Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Specifications Leaked via Geekbench

 

HIGHLIGHTS
The Galaxy S8 Active scored 6394 in the multi-core tests
It is expected to come with a Snapdragon 835 chipset
It is also expected to house a larger battery
Samsung has made it a point to launch a rugged version of its flagship smartphones in recent years. Like the Galaxy S6 Active and Galaxy S7 Active of the past, the South Korean giant is tipped to launch an ‘Active’ version of its newest Galaxy S8 flagship phone. A hint of this was first spotted in May when the Galaxy S8 Active with model number SM-G892A was listed to support Netflix in HDR. The smartphone has now popped up on Geekbench with some of its specifications detailed.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active with the model number SM-G892A scored a 1842 in single-core and 6394 in the multi-core tests on Geekbench, which is fairly close to what the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ scored earlier. Further, the specifications mentioned also fall in line with the recently launched flagships including an octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Galaxy S8 Active is listed running Android 7.0 NougatSamsung Galaxy S8 Active Specifications Leaked via Geekbench

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is expected to house a larger battery compared to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, much like the case with the Galaxy S7 Active, which housed a 4,000mAh battery compared to the 3000mAh seen in the Galaxy S7. In terms of looks, don’t expect the the ‘Active’ version to be as pretty as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 Active may lack the curved edges of the flagship and could feature a bulkier, more rugged casing for rough, outdoor use.
One hopes the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active doesn’t face the same water resistant issues that plagued the Galaxy S7 Active. To recall, Consumer Reports last year claimed that the Galaxy S7 Active didn’t meet the same waterproof standards that the company promised.

While there’s no official word on when the Galaxy S8 Active will hit the streets, you can expect the unveiling to be around the corner seeing as how the Galaxy S7 Active was launched around the same time last year.

 

HTC U11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Price in India, Specifications Compared

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • HTC U11 was launched in India on Friday
  • The smartphone will be available for purchase from later this month
  • HTC U11 has been priced in India at Rs. 51,990

HTC launched the HTC U11 ‘squeezable’ smartphone in India on Friday and interestingly, the company chose to skip the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant for the country and introduced only the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 51,990 and in this price range it will be competing against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. If you are confused whether HTC U11 is the right smartphone for you or another model is better, we will help you figure out how it compares against the competition.

HTC U11
The HTC U11 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with the company’s HTC Sense skin on top. It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Powering the HTC U11 is a 2.45GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and, as mentioned earlier, the India variant gets 6GB of RAM. It is offered with 128GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).

The smartphone’s unique feature is called Edge Sense, which allows users to launch apps, switch on flash light, or even take screenshots by simply squeezing the smartphone from its sides.

The HTC U11 features a 12-megapixel rear camera with 1.4-micron pixel, ultra spread autofocus, BSI sensor, OIS, f/1.7 aperture, dual-LED flash, slow-motion, and 4K video recording. Over on the front, you get a 16-megapixel camera with BSI sensor, full-HD recording.

Some of the camera features of the HTC U11 include Face Detection, Pro mode with manual control, 32-second long exposure, and RAW format support, HDR Boost, Panorama, and Hyperlapse. Additionally, the front camera gets live make-up, auto selfie, voice selfie, HDR Boost, and Selfie Panorama options. The company claims that the HTC U11 achieved that highest ever rating for a smartphone camera by independent metric DxOMark1 with a score of 90.

Samsung Galaxy S8
While the South Korean company launched the Galaxy S8 smartphone with Snapdragon 835 processor internationally, it launched the phone with Exynos 9985 processor variant in India. Currently available at Rs. 57,900, the Samsung Galaxy S8 runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a 5.8-inch bezel-less ‘Infinity Display’ with 1440×2960 pixel resolution. The Galaxy S8 packs 4GB of RAM and features 64GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB.

In terms of optics, the Galaxy S8 comes with a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel camera and an 8-megapixel camera at front. The connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone houses a 3000mAh battery that supports fast-charging.

