Samsung Galaxy S8 is worth buying

Samsung Galaxy S8: is it still worth buying in 2021?

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 was one of the best smartphones in the world when it was launched in April 2017. In our test, the device received an excellent rating of 5 out of 5 stars, with the battery test being the only area that received a rating of less than 4.5 stars (4 stars). But a lot of time has passed since then and Samsung has already introduced four successor models (Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21). So how good is the Galaxy S8 - from today's perspective?

Hardware of the Samsung Galaxy S8 at a glance

In the test, the Galaxy S8 was particularly praised for the new display scale, the elegant design and the excellent technology. At least the first two pro points would certainly be assessed differently by the tester today. Most current devices already have a display scale of around 19: 9 to 22: 9. The Galaxy S8, on the other hand, is “only” 18: 9, and there is a reason. The Samsung smartphone appeared when the borderless trend was just getting started. That is why the mobile phone has wide casing strips above and below the screen. A bridge or a pinhole camera? Nothing!

The same applies to the fingerprint sensor placed on the back. When using it, users often came across the only main lens (today at least three lenses on the back are standard) of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and thus regularly covered it with an extremely thin layer of grease. Current high-end cell phones, on the other hand, usually have the fingerprint sensor integrated directly into the display. Speaking of the display: The Galaxy S8's panel is very handy at just 5.8 inches. Modern smartphones are almost always a bit larger, so the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the better choice for smaller hands. In addition, the South Korean device offers a QHD resolution with 1,440 x 2,960 pixels. In combination with the small Super AMOLED screen, this results in an extremely good pixel density of 568 ppi - another argument for the older device.

software Android 8.0 Oreo
processor Samsung Exynos 8895
Display 5.8 inches, 1,440 x 2,960 pixels
random access memory 4 GB
Internal memory 64 GB
Main camera 4272x2848 (12.2 megapixels)
battery pack 3,000 mAh
inductive charging
USB port
IP certification (Protection against submersion)
Weight 155 g
colour Orchid Gray, Midnight Black, Arctic Silver
Introductory price Orchid Gray: € 799, Midnight Black: € 799, Arctic Silver: € 799
Market launch April 2017

In terms of performance, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has an in-house Exynos 8895 processor, which is supported by 4 GB of RAM. This constellation is of course long out of date and is only suitable for everyday use. If you are into high-performance apps, you should definitely stay away from the 2017 model.

A big problem: the battery

More problematic than the performance is the low battery capacity of 3,000 mAh. As already mentioned, this was not able to convince even in our test at the time - and it has not gotten better since then. Current cell phones usually have at least 4,000 mAh, whereby the final runtime naturally also depends on the “energy consumption” of the cell phone. So you could ignore this counter point, if there wasn't a but: Samsung Galaxy S8 models are of course no longer produced. This means that all cell phones available on the market come from stock and therefore have some time under their belts even if they have not been opened. Now it is the case that the performance of a battery decreases over time - especially if the energy of the battery is already "exhausted" and it is stored in an empty state. So it could well be the case that the runtime is even worse than in our test, even with a brand new Samsung Galaxy S8.

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The same applies, of course, to used smartphones. Here the batteries are likely to be in a significantly worse condition. That's why you should discard the thought of this admittedly tempting variant right away.

Samsung Galaxy S8: The software - another problem

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is currently running with Android 9 Pie and will certainly not receive any further version updates. As far as the software is concerned, the device is already clearly lagging behind. On the other hand, Samsung is still distributing security updates for the Galaxy S8. These are no longer set up monthly, but at least quarterly. The problem with this is that Samsung could end its security patches overnight. Then the device would not only not be up to date, but also unprotected against digital dangers. And most likely it won't be long before it does. Galaxy S7 models are at least no longer supplied.

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The bottom line is that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is not up to date in terms of casing, performance, battery or camera. Only the good display and the handiness of the earlier high-end smartphones land on the pro side. But what about the purchase price? Maybe the price-performance ratio is good? Short answer: no. The South Korean smartphone does not cost 799 euros anymore, but after more than 3.5 years the current price of 360 euros at best is no longer appropriate - especially since the device was still cheaper around half a year ago. Furthermore, it is currently only available from very few dealers. Soon the device should simply disappear from the market. As a result, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is no longer recommended either now or in the future - especially since significantly better alternatives can be purchased for almost the same purchase price.

Alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S8

Probably the best alternative to the Galaxy S8 is the mid-range model Galaxy A71. Samsung only introduced the phone in January 2020 and it is technically at a good level. The same applies of course to the software; Here users can expect updates up to Android version 12 or even 13.

Other advantages of the Samsung Galaxy A71 include the quad main camera, a modern design, a 4,500 mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor in the display. The device is not protected against dust or water, "only" offers a full HD display (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) and with a 6.7-inch screen is not exactly handy. Cost: around 330 euros. If you like a slightly smaller smartphone more, you should take a look at the comparatively new, but much cheaper and extremely popular Samsung Galaxy A51.

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