Eagerly anticipated by tech experts and smartphone lovers alike, Samsung's brand new S8 series is finally here. Two new flagship phones are now available, both of which are causing a storm thanks to the iconic and innovative Infinity Display.
But which device deserves your cash, the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus? With both boasting the cutting-edge curved screen, it's important to assess the finer details to work out which suits you best.
When it comes to design, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is identical to the S8 Plus, just a little smaller in size. The S8 measures 5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches, while the S8 Plus measures 6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches. While both devices are relatively the same thickness, the S8 Plus is heavier, weighing 173g compared to the S8 which weighs 155g. If you want a lighter smartphone and don't mind compromising on screen size, you might prefer the S8.
Both models are available in two colours too, black and orchid grey. The sleek aluminium frame is present on both and merges seamlessly with the curved display. Smart and easy to use, the S8 and S8 Plus are perfect for business or everyday use.
Both handsets also feature cutting-edge Iris Scanning technology, for next-generation security.
While Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge had major differences concerning the screen, with the former being flat and the latter curved, both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have the same sleek, curved display.
With no bezel to be seen, the Galaxy S8 series creates a truly immersive, uninterrupted experience for users. The Infinity Display spans right across the front of both devices, producing vibrant HD images which make watching movies and taking photographs a breeze. Both the S8 and S8 Plus use Super AMOLED capacitive technology and offer a 1,449 x 2,960 resolution.
The only difference is, of course, the size of each screen. The Samsung Galaxy S8 measures 5.8 inches diagonally, while the Galaxy S8 Plus measures 6.2 inches.
Worried about missing out on the best internal specs by opting for the Samsung Galaxy S8? There's no need to be, as both the S8 and the S8 Plus offer the exact same features under the hood. You'll find the same processor, chipset and internal memory in both Samsung models.
The S8 and S8 Plus both use Android Nougat and contain a powerful Exynos 8895 Octa-EMEA chipset. Equally as effective, you'll find 4GB of RAM and an octa-core processor running inside both devices too, ensuring a smooth and efficient experience no matter which model you choose. Better yet, the internal and external memory are also the same with 64GB offered by both, not forgetting the option to expand to 256GB with a microSD card slot fitted to each device.
The high-tech specs of both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are kept even safer by an IP68 water resistant rating.
While both devices have an impressive battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S8 does feature a smaller battery than the S8 Plus. On board the S8 you'll find a non-removable 3,000 Li-Ion mAh battery, promising to deliver up to 20 hours of talktime.
The S8 Plus, however, has a 3,500 Li-Ion mAh. The extra 500mAh will approximately grant you an extra four hours of talktime, making it a wise choice if you frequently run out of battery and have limited access to a charging point.
It may be continuing a running theme, but the camera on both the S8 and the S8 Plus are, in fact, identical.
With a handy 12MP camera on both devices, you'll be able to take stunning photos no matter which model you opt for. Both share the same front-facing camera too, capable of taking brilliant selfies at 8MP. If you're looking for a larger screen to view your photos on however, the S8 Plus certainly makes snapping the perfect shot and viewing the smaller details that little bit easier.
Which device should I buy?
When it comes down to it, there's not much between the S8 and the S8 Plus. Both of Samsung's new releases are excellent devices, and there are only two key differences between them.
The Galaxy S8 is the smaller of the two, but still packs in a more-than-ample 5.8 inch display. Due to the reduced bezel, the handset will still slip easily into your pocket and fit perfectly into the palm of your hand. However, for phablet fans or those wanting to get a little more out of their mobile's battery life, the S8 Plus is more likely to suit your needs. Whichever size you decide on, you'll enjoy the same winning specs under the hood.