The Samsung Galaxy S8 continues with the tradition of amazing displays on Samsung devices with a 5.8" Super AMOLED always-on display. Coupled with the slightly curved edge and smooth but not cheap feeling back glass, made this phone quite popular when it was released in 2017. It has since been discontinued but does offer a great value for those looking for affordable cell phones under $200 in Canada.
Aside from it's superior display for the price point, the dual Octa-core CPU and 4GB of RAM is still impressive for most smartphone users looking for a budget-conscious device.
Security updates have been dropped by Samsung for this device as well as the Galaxy S9 Series, but unlike iPhone users S8 users wont be locked out of essential apps like Facebook and YouTube or be relegated to browser only usage. The Samsung S8 features a 3,000mAh battery which charges via USB-C - unlike the micro-USB cables needed for the Galaxy S7. This has also made QuickCharge 2.0 capability possible, as well as continued support for wireless charging.
GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH: Announced 2017, March 29. Released 2017, April 24
BODY: Dimensions 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in)
Weight 155 g (5.47 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
DISPLAY: Type Super AMOLED, HDR10
Size 5.8 inches, 84.8 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~570 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
3D Touch (home button only)
PLATFORM: OS Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie), One UI
Chipset Exynos 8895 (10 nm) - EMEA
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm) - USA & China
CPU Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) - EMEA
Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) - USA & China
GPU Mali-G71 MP20 - EMEA
Adreno 540 - USA & China
MEMORY: Card slot microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot) - dual SIM model only
Internal 64GB 4GB RAM
UFS 2.0 or UFS 2.1
MAIN CAMERA: Single 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
Features LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS, OIS
SELFIE CAMERA: Dual 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6", 1.22µm, AF
2 MP (dedicated iris scanner camera)
Features Dual video call, Auto-HDR
SOUND: Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS: WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
USB USB Type-C 3.1
FEATURES: Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
BATTERY: Type Li-Ion 3000 mAh, non-removable (11.55 Wh)
Charging Fast charging 15W
Quick Charge 2.0
Qi/PMA wireless charging - market dependent
Talk time Up to 20 h (3G)
Music play Up to 67 h
MISC Colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold, Rose Pink, Burgundy Red
Models SM-G950FD, SM-G950W, SM-G950S, SM-G950K, SM-G950L, SM-G9500, SM-G950A, SM-G950P, SM-G950T, SM-G950U, SM-G950V, SM-G950F, SM-G950U1, SM-G950N, SC-02J, SCV36, SM-G950, G950F
SAR 0.44 W/kg (head) 0.75 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.32 W/kg (head) 1.27 W/kg (body)
TESTS: Performance AnTuTu: 199022 (v7)
GeekBench: 6656 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 13fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.768 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 66dB / Noise 70dB / Ring 72dB
Audio quality Noise -92.5dB / Crosstalk -92.8dB
Endurance rating 84h
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