Author: Dan Graziano

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Galaxy S8 Plus specs vs. LG G6, Google Pixel XL, iPhone 7 Plus, OnePlus 3T

Samsung[1] announced its newest flagship smartphones[2] at a lavish event in New York City on Wednesday. The South Korean company showed off the Galaxy S8 and larger Galaxy S8 Plus. Both phones are equipped with fast Snapdragon 835 processors (or a Exynos 8895 chip) and high-end cameras. They also include an “infinity display” that offer large screens with almost no bezel in a compact design.

You can read CNET’s first impression on the Galaxy S8 here[3] and the Galaxy S8 Plus here[4]. Below you will also find a chart outlining how the specs of the Galaxy S8 Plus compare with some of the best large phones[5] on the market. The list includes the LG G6[6], Google Pixel XL[7], OnePlus 3T[8] and Apple iPhone 7 Plus[9].

You can see how the Galaxy S8 compares to the competition here[10].

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Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Bixby pix: Come and get ’em

Specs compared to similar phones

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus LG G6 Google Pixel XL OnePlus 3T Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Display size, resolution 6.2-inch, 2,960 x 1,440 pixels 5.7-inch, 2,880 x 1,440 pixels 5.5-inch; 2,560 x 1,440 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920 x 1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Pixel density 529 ppi 565 ppi 534 ppi 401 ppi 401 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 6.3 x 2.9 x 0.32 in, 5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 in. 6.1 x 3 x 0.34 in. (at its thickest) 6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 in. 6.2 x 3.1 x 0.29 in.
Dimensions (millimeters) 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm 148.9 x 71.97 x 7.9 mm 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm (at its thickest) 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 6.1 oz.; 173 g 5.7 oz., 162g 5.92 oz.; 168g 5.57 oz.; 158 g 6.63 oz.; 188 g
Mobile software Android 7.1 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.1 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Apple iOS 10
Camera (megapixels) 12 13, 13 (wide) 12.3 16 12 (telephoto), 12 (wide)
Front-facing camera (megapixels) 8 5 8 16 7
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz + 1.9GHz) or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 (2.35GHz + 1.7GHz) Quad-core 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad-core 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Apple A10 chip (64-bit)
Storage 64GB 32GB 32GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB
RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB 6GB 3GB
Expandable storage Up to 2TB Up to 2TB None None None
Battery (all nonremovable) 3,500mAh 3,300mAh 3,450mAh 3,400mAh 2,900mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back cover Back cover Back cover Home button Home button
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C Lightning
Special features 18.5:9 screen ratio, Bixby digital assistant, wireless charging, iris scanner, IP68 water and dust-resistant, Gigabit LTE-ready 18:9 screen ratio, wireless charging, IP68 water and dust-resistant Unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR-ready Notifications toggle, dual-SIM IP67 water- and dust-resistant, portrait mode mode
Price off-contract (USD) TBA AT&T: $720, Sprint: $708, T-Mobile: $650, Verizon: $672, US Cellular: $597.60 $769 (32GB); $869 (128GB) $439 (16GB), $479 (128GB) $769 (32GB); $869 (128GB); $969 (256GB)
Price (GBP) TBA TBA £719 (32GB); £819 (128GB) £399 (16GB), £439 (128GB) £719 (32GB); £819 (128GB); £919 (256GB)
Price (AUD) TBA TBA AU$1,269 (32GB); AU$1,419 (128GB) Converts to AU$590 (16GB), AU$652 128GB) AU$1,269 (32GB); AU$1,419 (128GB); AU$1,569 (256GB)
Samsung Galaxy S8 launch

References

  1. ^ Samsung (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ smartphones (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ the Galaxy S8 here (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ the Galaxy S8 Plus here (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ best large phones (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ LG G6 (www.cnet.com)
  7. ^ Google Pixel XL (www.cnet.com)
  8. ^ OnePlus 3T (www.cnet.com)
  9. ^ Apple iPhone 7 Plus (www.cnet.com)
  10. ^ the Galaxy S8 compares to the competition here (www.cnet.com)
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Samsung Galaxy S8: Should you upgrade?

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The Samsung Galaxy S8[1] and larger Galaxy S8 Plus[2] are two of the most anticipated phones of the year, and now they’re official it’s easy to see why. Between the stunning design and high-end specs, Samsung’s newest phones have many people ready to throw down some serious cash, but should you take the plunge?

Here are two reasons why you should, four reasons why you may want to hold off — and one great big question mark.

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Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Bixby pix: Come and get ’em

Reasons to take the plunge

The stunning design

Samsung has outdone itself. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are genuinely spectacular. Both phones have large displays that curve on each side and the bezel around the screen is almost nonexistent. But despite all this screen real estate, the phones aren’t massive.

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From left to right: Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus.

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Samsung managed to squeeze a 5.8-inch 2,960×1,440-pixel display on the Galaxy S8 into a body that is only a wee bit larger than last year’s Galaxy S7[3]. Meanwhile, the larger Galaxy S8 Plus has a massive 6.2-inch display, but in a body that is only slightly larger than an iPhone 7 Plus[4], which has a 5.5-inch screen.

The latest and greatest specs

Samsung Galaxy S8 launch

To complement the beautiful design, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus pack cutting-edge hardware. Both phones will be the first you can buy with an octa-core Snapdragon 835[5] processor (or Exynos 8895 depending on region), which includes support for superfast gigabit LTE.

