Samsung Galaxy S8 Summary

Adding to its Galaxy S flagship series, Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 alongside the Galaxy S8+ on March 29, 2017. The company released the smartphones on April 24, 2017. At the price of Rs 31,999, the phone is cheaper than the larger Galaxy S8+ that costs Rs 41,998.


The Galaxy S8 comes with a Super AMOLED screen capable of displaying 16 million colors. The screen measures 5.8 inches, featuring a resolution of 1440x2960 pixels, a screen-to-body ratio of 83.6%, an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, and a pixel density of 570 ppi. The screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, supports HDR10, 3D Touch, and has the always-on display feature.

AMOLED is short for active-matrix organic light-emitting diode. It’s a type of OLED screen technology, a type of thin-film-screen tech where the electroluminescent material is formed by organic compounds while the active matrix is the technology that addresses pixels. Meanwhile, Super AMOLED is Samsung’s marketing term for its AMOLED screen that has an integrated touch screen digitizer. It’s a layer detecting touch integrated into the screen panel instead of being laid on top. Samsung says that this type of screen reflects only 20% as much sunlight as the 1st-gen AMOLED panel.

As usual, Samsung makes some of the best smartphone displays in the world, and the Galaxy S8 will please you as well. The infinity design with two curved sides gives a futuristic feeling for users when they look at and use the screen. Not just that, this is among the first phone to sport a tall screen that was closer to a cinematic aspect ratio than other competitors at the time.

With this tall screen, you can enjoy a wider viewing experience when watching videos and films that make use of the entire panel. Even better, many games have now adapted to the long screen so you will get the same wide field of view when gaming with very thin black bezels on the sides.

When we talk about the screen, we cannot help mentioning how great images look on the Galaxy S8. With a 2K resolution and a high pixel density, images on this display are smooth and really sharp. Besides, the colors are vibrant and the contrast is great.  

With such an amazing screen, the Galaxy S8 delivers beautiful graphics for gaming. Images in games are rich in detail, sharp, smooth, and actions are seamless. Through several gaming tests by different reviewers, we didn’t spot any frame drops or lags in gameplay. So you can freely play any game on this phone.


For different markets, Samsung used different processors for the Galaxy S8. In the US and China, users get the Snapdragon 835 while those in the EMEA regions get the Exynos 8895.

On AnTuTu, the Exynos 8895 gets 174,155 points in total while the Snapdragon 835 gets 162,101 points in total. Despite having a lower total score than Samsung’s processor, Qualcomm’s candidate is known to have better graphics performance, which is extremely useful for gaming.

Over the years, the Korean phone maker has offered multiple variants for different markets with different chips. The reason behind this move is saving costs involved when using its own processors as well as the existing supports in markets.

However, regardless of the chip, the Galaxy S8 delivers great gaming performance. It can handle any mobile title you want, and it handles very well. Actions are smooth and you can play at high resolutions for the best viewing experience.


The Galaxy S8 comes with a single variant of storage, featuring 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Though this RAM capacity is not large, the device already offers a superior gaming experience for you thanks to the combination with great processors and seamless display. 


The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery along with support for 15W fast charging, Quick Charge 2.0, and wireless charging depending on the market. It offers 20 hours of talk time over 3G networks and music playtime of up to 67 hours. This is not a large capacity for gaming, however, you may get by a couple of hours.

If you’re wondering about an overheating issue with this smartphone when playing games for a long time, you can relax. We’re glad to deliver you good news that the phone hardly heats up during gaming though its temperature does go up a little bit like every other handset.


The back of the Galaxy S8 houses a single 12MP wide-angle lens supported with an LED flash. The rear camera also provides the panorama and auto-HDR modes. You can record videos at 4K, 1080 pixels, of 720 pixels of resolution and 30, 60, or 240 fps of frame rate.

For selfie photos and iris scanning, there is an 8MP wide-angle lens alongside a 2MP lens dedicated to scanning the iris for unlocking the phone. The front-facing lens lets you record videos at 1440 pixels and 30 fps.

The cameras on Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphones always take great photos and the ones on the Galaxy S8 are no exception. However, it’s unfortunate that the company chose not to give the handset more rear cameras, meaning it lacks a few photographing modes compared with rivals. Other than that, the pictures taken by this phone look great with a lot of detail, vibrant colors, and high contrast.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Full Specifications

  • Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 66, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
  • Announced 2017, March 29
  • Status Available. Released 2017, April 24
  • Dimensions 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in)
  • Weight 155 g (5.47 oz)
  • Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
  • SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified) IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
  • Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size 5.8 inches, 84.8 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~570 ppi density)
  • Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • HDR10 3D Touch (home button only) Always-on display
  • OS Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
  • Chipset Exynos 8895 (10 nm) - EMEA Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm) - USA & China
  • CPU Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) - EMEA Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) - USA & China
  • GPU Mali-G71 MP20 - EMEA Adreno 540 - USA & China
  • Card slot microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot) - dual SIM model only
  • Internal 64GB 4GB RAM
  • UFS 2.0 or UFS 2.1
main camera
  • Modules 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
  • Features LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
  • Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS, OIS
selfie camera
  • Modules 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6", 1.22µm, AF 2 MP (dedicated iris scanner camera)
  • Features Dual video call, Auto-HDR
  • Video 1440p@30fps
  • Loudspeaker Yes
  • 3.5mm jack Yes
  • 32-bit/384kHz audio
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • NFC Yes
  • Radio No
  • USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
  • Samsung DeX (desktop experience support) ANT+ Bixby natural language commands and dictation
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (11.55 Wh)
  • Charging Fast charging 15W Quick Charge 2.0 Qi/PMA wireless charging - market dependent
  • Talk time Up to 20 h (3G)
  • Music play Up to 67 h
  • Colors Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold, Rose Pink, Burgundy Red
  • Models SM-G950FD, SM-G950W, SM-G950S, SM-G950K, SM-G950L, SM-G9500, SM-G950A, SM-G950P, SM-G950T, SM-G950U, SM-G950V, SM-G950F, SM-G950U1, SM-G950N, SC-02J, SCV36, SM-G950, G950F
  • SAR 0.44 W/kg (head)     0.75 W/kg (body)    
  • SAR EU 0.32 W/kg (head)     1.27 W/kg (body)    
  • Performance AnTuTu: 199022 (v7) GeekBench: 6656 (v4.4) GFXBench: 13fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
  • Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.768 (sunlight)
  • Camera Photo
  • Loudspeaker Voice 66dB / Noise 70dB / Ring 72dB
  • Audio quality Noise -92.5dB / Crosstalk -92.8dB
  • Battery life Endurance rating 84h