Samsung Galaxy S8 was released way back in 2017 and it was one of Samsung’s top flagship phone for that year alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a very compact phone with it having a 5.8 inch almost bezels less display. The Samsung Galaxy S8 was one of the best phones at launch and now in 2020, it may not be the best but is still good. In this article, I’ll be doing a review of the Samsung Galaxy S8 in 2020, telling you if it is worth buying. Before we dive into the review, let me just glance through the specs of this phone so you’ll know what you’re buying.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Key Specs
- 5.8 inches Super AMOLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC or Exynos 8895 SoC
- Dedicated AI Bixby button
- 4GB of RAM
- 63GB built-in storage
- 12MP rear camera
- 8MP front-facing camera
- Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
- Iris scanner
- 3,000 mAh battery
- Fast charging support
- Qi/PMA wireless charging support
Design and Body
Looking at the design, you’d already know that this is a substantial upgrade from its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Looking at the front, you’d see that Samsung’s signature home button has been removed and moved into the screen. This removal also led Samsung to move the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone. Samsung Galaxy S8 has a glass/aluminium build with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the back and front and an aluminium frame. The removal of the home button also led Samsung to fit a large screen in a relatively small body. On the left side, you have the volume rockers and the dedicated button for Samsung’s new AI called Bixby.
Samsung is known for making one of the best displays on a smartphone. Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8 inches Super AMOLED display with a QuadHD+ resolution of 1440×2960 pixels and 570 PPI density. The screen is curved at the edges just like its predecessor. The on-screen home button has 3D touch enabled on it. The screen is protected by the state of art Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Samsung Galaxy S8 has a single 12 megapixels camera at the back. It does not have dual rear cameras like the iPhone 7 Plus. The rear camera can record 4K UHD videos at 30 fps, 1080p videos at 30/60 fps and 720p videos at 240 fps. The camera has Optical Image Stabilization.
At the front, there is an 8 megapixels selfie camera with f/1.7 aperture with Auto Focus. At the front also there is a 2MP dedicated Iris scanner for biometric security.
Processor and Memory
Depending on your country, Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with either Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor or Exynos 8895 processor. Both processors are built on a 10nm fabrication process so they are power efficient. The Qualcomm chipset comes with Adreno 540 in charge of graphics activities while the Exynos chipset comes with Mali G71 MP20 in charge of graphics activities.
The Galaxy S8 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB built-in storage. With an option to extend via micro SD card slot if you’re using the dual SIM model only.
Battery and Charging
The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery which is not removable. The battery promises up to 20 hours talk time and 67 hours of music playtime. The phone has support for fast charging up to 15W. You can also charge wirelessly as it supports Qi/PMA wireless charging. The phone charges via the USB type C port if you decided to not use wireless charging.
Network and Connectivity
Coming to the networks, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has support for 4G LTE network which gives you access to fast internet speeds of up to 1024 Mbps when downloading and browsing. It is one of the first to support Gigabit LTE class. It has support for the following 4G LTE bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 66, 38, 39, 40, 41. It comes with Bluetooth 5.0 (the first Android phone to have it), dual-band WiFi 5, WiFi hotspot, WiFi Direct, GPS and NFC. It has a USB type C port for charging and data transfer.
Samsung Galaxy S8 runs on Android 7 Nougat with Samsung Experience UI out of the box. However, it is now upgradeable to Android 9 Pie with One UI skin.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Review in 2020
Despite being launched 3 years ago, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is still a good phone for you to buy in 2020. The price has reduced drastically, you can buy it for about $200. The design and display of the Samsung Galaxy S8 are still great in 2020. The Samsung Galaxy S8 will perform pretty decent in this time but don’t expect a recent flagship performance from it.