Silver is also nice
Conclusion of the 18.04.2017
The Samsung Galaxy S8 introduces the biggest Galaxy design change since the founding of the brand: the Galaxy S8 in the test with an almost rimless display, which makes old look even the Galaxy S7 impressed thanks to edge technology and hidden Home button. In spite of the very large screens, the S8 due to its relatively compact size, is the rounded edges and first-class processing but good in the hand. To keep this Smartphone and to look at, just fun. In addition, the photo quality is excellent. Finally, also the battery life is no reason for criticism – on the contrary. However there is plus, barely beaten the sister model, the Galaxy S8.
Galaxy S8: Great design
The Galaxy S8 is as well as the even greater Galaxy S8 plus unquestionably a Catcher: Samsung builds the Smartphone in a look that looks cool and modern thanks to the minimum display edges and slightly curved edge design. The manufacturer shows here finally another technical progress which is visible and accessible by hand and takes place not only under the hood, as it still when switching from the S6 to the Galaxy S7 the case was. Towards the edge of S7 the slightly lighter curvature is positive, because this barely striking the contrast drop around the curved edges. Also failed attempts did not come among us in use, though the fingers are touching the screen actually getting. Also the S8 is more comfortable in the hand as the S7 edge because the edges rounded edges-free feel and.
Galaxy S8 is large but not too large
The screen of the Galaxy S8 has got big – 5.8 inch screen size, if you count the curved edge screen as a complete rectangle (effectively it will be less than 5.6 inch). The sizes of the Galaxy S8, which are partly even slightly slower than that of its predecessor with 5.1-inch screen are the main attraction in the face of the XXL screen. Placing side by side the Galaxy S8 and S7 of the Galaxy this technical performance is especially striking.
The sharpness is pretty much at the level of its predecessor, ensures the QuadHD +-2.960 x 1,440 pixels. By default Samsung but slightly reduces the used resolution and plays on the screen with 2,220 x 1,080 pixels, what a little benefit of the battery life (see below). There are visible differences – especially in normal view distance in everyday life – hardly. Considered by the magnifying glass, you can see additional details on point margins. The higher resolution pays only for VR applications in a GearVR.
The image is wider than usual: instead of 16:9 the Galaxy S8 has a 18.5: 9 – inch form factor similar to the LG G6. Some movies, and YouTube videos have narrow black bars on the sides (who wants to, can zoom), Web pages offer but a bit more image area in the length, if you hold the phone upright. To avoid compatibility problems, you can set whether she uses the full image or only 16:9 for each app. In addition, users with relevant content about HDR support, so increased contrast and color gamut can enjoy.
The screen cut off perfectly in the test lab. Is it manually to the maximum brightness he achieved good 466 cd / m ². Even brighter, the S8 shines but in automatic mode if falls as sunlight on the sensor, then it comes on over 700 cd / m ², which is so bright that you can easily identify content; Contrast and colors are also at the top level. AMOLED typical white areas but easily in the bluish tip when holding the phone slightly oblique.
Fleet and convenient operation of the Galaxy S8
To create more space for the display, Samsung dispenses with the classic mechanical Home button. As a replacement, there’s a hidden under the display pressure sensor with vibration feedback. Which is almost as good and intuitive to use, sometimes we had to press but twice screen on the, to find the right place. About the hidden Home button the S8 can be comfortably from the standby wake – the sensor not currently has a different function.
After pressing the home button the iris scanner known from the grade 7 unlocked this phone ideally instantly and imperceptibly. You can’t see the LockScreen (or his own face) then at all. Thanks to infrared light does it work in complete darkness. Correctly of course the operation doesn’t feel yet, because you have to hold the face right vertical over the sensor at a distance of roughly 20 to 25 centimeters.
It is good that the iris scanner can be combined with the now back fingerprint scanner and users can select the depending on the situation, appropriate technology. Because the Fingerscan will no longer work when the phone on the table. Also one wipes just in the early days often times via the camera. Aside from these restrictions, the scanner works but very quickly, accurately and intuitively. In addition, arouses and he unlocked the S8 in a train.
The classic front-cam face detection is not recommended, by the way. She goes to works while also very quickly and the face can be even further away, however the service denied them in the dark and can be tricked with a picture or video.
