Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The Samsung Galaxy S8+ impresses with its battery life, but for most users the slightly less pricey Galaxy S8 is a better bet.

6.2 inches

Display size

1440 x 2960px

64GB

Internal storage

12 MP

Rear camera

3,500 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.2 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2960
Pixels per inch (PPI) 529
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.7
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/1.7
Dimensions 159.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm
Weight 173g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
Processor Exynos 8895
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 3,500mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,349
Launch date2017-04
Samsung Galaxy S8+

The good

  • Exceptional battery stamina
  • Great processor performance
  • Great for movie watching
  • Water resistance
  • CAT16 connectivity

The bad

  • Fingerprint sensor is hard to hit right and iris scanner is hit or miss
  • Bixby doesn’t work well enough at launch
  • Where are the "Plus" features?
  • Simple Mono speaker only

The plus-sized variant of the Galaxy S8 improves battery life and gives you more screen real estate to play with.

Usually when a smartphone manufacturer announces a new phone range that includes some kind of "plus" model, you can count on that plus meaning a larger screen, battery and additional goodies not found on the lesser siblings in the same product family. That’s the approach that pretty much every manufacturer, including big names such as Apple and Huawei has taken, because at the premium end of the pool, you’ve got to work extra hard to justify the exceptional asking prices that you demand.

That’s not quite the approach Samsung has taken with the Galaxy S8+, the larger brother of the Galaxy S8. Yes, it’s a larger phone and it has a larger battery, but in every other aspect it’s identical to the S8. We really adored the Galaxy S8 in our review, so giving us even more has got to be better, right?

Design

  • Replacing the bezel with the curved "Infinity" display allows for larger videos and easier navigation.
  • Small hands may have difficulty holding and operating the bulky handset.
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Camera

  • Only a marginal improvement over the Galaxy S7's camera.
  • Still a solid set-up for taking high-quality photos.
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Performance

  • More than enough power to handle virtually anything you could throw at it.
  • Identical guts to the Galaxy S8.

Battery life

  • 3,500mAh battery delivers tremendous longevity.
  • Support for wireless and quick-charging makes juicing up a breeze.
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Verdict

  • Massive display and powerhouse battery elevate the Galaxy S8+ above its non-plus sibling.
  • Bulky size and higher cost make the standard Galaxy S8 a better choice for most users.
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Pricing and availability

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Bigger and better

Whether you're streaming Netflix or playing games, the enormous Infinity display on the Galaxy S8+ is a marvel to behold. See for yourself by grabbing yours today.

Promoted

  • You can find the Samsung Galaxy S8+ typically retailing from $800 to $900 outright.
  • Vodafone and Optus also offer the Galaxy S8+ on contract.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.2 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2960
Pixels per inch (PPI) 529
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.7
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/1.7
Dimensions 159.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm
Weight 173g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
Processor Exynos 8895
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 3,500mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi

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