While in terms of performance, Snapdragon 835 processor definitely puts HTC U11 ahead of the G6, the recent price drop and the FullVision display might make it the preferable choice for some customers.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony launched its Xperia XZ Premium smartphone in India earlier this month. The smartphone is currently available in India at a price of Rs. 59,990. The highlight feature on the smartphone is its 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera with a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS memory stacked sensor that’s capable of shooting videos at 960 frames per second. At front, the Xperia XZ Premium has a 13-megapixel sensor 1/3.06-inch Exmor RS sensor that’s coupled with 22mm wide-angle f/2.0 lens.

The phone runs Android 7.1 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) HDR Triluminos display. Notably, Xperia XZ Premium was the first smartphone with Snapdragon 835 that was launched in India. The phone features 4GB of RAM and comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Xperia XZ Premium houses a 3230mAh non-removable battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.HTC U11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Price in India, Specifications Compared

The connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C (3.1), and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Conclusion
As you can see from the specifications, HTC U11 offers more RAM than other smartphones in comparison and has other basics covered too. However, the unique design offered by Galaxy S8 and the FullVision display offered by LG might be preferred by many users. Xperia XZ Premium is the most expensive smartphone under consideration. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our retailed review of the HTC U11 and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

HTC U11 VS SONY XPERIA XZ PREMIUM VS SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 VS LG G6 COMPARISON

HTC U11
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Samsung Galaxy S8
LG G6
Rs. 59,990Buy Now Rs. 38,990Buy Now
Rs. 57,900Buy Now
Rs. 57,900Buy Now Rs. 41,990Buy Now
Compare HTC U11 Compare Sony Xperia XZ Premium Compare Samsung Galaxy S8 Compare LG G6
RATINGS
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for money Rating
GENERAL
Release date May 2017 February 2017 March 2017 February 2017
Dimensions (mm) 153.90 x 75.90 x 7.90 156.00 x 77.00 x 7.90 148.90 x 68.10 x 8.00 148.90 x 71.90 x 7.90
Weight (g) 169.00 191.00 155.00 163.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000 3230 3000 3300
Removable battery No No No No
Colours Amazing Silver, Brilliant Black Luminous Chrome, Deepsea Black Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold Ice Platinum, Astro Black, Mystic White
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.50 5.50 5.80 5.70
Resolution 1440×2560 pixels 2160×3840 pixels 1440×2960 pixels 1440×2880 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 570 564
HARDWARE
Processor 2.45GHz octa-core octa-core 1.9GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Samsung Exynos 8895 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
RAM 6GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
Internal storage 128GB 64GB 64GB 32GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 2000 256 256 2000
CAMERA
Rear camera 12-Ultrapixel 19-megapixel 12-megapixel 13-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 16-megapixel 13-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 7.1 Android 7.1.1 Android 7.0 Android 7.0
Skin Sense 8.0
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20 Yes Yes Yes, v 4.20
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2 1 1
SIM1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometer No Yes No No
Temperature sensor No No No No
HTC U11

HTC U11

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2.45GHz octa-core

Front Camera

16-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

6GB

OS

Android 7.1

Storage

128GB

Rear Camera

12-Ultrapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

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Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

Rs. 57,900
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Gorgeous looks and excellent construction quality
  • Brilliant displays
  • Phenomenal camera quality
  • Class-leading performance
  • Bad
  • No flat screen option
  • Nearly unusable fingerprint reader
  • Software stuffed with unnecessary features
BUY AT
  • SAMSUNG Galaxy S8 (Midnight Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs. 57,900
LG G6

LG G6

Rs. 38,990
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Impressive material and construction quality
  • Excellent screen
  • Great camera quality and dual lens implementation
  • Solid battery life
  • Bad
  • Processor will be outdated soon
  • Inconvenient power button
  • Not as stylish as the competition
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  • LG G6 (Astro Black, 64GB) –
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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good build quality, water resistant
  • 4K HDR display
  • Doesn’t overheat under stress
  • Very good cameras
  • Bad
  • Fiddly SIM card tray
  • Bulky and dated design
  • Chrome version is an acquired taste
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Google Play Music’s New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn’t That Exclusive

 

HIGHLIGHTS
New Google Play Music feature now rolling out
Samsung Galaxy S8 users getting the New Release Radio station
Some users able to use the new feature on non-Samsung devices
For Samsung Galaxy S8 users, Google Play Music is the default music player and streaming service. Now, Galaxy S8 users are receiving a brand new feature dubbed New Release Radio, which is a personalised radio station with new music releases and updates on a daily basis.

