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Samsung Galaxy S8+: A beauty with beastly performance and features

By Bryan Chan - 3 May 2017
Launch SRP: RM3699

Bixby, Camera Performance & Conclusion

Bixby

Another highlight of the S8+ is Bixby, a digital assistant much like Siri and Google Now. You launch Bixby by pressing the button below the volume rocker. Once activated, the phone launches Bixby Home, where a number of cards will be displayed. You'll also be presented with information like reminders and news updates from sources that you've subscribed to.

A large part of Bixby is Bixby Voice, which lets you perform searches on the internet, and interact with the phone in various ways, including playing a song, dimming the screen, and more. However, this feature isn't yet available at the time this review was written, so we can't comment on how intuitive or useful this feature is. We were told that Bixby Voice will be available when the phone launches on May 5 locally.

Last but not least, there's Bixby Vision, which is launched from the native camera and gallery app. This feature allows you to translate text, show similar images on Pinterest, and even use Foursquare to provide more information about a location and/or landmark.

 

Camera performance

One of the biggest 'problems' that fans have with the S8 and S8+ is the fact that they're still using the same rear camera system as their predecessors – a 12MP Dual Pixel camera with an f/1.7 lens and optical image stabilization. That said, this is a highly capable imaging system, so this isn't an issue at all.

To test the camera on this phone, we headed to the streets of KL for some random shots and found that it captures a good amount of details, with accurate color reproduction. Dynamic range is also impressive. Click to enlarge.

 

 

Conclusion

First and foremost, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are arguably the best-looking smartphones you can get your hands on today. The Infinity Display is indeed gorgeous and the amount of clarity and colors it is able to output is simply stunning. Its curved sides may not be everybody's cup of tea, but we have no issues with this design at all. In fact, these curves truly aid in the illusion of a frameless phone that Samsung is aiming for with its #unboxyourphone campaign.

Priced at RM3,699, the S8+ is priced highly similar to that of Apple's iPhone 7 Plus here in Malaysia. This effectively makes it one of the most expensive Android options available to you today, but considering all it has to offer, it's actually a fair asking price.

Its camera performance is excellent, but if you're thinking of getting a smartphone primarily for photography, Huawei's P10 Plus is likely a better choice. That said, the S8+ is a more complete package, with features like Bixby, and top-notch security, thanks to an iris scanner. It also offers an amazing display that is just a marvel to look at every time.  

9.0
  • Design 9.5
  • Features 9
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Performance 9
  • Value 7
The Good
Gorgeous design with enormous dual curved display in a small body
Excellent camera
Great benchmark performance
IP68 build
Iris scanning
Edge panel functions on both S8 and S8+
The Bad
Awkwardly positioned fingerprint scanner
Bixby is still a work in progress
Pretty expensive