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Video: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ First Look and Tour!

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We’re back from the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launch event and boy did we spend some time with each phone. The event had plenty of phones for everyone to take for a spin, so that’s what you’ll get here in this first look and tour video.

We will have some deeper first impressions and thoughts later on, but I will say that the phones are quite surprising in hand. I say “surprising” because with their extra large displays, they do not in any way feel extra large. If anything, they feel like ultra-premium slim packagesΒ that mightΒ wow your mind with those Infinity AMOLED panels.Β 

Anyways, in the clip below, you’ll see both the S8 and S8+, a quick look at the new Samsung software experience, Bixby, and a really obnoxious new take on Samsung’s famed ringtone song in the background at ear-bleeding levels.

Enjoy!

  • this is my dream, haizz may be need wait 4 – 5 year i can buy it. Ha ha ha πŸ™‚

  • Great phone however I prefer Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is more solid!

  • bigachx

    I was literally about to move forward on a Galaxy S7 this week, but seeing this now (and the the lack of a physical home button on the front… FINALLY), I might just go with this one!!

  • Renan RennΓ³

    Hmm, that fingerprint scanner is probably super awesome for left handed users huh

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  • Me

    The Bixby seems like it might get annoying. Wish it was just strictly software enabled.

  • Chris Batson

    i held them both today. (i work for a carrier and we got both in today for our display tomorrow) I love the S8 size, not a fan of the plus. And i have a pixel XL as my everyday driver. Black looks amazing

  • crazed_z06

    Bixby? Samsung pls..

  • Matt

    @Kellex What is your impression of the color? Is it purple?

  • editorinchimp

    Looks a lot better than the days of the S5. Considering the note 8

  • Swauger

    Wish they would have put the finger print reader down in the middle of the phone. I can only imagine how many times people will miss it and touch the camera lens and smudge it. Leading to lousy pictures. Other then that the screen looks amazing.

    • B!

      Holding my S7E & my finger is resting where the fingerprint reader would be. Not a problem for me. Also, how would someone be unlocking the phone & taking a pic at the same time?

      • tho barry

        I think the idea is, they would smudge the lens often when unlocking, and at a later time take a pic.

        • B!

          Yea within the first week but at some point muscle memory has got to go from the old way of unlocking to how it would be in the S8.

          • tho barry

            I just tried both at the store, the reader is a slight stretch, but it also had the security device smack in the middle of the back. Thinking the reader would have been better for me on the opposite side, since I am right handed. The 8+ was a nice size, though. Almost made the 8 look small. Also checked out the G6 (what I was there to see anyway), fingerprint reader in the perfect spot, but now It seems small. Definitely nice fit an finish on all three devices. Not sure I can live without double tap to wake, though.

          • B!

            Great feedback dude! What store did you see the devices at?

          • tho barry

            I’m north of Cincinnati, it was a Verizon Corp store. I was stopping in to see the G6, and was completely surprised they had the S88+. At first I figured they were dummy phones, but nope, real working devices.

          • B!

            Okay. I’m off the road now & I’m in Best Buy parking lot now. If they don’t have it there’s a VZW corporate store up the street.

          • Tom Ireland

            Good luck, pretty nice devices. The last sammy I had was the S3, but my son has the S7E, it’s well made (but a bit fragile!)

          • B!

            Thanks. All the S8 is to me is just something to look forward to with Note 8.

  • Daistaar

    If swiping up brings up the App drawer, how do you bring up Samsung Pay now?

    • guest

      From below the app dock bottom of the phone. I use both with Nova launcher.

      • New_Guy

        I do the same. It’s actually not that big a deal.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      You swipe up from anywhere to get the app drawer, and from the bottom to get Samsung pay.

      • Daistaar

        Ahhh nice! I missed a bulk of the presentation due to meetings so that’s good to know. Thanks!

        • Jeremy Turnley

          It wasn’t even in any of the presentations. I’ve just watched a crapton of hands on videos over the course of the day and one of them showed how it works, not sure which one.

  • tu3218

    What about quick launch into the camera?

    • Dave

      that’s what i wanna know too

      • tu3218

        Just saw a video over on AP. Just double tap the power button like stock android and that will take you into the camera.

        • JBz007

          What about double tap to wake the screen?

