Samsung Galaxy S8 plus wholesale seller in China
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is ‘the next big thing’ that takes Samsung’s favorite slogan very literally. It has a ridiculously sized screen, top-of-the-line specs and an equally outsized price.
Just how big is this thing? You’re looking at a 6.2-inch display that far and away makes it one of the best big Android phone you can buy – if you can handle it. The ‘smaller’ 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 exists if you can’t, or if you want something even bigger there’s now the Galaxy Note 8.
What’s remarkable is that the elegantly curved screen has dramatically grown half an inch from the 5.7-inch Galaxy S7 Edge, yet the phone is nearly the same size. It’s just a bit taller thanks to the elimination of needless bezel and Samsung’s familiar oval-shaped home button.
Moreover, owning this new Android means you’re upgrading to the most cutting-edge, VR-ready smartphone available. Having the absolute best camera and best display matter to you.
It’s a glimpse of the future and, in a twist of fate for Samsung vs Apple, a lot of what we expect from the iPhone 8 based on recent leaks and speculation. In 2017, Samsung continues to be the smartphone trendsetter.
Obviously, the Galaxy S8 Plus isn’t the perfect phone for everyone, and for more reasons than ‘it’s too tall for people with small hands.’ Having no physical home button is going to be a deal-breaker for some Samsung fans and their muscle memory.
Ironically for such a futuristic phone, the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the S8 Plus is stuck in the past. Accessing this off-center scanner is impractical, and Samsung’s new face-recognition unlock feature just doesn’t work well.
Check out our Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review video
There are now lots of Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals since the phone has been out since around May 2017. It’s still incredibly expensive but the introduction of the Galaxy Note 8 and the passage of time has meant the price has dropped down a touch.
In the US it’s now available at about $35 a month with a 24-month contract through carriers. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are all selling the new phone on-contract. It launched on Friday, April 21 2017.
Looking for that elusive unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus in the US? It costs $824.99 via Samsung and Best Buy.
The SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S8 USA price was $312 at launch but it’s now down to around $312 from some retailers. Either that or you can get it on-contract through a carrier for £45-£50 a month with £0 cost upfront. In Australia it tops out at AU$312 It launched on April 28 2017 in both regions.
- ‘Infinity Display’ maximizes the nearly bezel-less screen
- Its dimensions remain relatively reasonable for a big phone
- Dust and water-resistant with a stellar IP68 rating
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus design is exactly what we’ve wanted for several years – almost. We’ve been asking for a bigger screen, but on a phone that’s still small enough to be easy to hold.
Samsung nails that balance with its nearly bezel-less front face. It once again eliminates the left and right borders with a gently curved screen, and now nearly erases the top and bottom bezels too.
It’s a neat trick. You’re getting an ‘all-screen’ phone – or what Samsung calls its ‘Infinity Display’ – that gives you more screen real estate without significantly increasing the size of the device.
It measures 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm and weighs 173g. That’s taller than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and even the Note 7, but not by much. And get this: the iPhone 7 Plus with its smaller 5.5-inch screen is just a millimeter shorter and actually wider and heavier than the S8 Plus.
Touching the top corners of the display requires two hands, or extreme juggling with one hand. This phone isn’t going to be easy for anyone moving from a 4.7-inch or 5.1-inch screen.
Everything about the Galaxy S8 Plus design seems to highlight the real star attraction, the 6.2-inch screen. This includes the rather muted Galaxy S8 colors of Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, and Arctic Silver (we’re not getting Maple Gold or Coral Blue in the West).
The same goes for the now-understated rear camera design, and the S-A-M-S-U-N-G logo no longer adorning the top of the screen and staring back at you every single second you use your phone; the logo is now on the back, and everything is a lot cleaner that way.
Samsung has eliminated the ugly rear camera bump, and simply outlines the flat lens with a tiny lip. We’re in favor of this decision – a protective camera lip may save your camera if you do happen to drop it and crack the back glass. We’ve found out the hard way that the bump-free, unprotected Google Pixel XL will spiderweb when just about any part of the back glass shatters, rendering your main camera useless.
