Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything you need to know, all in one place

galaxy s8 hub newSamsung is now selling the more rugged Galaxy S8 Active, available exclusively through AT&T for a “limited time.” See below for specs, details, and pricing information.

The release of the latest Galaxy S phone is always a major event, and with good reason. Samsung’s premium flagship practically defines our expectations for high-end, high-price Android phones for the year to come. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ deliver a smorgasbord of features, top-tier hardware, a great camera, and bleeding-edge design. This, together with Samsung’s marketing muscle, make them the most popular premium Android phones.

From hands-on impressions, to reviews, tips, how-tos, and more, we’ve collected all our Galaxy S8 coverage in one place. So please make this article your hub for everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest superphone.


  • Specs
  • Price and release date
  • Reviews
  • DeX
  • Our video coverage



Galaxy S8: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, 155 g
Galaxy S8+: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g
Galaxy S8 Active: 151.9 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm, 208.1 g


Galaxy S8: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED, 2960×1440, 570ppi
Galaxy S8+: 6.2-inch Super AMOLED, 2960×1440, 529ppi
Galax8 S8 Active: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED, 2560×1440, 506ppi

Screen aspect ratio 18.5:9
S8/S8+ screen-to-body ratio 83.6%
S8 Active screen-to-nody ratio: 81.5%

System on Chip

U.S. market has 10nm Snapdragon 835
Other markets have 10nm Exynos 8895 Octa
Up to 2.35GHz (Snapdragon) or 2.3GHz (Exynos)
Adreno 540 GPU (Snapdragon 540 model)
Mali G-71 MP20 (Exynos model)


64GB UFS 2.1 storage
microSD card support

Connectivity and Networking

LTE Cat.16
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz),VHT80 MU-MIMO,1024QAM
Bluetooth 5
USB Type-C
Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)


Galaxy S8: 3,000 mAh
Galaxy S8+: 3,500 mAh
Galaxy S8 Active: 4,000 mAh


Rear camera: 12 megapixels, dual pixel autofocus, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, 1.4 micron pixels, 1/2.55-inch sensor size
Front camera: 8 megapixel, autofocus, f/1.7 aperture, 1.22 micron pixels, 1/3.6-inch sensor size
4K video at 30fps, 1080p up to 60fps, 720p up to 240fps

Other features

Galaxy S8/S8+/Active
Fingerprint sensor
Iris scanner
32-bit DAC
Miracast up to 1080p at 30fps
IP68 water and dust resistance
Fast wireless charging (PMA and WPC)
Samsung Pay with MST support
Bixby AI assistant
Always-on display
Edge panels and lighting

Galaxy S8 Active
Shatter-resistant display
Miltary-grade materials
Metal frame and bumpers
Textured back plate
Bixby Activity Zone

Price and release date

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were released on April 21st, 2017.

Prices start at around $720 for the Galaxy S8, and $850 for the Galaxy S8+, depending on your carrier. Carriers also tend to run their own promotions, many of which tie you to that carrier for a couple years.

Samsung has also released an unlocked, carrier-free version that can be purchased through Best Buy or This phone should come without carrier apps and should get updated from Samsung, not your carrier. It’s $725 for the Galaxy S8 and $825 for the S8+.

The Galaxy S8 Active was released Aug. 8 exclusively through AT&T. It costs $850, or $28.34 a month for 30 months.


Outside of their physical size and battery capacity, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are identical. Our general consensus is that, despite a few annoyances, these are currently the finest premium-tier phones you can buy. There’s a lot to say about these phones, so be sure to read our full reviews.