Our Verdict

The large, bezel-less display is truly iconic và beautiful, & the screen quality excellent. The fingerprint scanner being placed on the baông xã is a poor decision from Samsung, as well as the iris scanner / facial recognition not working well enough to lớn be a real consideration. However, these aren’t khuyễn mãi giảm giá breakers, and the improved battery life và tweaked camera will be among the best you’ll find.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 was something quite special when it launched. It was a phone that was unlượt thích anything we"d seen on the market. And even now, almost two years on, it"s still stunning, especially for today"s lower price point.

The screen is brilliant - clear, sharp & offers lovely color reproduction to make movie watching a dream, and that"s before you"ve even got to lớn the fact it has a screen larger than the iPhone 8 Plus in a chassis that feels more like the iPhone 8.

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Though this is slightly less remarkable now that Apple has fully switched khổng lồ the all-screen design with all its lademo handsets, such as the iPhone XS.

The Galaxy S8 isn"t perfect - in the tìm kiếm lớn squeeze the screen in so completely, other factors were overlooked: namely, the placement of the fingerprint reader. If you want this phone, you"ll need lớn answer this question: are you OK using an iris scanner, one that doesn"t always work when you want it to?

And if you"re looking for something even bigger, & with a much-improved battery life lớn boot, then the Galaxy S8 Plus is the way lớn go - although both have now been replaced by the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

These are iterative upgrades over the S8, so if you want lớn save sầu some money the now-cheaper S8 is still a great shout, but if you want the very best Samsung has lớn offer then it"s the S9 duo (or the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 9) that you need lớn be paying attention lớn.

Or at this point you might even want to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Samsung Galaxy S8 price

Launch price: $724.99 (£639, AU$1,200)Current price: Around $460 (£360, AU$720)Release date: April 2017
Samsung Galaxy S8 specs

Weight: 155gDimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mmOS: Android 8.0Screen size: 5.8-inchResolution: 1440 x 2960CPU: Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895RAM: 4GBStorage: 64GBBattery: 3,000mAhRear camera: 12MPFront camera: 8MP

The Samsung Galaxy S8 carried a hefty price tag when it arrived in April 2017, but cthua trận to lớn two years on the cost has reduced significantly, making the phone an attractive proposition for those who find the S9 a little on the steep side.

At launch, the SIM-miễn phí Samsung Galaxy S8 price was £639 ($724.99, AU$ 1,200), but now it can be found for just around £360 ($460, AU$720). In the US, Amazon has it for $462 unlocked – a $265 price drop in under two years.

In the UK, the contract price has dropped. Some giao dịch offer the phone for less than £25 per month with a substantial amount of internet included. To find the best giảm giá for you, check out our selection of the best Samsung Galaxy S8 giao dịch in the UK.

We spent a week thoroughly testing the Samsung Galaxy S8 when it first came out - watch our Clip below to lớn see how we got on.

Not seeing eye to lớn eye

Biometrics add time to unlocking the phoneFingerprint scanner in a poor placeFacial recognition infuriating

Right, let’s get down lớn business – & we’ll start with the thing that’s concerning us most about the Galaxy S8.

The main issue we have sầu with this phone centers around how you’ll get inlớn it – most smartphones users now expect lớn use a fingerprint to lớn unloông chồng their device, making it secure và meaning you don’t have lớn peông chồng in your PIN a billion times a day.

It’s a good idea, it’s safe enough for most people, & it just works – we’re all in agreement there.

With the Galaxy S6, Samsung got biometric unlocking right, but annoyingly with the Galaxy S8 things have become difficult & confusing.

You can unlock this phone with your face, a fingerprint or an iris scan, in increasing order of security màn chơi, making the S8 one of the most secure phones around (assuming nobody knows your PIN, of course, which is the backup method of entry).

However, in creating the massive sầu screen on the front of the Galaxy S8, Samsung has moved the fingerprint scanner to lớn the rear of the phone – và placed it out of the reach of most fingers when holding your phone naturally.

