Display technology is Samsung’s strongest suite and it looks like they’ve really flexed their muscles in the area for the Samsung Galaxy S8+. The new ‘Infinity Display’ with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio, meaning its narrower than a traditional 16:9 screen, but taller. Samsung managed to fit more display in less space thanks to its expertise in curved screens. With a resolution of 2960×1440, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ has the highest resolution of any phone available in the global market, albeit the smaller Galaxy S8 beats the bigger phone when it comes to pixel density. It is HDR Premium compliant, a standard set forth by the UHD Alliance. As a standard, HDR Premium spans across a multitude of display technologies, independent of their form factor. What this means is that compatible content can be seen on mobile displays, TVs and monitors alike as long as they are UHDA certified. This standard covers 90% of the DCI-P3 colour profile and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is capable of accurately reproducing 100% of the same colour gamut. Currently, Netflix and Amazon are the only two content providers who not only have HDR video content but are also now working on creating videos in the new Univisium Display Ratio.
While using the Samsung Galaxy S8+ as my primary device, I realised that the narrower screen, possibly coupled with better software, has reduced the amount of ghost touch moments. This phenomenon made using the Galaxy S7 edge very frustrating for me, but the Galaxy S8+ has a better handle on this. What’s also better is sunlight legibility, with the phone taking on the bright sun with some intense brightness, strong contrast and good colour balance. I used the phone in its Adaptive Display settings for the purpose of this review, although I much prefer the AMOLED Photo mode for its more balanced (read less saturated) colour. One challenge most phones face under bright light is reflectance, meaning that sometimes, the screen becomes more of a mirror than anything else. This is not the case with the Samsung Galaxy S8+ as reflectance is very low, improving readability.
When it comes to viewing content, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ really impresses. The screen can really make your existing videos look really good, and that is without even relying on the HDR Premium capabilities. Given that Netflix, Amazon and even YouTube host content that has been shot in HDR, but does not yet support the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ is a real bumer. However, we have seen just how good HDR videos can look and once enabled for the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and we canot wait for Netflix to add support for the Samsung Galaxy S8+, which should be coming soon given the brand’s popularity.