The latest New Release Radio feature has steadily been popping up on Galaxy S8 devices with “Samsung Exclusive” tagline. The pop-up describes the new feature, “Listen to brand new music, personalised to your tastes and listening history – with new recommendations every day.” The feature was first spotted by a Reddit user, and was reported by Sammobile.Google Play Music's New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn't That Exclusive

Engadget, however, points out that the feature may not be limited to Samsung Galaxy S8 users as some users have been able to add the “New Release Radio” station to their libraries. Some Reddit users also claim that they were able to add the new feature to their libraries while using Google Play Music Web interface as well as on non-Samsung devices. Unfortunately, there’s no word whether the feature will be kept as an exclusive for Samsung Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) devices or to be made available to all users in the long run.
We can expect an update on the status of availability of the “New Release Radio” station for non-Samsung devices.

Samsung and Google jointly announced their new partnership back in April, and it gave some benefits to Samsung users. They were allowed to upload 100,000 of their own songs to Google Play Music for free, which is almost double the limit for owners of non-Samsung devices.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Beats iPhone 7 Plus in Consumer Reports’ Ranking

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ top-ranked phone by Consumer Reports
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 and S7 Edge takes the second & third spot
  • LG G6 takes the fourth spot while the iPhone 7 Plus comes in fifth

After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung had a lot riding on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ this year. And if the latest Consumer Reports’ findings are to be taken into account, the two smartphones have performed exceptionally well, raking in the top two spots. Consumer Reports ranks the Samsung Galaxy S8+ as the top smartphone, followed by the Galaxy S8 in the second place.

Consumer Reports lauds the Samsung Galaxy S8+ for its narrow design and great battery life. The publication adds that while the LG G6 and the iPhone 7 Plus packed dual rear cameras, the Samsung cameras were top-notch and didn’t suffer due to the lack of a dual camera setup. The LG G6 stood in the fourth spot in the Consumer Reports rankings, while the iPhone 7 Plus took the fifth spot, Samsung’s own Galaxy S7 Edge was third.

The report also lauded Samsung’s bezel-less display design and the ability to survive under water. However, one thing that the folks at Consumer Reports were not so happy about, was its one-hand operation, and recommends its readers to try out the phones in the store before purchasing them. “Even on the smaller model, it will be hard for most users to reach the upper regions of the screen with their thumb,” lead phone tester Richard Fisco says in the report.

The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 also received heavy praise. The report lauds its low-light imaging and video recording capabilities, and also says that the lack of dual cameras at the back is not something that is missed badly. “Finally, a few top-end cameras, including the iPhone 7 Plus and the LG G6, have dual rear-facing cameras, to enhance either zoom or wide-angle photography. The Samsung phones haven’t gone that route yet—and we don’t think they suffer for it,” the report states.Samsung Galaxy S8+ Beats iPhone 7 Plus in Consumer Reports' Ranking

This positive response will be welcome by Samsung, coming in as sort of redemption for last year’s Note 7 recall. The iPhone 7 Plus sits on the fifth spot, but that’s because it’s a phone that was launched almost nine months ago, and three of the smartphones ahead of it were launched rather recently. It will be interesting to see if the ranking changes once the much-rumoured iPhone 8 is released in a few months’ time.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Rs. 64,900
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Gorgeous looks and excellent construction quality
  • Brilliant displays
  • Phenomenal camera quality
  • Class-leading performance
  • Bad
  • No flat screen option
  • Nearly unusable fingerprint reader
  • Software stuffed with unnecessary features

 

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Reportedly Receiving Firmware Update, Includes June Security Patch

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New firmware update for Galaxy S8+ said to be rolling out now
  • Brings minor changes to the UI
  • The update includes June security update

Samsung has started rolling out a firmware update to its Galaxy S8+ smartphone in select markets. The new firmware update also brings June Android security patch that was recently released by Google.

Sammobile reports that the new update is now available in India apart from the European market. Samsung Galaxy S8+ users should start receiving the over-the-air notification for the update. As usual, users can also manually check for the update via Settings > About Phone > System Update. The update reportedly comes with software build G955FXXU1AQF7/ G955FOXM1AQF7/ G955FXXU1AQF7 which will differ depending on the region, and is about 450MB in size.

