Today I’m here with the brand-new Galaxy S8. I’m going to revele 3 things Samsung Didn’t Tell You about Galaxy S8. Before start the article I would like to let you know that, I am a fan of the Galaxy S8. I’m excited for it. It is a beautiful device but there were definitely some question marks after last event.
Ok let’s get started , Firstly and rightfully so,there is a ton of hype around Samsung’s big,beautiful edge-to-edge Infinity Display. Which packs a pretty impressive 2960×1440 resolution, but if you check out the website and look at the fine print things get a little interesting.The Galaxy S8 is advertised as a 5.8″ quad HD display which designates 1440p. Same goes for its older brother, the Galaxy S8+. But then come the asterisks, Infinity Display: a bezel-less, full-frontal.
Samsung getting PG13 except you’re not getting a full-frontal in PG13 so it’s actually rated R edge-to-edge display. Where it gets juicy though is the next asterisk. Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD in Settings. So what this means without all the fancy-pants tech talk is even though Samsung is clearly marketing this as a 1440p phone, out of the box it is set to 1080p.
Now before anyone out there freaks out and runs to grab a pitchfork, I personally do not think this is a huge deal. Yeah it’s a little weird with Samsung clearly marketing one thing and then delivering another.
Especially in fine print, but at the end of the day if you want those extra pixels and that extra screen real-estate, it is something that you can quickly change in Settings. I assume the sole reason Samsung is doing this is simply to manage efficiency in terms of power. Plus for all we know it could be part of their eight point battery inspection to keep those batteries cool.
Next what I wanna talk about if I’m being honest in something that blew right past me in my limited amount of time with the device. That is regarding the camera Specifically, the rear shooter.
We all know the front-facing camera got a solid upgrade up to eight megapixels better in low light. So that part is cool. But if you look closely, the rear camera is pretty much the same as the Galaxy S7. Honestly why I think it blew past me is when I saw 12 megapixels I kinda just assumed cool they’re keeping the megapixels the same, but they’re gonna widen up the aperture. They’re gonna make the pixels bigger. Insert fancy marketing term here or here. But in actuality it is pretty much the same. Now again, I don’t necessarily think that this is a deal breaker. Maybe if anything it is one less reason to upgrade from the Galaxy S7 to the S8. But it is slightly weird that there is no advancement whatsoever in terms of the rear camera. On top of that I’m also pretty surprised that Samsung did not opt to go for two cameras. Maybe on the Galaxy S8 I could see that.
But it’s super surprising not to see that on the Galaxy S8+. If you caught my hands-on last samsung event, there really are only two differences between the two. The Galaxy S8 is a 5.8″ display. Whereas the Galaxy S8+ is a 6.2″ display. But both share the exact same resolution. The difference however lies in the battery department. The Galaxy S8 features 3,000 milliamp hours, but the Galaxy S8+ is slightly larger at 3,500. So you can clearly see there really isn’t that big of a gap between the two. And maybe if Samsung would have at least opted for a dual camera in the S8+, that would have made sense.
Now lastly, something that personally I still do not have clarity on. I’ve read conflicting reports of some say yes, some say no. And that is whether or not the Galaxy S8 features stereo speakers. I kinda just assumed no because Samsung did not talk about it at last event. If it were a new feature, you would think they would wanna brag about it but they did not say a word. Still though, I’ve read some articles that say yes it does have stereo speakers and some that say no it clearly does not. So if you guys have any insight, definitely let me know as well.
Now flipping the switch and talking about some things that you may have missed but on the positive side. The Galaxy S8 is actually the first phone to feature Bluetooth 5.0. What’s cool about Bluetooth 5.0 is you can actually output to two separate Bluetooth devices and control them individually. So if you wanted to go to a pair of headphones, to a Bluetooth speaker, or two headphones, You can do that. And I guarantee someone out there is gonna be unimpressed. Why do I need to output two Bluetooth devices? And come on man, it is cool. Maybe you’re on an airplane, you’re watching a movie. And you want to stream audio to two separate Bluetooth headphones. Maybe one person likes to listen to things loud and the other has super sensitive ears and needs to keep things down. Did you ever think about that?
Lastly, and just to clarify. Samsung did mention this. I just happened not to talk about it in my article and thought it was worth mentioning still. With each Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung is including a $100 pair of AKG headphones which I thought was awesome.