As a result, you’ll need to lớn shift the handmix to an unnatural position in your palm to reach the scanner with your digit, & thanks khổng lồ the elongated lozenge-like shape of the fingerprint sensor it can take a couple of attempts lớn register.

It also makes it less stable in the h& & prone khổng lồ being dropped. And in terms of it being uncomfortable in the hvà, the Galaxy S8 Plus takes it khổng lồ the next level, with an even harder time of reaching the scanner at the top.

You will find over a few months" use that you"ll get used lớn this - we"ve sầu found after intensive testing it"s not terrible... but it"s certainly not optimal.

The fingerprint scanner, then, is too far away to use naturally. So how about iris scanning? Well, it’s the best implementation we’ve seen from Samsung (far better than we’ve sầu seen on the flammable chú ý 7) but it’s still not perfect.

There are times when it’s flawless, where you’ll just turn the phone on and be instantly unlocked as the S8 has spotted your eyes & confirmed your identity. (Or just thinks you’ve got lovely irises and wants khổng lồ impress you… either way, it’s rapid).

On the occasions when it works lượt thích this you’ll experience a genuine sense of living in the future.

Other times, when you’re walking or in lower light, the iris scanner just failed time & again (although weirdly it works fine in the pitch-dark).

This meant we sometimes ended up gurning (by the way, we urge you to tìm kiếm YouTube for the gurning world championships) at the S8, trying khổng lồ force the issue by opening our eyes really wide và moving the phone around in order lớn unloông xã it.

On the train, this is not acceptable behavior – & after a couple of days, it actually made our eyes hurt, pushing them out on stalks so often.

There were also times when the iris scanner wouldn’t work even in optimal conditions (sitting still in bright light), & only a restart sorted this issue out.

Not smart, Samsung. If you’re going lớn make people switch khổng lồ an iris scanner by putting the fingerprint sensor out of reach, then make it flawless, not brilliant-most-of-the-time-but-sometimes-not.

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Over a week or so we did get used khổng lồ the nuances of the iris scanner; it’s fine – it’s just mildly irritating lớn have sầu lớn hold your phone in a certain way, and it’s useless while walking or wearing sunglasses (although it did work through regular glasses).

Facial recognition – despite being the default out of the box – is a non-starter for us. The phone fails lớn recognise your face far too often, it doesn’t work in low light, & it can be spoofed by a phokhổng lồ. Nope, not happening.

There"s nothing more infuriating about this feature than the fact you can"t see if you"re "positioning" your face correctly. There"s definitely an angle lớn hold it at that"s optimal... but you have sầu no idea what it is, or why.

This issue has been increased now that Apple has invested seemingly billions in creating invisible dots that fire into lớn your face to lớn verify your identity the same way... the iPhone X is big competition khổng lồ the Galaxy S8 as a result.

What users now expect from flagship phones – and what Samsung had done perfectly before – is a simple, muscle memory action that opens your phone. No extra pressing, no having to lớn interact with the phone to open it up – just one single press khổng lồ be securely inkhổng lồ your handset.

The workaround we ended up with (as we’re not leaving our phones unlocked, which is what some might be tempted khổng lồ do) is lớn use Smart Lock, where you can phối up trusted places or connected devices to confirm your identity.

This means that if you leave sầu your phone lying around at work or at trang chính someone can jump right into lớn it though, so you’re basically just preventing a thief from being able to lớn access data if you thua thảm the Galaxy S8 on the train.

In short, Samsung appears to lớn have sầu screwed this one up. We’d heard rumors that the brand was trying to lớn add in a new feature where the fingerprint was in the same place as on the S7 (at the base of the phone) but actually under the screen.

That would have been perfect, as it’s the way most people fire up the screen anyway. It"s a feature that we"re now seeing on other phones such as the OnePlus 6T, & which is rumored for the Samsung Galaxy S10.

But clearly Samsung couldn’t make this work effectively on the S8, so decided to shove sầu the fingerprint scanner way up the bachồng of the S8, as that was the only place left to put it that didn’t require some last-minute retooling of the phone.

