The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are here, and they’re making a great argument for a place in your hands and pockets.
However, you have a choice to make: Which model will be best suited for your daily smartphone antics?
I’ve compared the specs and differences between the two versions of the phone to make the choice easier.
Check it out:
The regular Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch screen with 570 ppi (pixels per inch), which means it's very sharp. It's bigger than most smartphone screens, even larger models like the iPhone 7 Plus.
The Galaxy S8+ has a whopping 6.2-inch screen with 529 ppi, which far exceeds the size of most smartphone screens. Despite the lower ppi, there was no perceivable difference in sharpness between the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
The difference in screen size between the two phones didn't matter much in terms of initial reaction, too. They both made me go 'wow' when I first picked them up because of their screen-to-body ratio, which is at 83%.
Apart from their size, both Galaxy S8 models are identical in design and features, including:
- Water resistance
- Samsung's smart AI assistant, called Bixby
- Curved edges
- 12-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera
- Wireless and fast charging
- Iris and face recognition
- Compatible with Samsung DeX monitor dock
Here are the Galaxy S8's dimensions:
- 149 x 68.1 x 8 millimetres (height, width, and depth, respectively). In inches, that's: 5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31
Despite its large 5.8-inch screen, the Galaxy S8 actually feels like a smaller phone than it is. The Galaxy S8 is actually narrower -- albeit by one millimetre -- than the Galaxy S7, which has a smaller 5.1-inch screen.
That's because Samsung gave the Galaxy S8 and S8+'s screens an 18.5:8 aspect ratio. That means the screen is taller and narrower than most smartphone screens, which usually don a 16:9 aspect ratio.
It is 6.5 millimetres (0.25 inches) taller than the Galaxy S7, but I didn't find it too difficult to reach the top of the screen with my thumb when holding it with one hand.
This is largely because Samsung has narrowed the borders surrounding the screen to such a degree that the overall size of the phone isn't that big, yet it has a significantly bigger screen.
The Galaxy S8 is the smallest model, but its screen is bigger than most large smartphones. As a result, it's likely to be the sweet spot for most people considering buying Samsung's new phones. It combines the comfort and ease-of-use of a normal-to-large-sized phone with the benefits of a large-screened phone.
Still, it may not please those who prefer smaller or average-sized phones, like the Galaxy S7.
Here are the dimensions of the Galaxy S8+:
- 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 millimetres (height, width, and depth, respectively). In inches, that's: 6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32
The Galaxy S8+ and its 6.2-inch screen is slightly over one centimeter (0.4 inches) taller than the Galaxy S8, which could make the Galaxy S8+ harder to use one-handed.
Indeed, the Nexus 6 and its 6-inch screen made it difficult to reach the top of the screen, where you'd swipe down to pull down the Android notifications shade.
At the same time, the Galaxy S8+ doesn't feel as large as the Nexus 6 because it's much narrower, which makes it easier to hold comfortably and firmly. And it's just over one millimetre (0.04 inches) taller than the iPhone 7 Plus, which means anyone who likes larger phones will likely be happy with the Galaxy S8+.
This is the bottom of the Galaxy S8, and it genuinely looks like a small phone. Yet, again, it has a bigger screen than the iPhone 7 Plus.
And here's the bottom of the Galaxy S8+. It's amazing that a phone with such a large screen manages to keep such a narrow width.
So there you have it. The Galaxy S8 is between an average-sized and large phone, and Galaxy S8+'s dimensions are similar to what we consider a large phone.
Verizon has outed its pricing for the Galaxy S8, which will cost $US720, and the Galaxy S8+ will cost $US840. Other carriers will release their pricing soon.
You'll be able to pre-order your Galaxy S8 of choice on March 30, and both models will hit store shelves on April 21.
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