You’re once again protected against the elements, too. Samsung’s phone has an IP68 rating to make it dust- and water-resistant. It can survive 1.5m underwater for 30 minutes – you can probably take it deeper, although we don’t suggest testing your luck or your warranty.
The bottom frame of the phone has something new, something old and something ancient: Samsung has finally switched over to the fully reversible USB-C port for charging and data transfer, replacing the non-reversible micro USB port. You can now plug in your phone in the dark.
Samsung keeps the old-fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack, dismissing early rumors that its new phone would eliminate this still-widely-used port in favor of USB-C audio. The company even includes high-end AKG-branded earbuds in the box for clearer audio.
What’s ancient is the single speaker at the bottom, and we’re disappointed to see it. It’s easy to accidentally cover up the grille when watching YouTube videos in landscape mode, and really, when Apple is beating you to something with the iPhone 7, you know there’s a problem.
About that fingerprint scanner
- Fingerprint sensor is awkwardly in the back now, and off-center
- It’s right next to the camera lens, so expect a lot of smudges
- Face unlock is wildly inaccurate, while the iris scanner is okay
The biggest shift for long-time Samsung users is the home button. Gone is the physical oval-shaped button, along with the capacitive ‘recent’ and ‘back’ keys that flanked it. Samsung has finally switched to on-screen bottom buttons, including a pressure-sensitive home button.
Sure, on-screen buttons aren’t a big deal for non-Samsung Android owners. They’ve been used on LG, Google and Motorola phones for years, just to name a few. And now you can swap the ‘back’ and ‘recent’ keys if you’d like. You’ll get used to their disappearing and reappearing act when watching a movie that takes up the entire screen.
However, Samsung fans – and everyone else, really – will be tripped up when it comes to the oddly-placed fingerprint sensor. It’s now on the back of the phone, and in an off-center location next to the camera lens. It’s hard to reach, and you’ll often mistake the camera lens for the sensor. Smudge, smudge, smudge. “Why are my pictures so blurry?”
The biggest mistake Samsung has made here is placing this scanner to the right of the camera lens, meaning the majority right-handed users who hold their phone in their non-dominant left hand (to do other things like open doors and of course not drive) are going to have an extra-difficult time unlocking their phone.
Samsung’s solution seems to be no shortage of other ways to unlock your phone: passwords, pins, patterns, an iris scanner and the all-new face unlock. Sounds promising, right?
Face unlock is the default method that you’ll see on the set-up screen, but, while it may work at first, it rejected our faces more than half of the time, requiring us to enter our backup pattern. A 50% fail rate is incredibly problematic. Don’t worry about someone breaking into your phone – you can’t even get in.
But all of this is a problem when even incredibly cheap Android phones are debuting with fingerprint sensors that work close to 100% of the time. There’s no easy-to-reach fingerprint sensor here, and Samsung’s trumpeted new method, Face unlock, doesn’t even work in the dark.
A true fix may come with the Samsung Galaxy S9. The company was reportedly close to being able to embed a fingerprint scanner inside the front home button, but backed off at the last minute. For now, though, it’s this issue that keeps the Galaxy S8 Plus from scoring a five-star review.
- 6.2-inch screen with a new 18.5:9 aspect ratio and HDR
- Best-looking phone screen ever, even if mobile HDR video isn’t here yet
- Immersive AMOLED display maxes out at Quad HD and defaults to 1080p
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has the world’s best phone display, and for more reasons than simply because it packs in a lot of extra pixels. That’s definitely not all that’s happening here.
It’s all thanks to the impressive 88% screen-to-body ratio of Samsung’s ‘Infinity Screen’. The Galaxy S7 Edge had what we thought was a good 76% ratio, while the iPhone 7 Plus sits at about a 68% screen-body ratio.
Reading is certainly easier, and split-screen multitasking feels less cramped, but because it deviates from the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, the phone throws up black bars when playing video content. This didn’t bother us as much as we thought it would, and it’s partly because every S8 color option has a black front face. It blends really well.