The firmware update for the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Review) brings minor changes to navigation bar where icons will be added to the left-hand side of the navigation bar, which will now offer more room to users without the bar blocking it. The number of available background colours in navigation bar has been changed as well, and after the update, the background colour will be set to the default colour. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ update changeling also confirms that the update will improve quality of panorama images from Camera. As announced by Google, earlier this month, the June Android security update, which is included in the new firmware update, resolves around 100 issues.Samsung Galaxy S8+ Reportedly Receiving Firmware Update, Includes June Security Patch

Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 had earlier received a firmware upgrade that included a fix for the red tint display issue that many users had reported.

Last week, Samsung made the Galaxy S8+ variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage available to buy in India. Priced at Rs. 74,900, the variant went on sale via Flipkart.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8+

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  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
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  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Gorgeous looks and excellent construction quality
  • Brilliant displays
  • Phenomenal camera quality
  • Class-leading performance
  • Bad
  • No flat screen option
  • Nearly unusable fingerprint reader
  • Software stuffed with unnecessary features
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New Pink Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus variant launched in Taiwan

 

We even saw some alleged renders of a Pink colored Galaxy S8 Plus appearing online. Now, Samsung has finally launched a Pink color variant of the device in its home country. To be more specific, the color is Rose Pink (it seems so). However, this new version will be available only in Taiwan or at least for now. If it will be launched in other regions is not known as Samsung is yet to make an announcement.

There is another catch, this Pink Galaxy S8 Plus will be sold only for a limited period of time. Presumably, Samsung wants to keep its customers interested until the launch of Galaxy Note 8. Image result for New Pink Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus variant launched in Taiwan Read more at: http://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/new-pink-samsung-galaxy-s8-plus-variant-launched-in-taiwan-042059.htmlYou should also keep in mind that the color may not be called Rose Pink in every market. As you know, the company has renamed Coral Blue, Orchid Grey, Midnight Black, and Maple Gold to Ice Lake Blue, Smoked Purple Grey, Crystal Black, and Quicksand Gold in Taiwan.

Other than the new hue, internal specs remain the same. It comes with a 6.2-inch bezel-less Infinity display, Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable default storage. Optics-wise, the smartphone features a 12MP rear-facing camera as well an 8MP camera on the front. The device draws is energy from a 3500mAh battery and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. It is also worth pointing out that it is the first smartphone to offer Bluetooth 5.0.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 sales slowing down, analyst claims

According to a security researcher from Korea the Galaxy S8 and S8+ sales are starting to slow down. The duo has reportedly sold close to 10 million units in the first two months while the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge saw 12 million units sold in their first two months.

This report has a huge question mark attached to it as Samsung has boasted of overachieving sales of the Galaxy S8 series.

The slowing sales reportedly made Samsung ramp up Galaxy Note 8 production so that it can launch the anticipated phablet earlier, namely on September 10, after announcing it in August.

Yet, that’s hardly any evidence to back up the claims – the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy Note7 were both announced in August and hit the shelves shortly after, so it’s more the norm than an exception for Samsung.

 

Nokia has an Android flagship in the works to challenge the Galaxy S8

 

HMD, the Chinese firm that paid big bucks to slap the Nokia brand onto Android phones, has big plans. It unveiled a new Nokia 3310 to rapturous applause at MWC, as well as a line of mid-level Android devices.

According to a new report out of China, that’s not all. HMD is said to be working on two flagship phones that will pack Qualcomm’s cutting-edge Snapdragon 835, the same chip that (probably) powers the upcoming Galaxy S8.Nokia phones 2017

The report, from Chinese site MyDrivers, says that Nokia will be unveiling an all-metal flagship phone with dual cameras, a big screen, and a Snapdragon 835 under the hood. Those are eerily similar specs to what the Galaxy S8 is set to launch with, and close to basically every other Android flagship that launches this year.

Differentiation is going to be particularly hard because HMD can’t use the Nokia PureView camera tech that the company used to be famous for. One of the only reasons for buying one of Nokia’s Lumia Android phones was the camera, but that brand and expertise were bought up by Microsoft. It’s unclear who is going to be making the lenses and sensors for Nokia’s new phones, but it’s unlikely to be anyone you’ve heard of.

