Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on and first look

by birtanpublished on September 24, 2020

Hey everyone this is David with Android beliefs and in my hand is the Samsung Galaxy s8 plus you've probably seen this um everywhere by now but this is the the actual phone itself in my hand we've got it with you know functionings offer everything here and I'm going to tell

You just a little bit about it as you can see we'll go around the hardware first I guess and we'll take you back to the back here as has been leaked many many times the fingerprint scanner is up here and your the camera module

I really haven't played with it much can't give you feedback on what it's like to have the fingerprint scanner up that high as far as this one this is the Arctic silver I believe is the color they call this one this is one of the

Three colors that will be coming to the United States the United States is getting this arctic silver midnight black and orchid gray which is actually orchid graves more kind of a grayish purple which actually does look really

Nice like this arctic silver just fine especially because you've got the black hardware up front here as opposed to the matching colors that Samsung tended to do with last year's and previous year's phones so as far as other buttons on the

Device and such right here you've got the dick speed key which launches the Bigsby assistant these demo devices don't have dicks be in a working form right now they have kind of a a fake demo version on it because the XP isn't

Really ready yet but you've got the volume rockers there and then on the right side you've got the power key now for those of you who are wondering so what is Samsung's done to kind of make sure the HOME key experience is still

There if you want it actually if you press where the HOME key normally would be the home button is always there and illuminated if you have always on display active and so you press it you get some nice little tactile feedback it

Sort of feels like you're using apple's force touch I guess I'm kind of a similar thing and the phone will just turn on alternatively you can use the fingerprint scanner on the back of course but if you have a secure lock

Screen enabled you can use that home button and then you can use something like the iris scanner or Samsung's new face on box system now we're in the software here this is Android 7.0 this is the S 8 plus so you can see as a big

6.2 inch screen it is a really tall phone I will say that the width is embedded although it's still very thin still feels very light with its 3509 power battery this is the US version of the phone

And so it has a snapdragon 835 octa-core processor or gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of storage standard which is very good news obviously as far as the software goes if you've used Samsung's recent gray CX you have a pretty good

Idea of what's going on here it looks very very similar in most respects and as far as new features and stuff Samsung is showing off a few things today but I think we'll find a lot more as we get in there now one of the cool ones I noted

For example actually I'll show you this first the launcher now has a swipe up app drawer very similar to the pixel launcher on Google's pixel phones so that's nice I haven't seen how they're surfacing that for new users but I

Imagine people get used to it fairly quickly it's pretty handy and actually if you swipe up again it closes it which is interesting so if we go into the settings here and if we look for display I'm going to find the thing that

You're probably most interested in knowing with these new software nav keys and that is can you switch the order you can tada ah it's like regular Android should be again I'm very excited about this you

Can also change the color of the navbar which is really cool I think you can change the home button sensitivity for waking it up which is interesting I hadn't noticed that before I was too enamored with the the navbar button

Layout change that you can make but as you can see like if you want a blue now bar you can have that I don't know what you would or if you want to black navbars it's more like stockinged right you can do that as well so Samsung is

Shipping these phones in half resolution so even though it is a WP HD Plus display they ship in F HD plus so it's half resolution so it uses less power and probably performs a bit better if you had a galaxy s7 or s7 edge last year

You know that the nougat update set your phone to that half resolution by default to improve power consumption it's an interesting choice but I guess Samsung's probably right most people won't notice this and if you do you can go in there

And change it obviously as far as performance so far you know the thing about these early phones is they always feel fairly fast just because they're so fresh out of the box and everything and Samsung's phones have been generally

Lambaste for their long term performance issues so I can't really tell you that this phone isn't going to lag one day and Samsung itself doesn't seem be confident about that either when I asked about it they'll they'll maybe

Talk to us some more about that in the coming weeks if they've made any real performance changes as far as the battery goes though you'll know that they are 3,000 and 3,500 month hours respectively for the SA and s 8 plus

Which is you know not huge but Samsung claims a switch to example for the snapdragon 835 processor should offset any production battery size and increase in this fillet size so they seem pretty confident about that in terms of

Efficiency the camera has a new UI I think I can just double that to launch it there and it takes a you know you've got a lot more black space because of the new aspect ratio of the screen which I'm really discussed I guess so it's 18

Point 5 by 9 which is a really really long screen but the benefit is you can get those software keys on there without using up too much screen real estate Samsung also says this is great for multitasking the phone is running

Android 7.0 which Samsung says it will ship with not 7.1 that's a little disappointing I think in my mind you've also got Samsung's kind of version of launcher shortcuts here I think oh no you don't actually somebody is telling

Me they had this but it doesn't look like they do they have their own kind of baked in version here that looks similar but isn't the same which I guess that Samsung for you like I said what was leaked was very accurate and will also

Have some information about things like the dec stock the new wireless charging pad and a couple other items Samsung is updated for the phone but if you've seen the leaks today what is this is you know you you knew what to expect this zone

Very much looks like what was leaked as far as changes to the hardware that I haven't discussed already samsung says the rear camera is basically the same they weren't willing to say that there were any major hardware changes made

They also were willing to say it's the exact same sensor but that's the vibe I got the camera that has been upgraded is the front-facing unit which is now 5 or excuse me 8 megapixels up from 5 megapixels last year which is very much

Appreciated I'm sure like I said these do you still have the iris scanner that was down in the note 7 as well fingerprint scanner on the back and I think I'm going on a little long here so that is our first look and if

Overview and hands-on of the Samsung Galaxy s8

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