Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

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price Rs. 64,900 onwards | launch Apr, 2017
magic score ?
62.8
average value for money
our verdict: avoid
ranked
#5
of 24 phones in over Rs. 50,000

PhoneCurry Editor's Note

summarizing opinion across 14 expert reviews

What We Liked

  • 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 - on the whole 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

What We Didn't

  • 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

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Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.0
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.2 inches
Screen Resolution1440x2960 pixels (~ 531 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5)
  • 3D Touch (Home Button Only)
  • Always-on Display
  • Infinity Display
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Geomagnetic Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • RGB Light Sensor
  • Iris Sensor
  • Pressure Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.3 GHz, Octa Core, Exynos 8895
GPUMali-G71 MP20
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3500 mAh
Dimensions
Weight173 gm
Thickness8.1 mm
Camera
Camera12.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera8.0 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
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel
  • Bixby Voice Assistant
  • Dust and Water Proof
  • 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
  • Dual-band WiFi
  • WiFi Direct
  • USB Type-C
  • ANT+ Support
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average brand rating
3.12/5
(Average)
average phonecurry internal rating for all phones launched by this brand in recent times
brand perception
Very Good
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service quality rating
Good
service & support quality rating, based on user surveys