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Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S8 Plus: Specs Comparison

By Justin Lee , Apr 01, 2017 04:14 AM EDT
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After months of rumors and unconfirmed predictions, the Galaxy S8 series has finally been unveiled on March 29. While it's no longer unusual for Samsung to release two variants of a Galaxy-S series, the S8 and the S8 Plus bring in some differences and similarities that their predecessors didn't have. For instance, both the S8 flagships now have curved displays. In the past, only the higher model has curved screen while the other has a flat display.

Among the core differences between the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus is their size difference. The Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8-inch display while the Galaxy S8 Plus has a bigger 6.2-inch display. This means that the S8 Plus is heavier as well. The Galaxy S8 only weighs 155g while the Galaxy S8 Plus weighs 173g. Additionally, the bigger model also has a bigger battery. The Galaxy S8 Plus has a 3500 mAh battery while the Galaxy S8 comes with a 3000 mAh battery.

Nevertheless, as a whole, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have more similarities than differences. For instance, both phones are IP68 certified to be dust resistant and waterproof. Both units also boast of Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2960 pixel resolution, 3D Touch and Always-ON display. Per Forbes, the S8 series' have the sharpest and brightest display on a smartphone and the first phones that have been granted Mobile HDR Premium certification.

Moreover, both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are powered by Snapdragon 835 and have a 4 GB worth of RAM. The two phones run Android Nougat from the box and have a 256 GB microSD capacity on top of a 64 GB worth of native storage. Furthermore, both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have 12 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera.

Additional features of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus includes their Bixby assistant, fingerprint scanner, iris scanner and the new identification sensor called facial recognition. Moreover, both phones also have wireless charging and fast battery charging capability. Color variants are also the same with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. This includes Gray, Black, Silver, Blue and Gold. As for availability details, the phones will start releasing April 21, CNET reported. 

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