I’ve got my hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S8 recently. And man is she a beauty.
The Galaxy S8’s curved edge-to-edge Infinity Display is definitely the standout feature here. The way the screen discreetly sinks into the seam gives the illusion that the S8 is a near-borderless phone.
What really impressed me the most is how this curve edge-to-edge display allows the phone to remain compact and easy to hold with just one hand. And this is a 5.8-inch display, which you’d normally see on phablets or ‘Plus’ phones.
The Infinity Display also gives the S8 its own distinct look, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Last year’s Galaxy S7 Edge and Note 7 didn’t even come close.
The quad-HD AMOLED display looks stunning as well. Colours are vivid and images and texts look pin sharp. No surprise there since that has been the staple of Samsung’s flagship phones.
The Galaxy S8 feels nice when held too. Apart from that Infinity Display, the phone is covered with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, while the frame is metal.
One major difference I’ve noticed, as a result of that curved edge-to-edge screen, is that there is no longer a physical home button to be seen at the bottom of the display.
Instead, Samsung has made the home button pressure sensitive. Users can virtually activate it by hard-pressing their thumb on the bottom of the screen, even if there’s a full-screen app running. The multitasking and back buttons are also on the display now, just like nearly all other Android phones out there.
This makes the front of the phone clean and minimalist. Even the Samsung logo has been moved to the back, which is a clear departure from past Galaxy S smartphones.
The physical home button now rests at the back, and doubles as a fingerprint scanner, next to the camera module. I find the placement awkward though, it’s really hard to reach your fingers with when holding the phone with one hand.
The S8 also feels lightweight, and it doesn’t bulge when I shove it into my pocket like phablets often do.
I placed the Galaxy S8 next to my iPhone 7 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch display, and the iPhone just dwarfed the S8. That’s not a bad thing, however, because a giant phone like Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is mainly the compromise you get when you want a bigger screen.
With the S8, you no longer have to worry about bulging pants pockets or using both hands to type long-winded text messages. I call that progress.
And for all these accomplishments, the Galaxy S8 will definitely take the crown for best design this year.
It’s a gorgeous phone through and through, and I just can’t stop admiring its craftsmanship. Samsung has set the bar so high in smartphone design with its new flagship.
My only gripe is that this is one phone you just don’t want to drop by accident. All that glass sure makes me more than a little nervous, and it would be a shame to conceal all that beauty with a protective case just so you won’t break it.