          • Dave

            That’s LG

          • tu3218

            Haven’t seen any application of that. But if you have AOD turned on, there is a dimly lit home button that lights up at the bottom of the screen that you can touch. It will give your force/vibration feedback and turn on the phone. So there is a way to turn on the screen from the front.

          • JBz007

            That’s great to hear! Thanks for the info

          • B!

            Is this question for DL or Samsung? I think LG might’ve patented that.

  • ASV505

    Love the look but hate Samsung UI and not a fan of Bixby yet. I’ve talked to some VZW employees testing the phone and they claim 2-3 days of battery life.

    • Daistaar

      Actual engineering reasons for the asymmetry. I know Apple keeps it symmetrical but that leads to some issues this design mitigates.

      * Having the USB port closer to the backside creates less stress on a hanging cable as it’s more supported by being closer to a surface. Apple cables tend to fray more often as the port is higher which puts structural stress on the hanging lighting cable.
      * Having the Microphone closer to the face of the device makes calls clearer. It’s also further away when recording with the camera in landscape (which is why you have a camera on top and bottom [ left and right in landscape for stereo audio recording]) resulting in clearer audio when shooting video. Wind and noise don’t hit the mic ports in this configuration.
      * Headphone port is the same as with the USB port above.

      Hope it helps. OCD is an unbearable PITA to live with so I hope this is one less thing to add it.

      • I always assumed these weird decisions like these were for engineering reasons (and not just because of lazy designers) so thanks for helping shine some light on them.

      • Tyler Durden

        never had any issues like this on an iPhone

        • stabone

          Maybe not you, but lots of people do.

          • Tyler Durden

            Cable is solid. If it’s not, you broke it.

            Microphone is crystal clear.

            Headphone port was solid before the 7.

          • hc792

            Nah. Apple cables are garbage. They crap out easily.

        • southerndinner

          Lightning cables are incredibly notorious for being cheap junk, it’s possible the design of the phone has something to do with it. What he says makes a lot of sense

          • Tyler Durden

            Mines flawless

    • Pedro

      cdo

  • Daistaar

    Hey Kellen, I think your back arrow is on the wrong side in your video lol. /s

    • G5

      Haha. You guys kill me. All you Samsung lovers are all over other phone news comment sections trashing them. (G6 comes to mind). But here nothing but love. It amazes me. Just like i-phone people. I used to come here for help and real onsite. Now I come to laugh. This thing sucks. Gross touch wiz and stupid print scanner location. But everyone all excited. Big Pass on this one.

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      • Me

        LG UX is the worst Android UI. Those icons belong in 2009.

      • Daistaar

        While I’m not a fan of the fingerprint location, I wouldn’t call everything else a bust. Samsung Grace UX (Formerly Touchwiz) is quite nice and snappy and I’ve had no issues with it. I wouldn’t call myself a Samsung lover or a fanboy of any OEM. No one should. You should love technology. I do prefer’s Samsung’s hardware and the button configuration with the recents on the left and back key on the right.

  • chris_johns

    No gold in the US?

    • steadymobb

      No blue either

      • Tyler Durden

        so the dress IS blue and gold

  • No Fan boy

    Now that Specsheets are out; does anyone know if the international unlocked version G955F with the exynos cpu will work on Verizon? I will receive several of them next week and wanted to keep one for myself.

    • Me

      More than likely no.

  • debonu

    Is that a decent gray or more towards purple like it looks in your video?

    • Miguel

      I think there’s a silver like last years and a gray which looks like purple when the light hits it.

      • debonu

        Yeah, just wondering if that gray looks decent (and not purple). If it does, I’d rather have that than the silver again.

        • steadymobb

          I saw that it even looks blue in some light. I think it’ll be cool, but it sucks not being able to see in person before pre-ordering.

          • debonu

            That’s what I was thinking as well. Not going to stop me from pre-ordering though! hehe

          • steadymobb

            I think it will look purple in certain light though so take that into consideration. When I had the blue note 7 I feel like it always looked a different shade. Pretty cool. I’ll have a case on mine anyways but it’ll still be cool to have it around the camera and scanner visibly

  • Mik Stout

    Goddamn, it’s pretty beautiful. I’d but a Google Play version in a heartbeat.

    • Mike Stout

      buy

      • Rod

        You can edit your post.

        • Mike Stout

          Haha, yeah, but IDK why I always choose to post as a guest.

  • cucabueno

    how in the world did you not do a side by side comparison with the S7/S7E/N7?!?!?

