Surely one of the very best cameras in a phone

This year, Samsung isn’t increasing or decreasing the megapixels in the main camera of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Instead, it’s worked to enhance the image processing aspect of the image capturing process. To be honest, processing was already quite good on Samsung cameras, with probably the only exception being a noticeable oversharpening effect, which could make some pictures look a bit artificial. It’ll be interesting to see in what direction Samsung has taken image processing in the Galaxy S8+.

Hardware-wise, the single rear shooter is a 12 MP unit with aperture of F1.7, 1.4 μm pixel size, and focal length of 26 mm. The camera UI is very cool: the important shutter and video rec buttons are neatly placed on one side, while on the other are the HDR, Flash, and Settings. Speaking of settings, the camera is as versatile as ever, with a plethora of shooting modes and adjustments available. In addition to the standard pinch-to-zoom way of digital zooming, you can now also do so by sliding the shutter button up or down (if in landscape), which is a very natural feature that works surprisingly well.

The pictures coming from the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are fantastic. Detail levels are superb, dynamics are great, and colors are mostly realistic. Very rarely, there would be a slight white balance issue, but in more than 95% of the time, colors are spot on. Unfortunately, theres still some of the oversharpening going on, which may be especially annoying in certain situations – see the pictures with the waterfall for example.

Low-light photography is once again at the highest level imaginable. What separates the Galaxy S8+ / S8 from its rivals is the incredibly high level of detail preserved. Colors also remain remarkably lifelike, which is a quality not unique to the Galaxy S8+, but in combination with the impressive sharpness, it all makes for quite the exemplary night-time and low-light photographs.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 1.2
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 1.5
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 1.33
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Google Pixel XL 1.9
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The Galaxy S8+ obviously has a humongous screen that’s perfect for video. On such a large canvass, it’s not too far fetched to even watch full-length movies, which may actually lend themselves quite well to the extra wide display. Most of the video watching will, however, be happening in the YouTube application, and aside from movie trailers, most other content there is in 16:9. This means that you either get black bars on the sides, or you lose some content up and down, if you use the crop-to-fill function. This situation is not a huge trouble, to be honest, but it’s an inconvenience. The GS8 and GS8+ are also capable of HDR video playback, which promises increased dynamics and more vivid colors, but sadly, such content is very hard to come by.

The loudspeaker of the new Galaxy is very powerful, but also quite substantial. Sure, it can’t deliver bass or anything close, but for a phone speaker, it sounds very well.

Samsung is making a big deal out of the included AKG earphones, and for the most part, they seem to deliver. Somewhat. Depending on whether you manage to get them to stay in your ears. They are of the in-ear type, which is never too comfortable to wear, and some of us had trouble making them stay in their place tightly, resulting in a dramatic loss of low frequencies. If you managed to push them deep enough in your ears, and make them stay there (which the author of this review was unable to do), then you’ll be able to enjoy high-quality sound.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 0.74
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 0.707
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 0.992
Google Pixel XL 0.45
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 80
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 72.9
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 77.4
Google Pixel XL 76.7



1. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

iPhone 7 Plus - 9.3 GS8+ - 9.0 iPhone 7 Plus wins. GS8+ =/= Phone of the year....and it's not even close. Let's sum this up real quick. A nearly year old iPhone 7 plus beats the S8+ in performance and battery life?

4. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Let's see how many scores on Note 8 review. Note: They using Geekbench 4 as their "own" battery test, you may try it yourself and compare on your iPhone or other phones.

8. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Since the iPhone 7 plus beats the S8+, there is absolutely no way the Note 8 is beating the iPhone 8 plus.

13. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I mean the review score on Note 8, not battery test.

24. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Note 7 got 8.7 . so note 8 will get 8.7 too. It is pattern of phonearena. IPhone 6s and 7 - 9.3 S7 and s8 - 9

35. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

samsung beat iPhone in iPhoneArena's review score? not a chance.. btw, S8+ beat iPhone7plus with ~40% battery left

22. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

Beats the s8 plus in what? I've seen real world comparisons of both speed tests and battery test and the only thing the iPhone is good at is launching and relaunching games. Why because games are much more optimize for iOS than Android. When it comes to launching regular apps there's no contest! S8 hands down. The screen on time on the s8 is also way more than what you'd get on the iPhone plus. I really don't know where PA gets its stats from but I'm pretty sure it's not real world scenerios.

23. kumar1234 unregistered

iPhone 7 plus is all the best all rounder phone. Other than big bazel iPhone 7/7plus beat this mediocre faceless looking phone easily. S8 plus has mediocre battery life, a weird aspect display, a faceless design. atrocious placement for a fingerprint scanner, useless bixby and bixby button, #hit loads of crapware and bloatware, very slow and buggy update policy camera is hardy a upgrade, last year pixel has better camera High chance of explosion This phone shouldn't get more than 6.5. PA is very generous to samsung phone as usual. Be glad that they gave them 9.

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Such a child! Why would one compare an iPhone to an Android phone? They are really an Apple to Orange comparison. Can I buy a iOS device from Samsung, Sony or LG? There really only one choice for iOS device and that is Apple regardless.

45. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

On second thought, I know why, Lumbergh has a need to feel justified for getting an iPhone 7. Such child like behaviour. Shame...Shame...Shame.

19. Tarox

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

Just check out real life comparisons to see the actual battery life of these two with the exact same tasks. iphonearena, shame on you again

28. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Remember, you are in iPhonearena

38. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The iPhone 7 Plus does not beat the S8+ (or even the S7 Edge) in any battery test except PhoneArena's. And their test has been suspect for years. The S8 won't be phone of the year only because the Note 8 will. The only reason the S7 Edge won last year (yes, it did win, like it is not) it's because the Note 7 was recalled.

47. Koozini

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

iPhone 7 Plus - Bezels GS8+ - no bezels

2. maherk

Posts: 6873; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Fingerprint placement should've been added as a con, and I would've also put the fact that we cannot remap nor disable the Bixby button.

3. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

60fps with a Qhd+ screen.if xiaomi's mi6 and the pixel 2 come with 1080p displays the s835 which usually has the slightly better GPU is going to be crazy on those

5. Tech_fan

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

Ray S,Ray S, Ray S..i think every one here knows you...i expected these numbers from you!!! imagine this phone had a FRUIT logo...9.5??? 9.8??? 9.999???

9. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

The iPhone is simply better. Stop crying. Better yet, have a nice warm Note 7 dry your tears lol

12. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

You dont deserve such good display in iphone 8 ....

14. fyah_king unregistered

Better? Ahahahaha!!

17. Tech_fan

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

here we come.. an ikid came back from your homework ikid, this place is not for your elder, maybe i argue with him...

21. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

Why is it better? Because you're here preaching it? Go have a seat in the dumb corner kid.

27. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Member since barely over a year ago & only 23 posts. Your opinion means nothing.

40. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not, but maybe one day you'll convince yourself.

36. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I won't expect less than 11/10

6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

What a beauty. And that with IP68, a superb screen, superb camera and great battery life. I would give it a 10/10 if it only had FM radio and either a fingerprint scanner under the glass or under the camera on the back like the G6.

7. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Had a chance to finally hold this phone and give it a spin. Looks way better in person and the feel of the phone is great. Looking forward to the real world usage and reviews.

10. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Best Smartphone to date, until september 2017 Bravo sammy

11. nikhil23

Posts: 440; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

is there a possibility of fixing your battery test procedures PA ? cz every youtube video or review tells that s8+ and s7edge has better battery life than iphone 7 plus. can't post liniks as PA blocks me for having less than 30 posts

15. fyah_king unregistered

I knew the speaker was loud when i heard it at bestbuy.
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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