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10 years of Samsung Galaxy S flagships: Looking back at the Galaxy S8!

Welcome to part eight of our 10 years of Samsung Galaxy S flagship series, in which we here at SamMobile talk about our experiences and memories of each of the nine Galaxy S flagships that have come before the Galaxy S10. Today, we look back at the Galaxy S8, the device that started Samsung’s journey into the bezel-less fad that has gripped the smartphone industry and refuses to let go. It was also the flagship that saw Samsung do away with flat screens for good, with both the S8 and S8+ featuring curved displays of varying sizes.

Samsung saw huge demand for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and rightly so, considering the two phones were perhaps the most beautiful flagship phones on the market at the time. Those Infinity displays were great, although die-hard fans complained about those software navigation keys. Thanks to the demise of the Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were the first Samsung phones to have an iris sensor that people could actually use (well, unless they hung on to their Note 7 even after the recall). And the iris sensor was especially handy given the poor placement of the fingerprint sensor on the S8 duo. The S8 had great cameras as well, with the front camera getting autofocus support for the first time.

And who can forget the Bixby button? The S8’s dedicated Bixby key was criticized by fans everywhere for being too intrusive for a virtual assistant that didn’t even do anything at launch. The key couldn’t be remapped, either. While some third-party apps allowed us to get around that limitation, it simply did not sit well with users that they had an extra button on the phone that didn’t serve any purpose. Remember, other than the US and South Korea, Bixby didn’t work anywhere else for months after the S8 was launched.

But, overall, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were excellent phones. What do we remember about them? Well, you’ll have to continue reading to find out. Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts and memories about the Galaxy S8 and S8+ down in the comments section afterwards!

Abhijeet Mishra

The Galaxy S8+ was an excellent phone in my opinion, at least in the first couple of months. Performance on the phone dipped considerably for me compared to the Galaxy S7 edge or the Galaxy S9+ later on, and as regular readers will know, I was also quite critical of the fingerprint sensor’s stupid position next to the rear camera. And the iris sensor wasn’t that quick at unlocking, either, and I guess we can put the blame for that on Samsung’s software being a little slow at waking up.

I also loved it that the front of every Galaxy S8 was all black, something Samsung should have been doing on its AMOLED phones since day one (so as far back as the first Galaxy S), because it’s awesome to see an all black front when the screen is displaying black/dark images. Another thing I liked about the S8 is that Samsung, for the first time, brought out a gold color option that looked sober. I had the blue S8+, but I was quite impressed with the gold one when I saw a friend using it.

Adnan Farooqui

The Galaxy S8 really made Samsung stand all against the competition at that time. You couldn’t fault the display while the design had been significantly improved as well. As far as the look and feel go, Samsung did a perfect job in my book.

Yes, there were some performance concerns down the line which was disappointing. We had expected better from the flagship. Personally, I couldn’t quite get what the fuss about the fingerprint placement was all about as it didn’t really bother me. Clearly it bother a lot of other people, though. There’s not much I can fault on the Galaxy S8. I quite enjoyed using the Galaxy S8+ as my daily driver for well over a year.

Martin Reinders

The Galaxy S8 was the first phone without a home button and the fingerprint sensor was relocated to the back. It was so horrible to use (the fingerprint sensor, not the phone) that I ended up not using it at all. Other than that, I thought the bezels could have been a bit smaller, but I thought it was a good design overall.

Henk Loosbroek

I bought the S8+ because the Galaxy Note 7 got cancelled, and as a long-time Note fan, it was great to see a big Galaxy S phone. It was the first Galaxy S phone that I really liked! The battery life and cameras were quite good, and to me, the S8+ was pretty much a Note without the S Pen. It was the last time I had a Galaxy S, though, once the Note 8 came out and we finally had a Note flagship in Europe (remember, the Note 5 didn’t come to Europe and the Note 7 got recalled).


Don’t forget: We want to hear about your fond memories and experience with the Galaxy S8 or S8+, so go ahead and get a discussion going in the comments!

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  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 8895
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DanUKS8
DanUKS8

Still using my s8+
Good phone but not brilliant. After using the S series since S2 (Then s4,s6,S8) the S8 will be my last and i will move to Note 10 later in the year.

I like the design and the fingerprint in the back is perfect. I have used Bixby a fair bit and being my first smartphone not to have a physical button i must say i’ve found it easy and not missed it.

strazzi
strazzi

I love my S8 and i use it to this day. I did`t buy S9 becaus of unsymetric upper and lower edge and bigger side edger, fatter phone… S10 is just ugly and i will skip it also. Performance did go down a bit, but nothing worrying.

agyawusu2012
agyawusu2012

My s8 plus was amazing. The display was awesome and the phone was fearfully made(no pun intended).
One issue of Samsung phones is the ability of the performance to deteriorate after months of usage and the s8 plus was no exception. Both the iris scanner and fingerprint were hit or miss. Aside these i still love it.

Ankit madaan
Ankit madaan

I am having s8 from july 17th and i remember i was drooling over the phone from day 1 the leaks started to came out. It is still one of the best looking phones as one of my relative praised saying your phone is beautiful due to the edges. But from 3 to 4 months its performance has deteriorated. Whenever i put my phone on charging it lags and then system ui and all the apps shut down. So now i have to put my phone on charge by switching off. This is not happening only on my phone in… Read more »

revanabbasov1992
revanabbasov1992

hi i am using galaxy s8+… I did not like upgrade the s9… it’s a beast still in 2019!

antonmassoud
antonmassoud

It’s my current phone, the S8+
I still love it since day 1, the battery still amazing and lasts well, performance still pretty fast, and good camera.

locarno
locarno

“Welcome to part seven of our”

This is part eight 8!

This is also second time you make that mistake ):

brendonx
brendonx

Not really a big deal

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Not sure what performance missies you had with the s8? Mine has been running very smooth and like a champ. Can’t really see any difference when pitched against my s9. The biggest issue I had with this phone was the useless Bixby button and not able to disable this initially, the fact it only had 4gb ram when other competitors moved into 6gb. The fps was fine for me as long as I had a thin case on it and help as a guide point. This phone and the s9 has shown it’s very durable. I had it flying across… Read more »

gogolak
gogolak

Yes you are right. S8 was like The most stable Samsung ever made. I am writing this from my s8+ i have IT since May 2017. I only factory reseted once since then when i updated to oreo. Still performing as first Day. I Will buy The note 10.

antonmassoud
antonmassoud

The little lag was from the launcher itself, when you open up all apps by swiping, it had freezing and stuttering issues, they fixed it after 3 months tho, but currently it’s all good