This high-end chip is paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage (with support for more through the microSD slot) and a 12-megapixel rear camera. Other features include wireless charging, IP68 water resistance, Android Nougat[6] 7.1, and, yes, a headphone jack.

The big question mark: Bixby

Hardware is only half the story. Samsung has also refined its software. Along with a lighter version of its TouchWiz interface, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are the first phones to launch with Bixby[7], Samsung’s new smart digital assistant that is designed to compete with Apple[8]‘s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and (sort of) Google Assistant.

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Joshua Goldman/CNET

Bixby promises to do more than other digital assistants. Samsung has said that anything you can do with touch can also be done through Bixby, but we’ll have to actually use it for awhile to verify how true that is. The assistant uses machine learning to help improve your experience with the device. It can remind you of upcoming appointments, recommend activities and more. For example, if you always call your significant other at noon, Bixby will notice the trend and remind you on days you forget to call. There’s even an image recognition element, so you can use the camera to translate and scan things.

The problem? In our initial (admittedly very short) hands-on time with Bixby[9], it wasn’t terribly smooth. We’ll reserve judgment until we fully review the phone, but this service is very much in beta until further notice.

Reasons to hold off

They’re undoubtedly expensive

The stunning design of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will come at a hefty cost. The S8 will cost $750 or £689, while the larger model is priced at $850 or £779. Monthly installment plans, which will vary by carrier[10], will make that pill easier to swallow, but be prepared to pay.

You might break it

Or at least buy a case. The all-glass body and large screen doesn’t look like it will be able to handle many drops. We shattered our Galaxy S7[11] and if you’re clumsy, you may want to hold off on the Galaxy S8.

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Josh Miller/CNET

You already have Google Assistant

Bixby sounds cool, but is it worth shelling out a ton of money? Probably not, especially since the fully capable Google Assistant is slated to come to all Android phones[12] running Marshmallow and Nougat. (Yes, Google Assistant and Bixby will exist side by side on the Galaxy S8.)

Your current phone is still great

That brings us to our last point. Your current phone is probably still great. If you bought a Galaxy S7 (or one of the other great flagship phones we saw last year), there’s no imperative to upgrade. Your phone already has a high quality display, a great camera and high-end specs.

But if your phone is an older model (two-plus years) or a budget phone that has been hampered by software updates, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus could be right for you.

To learn more about the phones, check out CNET’s first impression on the Galaxy S8 here[13] and the Galaxy S8 Plus here[14].

References

  1. ^ Samsung Galaxy S8 (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Galaxy S8 Plus (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ Galaxy S7 (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ iPhone 7 Plus (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ Snapdragon 835 (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ Android Nougat (www.cnet.com)
  7. ^ Bixby (www.cnet.com)
  8. ^ Apple (www.cnet.com)
  9. ^ hands-on time with Bixby (www.cnet.com)
  10. ^ will vary by carrier (www.cnet.com)
  11. ^ We shattered our Galaxy S7 (www.cnet.com)
  12. ^ Google Assistant is slated to come to all Android phones (www.cnet.com)
  13. ^ the Galaxy S8 here (www.cnet.com)
  14. ^ the Galaxy S8 Plus here (www.cnet.com)
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Fossil has a ton of new smartwatches coming out later this year

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Fossil Group is going all-in on connected watches. The company previously announced that it planned to release 300 new smartwatches, hybrid watches and fitness trackers[1] across multiple brands in 2017. Fossil is now making good on that promise…

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After 2 dead Nexus phones, I’m skipping the Google Pixel

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It’s not me, Google. It’s you.
We had some great times together. Starting with the Galaxy Nexus[1] all the way through the final Nexus phone, the 6P, I have owned three of Google’s flagship phones. Unlike phones from nearly all other And…

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TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Release Date, Price and Specs

TAG Heuer is upping the premium smartwatch game with a new high-end Android Wear watch. The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a versatile luxury smartwatch that is even more expensive than the original.

With a starting price of $1,600, the all-metal watch is more than four times the price of the Huawei Watch 2[1], LG Watch Sport[2] and Apple Watch Series 2[3], despite having comparable features. The Connected Modular 45 adds Android Pay, GPS and swim-level water resistance[4] compared to last year’s model — an increasingly becoming a standard feature set in higher-end smartwatches. The watch has one distinction, however: It’s the only Android Wear[5] watch that is certified as “Swiss Made,” meaning that at least 60% of the components were manufactured in Switzerland.

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The Connected Modular 45 marks the second collaboration between Intel and TAG Heuer, following the original Connected Watch[6] that debuted in 2015 for $1,500. The big difference this year is the added modularity that allows you to swap out almost every component. The watch will be offered in 56 different versions that can be personalized with a variety of modules, horns, bracelets and buckles, with a case available in satin or polished grade 5 titanium. You can even swap out the touchscreen for a traditional TAG Heuer mechanical watch body if and when the smart technology becomes obsolete, but that will cost you extra.

The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 arrives March 15 with a starting price of $1,600. International pricing information wasn’t immediately available, but the US price converts to about £1,300 or AU$2,110.

Specs

  • Android Wear 2.0
  • 1.39-inch AMOLED 400×400-pixel resolution display
  • Sapphire crystal cover glass and titanium case
  • Intel Atom Z34XX processor
  • 30 hours of battery life
  • 4GB of storage
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Water resistance to 5ATM
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS

References

  1. ^ Huawei Watch 2 (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ LG Watch Sport (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ Apple Watch Series 2 (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ swim-level water resistance (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ Android Wear (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ Connected Watch (www.cnet.com)
       
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