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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Release Date, Price and Specs

How much screen can you squeeze into a large phone without it feeling uncomfortably, unusably big?

That’s the question Samsung is trying to answer with the Galaxy S8 Plus, a flagship Android handset that crams a 6.2-inch display into a body that’s about the same size or just a little larger than handsets with 5.5-inch or 5.7-inch screens. I’m looking at you, iPhone 7 Plus. How does Samsung do it? Slash the bezels, pull the phone into a taller, narrower shape and curve the sides to complete the feeling of a trim, tidy package.

Some phonemakers use the larger model as the pro device, giving it features like a better camera or more impressive hardware, features the smaller phone misses out on. Not so with the S8 Plus. This phone is simply the Galaxy S8 with a larger screen — 6.2 inches versus 5.8.

Its bigger size means slightly more weight, a bit more battery capacity to light up the display and, of course, a higher price, though that’s still TBA, except in the UK, where it has been priced at £779. (The equivalent Australia page has yet to add prices.) All other specs between the two phones — including the camera, processor and features — are totally identical.

Sure, the S8 Plus will have a slightly lower pixel density that you may not even notice if you were to hold the two S8s side by side. That’s because the S8 puts the same resolution as the S8 on a larger screen, which means slightly larger pixels and a slightly smaller number of pixels per inch. Regardless, I’d expect the S8 and S8 Plus to perform very similarly once we get them both in for side-by-side testing.

From what I experienced in my hands-on time with the S8 Plus, the proportions work, though the Plus definitely feels bigger than the S8. For some people, the more screen, the better. And I am a sucker for those curved sides in Edge and Note phones, even if they might be more prone to breaking on that axis (I strongly recommend getting a case for any phone).

Both Galaxy S8 phones can survive a dip in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.


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As for the near bezel-less trend kicked off by Xiaomi’s Mi Mix and the LG G6, which Samsung now adopts on both the S8 and S8 Plus, it’s easy to see a battle forming around which company can put the largest screen in the smallest package. It’ll be a game of millimeters.

So far, the Galaxy S8 Plus seems like a phone capable of bringing even more screen real estate to buyers who just can’t get enough, but we’ll have to wait for the final review unit to see how well it really fits and feels day to day, especially against big-screen rivals like the iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL.

Hardware specs

What’s different than the S8:

  • Screen size: 6.2-inch versus 5.8
  • Phone dimensions (a little taller, wider and thicker)
  • Larger battery (3,500mAh versus 3,000mAh)
  • Price: We don’t have this yet

Galaxy S8 Plus and S8 versus the other guys

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Google Pixel XL

LG G6

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

OnePlus 3T

Display size, resolution

5.8-inch; 2,960×1,440 pixels

6.2-inch; 2,960×1,440 pixels

5.5-inch; 2,560×1,440 pixels

5.7-inch, 2,880×1,440 pixels

5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels

5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels

Pixel density

570ppi

529ppi

534ppi

565ppi

401ppi

401ppi

Dimensions (Inches)

5.9 x 2.9 x 0.31 in

6.3 x 2.9 x 0.32 in

6.1 x 3 x 0.34 in

5.9 x 2.8 x 0.31 in

6.2 x 3.1 x 0.29 in

6 x 2.9 x 0.29 in

Dimensions (Millimeters)

149 x 68 x 8 mm

160 x 73 x 8.1 mm

155 x 76 x 8.6 mm

149 x 72 x 7.9 mm

158 x 78 x 7.3 mm

153 x 75 x 7.35 mm

Weight (Ounces, Grams)

5.5 oz; 155g

6.1 oz; 173g

5.92 oz; 168g

5.7 oz, 162g

6.63 oz; 188g

5.57 oz; 158g

Mobile software

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.1 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat

Apple iOS 10

Android 7.0 Nougat

Camera (megapixels)

12

12

12.3

13 (standard), 13 (wide)

12 (telephoto), 12 (wide)

16

Front-facing camera (megapixels)

8

8

8

5

7

16

Video capture

4K

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)

Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz + 1.9GHz) or octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 (2.35GHz + 1.7GHz)

2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 with Adreno 530 GPU

Apple A10 chip (64-bit)

2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

Storage

64GB

64GB

32GB, 128GB

32GB

32GB, 128GB, 256GB

64GB, 128GB

RAM

4GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

3GB

6GB

Expandable storage

Up to 2TB

Up to 2TB

None

Up to 2TB

None

None

Battery (all nonremovable)

3,000mAh

3,500mAh

3,450mAh

3,300mAh

2,900mAh

3,400mAh

Fingerprint sensor

Back

Back

Back

Back

Home button

Home button

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

Lightning

USB-C

Special features

Water-resistant (IP68); wireless charging; Gigabit LTE-ready

Water-resistant (IP68), wireless charging, Gigabit LTE-ready

Google Assistant; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR-ready

18:9 aspect ratio; wireless charging (US-only); water-resistant

Water and dust-resistant; portrait image mode

Dual-SIM, Dash Charging

Price off-contract (USD)

TBA

TBA

$769 (32GB); $869 (128GB)

ATT: $720, Sprint: $708, T-Mobile: $650, Verizon: $672, US Cellular: $597.60

$769 (32GB); $869 (128GB); $969 (256GB)

$439 (16GB), $479 (128GB)

Price (GBP)

TBA

TBA

£719 (32GB); £819 (128GB)

TBA

£719 (32GB); £819 (128GB); £919 (256GB)

£399 (16GB), £439 (128GB)

Price (AUD)

TBA

TBA

AU$1,269 (32GB); AU$1,419 (128GB)

TBA

AU$1269 (32GB); AU$1419 (128GB); AU$1569 (256GB)

Converts to AU$590 (16GB), AU$652 (128GB)

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