Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ comes to the market amidst concerns and expectations. We test whether the phone lives up to those expectations and which concerns it puts to rest.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Features & Specifications

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Design & Build

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Display

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Performance

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The Indian variant of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ comes with the company’s own Exynos 8895 processor, built on the same 10nmFinFET fabrication process as Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835. Samsung has chosen to not put more than 4GB of RAM in the phone, which some might find concerning, seeing as how other OEMs already have 6GB RAM available in their flagships. However, from what we’ve learned over the course of our many reviews, hardware specifications are not a 100% indicator of performance.

Running AnTuTu and Geekbench 4 on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ reveal some very impressive numbers. An AnTuTu score of 165603, the highest we have seen so far in any of our reviews. To put things in perspective, the OnePlus 3T scored 156130 and the Google Pixel XL scored 138911, both of which come with the older Snapdragon 821 processor, but the OnePlus 3T takes an edge thanks to its 6GB of RAM. However, The Samsung Galaxy S8+ rushes far ahead of the two current flagships in both AnTuTu and Geekbench 4.

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ scores really well in AnTuTu & Geekbench 4
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ scores really well in AnTuTu & Geekbench 4

We consider benchmark results to be an indication of what kind of performance you can expect from that device. We’ve had instances in that past where manufacturers have artificially boosted performance on their devices, which is why our review process requires rigorous real world testing of every smartphone. We first kicked off the test for the Samsung Galaxy S8+ with Angry Birds 2. This game is not a part of our standard testing procedure, but while Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 were downloading, I needed something to do. The first thing I noticed while playing the game was that I wasn’t getting the most out of the Infinity Display in terms of area covered by the game. Since most games are yet to be optimized for the new aspect ratio, content which doesn’t conform gets pillar-boxed on the sides. Coming back to performance, the multi-touch works surprisingly well, as do all aspect of animation transition. Load times were adequately short for Angry Birds 2. With Asphalt 8and Modern Combat 5, the black bars were gone, which was a good sign. The load times on MC5 were negligible, although Asphalt 8, with its notifications and pop-up cards, took a while to process everything. Once the games start, there is absolutely no glitches whatsoever. One thing we did notice was that the screen on the Galaxy S8+ is so smooth, that sliding your fingers around them for gaming can be a unique experience. We had to change the sensitivity for MC5 and Injustice because rapidly moving the finger around was causing it to farther than desired (since the glass is so smooth). We suggest you find the right sensitivity for yourself.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a great phone for gaming
Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a great phone for gaming
Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a great phone for gaming
Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a great phone for gaming

Moving onto photo editing, The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is the fastest to have chewed through our 22 megapixel RAW DNG files in both Adobe Lightroom Mobile and Snapseed. It took the phone only 25 seconds to import our 6 test files, which is impressively fast. We found that while all sliders in Lightroom responded with no lag, either in movement or preview generation, there were two instances where the sliders would respond only after a second, with the preview coming even later. This happened when we tried to change the “temperature” of the image and when we tried to apply some dehaze to the image. It took Lightroom a total of 12 seconds to export a full resolution JPG file, which is good by any standard. Snapseed was even quicker than Lightroom for editing the RAW files, with no sign of lag regardless of the nature and number of filters applied. Given that the phone could handle the RAW files from a DSLR so well, the phone will make short work of the photos coming from the camera.

Canon 5D MarkII RAW file edited on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ in under 45 seconds
Canon 5D MarkII RAW file edited on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ in under 45 seconds

One of the best things about the Samsung Galaxy S8+ has been the ease with which it has run all our apps. Shuffling between three social media apps, the camera app, Lightroom, Gmail and 15 browser windows was a lag-free experience, despite everything running in the background. Th only time I cleared out the background apps was while gaming, and that was just to ensure I got maximum performance from the phone. The only delay you’ll experience in changing the tab on Google Chrome will be from the time it takes for your finger to reach the button on the top right corner, especially if you have small hands.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ leaves no room for complaints when it comes to performance. The phone gives four performance options to choose from and for the sake of this review, the phone stayed on the “Optimized” setting. There’s a gaming mode, an entertainment mode and a high performance mode, all tailored to deliver better experiences for specific tasks. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is every bit the performer you would expect a flagship device to be and the fact that it comes with just 4GB of RAM does not hold the phone back in any way.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Primary Camera

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Secondary Camera

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Software & UI

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Battery Life

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Call Quality

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Price

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Image Gallery

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Video Review

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