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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus hands-on: Meet Samsung’s new flagship

by Danny Zepeda | March 29, 2017

Samsung on Wednesday announced the Galaxy S8 Plus at an event in New York. The device packs a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and a Quad HD+ display. It also features a few upgrades over its smaller brother that are worth considering: a 6.2-inch display and a 3,500mAh battery.

That screen, by the way, takes up 83 percent of the front of the device, which looks incredible in person. It features a pressure sensitive area at the bottom that will serve as the home button. The battery, meanwhile, is the same capacity featured in the Note 7. But, don’t worry, Samsung said it went through rigorous tests to ensure it doesn’t catch fire.

Samsung also introduced DeX, a desktop docking station for its smartphones, Bixby, and iris and facial recognition. The former feature will allow users to dock the S8 to an external display, keyboard and mouse, and use Android apps as though you were using a computer.

There’s no getting around it; this device is beautiful. It’s more expensive than the S8 Plus, but the extra screen real estate and larger battery just might be worth the extra dough. The S8 Plus screams premium and has a ton of features that make it an alluring device.

Check out the video above to see our hands-on with the S8 Plus.

Samsung - Galaxy S8 Plus
Display Size 6.2-inch, 2960 x 1440 pixel display (531 ppi)
Resolution X 2960
Resolution Y 1440
Display Type Quad HD+
Operating System Android 7.0 (at launch)
Processor Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process
RAM 4GB
Storage
  • 64GB
External Storage Yes
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 256GB
Main Camera (Back) 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Battery 3500mAh
NFC Yes
Connectivity
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Iris
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
Height 159.5 mm (6.28 inches)
Width 73.4 mm (2.89 inches)
Depth 8.1 mm (0.32 inches)
Weight 173 g (6.10 oz)
Colors Midnight Black, Orchard Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
Supported Audio Formats MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF
Supported Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

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Danny Zepeda

Danny's interest in writing began with tech, which influenced his career path in college. After graduating from Vanguard University, he began to...Danny's interest in writing began with tech, which influenced his career path in college. After graduating from Vanguard University, he began to...