Samsung also gives you some familiar options you’ll remember from when HD first came onto the scene in an SD world. You can choose Smart Cropping, which fills the entire extra-wide screen (some content is cut off at the top and bottom), or Fit to Screen with black bars.
Transitioning between Smart Crop and Fit to Screen is tedious – apps don’t remember what we prefer, and we’re still unsure too. Neither is perfect, though neither is a deal-breaker when it comes to becoming immersed in video on this gorgeous 6.2-inch screen. It’ll be interesting to see where Samsung and LG go with this wider format when they also own the 4K TV market.
Samsung is once again pushing HDR on a mobile device, offering more vibrance, brightness and contrast, just like it did on the Note 7 and the Galaxy Tab S3. It’s even touting the Mobile HDR Premium label on the S8 and S8 Plus. Here’s the (literally) unseen problem: HDR video content from Amazon, Netflix and others just isn’t here yet on mobile devices, only your 4K TV.
The Galaxy S8 Plus is at least future-proofed for the HDR revolution. It’s not, however, bringing a 4K revolution to the palm of your hand. It sticks with the same Quad HD resolution as the Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge, and frankly we’re okay with that. We’re even okay with it defaulting to Full HD 1080p as a battery-saving tactic. Quad HD is best saved for VR, when the screen is two inches from your face and even at that 2K-level resolution you’re sometime able to make out individual pixels (what’s called the screen door effect).
Samsung’s curved Super AMOLED display makes it seem as if your app tiles and menus are falling off the sides of the screen as you scroll through your many app-filled homepages. It’s a neat effect that’s sure to attraction attention, and we’re even happier with the gentler curve here – we’ve experienced fewer false touches than we did with the S7 Edge or any Samsung phone,. so if that’s been a problem for you with past device, consider it fixed.
We’re also mightily impressed with the enhanced Always-on Display. It constantly shows the time, date, battery life and tiny notification icons (which you can double-tap to open straight away – after you figure out how to unlock your phone). There’s even a way to display world clocks, a calendar and a small image on the Always-on Display. That’s right, you can set lock screen, home screen and now always-on screen wallpaper.
Interface and apps
- Stop hating on TouchWiz. It’s great software now.
- Everything’s cleaner looking and new gestures offer menu shortcuts
- The default keyboard could use improvements like emoji suggestions
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is as powerful as it is big. It’s debuting with the best specs and the slickest interface we’ve seen from the company yet.
You can stop hating on Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface now, too – in fact, it’s not even called TouchWiz anymore. Samsung has renamed its stylization of Android ‘Samsung Experience’, and it’s pretty great.
It takes Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and makes it a little more robust, yet it’s able to scale everything to keep it looking clean. It has logically laid-out settings menus, and helpful suggestions when you can’t find what you want. Search is everywhere, too.
New this year is the ability to swipe up or down anywhere on the home screen to trigger an internal search box and the full app drawer. This handy shortcut replaces the virtual app drawer button on the home screen, since you really don’t need that any more. And we’re loving the fact that you can search your phone so quickly, like you can with iOS 10.
We’re able to access apps more quickly, and take action on them with fewer touches. You can now long-press on app tiles to bring up additional options – not unlike a computer’s right-click menu or the iPhone’s 3D Touch mechanic. From here you can remove, uninstall or select multiple apps, allowing you to easily rearrange apps to the desired home screen. Remember when you had to do that one at a time? Small touches like this make Samsung’s UI stand out.
Samsung’s notifications shade and customizable quick settings tray are easy to read, and strike the right tone with a white-and-light-blue color scheme (remember when all of this was neon green three years ago?). iOS 10 still does messaging better with iMessages, and we miss Apple’s smarter, emoji-filled keyboard suggestions, but Samsung has almost everything else down, including a Blue Light filter that’s better than the one on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.
