Specs summary

Screen
5.8"

The Samsung Galaxy S8's screen is 5.8 inches with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.35GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 258 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 13.4 days standby time, 1200 minutes (3G), 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is mesmerizingly close to perfection with its fantastic display, useful interface, and eye-catching design.

- Julian Chokkattu , Digital Trends 

Samsung Galaxy S8 isn't perfect, but it's beautiful and a superb daily companion.

- Mark Walton , Ars Technica 

Reviews summary

9.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 40 reviews

What's good  

  • Future-proof features and performance
  • Blazing performance
  • Stunning design
  • Gigabit LTE support
  • MicroSD support
  • Plenty of internal storage
  • All-day battery life
  • QuickCharge and wireless charging support
  • Crisp, vibrant display
  • Great camera (even in low lighting)

What's bad  

  • Slippery finish
  • Darker colors are fingerprint magnets
  • Hard-to-find fingerprint scanner
  • Screen measurement might mislead

Hoping to redeem themselves after the Note 7 debacle, Samsung’s latest entry in their popular flagship S-series brings mobile firsts and some interesting changes to the mix. There’s no denying that the phone is an absolute stunner in pictures. But a pretty phone isn’t always a phone that’s good for daily use.

Reviews are rolling in on this much-anticipated release and we’ve slogged through them all so you don’t have to!

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The Galaxy S8 features a metal and glass chassis with a glossy finish and edge-to-edge display. While reviewers raved about how great it looks, they complained fingerprints and smudges. Some also felt the glass treatment made the phone slippery—something you want to be careful about with a phone of this price.

IT Pro UK said, “It's an absolutely gorgeous device - instantly striking and breathtakingly beautiful. It is, without a doubt, the best example of smartphone design produced to date.”

The overall design has changed from the typical Samsung layout. The phone is slimmer across and taller overall. With the tiny bezels on the front display, they’ve had to shift the fingerprint scanner to the rear. This was met with mixed reviews. While no one had trouble with responsiveness, many reviewers noted that it was hard to tell the fingerprint scanner and camera lens apart.

The phone also has an IP68 waterproof rating and a front-facing iris scanner.

Heading around front, you’ll see the biggest changes from Samsung’s usual formula. The screen now extends to the edges of the device, gently curving to meet the frame. There’s also no physical home button at the bottom. Instead, you’ll use a pressure sensor in the screen and software buttons.

Reviewers raved about the screen—both for its appearance and performance. Alphr said, “This is about as good a screen as you can get.”

While it’s a 5.6-inch screen, the 1440-by-2960 resolution is an important consideration. This means you can’t compare this to screen sizes on many other models. PC Magazine highlights this, saying, “On a standard 16:9 aspect ratio phone, you get the same real estate in a 5.6-inch screen. So I think you should consider the S8's screen on par with the 5.5-inch, 16:9 displays on the Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 7 Plus.”

Performance, once again, had reviewers singing Samsung’s praises. Depending on your region, you’ll find either a 2.35GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor or an Exynos 8895 processor. Paired with 4GB of RAM, reviewers found no delays or overheating issues.

Alphr summed up opinions well, saying, “Every benchmark revealed speeds at the very top of the class… it’s pretty clear that the S8 offers far more future-proofing than any other device we’ve seen to date.”

You’ll find Android 7 Nougat on the phone out of the box with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. While Samsung’s been dinged in the past for piling on bloatware, it appears they’ve streamlined things for the S8. All models come with 64GB of internal storage. Should you need more, the microSD slot supports cards up to 256GB.

On paper, the 12MP rear camera doesn’t seem that impressive. However, reviewers found that real-world use was a different story. Both PC Magazine and V3 called it the best smartphone camera ever released. Optical image stabilization and a large aperture make the phone good for low-light photography.

Heading around front, you’ll find an 8MP lens. It also includes autofocus for easier selfies. Reviews for the front lens were equally positive. Low-light performance isn’t as good as the rear camera.

The battery was another aspect that surprised reviewers. The 3,000mAh battery doesn’t appear to offer any more capacity than the battery in the S7, yet reviewers had no problem pushing a day and a half on a single charge. QuickCharge support saw full recharges in just over an hour.

If you’re in an area with spotty signals, support for Gigabit LTE and HPUE means you might see stronger signals. Reviews showed that these features live up to the hype. Your experience will depend on the network in your area.

The phone also includes Bluetooth 5. But none of the reviewers could find a Bluetooth 5 device to test the new features.

Overall, reviews for the Galaxy S8 are overwhelmingly positive. Apart from a slippery, smudge-prone finish, there were few complaints. PC Advisor UK summed up opinions well, saying, “Samsung has taken the best phone around and made it even better with an impressive screen and design. It ticks a shed load of boxes you'd want a flagship to do.”


