Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S8

1/9Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S8
Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S8
Spend 30 seconds with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 which was launched in India earlier in the day and you’ll be floored just the way your senses are titillated when you meet a Miss World. This is how far the South Korean behemoth progressed in terms of design. The Samsung Galaxy S8 isn’t just the prettiest phone I’ve held, and there have been many, it is downright sexy as f*ck.

And it all begins with Samsung’s infinity display which is a centre of the Galaxy S8's design, pushing all unnecessary hardware elements in the background, just giving you a tall canvas of screen which is hands down the nicest screen to have graced a smartphone.

Display

2/9Display
Display
The screen itself, like the Galaxy S7 Edge, is curved from the sides, but Samsung has refined this to death and it feels as if the screen discreetly sinks into the side seam of the phone and is one with the entire frame. It looks stunning and also feels wondrous in hand. The big advantage of this is that the phone remains very compact and is easily the handiest 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch phone I’ve ever seen/used.

Design

3/9Design
Design
The S8 also feels very well build to boot. The frame is after all made out of metal and the front and back are covered in shiny Gorilla Glass 5 which lend it some kind of rigidity. It retains dust and water resistance, which is another brilliant feature. That being said, don’t bet on this phone surviving when you drop it. It is no iPhone, but then again I don’t think many people care about it being frail.

Software

4/9Software
Software
One of the big areas of improvement is Samsung’s software. The new UX is based on Android 7 Nougat and it looks gorgeous and there aren’t many duplicate apps per se which sully the experience. Then there is also the Bixby Assistant which will soon get voice capabilities and on a conceptual level it looks quite impressive. It is also something that’s not skin deep on the phone but permeates across apps including the camera. In addition, one also gets the Google Assistant which is a boon.

Hardware

5/9Hardware
Hardware
As one would imagine, this phone has a screaming fast processor - the new Exynos chip, coupled with 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage and a dual SIM slot which doubles as a micro SD card slot too. In use, it felt responsive, but then again which phone isn’t these days?

Camera

6/9Camera
Camera
The rear camera is actually the very same 12-megapixel sensor from the Galaxy S7 with an optically stabilised f/1.7 lens and dual pixel technologies. This time around there’s a software optimisation which allows the camera to click multiple shots and stitch elements together creating one super photo. Bigger improvements have been made to the front camera. Now there’s a 8-megapixel sensor with auto focus and a f/1.7 aperture.

Battery

7/9Battery
Battery
Depending on the model, one gets either a 3,000mAh battery or a 3,500mAh battery which feels less for a phone with such a high resolution and large screen, but then Samsung claims that it has made power optimisations and the processor sips less power. This, of course, remains to be seen.

What's more?

8/9What's more?
What's more?
There are additions too - there is DEX which is a dock that connects with the phone and allows you to hook it up with a monitor and keyboard/mouse allowing to use it like a desktop. Samsung has also customised the user interface for the same and partnered with the likes of Microsoft to make sure they optimise their office apps for this uses case. Besides this, it is also VR ready which is also in vogue these days.

Verdict

9/9Verdict
Verdict

All in all, this phone is indeed sexy as f*ck, but then again it also has a massive brain and is supremely intelligent. By the looks of it, the Galaxy S8 is the real deal.