Samsung Galaxy S8 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Quick Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a superb phone in almost every respect and still one of the best phones you can buy.

The good

  • Stylish design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great display screen
  • CAT16 connectivity

The bad

  • Fingerprint sensor is terribly placed
  • Bixby isn’t smart enough at launch
  • Edge display still functionally worthless
  • Mono speaker only

Samsung Galaxy S8 at a glance
When did the Samsung Galaxy S8 come out? The Samsung Galaxy S8 launched in Australia on 21 April 2017.
What’s new about the Samsung Galaxy S8? Snapdragon 835, curved Super AMOLED display, iris scanner.
How much does the Samsung Galaxy S8 cost? $999 (64GB).

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 very nearly lives up to its immense hype, meaning that it’s a very fine phone indeed.

There’s no doubting that Samsung had a rocky time leading up to the launch of the Galaxy S8. The Galaxy Note 7 should have been a triumph and but for that pesky issue with handsets bursting into flames, it would have been.

The Note 7’s untimely demise put Samsung in the tricky position of heavily marketing the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at a time when it should have been building up the hype for the Galaxy S8 prior to Mobile World Congress. Instead, Samsung used its MWC 2017 launch to show off some shiny new tablets for both Android and Windows 10, with just a simple announcement that the Galaxy S8 would be launched nearly a month later.

The Samsung Galaxy S8, as Samsung pitched it, was a revolutionary device that would "unbox your phone" and deliver so much more than any smartphone had before. While Samsung has enjoyed a dominating position in the Android space, those were still bold claims for the Galaxy S8 to live up to. We've assiduously tested the Galaxy S8 here at finder to separate the hype from the reality of the Galaxy S8 and the news is (mostly) good.

Design

  • The curved "Infinity" display is mighty attractive and maximises usable screen space without increasing phone size.
  • Water resistance remains top-notch.

Camera

  • The single-lens approach lacks the versatility of many competing smartphones.
  • Nevertheless, the Galaxy S8 is capable of taking quality shots suitable for on-the-go photography.

Performance

  • Handles even the most demanding apps without a hitch.
  • Not quite as impressive for playing 3D games.

Battery life

  • All-day battery even under heavy use.
  • Supports both fast charging and wireless charging.

Verdict

  • Not ground-breaking, but still an excellent example of premium smartphone design.

Pricing and availability

Samsung Galaxy S8

To infinity and beyond

With a bezel-less display, the Samsung Galaxy S8 gives you more room to get stuff done. Unbox one for yourself today.

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  • The 64GB Galaxy S8 is available from Samsung directly for $999.
  • You can also pick up the Galaxy S8 on a contract plan from Optus or Vodafone.
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5.8
Display resolution (pixels) 2960 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 570
Processor Exynos 8895
Height (mm) 148.9
Width (mm) 68.1
Depth (mm) 8
Weight (g) 155
Battery size (mAh) 3,000
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 256GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.7
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/1.7
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 14th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Exynos 9810
6.4
2960 x 1440
128GB
512GB
Exynos 7885
5.6
2220 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 9810
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Exynos 9810
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Snapdragon 425
5
960 x 540
16GB
Exynos 8895
6.3
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 7870
5.2
1280 × 720
32GB
Exynos 7870
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 8895
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 8895
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 7880
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 7880
5.7
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 8890
5.1
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Exynos 8890
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Spreadtrum SC8830
5
1280 x 720
8GB
Spreadtrum SC9830
4.5
800 x 480
8GB

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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