6 Reasons to buy and not to buy Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+
Samsung recently launched its much-awaited Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones, at its ‘Unpacked’ event in New York. The smartphones are loaded with several new features and at the same time, carry forward some from their predecessors as well. While it’s too early to say whether Samsung’s new handsets are worth buying or not, here are a few reasons why should and should not consider getting the Galaxy S8 or S8+.
Not to buy: Fingerprint scanner placement
Probably the most disappointing thing about the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ is the placement of the fingerprint sensor. It’s placed next to the rear camera module, and will definitely cause the camera to get smudged quite often due to accidental fingertaps. Although the smartphone(s) will remind you of wiping the camera module from time to time, it doesn’t change the fact that the fingerprint sensor is placed at the worst-possible location.
Not to buy: RAM
Samsung has decided to stick with 4GB of RAM for both the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which is last year’s industry standard. Since these are the company’s flagships, we were expecting them to come with 6GB of RAM (at least in one of the variants). Future smartphones will come with as much as 8GB of RAM. Even Samsung’s own C9 Pro, which is a much lower-specced smartphone than the S8 duo, comes with 6GB of RAM.
Not to buy: Battery
Battery capacity in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is the same as their predecessors. While the Galaxy S8 comes with 3,000mah battery, the Galaxy S8+ has 3,500mAh battery. Although it’s too early to comment about battery life, we think Samsung should have gone with bigger batteries. What’s interesting is that two of the company’s non-flagship smartphones, Galaxy C9 Pro and Galaxy A9 Pro, come with 4,000mAh and 5,000mAh batteries respectively.
Not to buy: Camera
Just like the batteries, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ carry forward the same front and rear cameras as their predecessors. The rear camera is a 12MP unit, while there’s an 8MP front facing shooter. Although there’s a slight change in the apertures and that could help in getting slightly better images, rest of the camera specifics remain the same.
Not to buy: Gigabit LTE not in India
Samsung claims its new Galaxy S8 duo is among the first of the first to support Gigabit LTE connectivity. But as exciting as it sounds, this feature is useless in India. That’s because telcos will take a good amount of time to support Gigabit LTE across different regions. Hyderabad will be the first to get such speeds.
Not to buy: Bloatware
Samsung seems to have done very little for removing the bloatware in Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. As mentioned by CNET website, the smartphones still come with 7-10 apps (excluding regular apps like Camera, Contacts and Calendar) that users won't ever open. The company also announced upgrades for some of its apps at the launch event.
To buy: Infinity display
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with 5.8inch and 6.2inch QuadHD+ resolution Super AMOLED screens respectively. With the ‘Infinity Display’ technology, the company has made the display more immersive by shrinking the front bezels to minimum. When holding the phones, users will get a feeling that they are just holding the display.
To buy: Facial recognition
Facial recognition is a new technology that Samsung has incorporated in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. These add to the security of the smartphones, which also come with an iris scanner and a fingerprint sensor.
To buy: Bixby
Bixby is Samsung's new digital assistant, which the company claims is better than competitors like Cortana, Siri and Google Assistant. Bixby supports contextual search and can find anything from images to the information on the smartphone(s). For now, Bixby only works with Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
To buy: Dex station
DeX station is a new docking accessory that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are compatible with. It allows Samsung’s new smartphones to power an Android-based desktop UI experience for enhanced on-the-go productivity. This is similar to Microsoft’s Continuum feature. DeX station has ports for connecting peripherals like mouse, keyboard and monitor.
To buy:Invisible home button
The 'invisible home button’, as Samsung calls it, is placed under the on-screen Home button and is pressure sensitive. It provides tactile vibration feedback as well. Due to this, the new smartphones not only get bigger displays, but also retain the feel of the physical Home button that previous Galaxy flagships have.
To buy: Mobile HDR certification
The QuadHD+ Super AMOLED screens of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are among the first to have been awarded mobile HDR certification by UHD alliance. This means that the displays are optimized for HDR content. Samsung is also working with Amazon to bring HDR content to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
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