature by following these steps:

  • Go to "Settings"
  • Tap on "Advanced features"
  • Scroll down and select "Video enhancer"


There's a little preview window that will give you a general idea of what to expect from this feature, but we'd suggest that you experiment with it yourself. It works well in some situations, but may be a bit too much in others.

Unfortunately, the changes in color do not register on screenshots, so we had to take some photos instead. Do keep in mind that it's close to impossible to perfectly capture this effect on camera, and although we think the following comparison is sufficiently representative of what we saw with our eyes, it may look different to you when you see it in person:

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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)
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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14 Comments

1. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Brightness? lol gotta check it out in person.

2. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

From Samsung, 100% sure it is gimmick.

3. nikhil23

Posts: 473; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

People are like ... Ohh Samsung did it ? sure it's a gimmick. Ohh Apple did it ? OMG innovation. Anyway video enhancer is pretty cool. Check it out if you have a Samsung phone

10. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Sony had that similar tech ages. Triluminos and X-Reality Engine technologies baked into the phones' hardware and software.

14. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

LOL Triluminous, aka lets put the gamma up to 2.8, increase the contrast artificially and all that crap that makes your screen look like cartoon, no thanks.

12. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

It's great. Have it on my s7 edge

9. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Do you know the definition of gimmick? It's not even marketed anywhere by Samsung.

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I have S7. I've tried it. It simply increases the brightness or contrast of the video. I turned it off because there is nothing there to it and also drain out the battery soon.

4. Calvin35

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

As someone who used to do tv calibration I can almost guarantee that I wok never use this feature.

5. Calvin35

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

As someone who used to do tv calibration I can almost guarantee that I will never use this feature.

8. f_u_006

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Says the guy who liked his own comment

6. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

This feature does almost nothing but increase the brightness of the videos.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So blacks are more gray-er. PA not trying hard to portray the advantages of video enhancer. You don't use pictures to as a sampler to video enhancements.

11. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I would guess, that it is trying to emulate HDR with none HDR content, with the improvements to the screen, but I seriously doubt results are good enough, offering it is always nice though.

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