    • Dave

      probably because they were at an S8/+ announcement where the focus was the S8 and + and they werent talking about S7s or any other phones for that matter. seems like a pretty easy answer, nothing you should be so shocked about to include the world in.

  • Wolfgang71

    Any word on the 1000 fps slow motion video on the S8? I was really excited for this spec, as I routinely take video of people taking a cannon ball to the belly.

    • MichaelFranz

      it didnt make it in. there was AMA on reddit with someone and its not present, just the normal 240fps

  • The_Dynasty

    Waiting to see TMO pricing..

  • MichaelFranz

    color of choice??

  • steadymobb

    Dissapointed in the camera and the battery. Also – can anyone confirm that the Bixby dedicated button can be toggled to something else?? Coming from an s6 though this is an absolute upgrade.

    • Dave

      Why are you disappointed in the camera?

      • MichaelFranz

        i kinda am too only because i expected upgraded hardware. now thats not the so it still wont be top notch. hopefully all the software improvements will make the camera that much better. I will say though the G6 wide angle shot is awesome and using the iPhone 7+ depth camera is a real treat so i was kinda hoping for a dual setup, i bet the Note 8 will have it. still doenst scare me away im still pre ordering this

        • The Little One

          I wouldn’t worry about the camera. Changes in software and programming can be done to improve the camera without changing the hardware. Hence the Note7 taking better photos than the S7 even though they use the same hardware.

          • MichaelFranz

            oh i completely agree. I just expected it to follow suit where the S-series get upgraded hardware on optics and the Note series get improvements on that. thats i guess where my disappointment lies. i was really hoping for dual cameras and some newer features. Again im fine with it as is, just was hoping they were to jump in with more.

          • The Little One

            Personally I really don’t mind it. The Note7 produced the best photos I had ever seen on a mobile device. If this is just a further tweaked version of that then I’m down.

          • Tyler Durden

            no it was the same.

          • The Little One

            The Note7 took more accurate low light photos. They didn’t feature that yellow tinge that the S7’s low light photos featured. So yes, the image processing was tweaked. The hardware was the same but as Apple has proven, the hardware itself isn’t everything.

        • steadymobb

          Basically what I mean, thank you

        • Miguel

          Again, the iPhone thing is nice but most of my friends that have the iPhone 7 always tell me how great is the camera on my S7Edge, maybe next year.

        • Dave

          Hardware isnt necessarily needed though. Unless you’re planning on cropping and printing a ton of pics out. IMO anyways. And I was super excited about the “revolutionary” G3 cam when it came out. So much so, i bought it. But it was nothing special to me. The galaxies still produced better pics, again, IMO. I havent messed with the G6 cam at all though so maybe it is noticeably different. And i thought the iphone cam was kinda cool, but also like eh, haha. no biggie. most of my pics are gonna be not of people up close anyways

    • Lucky Armpit

      It’s probably got the industry’s best camera… how are you disappointed with it? And it’s a 3000 mAh battery… how much larger do you need? Not understanding the criticism.

      • Eric R.

        The battery is the size of the S7 (which had a 5.1″ screen) and it has a 5.8″ screen. What???

        • steadymobb

          Exactly. The s7Edge (which is smaller screen than the regular s8) had a 3600 mah – how can you not be disapointed?? All the stuff I’ve read from today from people that are there are saying it’s a disappointment.

          • Miguel

            Maybe they know something we don’t know with their new batteries.

          • steadymobb

            Big Maybe…I wouldn’t completely trust Samsung when it comes to batteries.

          • Dave

            Why? has your phone blown up? or just the stories that you’ve heard of a phone they recalled because of battery issues? you have an S6 now, dont you? why? if they’re so untrustworthy with their batteries?

          • steadymobb

            lol don’t take me literally. But yes, Samsung DOES have a bad battery history there’s no denying it. I had the Note7, returned it, got replacement, returned it — I went through that and am still getting the s8. s6 battery is HORRIBLE.

          • Dave

            I understand the note 7s blew up, and i’ll eat the part of your phone blowing up then. that sucks. and because of that, i get it a lil more. but still, like they took care of that issue, and although i am a lil nervous because of the notes, i still dont think it’s fair to say they’re all of a sudden not trustworthy with all the phones they’ve put out. i have an S6 and i wish it would last longer, and it does heat up sometimes when im in snapchat too long haha. but i wouldnt say it’s horrible yet.

