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Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+: Initial Impressions, Bixby and Samsung Dex

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ was jsut unveiled and trending right now, here's what we know so far. From the time the Galaxy S5 was first introduced until now that the latest Galaxy from the S series take flight, every Galaxy S phone that were released features something new that leaves the competition behind. 

So why choose Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ as your next smartphone? Here's a round up of the best features of Samsung S8/S8+ that you need to know, from specs to pricing and the actual availability in the market.

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Samsung Galaxy S8/ S8+

It's the best Samsung Galaxy Phone yet and will be out in the Market real soon! Available different colors and two sizes the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is ready to take the smart phone world by storm.

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Specification:

  • CPU: Octa Core 2.35Ghz (Quad Core) + 1.9Ghz (Quad)
  • Display: Dual edge 5.8"(S8) and 6.2" ((S8+) screen
  • Camera: 12MP Dual PixelSensor F1.7, Front: 8MP F 1.7 with Smart AutoFocus
  • 4K Video Recording
  • Memory: 64 GB, RAM 4GB, MicroSD up to 256GB
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Connectivitiy: Wifi,  BT v5.0, NFC
  • Battery: Galaxy S8 - 3000 mAh, Galaxy S8+: 3500 mAh
  • IP-68 Certified(submersible to water for up to 30 mins)
Though there's a handful of colors available, in the Philippine market, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available in 3 colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Maple Gold

Initial Impressions

During the Galaxy S8/S8+ unveiling we got the chance to take these two beauties for a spin, and we're glad that we did.

The Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ fits right to your hand. It's light to hold yet durable enough. The color finish is superb, but you may still want to protect it with a premium case. The HD screen is beyond par. The almost bezel-less display of Galaxy S8/S8+ is something to lookout for. We even take a few snaps and the output is stunning.

S8 and S8+ is pretty much alike. The S8+ is just a few inch taller but it seemed that it has the same width as the S8.

Camera on Beast mode

We talk big when it comes to camera, after all it's one of the reasons why we buy smartphones even if the price is not cheap. The new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus carries 12 MP  Dual Pixel Main Camera that sports F 1.7 aperture capturing every detail of your previous snaps. Based on our initial test, you'll get roughly around 3.5MB to 4MB when you shoot in RAW.

Camera can be zoomed in up to x4.6. It has multiple camera modes to give you control and freedom and express your photographer side. A bunch of Photo filters included to add drama to your pictures. Switching between rear camera and front camera is a breeze. While on camera mode, just swipe up or down to switch between the two.

Camera modes on Galaxy S8/S8+

  • Auto
  • Pro
  • Panorama
  • Selective Focus 
  • Slow mo
  • Hyperlapse
  • Food
  • Virtual Shot

The  Pro Mode to let you adjust the Shutter-speed, Exposure, White Balance, giving you more control over your pictures. Another exciting S8/S8+ camera mode is Food. The Food Mode adds that tempting look and warmth on Instagram-worthy foodie snaps which compliments the Galaxy S8/S8+'s magnificent camera.


Samsung's Jarvis-like virtual assistant. The smart virtual assistance that works well with voice command, pictures. It's the new thing that can put Apple's Siri to its place. If you're an Marvel Iron man fan, it's like Jarvis.  It can do almost anything. It can translate images. It can talk, see, recommend, remind and even shop for you. Samsung's Bixby can also translate text on a still image or straight out of the camera(SOOC). Bixby can also read QR codes, w/o the need of another app to translate it to an understandable language.

Samsung Dex - Computer on the Go

Computer on the Go.Who does that? A smartphone that works as a portable computer too, just connect the S8/S8 to your TV or monitor and you're good to go. Dex has built-in office editor - word processor, spreadsheet just like a regular computer. This technology from Samsung is still fresh, and we're excited to see more of what it can do. Don't doubt the processing power, though it's just 10mm in size, it can power the required apps with ease and still saves energy.

Pricing and Availability

The latest Galaxy smartphone from Samsung will be available for pre-order from April 17 to 29 on leading retailers and online e-commerce sites such as Lazada PH

Pre-order of Samsung S8/S8+ starts mid April and here's a preview of what's included on the retail packaging. There's a premium freebie to if you pre-order

Package contents

  • Handset
  • Earphones tuned by AKG
  • USB Type-C Cable
  • Travel Adapter
  • USB Connector (C to A)
  • Micro USB Connector (C to B)
  • Ejection Pin
  • Ear Tips
  • Quick Start Guide & Smart Switch Leaflet

Galaxy S8 retails at ₱39,990.00 while Galaxy S8+ for ₱45,990.00.

Samsung Galaxy S8/ S8+ Package content

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