Earlier this year, Samsung released their flagship phones – the S8 and S8 Plus. Unlike previous releases, Samsung had a lot to prove with these smartphones. As you remember, the Samsung Note 7 bombed (pun intended), and that experience hurt Samsung. However, I believe that the company has redeemed itself this year with the release of both the S8 and S8 Plus.
In a lot of ways, the S8 and S8 Plus are very similar, and that means there isn’t much to make one better than the other. They both have the same processor, the Snapdragon 835, which is the best processor this year. Furthermore, the storage capacity is also the same at 64GB and with expandable storage capability. The RAM is also the same, with a 4GB capacity – also very large for a smartphone.
As for the features, well, they are exactly the same too. Both are IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, have the same design and camera. One of the main selling points for both these phones was the new design Samsung termed ‘Infinity Display’. The screen curves around the edges so that there are no bezels, on the sides. The top and chin still have a bezel, but it’s not so pronounced.
You might be asking yourself, why bother comparing them if they have the same features and qualities? The answer is… they have a few differences. The most glaring is the screen size, of course. The Galaxy S8has a 5.8-inch display while the Galaxy S8 Plushas a 6.2-inch display.
The next difference is in battery capacity, where the Galaxy S8 has a 3,000mAh battery while the S8 Plus has a 3,500mAh battery. It was possible to include a larger battery on the latter device because of the bigger screen size, and the more the battery, the better for daily use.
Finally, the price. The S8 Plus is usually $100 more expensive than the S8, just because of the screen, and perhaps the battery. Compared to the difference in price between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8, it doesn’t seem like much of a difference, but remember the iPhone X has a lot more features than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
When asked to choose one, I will ask for someone’s preferences. First of all, the 5.8-inch display doesn’t make the Galaxy S8 a phablet. I too was afraid of the large screen as I generally prefer a small smartphone, but it’s not at all too big. Thanks to Infinity Display, the device remains small in overall size, even as the display gets bigger. However, the S8 Plus is quite big for me. Choosing between the two will, therefore, come down to what you’re willing to compromise.
With the S8, you may get a smaller display, but it’s small enough to handle with one hand. Considering the awkward placement of the fingerprint sensor, it also makes unlocking a bit easier. On the other hand, while you may have to use both hands to operate the S8 Plus, you get more screen real estate for consuming media. Other than that, there is no difference in resolution between the two.
With the larger battery, don’t expect to get a significant bump in battery life because as the screen gets larger, the more battery it consumes. The S8 Plus may just give you about 1 more hour of battery life, which is not a big difference. On the price, that should not be a factor because the difference is not very significant.
Now that you know the two phones’ differences, which one do you think you are going to pick for Christmas?
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