Think a Galaxy S8 is a understanding big? Well Samsung has an even bigger one in a figure of a eye-popping Galaxy S8 Plus. I’ve already explored how these dual new smartphones differ, yet is a Galaxy S8 Plus a good ascent to a Galaxy S7 Edge that it replaces? Or is a comparison phone now a discount we should demeanour to instead?
Let’s take a look…
Displays – Beauty And The Beast
Like a Galaxy S8, it is unfit to plead a Galaxy S8 Plus yet starting with a arrangement since Samsung’s 2017 smartphone screens have got a lot bigger…
- Galaxy S8 Plus – 6.2-inch Super AMOLED, 2960 x 1440(570 ppi pixel density), 84% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Galaxy S7 Edge – 5.5-inch Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 pixels (577 ppi pixel density), 76.1% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Yes, a Galaxy S8 Plus row is a large 0.7-inches incomparable than a predecessor. It also covers a category heading 84% of a front of a phone (marginally some-more than a 83.6% of a Galaxy S8) that creates a truly overwhelming looking device (the iPhone 7 Plus has 67%). The arrangement is stronger too with Gorilla Glass 5 flourishing falls softened than Gorilla Glass 4 (though insurgency to scratches is similar).
Aside from distance and strength, a Galaxy S8 Plus has gained Mobile HDR Premium acceptance that means increasing liughtness and contrariety levels that make it ideal for mobile HDR calm entrance to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
That pronounced both phones default to 1080p, reduce than their local resolutions. The Galaxy S8 Plus runs during 2220 x 1080 (due to a longer 18.5:9 aspect ratio) while Samsung forsaken a Galaxy S7 Edge to 1920 x 1080 with a refurbish to Android 7.0. The latter advantages from an boost to a already glorious battery life, yet saying a latter boat during a reduce fortitude on day one poses some-more concerning questions in this area (more later).
Design – How Big Is Too Big?
While a Galaxy S8 (155g) weighs roughly a same as a Galaxy S7 (152g) notwithstanding a burst from 5.1-inches to 5.7-inches, a same can't be pronounced about a Galaxy S8 Plus:
- Galaxy S8 Plus – 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (6.00 x 3.09 x 0.31-inch), 173g (6.10 oz)
- Galaxy S7 Edge – 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm (5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30-inch) and 157g (5.54 oz)
Samsung’s new smartphone is significantly incomparable than a prototype and there’s a critical weight boost as well. It’s still remarkably compress for a shade distance – a 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in) and weighs 188g (6.63 oz) – yet this is not a tiny phone.
The smaller bezels also see a home symbol private and transposed by on-screen navigation keys with a fingerprint sensor changed to a back. This position is quarrelsome as it is adult high to a right of a back camera, creation it a large widen and you’ll roughly fundamentally blemish a camera lens any time we unlock. So here a Galaxy S7 Edge binds a advantage.
To recompense for this a Galaxy S8 Plus matches a Galaxy S8 with a introduction of iris and facial recognition. Ignore a latter as it can be fooled by a print (Samsung accepts a flaw), yet a former is quick and unequivocally secure – yet carrying to indicate your phone during your face any time creates it a celebrated process and a pain to use when walking.
Despite this a Galaxy S8 retains pivotal unsentimental tools of a Galaxy S7 Edge: microSD stays (crammed inside a sim label slot), as does IP68 dirt and H2O insurgency permitting for 30 mins of full submersion in adult to 1.5 metres of water. There’s also a common clarity change to USB Type-C as a new connector continues a fair goal to reinstate all other USB form factors.
Like a Galaxy S8 you’ll usually get a Galaxy S8 Plus in Midnight black, Orchid Grey and Arctic Silver during launch yet with a Galaxy S7 Edge accessible in many some-more colours, design Samsung to supplement new options right until a Galaxy S9 is with us.
Cameras – Same Old, Same Old
Don’t ascent to a Galaxy S8 Plus awaiting a vital camera ascent from a Galaxy S7 Edge. Somewhat surprisingly, a Galaxy S8 Plus shares a back camera module.
This isn’t a finish of a universe as a 12 megapixel, f/1.7 orifice shooter is still glorious (if not tip of a class) and you’ll still get visual picture stabilisation (OIS) and 4K video recording. Samsung says Galaxy S8 Plus improvements instead come from new multi-shot picture estimate program (multiple shots are taken and total into a singular image).
A pre-release chronicle of a Galaxy S8 Plus we used still found it lagging behind a Google Pixel (sample below). This should improve, yet remember Samsung might good also being this new picture estimate to a Galaxy S7 Edge in a destiny program update.
Where we can design a poignant step up, however, is a front confronting camera. Out goes a Galaxy S7 Edge’s common 5MP camera in foster of a new 8MP module. You’ll also get Snapchat-style filters, yet again design these to come to a Galaxy S7 Edge eventually.