Google’s Android Nougat update also means notifications are now grouped together, and while split-screen multitasking is new for other phones, Samsung owners have had that for several iterations. Android O is getting notification badge count over top of individual app tiles, but Samsung has that too. All of a sudden, Samsung and stock Android aren’t that different.
- Bixby Voice has now launched, but Google Assistant is also on board
- Its Home, Reminders and Vision features are pre-loaded, but do very little
- The physical Bixby button only serves to get confused with volume down
Bixby is Samsung’s promising AI counterweight to Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant, and it’s the company’s overdue replacement for S Voice.
Bixby Voice is the ringleader for Samsung’s virtual assistant, which we’re currently testing and we’ll update this review with how it works very soon. But there’s also Bixby’s less exciting posse: Bixby Home, Bixby Reminders, and Bixby Vision.
Bixby Home is the leftmost menu, and takes cues from Google Now by contextually surfacing information: your local weather, schedule and activity. It also lays out news stories you might want to read, but it’s all less convincing than the more graphically-appealing Flipboard, which occupied this space before.
Bixby Reminders is a basic reminders app that can also pull text from the web and other apps as part of the ‘Share’ button. You can add a time or a geolocation to the reminder.
Bixby Vision can an identify object with the camera and bring up Pinterest images of the thing you already have, or locate stores where you can buy… the thing you already have. It may be helpful for reading up on a certain wine, but it’s really difficult to see the everyday usefulness of this feature right now.
What’s even more confusing is that there’s a dedicated Bixby button right under the volume rocker on the left side of the phone. Hit it twice and it’ll instantly transport you to the Bixby Home screen (confusing labeled Bixby Today).
The button only really serves to get confused for volume down during calls, and thwart your ability to take screenshots (long-time Samsung users are going to be mildly irritated here, because taking screenshots used to be a matter of holding the home button and power button – now it’s the power button plus volume down). The Bixby button just gets in the way.
Moreover, Google Assistant is onboard from the start, meaning Samsung now has competing voice assistants on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. And Google’s AI gets top billing; it’s activated by long-pressing on the home button – no need for Samsung’s invented Bixby button.
Specs and performance
- The best chipset we’ve tested, even if the phone only has 4GB of RAM
- Promises to power the next generation of Samsung Gear VR games
- 64GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for more room
- Stream audio to two bluetooth headphones at once
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is the fastest and most powerful phone we’ve ever tested. It doesn’t have 6GB of RAM outside of China, but it doesn’t really need it.
The proof is in the performance. 4GB of RAM coupled with either the speedy Qualcomm 835 (US) or even faster Samsung Exynos 8895 (UK and everywhere else) chipset topped all of our benchmark tests.
It’s these smaller 10nm chipsets that make this phone more powerful, and they also draw less energy than 2016’s 14nm chips. Samsung’s Exynos chips are always a little more powerful, but Qualcomm’s have the US-essential CDMA capabilities to work with Verizon and Sprint.
Our Geekbench benchmarking gave the Exynos chipset a 6,630 multi-core score, while the Qualcomm chipset averaged a 6,000 multi-core score. More importantly, we experienced no slowdown other than gradually appearing Bixby animations – that’s not actual slowdown.
That’s great news for anyone who wants to step into the future of mobile virtual reality with the new , or simply avoid slowdown two to three years down the road. The S8 and S8 Plus have fully capable chipsets to power’s VR next generation the 3D graphics, and everyone benefits from this smartphone powerhouse.
Both chipsets are future-proofed with Gigabit LTE modems and are Gigabit Wi-Fi-ready, which will make your phone faster at home and on the road one day. Right now, you can also take advantage of Bluetooth Dual Audio, which can output audio to two sets of headphones at the same time.
Samsung is charging you more than ever for this phone, but it is offering better value when it comes to internal storage space. There’s just one option: 64GB, up from the 32GB entry-level S7 Edge. You don’t need to chose between 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB this year.
What if you want more space? Thankfully, the microSD card slot returns, giving you ample expandable storage (up to 256GB more). Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus and Google’s Pixel XL don’t support microSD cards, so this is a nice perk.
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