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If I found it hard to cover the whole sensor with my fingertip on the Samsung Galaxy S8, the taller Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is tougher still. I needed to angle my hand or arm in weird methods, and it’s simple to smear the camera — the software even warns you to be careful of the lens. Sometimes I received the S8 Plus unlocked on the first try. Different times I had to hold stabbing the place I thought the sensor was, to get into the phone.

When this occurs a couple of times, no massive deal. When it sometimes occurs a day, for multiple days on end, it becomes irritating and even a little obnoxious. Especially since there are so many quick, accurate fingerprint readers on the market on other phones.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review – Specification

Display Size: 6.2 inches

OS: Android OS, v7.0

Internal Storage: 64 GB

RAM: 4 GB

Rear Camera: 12MP

Front Camera: 8MP

Battery Life:  Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery

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General
Sales Package Handset, Earphones Tuned by AKG, USB Type-C Cable, Travel Adapter, USB Connector (C to A), Micro USB Connector (C to B), Ejector Pin, Quick Start and Smart Switch Leaflet
Model Number SM-G955F
Model Name Galaxy S8 Plus
Color Midnight Black
Browse Type Smartphones
SIM Type Dual Sim
Hybrid Sim Slot Yes
Touchscreen Yes
OTG Compatible Yes
Quick Charging Yes
Display Features
Display Size 6.2 inch
Resolution 2960 x 1440 pixels
Resolution Type Quad HD+
Display Type Super AMOLED
Other Display Features Corning Gorilla Glass 5
OS & Processor Features
Operating System Android Nougat 7
Processor Type Exynos 8895
Processor Core Octa Core
Processor Clock Speed 2.3 GHz
Secondary Clock Speed 1.7 GHz
Memory & Storage Features
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
Expandable Storage 256 GB
Supported Memory Card Type microSD
Memory Card Slot Type Hybrid Slot
Phone Book Memory Yes
Call Log Memory Yes
Camera Features
Primary Camera Available Yes
Primary Camera 12MP
Primary Camera Features Dual Pixel OIS (Optical image Stabilization)
Secondary Camera Available Yes
Secondary Camera 8MP
Secondary Camera Features Virtual Shot
Flash Single LED Flash (Rear)
Video Recording Yes
Call Features
Phone Book Yes
Connectivity Features
Network Type 4G, 3G, 2G
Supported Networks 4G LTE, 4G LTE
Internet Connectivity 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi
3G Yes
Pre-installed Browser Android
Bluetooth Support Yes
Bluetooth Version v5.0
Wi-Fi Yes
USB Connectivity Yes
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Other Details
Smartphone Yes
SIM Size Nano SIM (4FF)
SMS Yes
Internal Memory 64 GB
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, HR Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
Other Features LTE Cat 16 Capable, Water and Dust Resistance: IP68 Compatible, Fast Charging on Wired and Wireless, Wireless Charging Compatible with WPC and PMA
Important Apps SAMSUNG Pay, SAMSUNG Knox, MyGalaxy, SAMSUNG Health, SAMSUNG Gear, Smart Switch
Multimedia Features
Audio Formats MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF
Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Battery & Power Features
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh
Battery Type Li-ion
Dimensions
Width 73.4 mm
Height 159.5 mm
Depth 8.1 mm
Warranty
Warranty Summary 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review – Design

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Last year’s Galaxy S7 Edge was simply one of the best-looking phones in the world – and yet it might as well be wearing bellbottoms and winkle pickers next to the S8+. This superb combination of metal and glass feels every bit the premium phone. Samsung has done more than refining the design: it has stripped away the bezels and buttons to give room for an eye-catching screen that almost fully fills the front of the phone.

The entire thing is IP68 water-resistant, to survive any accidental dunkings, and there’s room at the bottom for a speaker, reversible USB-C charging port, and a headphone jack. Sorry Apple, Samsung isn’t in your cable-free future just yet.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review – Display

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At 6.2in, the S8+ sounds huge – however, those ultra-slim top and bottom bezels, subtle curves that spill over the edges of the phone, and 18.5:9 aspect ratio mean you’re getting that extra screen real estate without it changing into a true pocket buster.

There’s a large resolution to match the large screen, of course: 2960×1440. You’d have to pick up Sony’s 4K Xperia ZX Premium to get a phone with more pixels.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review – Software

Samsung finally began listening to buyer suggestions on its divisive Android UI last year, and Touchwiz on the Galaxy S8 Plus is even more pared down and unobtrusive.

It’s still there, of course, operating over the top of Android 7.0 Nougat, however now you aren’t forced to observe the Samsung way of thinking. That features swapping the Back and Recent keys and removing the app drawer for iPhone-style multiple home screens.

There are nevertheless a few pre-installed Samsung apps. However, they’re hidden away in their folder, and you can always take away them to free up space on the phone for apps you will wish to use.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review – Hardware and Performance

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If the Galaxy S8+ were a car, it would have a fire-breathing, thousand-horsepower W16 engine under the hood – it’s that quick.