That"sthe only logical explanation, as otherwise why wouldn’t the fingerprint scanner be above the Samsung biệu tượng công ty, which would be a perfect place for it?

A sluggish start for Bixby

Bixby still fails to lớn impressVery much a future featureBixby Vision adds unnecessary bloat khổng lồ the camera

The other big feature that’s launched with the Samsung Galaxy S8 is Bixby, the brand’s voice assistant rival to lớn Apple"s Siri, Amazon"s Alexa & Google"s less-interestingly-named Assistant.

Those who"ve sầu used the Galaxy S3 và S4 will rethành viên that Samsung already tried lớn match Siri with S Voice, but it was a bit pointless, especially when Google"s voice chops got so gosh-darn good.

Well, Bixby is Samsung’s big play in its bid lớn compete in the arena of artificially intelligent assistants, & it clearly thinks it can succeed despite being so late khổng lồ the game.

The alặng here is lớn make Bixby an indispensable accompaniment khổng lồ your daily life, reminding you of things when you need them, letting you know what you"re looking at, và being a single-button one-stop shop for all the information you need.

In fact Samsung is so confident that Bixby is going to be brilliant that it"s popped a button dedicated solely lớn this function on the side of the phone.

Yep, a phone that"s so tightly designed that it can"t even have the fingerprint scanner in an accessible place has a whole key dedicated to Bixby… & it"s very hard to lớn see why right now.

Bixby is pretty mundane though, despite having voice functionality added in now, especially as it"s inherently inaccurate for voice.

We tested for a while, but as it can"t tư vấn many third buổi tiệc nhỏ apps or properly understvà what"s being said it seems a bit futile. It will probably get better over time, but most people won"t care about that.

Except the results of image recognition just show you things on Pinterest, the shopping element seems to recognize almost nothing at launch và the places option is pretty patchy. It"s slow lớn work out what it’s looking at và, overall, it’s just a waste of screen right now.

Bixby Home, the screen that lives to the side of the home screen, is much better.

It"s contextual and interesting, & you can pin your favorite elements (lượt thích Spotify, for instance) to the top for easy access from anywhere in the phone.

It"s nothing earth-shattering, but it"s pretty neat – although there is a maddening pause every time you open it for the first time, as if Bixby is trying to lớn rethành viên where it left its trang chính page.

The good news is you can disable the Bixby button from opening the Home screen, which is great as so many times we hit it instead of the volume key. It"s a poor placement.

And then there"s Bixby Reminders, where you"ll be alerted lớn things you"ve made a note of in the past. You can mix a location trigger to remind you lớn buy fruit when you pass a location, or ping you at a certain time to remind you khổng lồ Điện thoại tư vấn someone.

None of this is exactly new though, and there"s absolutely no reason why you"d buy the Samsung Galaxy S8 for Bixby.

Samsung is pretty jazzed about Bixby, and the fact that it"ll be able to lớn understand things contextually in the future. Right now it only can work with a handful of native apps (not even all of them...) & there’s no interaction with third-buổi tiệc nhỏ options. But from this acorn, Samsung insists, a mighty oak will grow.

Imagine not just being able lớn phối a location khổng lồ buy fruit, but being pinged when somewhere nearby sells it.Or taking a picture of something và finding it far cheaper online straight away, or being able to ask your phone khổng lồ do things contextually (for instance: ‘Bixby, can you turn on the heating when I’m twenty minutes from home?’ ‘Bixby, upload those pictures from my run today khổng lồ Facebook with the caption ‘#blessed #squadgoals #ImsorryforwhoI’vebecome).

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That"s the world Samsung is promising, và if you purchase the S8 you"ll be buying inlớn that promise. However, right now, that"s all it is... and there’s no way we can recommover a phone based on a promise, as Samsung could just pull the plug on a feature lượt thích Bixby if it really can"t get it khổng lồ work properly, & a few months on we"ve seen nothing that suggests it"s going khổng lồ conquer the world of AI.

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