That’s not all, as Nokia is rumored to also be working on a second “flagship” device with a smaller screen but more or less the same specs. It’s set to get the same Snapdragon processor, up to 6GB of RAM (!!!!) and a good camera setup. If that comes to fruition, it could be a good option, since one trend the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 are likely to follow is increased screen size.

 

The Galaxy S8 won’t be Samsung’s only phone this year

 

Samsung appears to have another smartphone on the way after its next Tizen OS based offering was spotted in the wild.

A device sporting the model number SM-Z400F turned up in the FCC online database (source), and rumour has it that it is the Samsung Z4. This is entirely separate from the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S8 we’re expecting to see announced later this month.

Unfortunately, there’s not much else we know about the Samsung Z4, other than the fact that it will be the successor to the Samsung Z3 – and one of the first devices to run on Samsung’s custom-built Tizen version 3.0 OS.Galaxy S7

The Samsung Z3 was very much aimed at the budget end of the smartphone market, and hit the shops in 2015. It packed a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a quad-core Spreadtrum chip, 1GB of RAM, and a reasonable 8-megapixel snapper on the back.

India’s growing smartphone market was the primary target for the Z3, and it would be surprising to see anything change with the Z4.

Tizen, the OS behind the smartphone, is better known on these shores for powering Samsung’s smartwatch range headed by the Gear S3. Where smartphones are concerned, the open source OS basically looks like a slightly different version of Android skinned with TouchWiz. The OS is here to stay on its smartwatches and smart TVs, however, so don’t completely rule out its arrival on its flagship smartphones in the very distant future.

However, considering that the Galaxy S8 will run on Android 7.0 Nougat, it’s unlikely that Samsung will decide to scrap Google’s OS on its flagships anytime soon.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Two Android Kings Go To WAR

 

The LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 are (along with the iPhone 8) the most hotly anticipated smartphones of the year; and rightly so, in 2016 the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 launched very early, again, between March and April, and remained the very BEST Android handsets for pretty much the entire year.

The only devices which came close were the Google Pixel series and the OnePlus 3T. So, there’s good reason to believe 2017’s new models will be just as impressive, and will be some of the most desireable devices for the whole year.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus just launched making things very different for Google’s other Android partners.

Samsung is essentially the Apple of the Android space; it commands a large user base of loyal fans and these fans are always waiting for the next instalment of the company’s flagship handset, the Galaxy S.

 Demand should be even higher this year too, after Samsung’s Note 7 exited the market in dramatic fashion last year. This left a lot of potential customers in the lurch and many, I suspect.

The LG G6 is off to a good start by LG’s previous flagship standards, it sold 30,000 units in its opening weekend with over 80,000 pre-orders following the launch event. However, while LG might break its previous records, the Samsung Galaxy S8 series has a massive hype train behind it and is sure to see massive sales too, possibly figures the LG G6 can’t touch. Analysts predict Galaxy S8 series sales in excess of 45-50 million units.

LG made the LG G6 official at its keynote event at MWC 2017, Barcelona, Spain. The firm finally took the wraps off on February 26 and, lo and behold, most of the rumours proved true.

Samsung also came out guns blazing in late March with its duo of Galaxy S8 handsets. The arrival of Bixby – Samsung’s new AI – could mean big things for Samsung users.

The LG G6 has now been given some prices and it’s looking like it could be a good deal cheaper than the Galaxy S8 prices. The LG G6 will be priced at 899,800 won (US$796.85) in its native nation of Korea, but in the UK, retailer Mobilefun has confirmed an RRP of £699. Not exactly cheap, but that’s within what we’ve come to expect of flagship prices and a lot less than the projected Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 top-tier prices which could been excess of $1000/£1000.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs

  • Display: 5.8in (Galaxy S8) & 6.2in (Galaxy S8 Plus) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960×1440
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (10nm) octa-core CPU OR Samsung Exynos 8995 (10nm) octa-core CPU – region dependent
  • GPU: Adreno 540 (Qualcomm Snapdragon) OR ARM Mali-G71 (Samsung Exynos) – region dependent
  • RAM:4GB OR 6GB – region dependent
  • Software: Android Nougat
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Type-C USB, NFC, GPS, Fingerprint scanner,
  • Storage: 64GB
  • MicroSD: Yes
  • Primary Camera: 12MP, f/1.7 aperture
  • Secondary Camera: 8MP with autofocus
  • Battery: 3,000mAh