          • steadymobb

            Mine is – it will be at 15% and then 1 minute later just completely die. My overall point is, 3000mah on a 5.8″ screen is not amazing and nothing to be astonished at. I’m buying it though, so we’ll see. I’ll just buy a battery case.

          • Miguel

            The Note7 battery explosions were real, not made up.

          • steadymobb

            lol seriously, I went through 2 note7’s because of that crap. I’ll still buy Samsung, but no denying they’ve had issues.

          • Dave

            Not sure where I said they were made up. I read my comment again to make suer. Still didnt see “made up”

      • The Little One

        There are always those that just feel the need to express disappointment with SOMETHING when new phones are announced. Regardless of whether or not the spec in question is “good” already. There are those that just feel “It’s a new phone, it should all be different.”

        • Dave

          If you look at his replies, they almost all mention things that he’s either “heard” or “read” or “seen” from any and everyone else.

          • steadymobb

            I’m looking at the specs and stuff from people that have actually played with the device. And all of my replies are in this thread lol

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      • steadymobb

        the Battery is even smaller than the g6 and I’ve heard mixed reviews on that one. Even the s7edge battery was 3600 and the s8 screen is bigger. the s7 is 3000mah. How can you NOT be dissapointed with that?
        Also I’m not dissapointed per se in the camera which is why I mentioned it’s a huge updgrade from the s6. BUT from what I’ve read and seen from the hands-on today, it’s hardly (if at all) an upgrade from the s7. Not saying it’s bad.

        • The Little One

          The SOC has also gone through another die shrink. Thus not necessarily needing a much larger battery to get similar or better battery life than the S7 Edge.

          • steadymobb

            We’ll see! Still though…

          • The Little One

            We’ll see is correct. Something that I appreciate with Samsung is that they are moving further and further away from the specs race. If they can achieve decent battery life out of a device without having to shove in a massive battery then I’ll take that. And by decent battery I mean it gets me through a day. I’m not one of those guys going into forums parading around massive screen on times like it’s some kinda contest.

    • Miguel

      The camera on my S7Edge is great, they said they upgrade the camera software, so unless you’ve been using the S7 camera, it’s big difference from the S6 to the S7 camera, trust me, I had both S6 and S7 Edges.
      Besides, 12mp is more than enough, is not like you’re going to print images at at 48″

      • steadymobb

        Yes that’s fine. I mentioned it’s a huge upgrade from the s6 no doubt. I just really wanted something similar to LG dual cam setups. I love the wide angle 180 degree pics. Maybe next year!

      • Nakrohtap

        12MP is fine. We just want bigger sensors to make bigger pixels to make better pictures.

    • Nakrohtap

      Picture samples are not out yet. I was hoping they would use the same sensor as the Pixel at least, though.
      The improvements should make the pictures better even though it’s the same sensor.

    • Me

      Technically it had the best camera last year, so unless Apple or G really improve, you should be fine.

      • steadymobb

        Yeah, last year. I know it’ll be fine but the G6 camera has tempted me. Love being able to take the wide angle shots so it’s disappointing they didn’t try something new.

        • Me

          LG camera is meh in my brief testing

          • steadymobb

            I’ve been impressed with the wide angle shots I’ve seen, just surprised they didn’t go that route

  • Cliff Keene

    This has to be like the most safe device release by Samsung in like forever. I am not hating on it but when the S6 came out it was leaps and bounds better than the S5 in terms of overall look. Then with the S7 it was just a minor bump in battery and added IP68 but with the S8 its more like ehhh. Its great overall design again but nothing that would say “Note” worthy but I digress. So its not an instant buy from me maybe the N8?….or holiday sale? lol

  • disastrousrainbow

    TL;DR Stereo speakers? Because Gizmodo mentioned the front speaker is doubling as one and so did another site but no official confirmation yet…

    • MichaelFranz

      yes need to know that!!

      • The Little One

        having played with one I can’t say that it’s stereo but I can say that it’s much louder than my S7 Edge. Pretty sure it’s not stereo though. That would definitely be a bullet point.

        • MichaelFranz

          basically hoping the earpiece doubles as a speaker. i think that is what most are hoping for. rumor was the Note 7 could do it with root, so hoping samsung just wised up and made it available out the box. There was no mention of it, but im hoping it is just there

          • The Little One

            Pretty sure it does not. I’ll report back when I see it again.