Samsung Galaxy S8 model: G950W

Samsung Galaxy S8

Quick Description

A great phone to take with you on life's many adventures, the Galaxy S8 will do a great job capturing your best moments while enduring the splashes and long hours bound to occur along the way.

Guillaume's pick!

This smartphone stood out to me on 11 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected 39 days ago, selling for $720.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this smartphone which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Protective Case. Some people get a protective case for their smartphone. It can be a matter of personalization or protection, but if you get a case, try to get one which doesn't make drops more likely.$20-$90

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $55 on accessories, for a total cost of $940.

Available at 5 locations, from $820

Based on 461 days of observation, the Samsung Galaxy S8 usually costs ~$720 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this smartphone is $685.99. I would say that waiting for a rebate is unlikely to make much of a difference for this product.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Samsung Galaxy S8 to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon, Samsung, Bell, Telus, Koodo, Newegg or Freedom Mobile at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Samsung Galaxy S8 ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Smartphones

Bang for the Buck2.5/5
Versatility for the Price2.5/5
Price3.5/5
Durability5/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power3/5
Graphical power3.5/5
Memory4/5
Storage5/5
Portability3.5/5
Autonomy2.5/5
Ease of Maintenance5/5

One-Handed Smartphones

Bang for the Buck2.5/5
Versatility for the Price2/5
Price4/5
Durability4.5/5
Power3/5
General-purpose power3/5
Graphical power4/5
Memory4.5/5
Storage5/5
Portability2.5/5
Autonomy2.5/5
Ease of Maintenance4.5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck1/5
Versatility for the Price2/5
Price2/5
Durability1.5/5
Power1/5
General-purpose power1.5/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage1.5/5
Portability5/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of Maintenance2/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Android
Processor: Qualcom Snapdragon 835
Graphics: Qualcom Adreno 540
Memory: 4.00 GB
Storage: 64.00 GB
Screen Size: 5.8"
Screen Resolution: 1440×2960(567.53ppi)
Dimensions: 14.89 × 6.81 × 0.80 cm
Weight: 0.16 kg

The features

  • Fast-Charging
  • Wireless Charging
  • Micro SD Storage Expansion
  • Back-Facing Camera
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Iris or Facial Recognition
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • High-Quality Camera
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Touch Screen
  • Water-Resistant
  • GPS

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement2/10A specialist might be able to help you
Memory Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Data Storage4/10Can be extended but not replaced
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 3/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 3/5
    Music Production 1/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 3/5
    Photo Editing 2/5
    Video Editing 2/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 5/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (3 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (0 / 7)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 2)

3D and CAD (0 / 8)

Music Production (0 / 7)

Photo Editing (0 / 3)

Video Editing (0 / 7)

Video Games (6 / 11)

Enthusiast Games (1 / 37)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 39)

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