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Galaxy S8 and S8+ Final Specs: Here’s What You Get

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The Galaxy S8 has a smaller 3,000 mAh battery.But the specs on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are still important, including the screen size and resolution, the weight, the processor, storage and more. It’s also important to know how the Galaxy S8 and S8+ differ. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you’re getting.

Galaxy S8 and S8+ Specs

Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+
Price $720-$750 $840-$850
Display (pixels) 5.8 inches (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED 6.2 inches (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED
Aspect ratio 18.5:9 18.5:9
Pixels per inch 570 ppi 529 ppi
Camera (Back) 12 MP/f 1.7 aperture 12 MP/f 1.7 aperture
Pixel Size 1.4 µm 1.4 µm
Zoom 8x digital 8x digital
Camera (Front) 8-MP/f 1.7 aperture 8-MP/1.7 aperture
Pixel Size 1.22µm 1.22µm
Video recording 4K video at 30 fps 4K video at 30 fps
Slow motion video 720p at 240 fps 720p at 240 fps
Biometric Scanning Facial recognition, iris scanner, fingerprint reader Facial recognition, iris scanner, fingerprint reader
CPU
Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB 64GB
microSD up to 256GB up to 256GB
Battery 3,000 mAh 3,500 mAh
Rated Battery Life (Talk Time/Video Playback/4G) 20/16/12 hours 24/18/15 hours
Size
5.9 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches 6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches
Weight
5.5 ounces 6.1 ounces
Water and Dust Resistantce IP68 IP68
Colors
Midnight Black, Orchid Gray,
Arctic Silver
Midnight Black, Orchid Gray,
Arctic Silver
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Android Version 7.0 Nougat 7.0 Nougat
Charging USB Type-C USB Type-C
Wireless Charging WPC and PMA WPC and PMA

Screen Size and Resolution

The Galaxy S8 has a fairly large 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display, but the S8+ kicks that up to 6.2 inches. Both have the same resolution at 2960 x 1440 pixels, but the picture on the S8 may appear sharper because it packs in more pixels per inch. It offers 570 ppi versus 529 ppi on the S8+.

The Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch display.It’s also worth noting that both the S8 and S8+ support HDR, which means you should expect a wider color gamut when viewing HDR content.

Design and Colors

Given their large screens, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are pretty slim and light. The S8 measures 5.9 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches and weighs 5.5 ounces, and the S8+ measures 6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches and weighs 6.1 ounces. To put that in perspective, the iPhone 7 weighs 4.8 ounces (lighter than the S8) and the iPhone 7 Plus is heavier than the S8+’s 6.6 ounces.

The back of the S8 is made of Gorilla Glass.The back of the S8 is made of Gorilla Glass.

The good news is that the Galaxy S8 comes in three colors in the U.S.: Colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver. The bad news is that Samsung isn’t making the two more exciting hues available stateside — Coral Blue, Maple Gold — at least for now.

Cameras

On paper, the back camera on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ isn’t very different, as it has the same 12-MP resolution. However, Samsung says it has made some enhancements, especially when it comes to low-light performance.

Samsung says the S8's rear camera offers better low-light performance.Samsung says the S8’s rear camera offers better low-light performance.

The bigger upgrade comes from the front camera, which now has a 8-MP resolution (up from 5-MP). Plus, you get auto-focus, which will make it easier to take selfies. The wide selfie feature will make sure you fit everyone in the frame. However, you don’t get dual cameras on this phone, which is one of thebiggest missing features.

Despite rumors that the S8 would record slo-mo video at 1000 frames per second, it supports 720p at 240 fps. It shoots 4K video at 30 fps when in regular mode.

CPU, RAM and Storage

The Galaxy S8 is the first phone in the U.S. to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, which impressed us by its first benchmark results. The chip also promises to be more efficient, which should result in longer battery life.

The Galaxy S8 comes with 64GB of storage, but you can expand it.The 4GB of RAM is pretty standard for a high-end phone these days, but it is nice to see the 64GB of storage now standard. It was 32GB for the Galaxy S7. You can also expand the storage via a microSD card up to 256GB.

Battery Life and Charging

We’re going to wait and see until we run our own tests to determine if either the S8 or S8+ crack our list of the Longest Lasting Phones, but they do look promising on paper. Samsung says the 3,000 mAh battery in the S8 will last 12 hours of 4G web browsing, and that the S8+’s 3,500 mAh battery should be able to endure for 15 hours.

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