Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy S8 is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Samsung Galaxy S8  Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8
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Excellence Score
69.7
73.0
Value for Money Score
62.6
49.7
Price ₹ 37,990 onwards ₹ 64,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2017 Jun, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2960 pixels (~ 568 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 531 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 8895 Exynos 8895
GPU Mali-G71 MP20 Mali-G71 MP20
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.7 Aperture, 26mm Focus Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), 1/2.5" Sensor Size, 1.4 um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama F/1.7 Aperture, 26mm Focus Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), 1/2.5" Sensor Size, 1.4 um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, 80 Degree Wide-angle Lens F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, 80 Degree Wide-angle Lens
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8 mm 8.1 mm
Weight 152 gm 173 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; Bixby Voice Assistant; Samsung DeX (Desktop Experience Support); Fast Battery Charging; Ultra High-Quality Audio Playback; Face Recognition; Wireless Charging; Secure Folder; Hardware-based Encryption; Samsung Pay; Bundled AKG Earphones; NFC; Dual-band WiFi; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; Bixby Voice Assistant; Samsung DeX (Desktop Experience Support); Fast Battery Charging; Ultra High-Quality Audio Playback; Face Recognition; Wireless Charging; Secure Folder; Hardware-based Encryption; Samsung Pay; Bundled AKG Earphones; NFC; Dual-band WiFi; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • With its bold, exquisite, elongated shape, and borderless "infinity" display, the Galaxy S8 is one gorgeous piece of technology - arguably the best designed Android phone to date
  • Incredible overall fit and finish
  • Water-resistant (IP 68 certification), and with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and rear
  • Relatively comfortable to hold for a display this large in size
  • Apart from fingerprint recognition, you also have iris or facial recognition options for unlocking the device - iris is blazing fast, but requires some careful alignment - facial recognition works pretty well, but does require good lighting
  • The new 18.5:9 aspect ratio for the display works great for portrait gaming, browsing and multi-tasking
  • The new on-screen navigation works well and buttons can finally be re-mapped - the home button has nice haptic feedback
  • The exceptionally bright Infinity display is gorgeous, and a chart-topper in terms of sunlight visibility - and colors are even punchier than before
  • Samsung's TouchWiz software is now more polished than ever, and gives a thoughtfully conceived software experience
  • Samsung's AI Engine Bixby is a decent add-on too, although a lot of the functionality, including voice activation will come in later
  • The Exynos chipset powering the phone delivers a chart-topping performance in both CPU and GPU benchmarks - the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU is impressive too - overall, the performance is class leading, and brimming with horsepower
  • The camera is state-of-the-art and pretty much the same as the already great camera on the S7, with one notable improvement - low light photography - the new Multi-Frame Image Processing delivers noticeably cleaner and sharper low light photos - overall now, this camera is right up there with the best in the business - the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel
  • The front camera is very good too, and a major upgrade from the S7 in terms of image quality - Samsung has also included a big collection of filters, stickers and dynamic facial effects to raise your selfie game
  • Good audio quality
  • The S8+ is is really versatile when it comes to connectivity too with things like Gigabit LTE support, bluetooth audio streaming to two devices simultaneously, and presence of DisplayPort video output over Type-C
  • You can also use the phone as a mobile workstation with the DeX desktop dock - creating an Android "desktop" experience - which could be pretty handy
  • Very good battery life, a little better than the already good battery life of the Galaxy S7
  • With its bold, exquisite, elongated shape, and borderless "infinity" display, the Galaxy S8 is one gorgeous piece of technology - arguably the best designed Android phone to date
  • Incredible overall fit and finish
  • Water-resistant (IP 68 certification), and with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and rear
  • Apart from fingerprint recognition, you also have iris or facial recognition options for unlocking the device - iris is blazing fast, but requires some careful alignment - facial recognition works pretty well, but does require good lighting
  • The new 18.5:9 aspect ratio for the display works great for portrait gaming, browsing and multi-tasking
  • The new on-screen navigation works well and buttons can finally be re-mapped - the home button has nice haptic feedback
  • The exceptionally bright Infinity display is gorgeous, and a chart-topper in terms of sunlight visibility - and colors are even punchier than before
  • Samsung's TouchWiz software is now more polished than ever, and gives a thoughtfully conceived software experience
  • Samsung's AI Engine Bixby is a decent add-on too, although a lot of the functionality, including voice activation will come in later
  • The Exynos chipset powering the phone delivers a chart-topping performance in both CPU and GPU benchmarks - the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU is impressive too - overall, the performance is class leading, and brimming with horsepower
  • The camera is state-of-the-art and pretty much the same as the already great camera on the S7, with one notable improvement - low light photography - the new Multi-Frame Image Processing delivers noticeably cleaner and sharper low light photos - overall now, this camera is right up there with the best in the business - the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel
  • The front camera is very good too, and a major upgrade from the S7 in terms of image quality - Samsung has also included a big collection of filters, stickers and dynamic facial effects to raise your selfie game
  • Good audio quality
  • The S8+ is is really versatile when it comes to connectivity too with things like Gigabit LTE support, bluetooth audio streaming to two devices simultaneously, and presence of DisplayPort video output over Type-C
  • You can also use the phone as a mobile workstation with the DeX desktop dock - creating an Android "desktop" experience - which could be pretty handy
  • Very good battery life, a little better than the already good battery life of the Galaxy S7
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The all-glass body is quite slippery, if you don't use a case
  • The new fingerprint reader position at the back will certainly raise more than a few eyebrows - it's too high up and right next to the camera - which is not the most convenient placement
  • While the 18.5:9 aspect ratio is futuristic, and certainly comes in handy while browsing, and gaming, but most video/image content is still not made for such a wide screen, so will usually be wasteful of the extra space
  • The all-glass body is quite slippery, if you don't use a case
  • The new fingerprint reader position at the back will certainly raise more than a few eyebrows - it's too high up and right next to the camera - which is not the most convenient placement
  • The S8+ is also generally quite tall for one handed use - reaching the notification area, for instance, can be tricky - similarly, the on-screen navigation buttons are placed pretty low relative to the overall height of the S8+ and can also be hard to reach
  • While the 18.5:9 aspect ratio is futuristic, and certainly comes in handy while browsing, and gaming, but most video/image content is still not made for such a wide screen, so will usually be wasteful of the extra space
Expert Reviews
  1. For the most part, Samsung’s Galaxy S8/+ are slam dunks. They are brilliantly designed, brimming with horsepower and have beautiful screens.
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Samsung has certainly proven that it has the design and manufacturing strengths to pull off absolutely stunning devices
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. Lovers of big phones won't find a prettier device with a larger screen anywhere else
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the most part, Samsung’s Galaxy S8/+ are slam dunks. They are brilliantly designed, brimming with horsepower and have beautiful screens.
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung has certainly proven that it has the design and manufacturing strengths to pull off absolutely stunning devices
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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