Reviews (9.4/10 Avg. rating)


Reviewed

The best Android phone money can buy

from Reviewed
After Samsung's disastrous 2016, it would have been somewhat understandable if the company threw out everything and went back to the drawing board. Instead, the S8 is exactly what the S7 was and the S6 before that: a careful edit of Samsung's greatest hits, with just the right amount of innovation to up the ante. It's the best smartphone money can buy—at least until the next big thing takes its spot... Full review
Forbes

Looks so pretty but hate the software

from Forbes
If you're a gadget geek with money to spend who really like having the prettiest, coolest looking sh*t, then you'll want the S8. But for just about everyone else -- like say for a middle-aged mom who only uses a phone for Facebook and Instagram -- nah, save the money or wait until the S8's price drops in about half a year... Full review
Digit

An engineering marvel as far as design is concerned

from Digit
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is definitely the best looking smartphone in the market today. It's fast and has a good camera too, but those are only incremental updates over its predecessor. Buy it if you want a phone that you can show off... Full review
AlphaBeatic

Amazing screen and fantastic camera

from AlphaBeatic
Flaws notwithstanding, the Galaxy S8 – available through most major Canadian wireless carriers – is a great smartphone that gets all the basics right. Assuming its battery doesn’t explode, or some other unforeseen catastrophe, it should do much to get Samsung past the Note 7 disaster... Full review
Forbes

Samsung spoils perfection

from Forbes
When I think of the perfect smartphone, the Galaxy S8 comes very close. Its design sets this phone apart from anything we have seen to date, it’s slicker than the LG G6 and more stylish and practical and the Xiaomi MiMix. This is the future of phones. Behind this beauty is also brains. It’s durable, water resistant, has expandable storage and a really good camera. It fast charges, wireless charges, scans your iris and has both cutting edge chipsets and connectivity... Full review
The Guardian

The future of smartphones

from The Guardian
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best smartphone available, full stop. It has raised the bar for top-end smartphone design, is one of the most future-proofed phones you can buy and squeezes a large selection of cutting-edge technology into a consumer-friendly package that anyone can use... Full review
Gizmodo

The prettiest phone wins

from Gizmodo

What’s truly interesting about the S8 is just how compelling a phone can be on the merits of its great design alone. Bixby is basically rubbish, and yet the phone is a winner. Perhaps it shouldn’t be all that surprising: Top flagship phones with beefy specs are going to perform very well without fail these days. They all have good cameras and day-long battery life and processors that can chop through huge mobile games. It’s so challenging to make a device stand out that manufacturers are employing all manner of gimmicks, like voice assistants and modular accessories, to se... Full review

Ars Technica

Gorgeous new hardware, same Samsung gimmicks

from Ars Technica

The Galaxy S8 marks a big change for Samsung—the company has finally updated its phone design. The Galaxy S7, with its hardware buttons and giant front SAMSUNG logo, was a design that had been frozen in time for four or five years. It seemed very dated. Now with a slim bezel and on-screen buttons, Samsung catches up to and surpasses what most of its competitors are doing, save for maybe the Xiaomi Mi Mix (a phone most people outside China can't easily buy or use anyway). This new-age aesthetic really helps the phone feel more like it's worth the beefy $750-$850 price tag. Samsung has... Full review

GSMArena

Essence distilled

from GSMArena

It is tall, okay. But tall is not what makes a phone hard to use with one hand, wide is. And wide the Galaxy S8 isn't. But for all its pocket-friendliness, the Galaxy S8 is pretty much identical to its less space-conscious sibling - the same processor, cameras and software - only less battery, and smaller diagonal. Best of all - easier on the pocket in that other way. What's the most troubling bit about the S8s, big or small, is that they're not all that different compared to last year's models. If the sexy new design isn't top on your priorities list, the Galaxy S7 will do just as well 95%... Full review

GreenBot

The best phone ever made, only smaller

from GreenBot
No phone is perfect, and the Galaxy S8 is no exception. But it's better than the best Samsung has ever made in almost every way... Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date April 21, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/700/2100/800 /850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.46 W/kg
Body: 1.01 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headphones, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 960 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 840 minutes
3G Surfing Time 660 minutes
4G Surfing Time 720 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1200 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 13.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold, Midnight Black, Orchid Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.9 x 6.8 x 0.8 cm
(5.9 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 155 grams
(5.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Pixel Density 570 pixels
Size 5.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Infinity Display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 258 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/1.7
Resolution 12+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Voice activation, Exposure compensation, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Auto focus, Wide angle lens
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI, MKV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-G950

Also available in dual SIM variant.

Additional Sensors: Heart Rate Sensor, Barometer, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
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