Samsung recently announced its new flagship smartphones known as the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which are beautifully designed and have some very impressive specifications. Although the Galaxy S8 devices will not be available on shelves until April 21st, a number of reviewers have been able to test them out. Some of the tests that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been put through include speed, scratch, drop and water.
In the above video, YouTube channel XEETECHCARE conducted a speed test of the new LG G6 against the Samsung Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8 booted up rapidly and topped the LG G6. The speed test also showed that the Galaxy S8 loaded up the Phone, Viber, Twitter, Instagram, Subway Surfers, Smash Hit and Color Switch apps faster than the LG G6. However, the LG G6 loaded up the Settings app faster. It’s worth mentioning that the LG G6 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor — which is older than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the Galaxy S8.
In a different speed test, YouTube channel EverythingApplePro compared the Samsung Galaxy S8 against the iPhone 7 Plus. One of the first things EverythingApplePro pointed out was that the new app animations in iOS 10.3 worked out in Apple’s favor for this test. In terms of gaming, the iPhone 7 Plus is slightly faster than the Galaxy S8. And the iPhone 7 Plus processed 4K video much faster than the Galaxy S8.
Surprisingly, all of the other apps were reset on the Galaxy S8 after it started processing the 4K video since “the video export demanded so many resources.” But running apps that are not as graphic-intensive like Snapchat, Instagram, Google Maps and Photoshop have comparable load times between the two devices.
The materials used to build the Samsung Galaxy S8 include durable aluminum alloy and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Corning says that Gorilla Glass 5 survives “1.6-meter, shoulder-height drops onto hard, rough surfaces up to 80% of the time.” YouTube channel TechRax proved how resilient the Galaxy S8 is in the durability test above. As you can see, it takes a lot of effort to crack the screen with a hammer and a knife.
TechRax also conducted drop tests on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 from 5 feet high (roughly shoulder height). When both devices were dropped on the sides, there were noticeable scratches and dents. And then the displays on both devices shattered on the second drops.
The iPhone 7 shattered more than the Galaxy S8 and was actually unusable on the second drop. Even with a shattered display, the Galaxy S8 remained functional thus proving that Samsung’s flagship is more resilient this year compared to previous models.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature IP68-rated water and dust resistance. The IP68 rating indicates that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is water resistant up to 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) for 30 minutes. The iPhone 7 is IP67-rated water and dust resistant, meaning it can be submerged in 1 meter (3.28 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes. So EverythingApplePro performed a couple of water tests involving an iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Testing the devices in a tube of tap water:
In 3 feet of water at 3 minutes, both of the devices seemed to be working fine. But after 5 feet at 15 minutes, the iPhone 7 Home button stopped working even though the display was still functional. The Galaxy S8 was still completely functional so it dominated in this test.
Testing the devices in the Columbia River:
Then EverythingApplePro tested the Galaxy S8+ and the iPhone 7 Plus in the Columbia River located in the Pacific Northwest. Both phones survived the 5-foot, 10-foot, 15-foot, 20-foot and 30-foot tests underwater. The iPhone 7 Plus even survived the 50-foot test, but the Galaxy S8+ did not.
What Are Some Of The Other Galaxy S8 Specs?
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have curved edges on the left- and right-sides of the displays. And the displays on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices stretch from edge-to-edge, a feature known as “Infinity Screens.” Plus the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ Infinity Screens have 18.5:9 aspect ratios. The Infinity Screens on the Galaxy S8 devices were made possible by having virtual buttons located on the screen rather than physical buttons. The Galaxy S8 also has an improved iris scanner built into the front-facing camera.
At the bottom of the devices are a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB-C port, a microphone and a speaker grill. On the right side is the power button and the left side has the volume buttons along with a dedicated Bixby digital assistant button. On the back of the Galaxy S8 is the rear-facing camera sensor, a heart sensor and the fingerprint sensor.
In the U.S., the Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices have Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors. In other countries, the devices have Samsung Exynos 8895 processors. Both devices have 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear-facing cameras and 8-megapixel front-facing cameras, 4GB of RAM, 64GB built-in storage (up to 256GB of extra expandable storage with a microSD card), Bluetooth 5.0, wireless charging (Qi and PMA) and the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. The S8 has a 3,000 mAh battery and the S8+ has a 3,500 mAh battery.
The Galaxy S8 also supports DeX. The Samsung DeX is a docking station that connects to a Galaxy S8 — which turns it into a desktop-like experience. You can also connect a mouse, keyboard and monitor to the DeX.
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