The release of the latest Galaxy S phone is always a major event, and with good reason. Samsung’s premium flagship practically defines our expectations for high-end, high-price Android phones for the year to come. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ deliver a smorgasbord of features, top-tier hardware, a great camera, and bleeding-edge design. This, together with Samsung’s marketing muscle, make them the most popular premium Android phones.
From hands-on impressions, to reviews, tips, how-tos, and more, we've collected all our Galaxy S8 coverage in one place. So please make this article your hub for everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest superphone.
Galaxy S8: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, 155 g
Galaxy S8+: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g
Galaxy S8 Active: 151.9 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm, 208.1 g
Galaxy S8: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED, 2960x1440, 570ppi
Galaxy S8+: 6.2-inch Super AMOLED, 2960x1440, 529ppi
Galax8 S8 Active: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED, 2560x1440, 506ppi
Screen aspect ratio 18.5:9
S8/S8+ screen-to-body ratio 83.6%
S8 Active screen-to-nody ratio: 81.5%
System on Chip
U.S. market has 10nm Snapdragon 835
Other markets have 10nm Exynos 8895 Octa
Up to 2.35GHz (Snapdragon) or 2.3GHz (Exynos)
Adreno 540 GPU (Snapdragon 540 model)
Mali G-71 MP20 (Exynos model)
64GB UFS 2.1 storage
microSD card support
Connectivity and Networking
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz),VHT80 MU-MIMO,1024QAM
Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
Galaxy S8: 3,000 mAh
Galaxy S8+: 3,500 mAh
Galaxy S8 Active: 4,000 mAh
Rear camera: 12 megapixels, dual pixel autofocus, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, 1.4 micron pixels, 1/2.55-inch sensor size
Front camera: 8 megapixel, autofocus, f/1.7 aperture, 1.22 micron pixels, 1/3.6-inch sensor size
4K video at 30fps, 1080p up to 60fps, 720p up to 240fps
Miracast up to 1080p at 30fps
IP68 water and dust resistance
Fast wireless charging (PMA and WPC)
Samsung Pay with MST support
Bixby AI assistant
Edge panels and lighting
Galaxy S8 Active
Metal frame and bumpers
Textured back plate
Bixby Activity Zone
Price and release date
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were released on April 21st, 2017.
Prices start at around $720 for the Galaxy S8, and $850 for the Galaxy S8+, depending on your carrier. Carriers also tend to run their own promotions, many of which tie you to that carrier for a couple years.
Samsung has also released an unlocked, carrier-free version that can be purchased through Best Buy or Samsung.com. This phone should come without carrier apps and should get updated from Samsung, not your carrier. It's $725 for the Galaxy S8 and $825 for the S8+.
The Galaxy S8 Active was released Aug. 8 exclusively through AT&T. It costs $850, or $28.34 a month for 30 months.
Outside of their physical size and battery capacity, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are identical. Our general consensus is that, despite a few annoyances, these are currently the finest premium-tier phones you can buy. There’s a lot to say about these phones, so be sure to read our full reviews.
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The Galaxy S8 and S8+ support a unique new feature called Samsung DeX (short for “Desktop Experience”). When placed in the DeX docking station ($149), you can hook up a keyboard, mouse, HDMI monitor or TV, and ethernet to use your phone in a new desktop computing environment.
Our video coverage
We’ve produced more than a few great videos of the Galaxy S8 and its accessories. You can find them all right here.
Tips and tricks
Samsung’s software in the Galaxy S8 provides a ton of features, and just as many options. You can tune the way the home screen works, customize Bixby, change the order of the navigation buttons, enable or disable the edge display, optimize for better battery life, get rid of the app drawer, and so much more.
Need a case for your $800 phone? Of course you do...it's covered in glass and it costs a small fortune. Fortunately for you, we tried out over 50 cases and covers, from barely-there to big and rugged, to help you make a decision.
GearVR and other accessories
The Galaxy S8 launched together with a new version of the GearVR ($129). It’s nearly identical to past iterations, only with support for USB-C (to support the new phones) and micro-USB (to support older phones). But it also includes a motion-sensitive controller, which should greatly increase the immersion of VR titles that support it.
It’s not exclusive to the Galaxy S8: the Galaxy S7 and Note 5 will support the motion controller as well, and you can buy it separately if you already have a GearVR.
We are preparing a list of some of our favorite new apps and games to support the motion controller. In the meantime, you might want to check out our previous list of the best GearVR titles.
Have further questions about the Galaxy S8? Be sure to jump to the next page for our FAQ.