Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

What was once an impossible fantasy - a sketch in someone's book, a render of an ambitious concept - is now a reality. These are just some thoughts that come to mind holding the Galaxy S8+, the big and bold next step Samsung took. And yet, such is the progress...
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What was once an impossible fantasy - a sketch in someone's book, a render of an ambitious concept - is now a reality. These are just some thoughts that come to mind holding the Galaxy S8+, the big and bold next step Samsung took.

And yet, such is the progress the smartphone industry has been making that the Galaxy S8+, with its exquisite, elongated shape and borderless display, was the logical way forward rather than a result of a vain experiment.

Bigger is better, the old mantra goes, but is it really that simple? How deep does the average pocket go and how far does the average thumb stretch? And, most importantly, how tall is tall enough? Samsung were after more screen in less body and that is far from the only argument in favor of the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio, nor is Samsung alone in its endeavor.

The LG G6 is already a reality, with its 18:9 display and Google itself is on board as well, more than encouraging the widescreen experiments. Yet, it will be some time before media content catches on so the S8 pair do come with some early-adopter hurdles. But, if the widescreen mobile experience is truly the way of the future, there is hardly a better way to start the journey than the 6.2" Galaxy S8+.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ key features

  • Body: Polished aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. Arctic Silver, Orchid Grey, Black Sky, Maple Gold, and Coral Blue color schemes.
  • Display: 6.2" Super AMOLED, 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1) aspect ratio, 529ppi; HDR 10 compliant (no Dolby Vision).
  • Rear camera:12MP, f/1.7 aperture, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, OIS; face/smile detection, Multi-Frame Image Processing; 2160p/30fps video recording.
  • Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording.
  • OS/Software: Android 7.0 Nougat; Samsung Grace UX; Bixby virtual assistant; Smart Connect, Smart Connect Home
  • Chipsets: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: octa-core CPU (4x2.35GHz Kryo 280 & 4x1.9GHz Kryo 280), Adreno 540 GPU. Exynos 8895: octa-core CPU (4x2nd-gen Mongoose 2.3GHz + 4xCortex-A53 1.7GHz), Mali-G71 GPU.
  • Memory: 4GB of RAM (6GB option for some markets); 64GB storage (128GB option for some markets); microSD slot for cards up to 256GB, UFS cards support.
  • Battery: 3,500mAh Li-Po (sealed); Adaptive Fast Charging (same as S7); QuickCharge 2.0 support; WPC (Qi)&PMA wireless charging.
  • Connectivity: Single-SIM, Dual-SIM available in certain markets; LTE-A, 4-Band/5-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.16/13 (1Gbps/150Mbps); USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac MU-MIMO; GPS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader; iris recognition, face recognition; single speaker on the bottom; 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones.

Main shortcomings:

  • No stereo speakers
  • Inconveniently placed fingerprint reader
  • The bulk of the photo and video content doesn't make the most of the available screen area due to the unusual screen aspect ratio

The good thing is, the extraordinary display is only one piece of the great package that is the Galaxy S8+ and it has plenty of other things going for it. One could expect nothing less given the pressure that the new flagship is under, following the unfortunate demise of the Note7. Samsung hasn't gone a full year without a new flagship since 2011 and, given the growth it's seen since, this is arguably its most important launch yet.

Judging by the early response, the company got the presentation right, but the S8 really needs to keep going strong beyond the hype stage. It just has to deliver performance that matches the wow factor, a user experience as compelling as the design. Guess what, we are here to find out if it does.

Specifications

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

   

LAUNCH

Announced

2017, March 29

Status

Available. Released 2017, April

BODY

Dimensions

159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 in)

Weight

173 g (6.10 oz)

Build

Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

DISPLAY

Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

6.2 inches, 98.3 cm2 (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~529 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

 

HDR10
3D Touch (home button only)
Always-on display

PLATFORM

OS

Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie), One U

Chipset

Exynos 8895 (10 nm) - EMEA
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm) - USA & China

CPU

Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) - EMEA
Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) - USA & China

GPU

Mali-G71 MP20 - EMEA
Adreno 540 - USA & China

MEMORY

Card slot

microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot) - dual SIM model only

Internal

64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM

 

UFS 2.0 or UFS 2.1

MAIN CAMERA

Single

12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

Features

LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama

Video

4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS, OIS

SELFIE CAMERA

Dual

8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6", 1.22µm, AF
2 MP (dedicated iris scanner camera)

Features

Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Video

1440p@30fps

SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

 

32-bit/384kHz audio

COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

NFC

Yes

Radio

No

USB

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

FEATURES

Sensors

Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

 

Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
ANT+
Bixby natural language commands and dictation

BATTERY

 

Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery (13.48 Wh)

Charging

Fast charging 15W
Quick Charge 2.0
Qi/PMA wireless charging - market dependent

MISC

Colors

Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold, Rose Pink

Models

SM-G955F, SM-G955FD, SM-G955W, SM-G955A, SM-G955P, SM-G955T, SM-G955V, SM-G955R4, SM-G955U, SM-G955S, SM-G955K, SM-G955L, SM-G955, SM-G955U1, SM-G955N, SM-G9550, SC-03J, G955F

SAR

0.67 W/kg (head)     0.97 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

0.27 W/kg (head)     1.00 W/kg (body)    

Price

$ 208.49 / £ 419.00 / € 439.76 / ₹ 38,990

TESTS

Performance

GeekBench: 6754 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 13fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

Display

Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.658(sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 68dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 71dB

Audio quality

Noise -92.2dB / Crosstalk -93.3dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 88h

     

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