Coming hot off the heels of the Note 7 battery fiasco, Samsung has just launched their latest flagship devices, the Sansung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ into the Nigerian market, two weeks after they became available to parts of the world including the USA and UK. And after spending those two weeks with the US variant of the larger version of that device, it is easy to see that the company hasn’t let its previous setback deter it from enhancing the pace-setting trend it has always upheld with the Galaxy S series.
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ and its bigger sibling, the S8+ both feature the curved displays previously associated with the Edge versions of Samsung’s mobile phones with the only distinction between both being the sizes of the Gorilla Glass 5 screen and a larger battery in the S8+ compared to the S8 (3500 mAh vs 3000 mAh).
That display is the very first thing that catches your eye once you handle any of both phones. Tagged the “infinity screen”, it features a screen-to-body ratio of 84.26% (basically, 84.26% of the entire front face of the phone is the screen) thanks to Samsung shaving off the bottom bezel and narrowing the top one. To achieve such a goal, the capacitive buttons at the bottom have been replaced with software keys and the fingerprint sensor has been relocated to the back, just beside the camera, flash and heart rate monitor array.
The back of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is made of the same material as its front and both layers of glass sandwich an aluminum strip that runs all around the device only broken by plastic bands on top for the antenna. This glass and metal assembly makes for very aesthetic eye-pleasing design but also carries the flaws of glass which makes it slippery in hand. This is a difficult trade-off for users who have to decide if flaunting this phone (and it is a gorgeous phone) is worth the risk of potential shatter if it drops.
And still speaking of that display, the S8 measures 5.8 inches diagonally while the S8+ is 6.2 inches but thanks to that screen-to-body ratio, both phones manage to shoehorn all that screen size into a device that is smaller than even some devices which have smaller displays.
The S8 and S8+ both have Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit processors although the choices may differ between Exynos and Snapdragon chipsets depending on markets.
Expect a detailed review of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ in the coming days. In the meantime, here are some photos and be sure to watch the unboxing video above to keep you occupied until then.