Faster processor and good battery life
The fastest Android Smartphone processors are used in the S8: A 4 + 4-core – processor of Exynos-8895-Bulletin for Europe and the Snapdragon 835 for the U.S. market. Both get 20 to 30 percent more power than its previous models. The S8 meets all performance-intensive tasks with flying colors it. Thanks to the new 10-nanometer fabrication, the system-on-chips (SoC) are not very fast, but also efficient, what our Akkutests confirm.
The Galaxy S8 9:47 hours comes with a standard resolution of 2,220 x 1,080 pixels. 9:29 hours on the clock are turning the resolution slider in the display setting to the maximum at the end. This is slightly longer than the S7 edge and so good, though not spectacular. Most users will come but easily throughout the day.
USB-type-C is finally on board
Up-to-date is Samsung now in terms of interfaces facilities because a torsionally secure USB type C connector on board is finally. The S8 supports USB 3.1 and traded in our test data with 170 MB per second (writing) and 130 MByte per second (read) to the PC. The internal memory is extremely fast thanks to UFS-2.1 standard and achieved speeds of over 500 MByte per second.
It adheres to old (headphones) traditions still in Korea, because the established 3.5 millimeter Jack is on board. We think that’s a good thing, because not everyone wants to share his headset to a Bluetooth model at Ebizdir or carry adapter with it. Included is one of AKG certified ear headphone set contain.
In addition, the Galaxy S8 comes with technical prerequisite for LTE cat 16 1 Gbit per second transfer rate. According to Samsung, the S8 will support the high-speed networks once they are officially available in Germany.
Slightly better photos despite same resolution
Samsung has not screwed to the resolution of the main camera and its maximum aperture: continue to 12 megapixels are on the paper, bright F1. 7 and an instantaneous auto focus dual pixel technology. Samsung but now uses a new image sensor under the hood. In addition, the cam captures in a row automatically three quick images and adds them together for the best quality. Videos can be maximum in 4 k resolution at 30 frames per second (fps) are characterized – for full HD recording, there is a particularly smooth 60 fps mode.
In the test, the S8-cam delivers excellent quality, measurable and particularly visible was improved compared to the S7 in dim light. The color saturation is slightly higher and in critical scenes, the S8 is usually better out fine details despite reduced noise as the S7. Partly but slightly too good means of Rauschminderer and draws surface to be smooth. Samsung also subtly digitally to sharpen without producing unwanted artifacts. Compared to the S7 the quality especially in bad light has continued to improve; the bottom line, she is also very good.
When close-ups, the S8 however adds a bokeh effect, which intentionally reduces the sharpness of the background and cannot be switched off. Selfies may shoot portrait fans now in 8 rather than 5 megapixels.
Bixby: Revolution or damp squib?
Much conversation held Samsung new digital Wizard Bixby, although he works only to a limited extent. Because Bixby is currently only Korean and Chinese, even the English voice control is not enabled for the launch of the S8. Bixby to understand German only starting in the fourth quarter, it was in a support document to read, that Samsung has now deleted. Officially, the company does not at the time of release manifests itself.
Samsung’s great expectations proves the dedicated Bixby button, which is located on the side of the Galaxy S8 in thumb height. Currently it calls a news and app feed in that bundles often needed information. Bixby as Google detects the camera Goggles Moreover, products and places of interest. That’s nice, but nothing more. What really makes Bixby, can be still not checked.
Alternatively, also the new Google Assistant is implemented, which starts about holding down the software Home button. By the way, the arrangement of the app changer and back button in the control bar on request can be now swap.
The Galaxy S8 is to the PC
We try out the docking station Dex for the S8 while still not, but reminds the idea of Microsoft’s continuum and sounds useful. Who is the S8 in the Dex, displays its contents in a special desktop mode on a connected monitor. DEX features include HDMI, network and USB ports for mouse and keyboard and transforms the Galaxy S8 in a small Android PC. Windows-x 86 applications run but not natively, but only apps from the Google store. Nevertheless Dex could prove for user, professional mobile phone want to work and save texts/tables on that and edit, as a valuable complement.