LG G6 Specs

  • Display: 5.7in IPS LCD “FullVision”, QHD+ 1440 x 2880 pixel resolution @ 564ppi, 18:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 (14nm) quad-core CPU [2×2.35GHz Kryo & 2×1.6GHz Kryo]
  • GPU: Adreno 530
  • RAM:4GB
  • Software: Android Nougat
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Type-C USB, NFC, GPS, Fingerprint scanner
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB
  • MicroSD: Up to 256GB
  • Primary Camera: Dual-13MP Sensors, f/1.8 aperture with OIS & f/2.4 aperture, laser autofocus, LED flash, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, HDR, face detection, 2160p HDR video with 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound recording
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP, f/2.2, 1080p video
  • Battery: 3300mAh, QuickCharge 3.0

In terms of crucial information, a key difference of course is that there will be two Galaxy S8 models; the 5.8in Galaxy S8 and the 6.2in Galaxy S8 Plus, both of which feature Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960×1440 displays, while there is only be one flat-screen 5.7in LG G6.

In all cases it seems the respective firms are trying to cram as much screen into the front fascia of their phones as possible while keeping the bodyshell size more-or-less the same as the previous generations. This (as well as the increase in new wide-aspect 4K content) is also why both are adopting a much bigger 18:9 display aspect ratio.

On the subject of display resolution, the Galaxy S8’s Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960×1440 edges out the LG G6’s Quad HD+ 1440 x 2880 display by a slim margin. That said, this is Samsung’s well-refined Super AMOLED tech we’re talking about, in most regards it’s pretty much best-in-class and leagues ahead of most LCD alternatives, with better colour, contrast, sharpness, and brightness.

On the processor front Samsung appears to have literally outmaneuvered LG here (as well as most other rivals on the market) by dominating the supply of the new-gen of Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPUs. Samsung actually produces these chips on Qualcomm’s behalf, but regardless of whether that has given it an advantageous bargaining chip or not, the firm has reportedly bought up all the CPUs it has produced so far for use inside its Galaxy S8 devices.

Samsung has now started teasing its upcoming Exynos 9 chipset, the CPU that will likely power the Galaxy Note 8 once it drops later on in 2017. The Exynos 9 will be built using Samsung’s 10nm process, just like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Reports suggest the Exynos 9 will feature an octa-core CPU with four custom M2 cores and four ARM Cortex-A53 ones, and the new Mali-G71 GPU.

The S8’s chipset outclasses the LG G6 by a noticeable degree – Samsung’s hogging of the S835 is allegedly why LG and others can’t get hold of the chip for their own devices. LG has settled on a previous-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU on the older 14nm FinFET architecture for the LG G6.

While this is still a decent chip, it has half as many cores on an older and larger semiconductor design; the newer chips will likely offer faster performance, better battery efficiency and produce less heat. Qualcomm’s line on the S835 is that, compared to earlier-gen tech, the chip is 20% faster and 25% more battery efficient. LG has optimised the S821 chip and has installed an “advanced heat pipe” and copper heatsink to aid cooling.

When it comes to RAM, there’s been plenty of early hubris on most major flagship rumours, getting all excited about the prospect of 6GB and even 8GB of RAM, but by this late stage most of it seems to have boiled down to something a bit more middle-of-the-road. The Galaxy S8 was heavily rumoured to pack 6GB RAM but both models will pack 4GB alongside 64GB of onboard storage. Except in the Chinese market where you will be able to pick up a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model, but outside China this model won’t be available.

Lastly on the internal hardware spec side of things; the battery. The LG G6 no longer sports a removable battery design like its predecessor, and instead comes with a non-removable 3,300mAh battery with support for QuickCharge 3.0.

