Plus models, be it in the fashion or mobile industry, have gained a-lot more significance in the past couple of years. After Apple became probably the first company to come up with its own set of “Plus” models, Samsung followed suit with the S6 Edge+ and now with the all-new Galaxy S8 Plus.
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After weeks of speculation, we can finally confirm that the latest Galaxy S8 will come in two variants pretty much in the same way Apple did with its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. However, the difference in specs won’t be that much when compared to the aforementioned smartphones and the S8 Plus will only feature a larger display in comparison to the smaller Galaxy S8. What else? Let’s see.
A totally revamped, never seen before design
One of the most exciting aspects of the Galaxy S8 was the imminent revamp of its design. From head to toe, the smartphone has completely changed shape with extremely thin bezels coming into play to accommodate a larger screen. The reason for using thinner bezels is to ensure that the smartphone doesn’t significantly increase in size while on the same side, hold the capacity to shelter an even larger screen.
The customary home button has also moved on and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner can now be found just beside the back camera setup. A dual-glass build with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection is complimented by some nice dimensions with a 8mm width. Oh, we almost forgot to mention IP68 dust and waterproofing!
Phablet-sized quality display
Contrary to popular belief, the S8 Plus will now feature a 6.2 inches Super AMOLED curved touchscreen with 474ppi pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Translating into a wonderful 1440p HD resolution, you’ll get supreme graphics atop the phablet-sized display. A mini-home theater anyone?
No dual-camera setup just yet!
The rumor-mill threw quite a-lot of sumptuous rumors at us coming into the final stretch of the S8 Plus’s advent. One of these was the potential addition of dual-primary camera lenses in the smartphone but that’s not to be the case.
Instead, the Galaxy S8 Plus will feature a similar 12 dual-pixel primary camera to the Galaxy S7 Edge. You’ve no reason to complain as the camera sensor’s prowess is well documented and its stunning results in all-kinds of lightening conditions is a plus-point you won’t get with many camera sensors. Heavyweight features such as phase detection autofocus, OIS and an LED flash duly play their part in bringing increased quality to your snaps.
The selfie sensor features 8 megapixels worth of power. Considering Samsung’s all-round camera prowess, there’s no reason to look for an even larger sensor but to be honest, we did expect the South Korean giants to buff it up a little bit.
Uncompromising performance, delivered
That’s been made possible due to the fact that the Galaxy S8 Plus is powered by a hybrid Octa-Core processor with 4 gigs of RAM. Coming out of the box with Android Nougat, you’re sure to get a wonderful user experience atop the large 6.2 inches display. Its internal storage banks at either 64 or 128 gigs depending on the variant you choose to buy.
Two of the most coveted features of the Galaxy S8 Plus are its iris scanner and Bixby virtual assistant. You may have heard about the iris scanner from the days of the Note 7 but Bixby is something new; it’s a virtual assistant much like Siri and has its own dedicated button that can be used to call upon its services whenever needed. The iris scanner is exactly what the Note 7 had and hopefully now you’ll get your hands on it for a longer time.
Other than these, the Samsung desktop experience allows you to connect mouse, keyboard etc. to the Galaxy S8 Plus and USB type-C, fast charging and a large 3750 mAh battery are all you need to know about the much anticipated flagship.
Expected price and launch date in Pakistan
The Galaxy S8 Plus was officially announced on March 29th with a release date on the 21st of April. An expected price of 95,000 rupees is unsurprising.