Samsung’s home-grown, octa-core Exynos CPU offers that grant, with four low-power cores operating at 1.7GHz and four high-power ones clocked at 2.2GHz. It’s, hands-down, faster than any other Android phone out there right now – a Geekbench, 4 multi-core scores of 6683, proves as much. That’s faster than Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, too.

In the real world, it means you never wait for apps to open, never experience any lag or stutter when swiping via Android’s menus, and never spot any frame-rate dips in games. This thing flies.

That should be true when it comes to 4G and Wi-Fi speeds, too. The Galaxy S8+ is prepared for Gigabit LTE and has 802.11ac Wi-Fi the quickest possible speeds on compatible routers.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review – Camera

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Not much has modified from last year, either – at least on paper. The 12MP sensor has the identical pixel count, identical f/1.7 aperture, identical optical picture stabilization and identical dual-pixel autofocus as the Galaxy S7.

Up front, the selfie cam has been upgraded to an 8MP sensor, complete with f/1.7 aperture and fast autofocus that automatically hunts for faces and pulls them into focus.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review – Battery Life

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The 3500mAh battery appears just like the weak link, at least on paper: it’s smaller than the S7 Edge’s 3600mAh juice pack and feels a bit like Samsung is playing it safe so quickly after the Galaxy Note 7.

With a more power-frugal 10nm CPU, though, the S8+ can still deliver when it comes to battery life. It managed over 12 hours of streaming video playback, and simply lasted a full day of heavy use – together with wi-fi music streaming to a pair of Bluetooth headphones, snapping pictures and far too much time spent scrolling via Facebook.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review – Connectivity Options

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot

Bluetooth: v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Sensors: Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

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Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is a refined design. The stripped-back bezels, front-filling screen, and curved sides make it arguably the best-looking phone you’ll be able to buy, and it has the internal to keep it competitive.

A camera that trades blows with the most effective Apple has to offer, a nice screen, and sufficient power for any game or app you’d care to throw at it means this is one seriously impressive handset.

It’s not good; the sound could be better, however, in almost all other respects, it’s as good as Android gets right now.

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Review Score

9 Total Score
What Compsmag Says...

Better battery life and a larger screen improve on excellence - but it'll cost you

Design
9.5
Display
9.5
Software
9
Hardware and Performance
9
Camera
8.5
Battery Life
8.5
PROS
  • Beautiful display with no side bezels
  • Big display in device smaller than competitors
  • Multiple security features, together with an iris scanner
  • Quick and wireless charging
  • microSD expansion card slot
  • High-level water and dust resistance
  • Gorilla Glass 5 front and back panels
CONS
  • Tough to accurately tap fingerprint sensor
  • Fingerprints on back glass
  • Bixby voice control not prepared at launch
General
Sales Package Handset, Earphones Tuned by AKG, USB Type-C Cable, Travel Adapter, USB Connector (C to A), Micro USB Connector (C to B), Ejector Pin, Quick Start and Smart Switch Leaflet
Model Number SM-G955F
Model Name Galaxy S8 Plus
Color Midnight Black
Browse Type Smartphones
SIM Type Dual Sim
Hybrid Sim Slot Yes
Touchscreen Yes
OTG Compatible Yes
Quick Charging Yes
Display Features
Display Size 6.2 inch
Resolution 2960 x 1440 pixels
Resolution Type Quad HD+
Display Type Super AMOLED
Other Display Features Corning Gorilla Glass 5
OS & Processor Features
Operating System Android Nougat 7
Processor Type Exynos 8895
Processor Core Octa Core
Processor Clock Speed 2.3 GHz
Secondary Clock Speed 1.7 GHz
Memory & Storage Features
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
Expandable Storage 256 GB
Supported Memory Card Type microSD
Memory Card Slot Type Hybrid Slot
Phone Book Memory Yes
Call Log Memory Yes
Camera Features
Primary Camera Available Yes
Primary Camera 12MP
Primary Camera Features Dual Pixel OIS (Optical image Stabilization)
Secondary Camera Available Yes
Secondary Camera 8MP
Secondary Camera Features Virtual Shot
Flash Single LED Flash (Rear)
Video Recording Yes
Call Features
Phone Book Yes
Connectivity Features
Network Type 4G, 3G, 2G
Supported Networks 4G LTE, 4G LTE
Internet Connectivity 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi
3G Yes
Pre-installed Browser Android
Bluetooth Support Yes
Bluetooth Version v5.0
Wi-Fi Yes
USB Connectivity Yes
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Other Details
Smartphone Yes
SIM Size Nano SIM (4FF)
SMS Yes
Internal Memory 64 GB
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, HR Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
Other Features LTE Cat 16 Capable, Water and Dust Resistance: IP68 Compatible, Fast Charging on Wired and Wireless, Wireless Charging Compatible with WPC and PMA
Important Apps SAMSUNG Pay, SAMSUNG Knox, MyGalaxy, SAMSUNG Health, SAMSUNG Gear, Smart Switch
Multimedia Features
Audio Formats MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF
Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Battery & Power Features
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh
Battery Type Li-ion
Dimensions
Width 73.4 mm
Height 159.5 mm
Depth 8.1 mm
Warranty
Warranty Summary 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
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