For the Galaxy S8 series, it’s a sealed design too. The S8 series features a 3,000mAh – slightly less capacity than the LG G6.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Design

The Galaxy S8’s overall design is quite similar to the Galaxy S7. A sealed metal and glass unibody is again the order of the day with a broadly similar design language. The curved edges push further around towards the back of the phones to give a truly edge-less appearance, but at the same time the curvature is slightly less pronounced than the Galaxy S7 EDGE, allegedly in order to reduce inadvertent touch input.

Contrary to earlier rumours the Galaxy S8 retains the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is good news, and it also has USB Type-C. The physical Home key is gone, however, in favour of on-screen controls, while the fingerprint scanner has been moved round the back, sitting adjacent to the camera sensor. There is also a new dedicated key on the side of the phone for the Bixby AI assistant and the Galaxy S8 series retains its waterproofing certification from the last generation.

While LG has dabbled in the past with various “alternative” designs (stuff like leather back panels) the LG G6 is conforming a little more to the trends in being possibly the most metallic LG flagship to date. It’s looking quite similar to the LG G5 in terms of shape and overall design, but much sleeker and shinier, and without the modular aspect. It also has an extremely large display with the thinnest of bezels around the outside.

The LG G6 is the first LG flagship to sport IP68 water and dust proofing certification. It’s made from aluminium but has a glass back panel made from Gorilla Glass 5, while the front screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The phone has plastic inserts inside the frame intended to help with shock resistance, and the corners have been specially designed for durability. The handset retains a 3.5mm headphone jack and has a Type-C USB port, as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner/power key. Volume controls are now on the side.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Features

A key feature of the Samsung Galaxy S8 series is the debut of Samsung’s much-rumoured Bixby AI assistant, based on its acquisition of Viv Labs and its own AI development projects. Bixby is pretty damn advanced, far outpacing rivals such as Siri. LG, on the other hand, is falling back on Google’s own Google Assistant AI as seen on the Google Pixel, although it’s understood that it won’t be as extensively featured as aboard Google’s own hardware.

While the Galaxy S8 series, specifically the Galaxy S8 Plus, was originally rumoured with one of those fancy dual-camera sensors that are currently all the rage, we’re stuck with a more basic, more-or-less a repeat of the Galaxy S7’s 12MP Sony camera sensor but with a tweaked software package. Still, that’s a plenty capable camera, make no mistake. The front-facing secondary is the first to feature built-in autofocus, however. The camera also integrates with Bixby allowing you to do things like point the camera at a product and then buy it online via Samsung Pay.

The LG G6 sports an updated camera from the LG G5 and LG V20’s hardware, with both of its dual-sensors being rated at 13MP. One is a wide-angle lens with an f/2.4 aperture while the other is a regular lens using an f/1.8 aperture with optical stabilisation – the duo uses laser autofocus too.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Verdict

A very tough one to call to be honest. I think design wise there’s not a lot in it, with both phones featuring gorgeous metal and glass exteriors with sweeping curves and massive displays dominating the front fascia. On a practical point they’re both sealed unibody devices with IP68 water and dust proofing, which is great to have, and each has both a Type-C USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack. So far, it’s a tie.

The Samsung Galaxy S8’s camera is seriously impressive and goes to show that a single sensor can still pack a hell of a punch. However, having seen what good quality dual-sensors are capable of, I have a feeling the LG G6’s dual-sensor setup is going to outclass the Galaxy S8’s imaging capabilities time after time. I think the LG G6 wins out on photography.

Swinging back in the Samsung Galaxy S8’s favour are a couple of key points though. Firstly, the superior qualities of Super AMOLED technology; there’s a good reason why as many OEMs are switching over to OLED as can afford it, and why Samsung is a market leader in this regard.

Secondly, Samsung really has a massive advantage here in the processor department, with a far better and more up-to-date CPU, featuring more cores on a more modern, more efficient architecture. There are some differences in battery size but I have a feeling the use of a more efficient CPU and Super AMOLED tech in the Samsung Galaxy S8 may offset the LG G6’s bigger battery cell being drained by a noticably thirstier processor and screen combination.

I think at this point the Samsung Galaxy S8 just about edges in front, not by a huge amount, but for the most part this is due to the processor technology at play here. The LG G6’s Snapdragon 821 is last year’s technology, it’s still viable now, but it’ll age quicker than what Samsung is offering.