Performance – Incremental Improvements
Each year smartphones get faster, yet a Galaxy S8 Plus is not dramatically faster than a Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung says we can design 10% some-more CPU opening and 21% some-more GPU performance, that isn’t a large step adult given a Galaxy S7 Edge (Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890) had a 30% faster CPU and 64% faster GPU than a Galaxy S6. Still, conjunction phone will be slow.
Note Samsung is still delivering a opposite chipset to a US than a rest of a universe yet earnest unequivocally identical performance:
- Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus (US) – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset (4x 2.35GHz and 4x 1.9GHz Kryo CPUs), Adreno 540 GPU; 4GB of RAM
- Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus (Europe and Asia) – Exynos 8895 (4x 2.3 GHz 4x 1.7 GHz CPUs), ARM Mali-G71 MP20 GPU; 4GB of RAM
Where there are some-more poignant upgrades is connectivity. Both a Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus ascent a Galaxy S7 Edge’s Bluetooth 4.2 to Bluetooth 5.0 (2x speed, 4x range) and support one gigabit (1,000 megabit) 4G, even if carriers might never offer these speeds until prolonged after this phone is retired.
Software – More Refined, More Bloated
TouchWiz continues to get some-more appealing as Samsung evolves a polarising Android skin. we still cite batch Android, yet there’s no denying Samsung is creation some-more cohesive program than ever before. Sadly it’s also some-more bloated.
The new facilities will come to a Galaxy S7 Edge in time, yet during launch a new Galaxies will have disdainful entrance to Bixby (a Google Now/Assistant/Goggles hybrid that gets a possess hardware symbol next a volume rocker) and Samsung Connect (a Google Home-style IoT hub), and all a other bloatware we don’t unequivocally need yet supposed a prolonged time ago.
Unfortunately a Galaxy S8 Plus still ships with Android 7.0 when Android 7.1 is a) scarcely 6 months old, and b) a outrageous advance. Again, notwithstanding Samsung’s promises, if we buy a Galaxy smartphone one of a things we have to accept is program updates will be slow.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus do have a neat pretence adult their sleeve though, that a Galaxy S7 Edge can't do: spin into a barebones PC. Spend $150 on Samsung’s discretionary DeX wharf and we can bond a guard (via HDMI), keyboard and rodent (via USB) and use a desktop-style interface with Android apps and Citrix and Amazon Workspaces compatibility.
It’s not utterly as modernized as Chrome OS (and we could usually buy a Chromebox for $150) and we can’t use your phone during a same time, yet it stays a tantalising rise during a destiny of smartphones.
Battery Life – The Big Backwards Step?
But now we come to an area where we design a Galaxy S7 Edge to kick a successor. The reason for this is Samsung has defended a same 3500 mAh ability battery in a Galaxy S8 Plus, notwithstanding is most incomparable display. Displays are a biggest singular cause in battery drain, so we unequivocally most doubt you’ll find a Galaxy S8 Plus durability as prolonged as a Galaxy S7 Edge.
On a flip side, a Galaxy S8 Plus battery will age softened as it has softened cycle longevity losing usually 5% of a ability after one year contra 20% with a Galaxy S7 Edge. Its connected and wireless charging is also somewhat faster (though Samsung didn’t contend by how much), yet prop yourself for a cost of replacing all your micro USB charging cables.
At smallest Samsung’s new ‘8 Point Quality Check’ means it shouldn’t explode.
Price And Storage
At this theatre it is time to confirm how tender we are by a Galaxy S8 Plus, since both it and a Galaxy S8 have had $100 increases compared to a launch prices of a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge:
- Galaxy S8 – 64GB – $750 / €799 / £689
- Galaxy S8 Plus – 64GB – $850 / €899 / £779
Perhaps some-more critical than this $100 increase, however, is a fact that these days we can pick-up a Galaxy S7 Edge for small some-more than half that cost and there are copiousness of second palm models floating around for reduction than that. You won’t get a $99-valued AKG headphones Samsung bundles with a Galaxy S8 Plus, yet we might not need them?
Just like a Galaxy S8, a Galaxy S8 Plus looks truly stunning. Unlike a smaller fast mate, however, it is a most incomparable and heavier phone than a predecessor. This is value temperament in mind in sold when it comes to reaching for that badly placed fingerprint sensor.
It is also value observant that a Galaxy S8 Plus has a same camera and battery ability as a Galaxy S7 Edge and is usually marginally faster. So that increasing cost tab needs clever consideration.
There’s no doubt each Galaxy S8 Plus owners will attract hostile glances from others, yet it isn’t maybe as large an ascent over a Galaxy S7 Edge as many might have insincere formed on looks alone. The 2016 phone is also clearly softened value one year on, yet if we still opted for that overwhelming 6.2-inch arrangement we wouldn’t censure we in a slightest.
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