Samsung has released its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S8 (and its bigger sibling, the S8 Plus), and it is receiving rave reviews from tech critics and industry experts.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Galaxy S8 is also the most important aspect of the new device: the screen. Reducing the bezel to almost nothing, Samsung has succeeded in producing one of the biggest and most breathtaking smartphone screens on the market.
Gareth Beavis, writing for TechRadar.com, described the phone as “just stunning,” adding that the screen was “brilliant – the clearest, sharpest and offers lovely colour reproduction to make movie watching a dream”.
The S8 features a much larger screen-to-body ratio than the iPhone 7, coming in at 83.1 per cent, while the iPhone 7’s ratio is 65.6 per cent. The Galaxy S8’s screen is also larger than the iPhone 7 Plus’, at 5.8 inches and 5.5 inches respectively. In comparison, the Galaxy S8 Plus’ screen is a huge 6.2 inches.
Samsung elected to keep the headphone jack with its latest phone and still managed to make it IP68 water and dust-resistant, with many reviews pointing out that Apple didn’t do that with its most recent iPhone.
However, some experts aren’t pleased with the location of the fingerprint sensor. With the Galaxy S8’s bezel being so small, there is no space for a sensor on the front of the device. This means it has been transferred to the back, next to the camera. Max Parker, from Trusted Reviews, questioned why it wasn’t found in the middle of the back, calling its positioning next to the camera lens “unintuitive”.
Along with the headline-grabbing screen, Samsung has developed a new personal assistant, exclusive to the Galaxy S8. Known as Bixby, it has its own dedicated button on the side of the device. However, it hasn’t won over the critics yet, with some saying it hasn’t been fully realised and that Samsung could’ve done with some more time to put it together.
But when the only two issues that reviews can criticise are the position of the fingerprint sensor and the personal assistant, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is clearly getting a great deal of praise.
Running on an Exynos 8895 chipset in the UK (in the US, it’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835), the phone is fast and powerful. It features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, with space to expand that via microSD.
The phone has a lot to offer and at this stage, it looks like it might well go some way towards boosting Samsung’s reputation after the disastrous Note 7’s exploding battery fiasco. Engadget.com described it as “brilliantly designed, brimming with horsepower and has a beautiful screen”. Mr Parker called it “a new beginning for flagship phones”. Meanwhile, Mr Beavis said “it’s probably one of the best phones ever made, and will be pointed to in future retrospectives as a real turning point in smartphone design”.
So it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S8 has wowed the critics.