Should you wait for Samsung’s Galaxy S9 before buying an S8?

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ compared

Samsung’s Galaxy S series is able to attract a huge number of users worldwide every year. The sleek design and high-quality display are two of the most popular features. Furthermore, the brand’s reputation with this line of high-end devices encourages well made devices packed with the latest technologies in the mobile world.

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus variant are distinguished by a few details, chiefly when it comes to the measurements. A 5.8 inch screen for the standard version, and 6.2 inches for the plus model, which also packs a larger battery (3,500 mAh instead of 3000 mAh).

AndroidPIT Samsung Galaxy S8 vs S8plus 2075 There isn’t much difference between the models / © AndroidPIT

The difference in size isn’t immediately obvious to the eye, but once you handle the phone and try to reach the fingerprint reader next to the camera sensor, it becomes noticeable. Regarding the battery, you will be able to get a few more hours out of it.

A clear different of course, is in the price. The S8 is currently available online for $ 627, and the S9 for $ 774.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs. Samsung Galaxy S8+ technical specifications

  Samsung Galaxy S8+ Samsung Galaxy S8+
Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 173 g 173 g
Battery size: 3500 mAh 3500 mAh
Screen size: 6.2 in 6.2 in
Display technology: AMOLED AMOLED
Screen: 2960 x 1440 pixels (531 ppi) 2960 x 1440 pixels (531 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED Dual-LED
Android version: 7.0 – Nougat 7.0 – Nougat
User interface: TouchWiz TouchWiz
RAM: 4 GB 4 GB
Internal storage: 64 GB 64 GB
Removable storage: microSD microSD
Chipset: Samsung Exynos 8895 Samsung Exynos 8895
Number of cores: 8 8
Max. clock speed: 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth

Should you wait for the Galaxy S9?

Waiting for the arrival of the Galaxy S9 could be the best choice, even if you don’t want to buy it. For one thing, the S8 and S8+ could see their prices lowered. Or it could simply be that some of you don’t want to miss out on the latest innovations introduced by Samsung.

Concerning the first point, the period following MWC is definitely the best time to buy a new smartphone. The arrival of the Galaxy S9, XZ Pro and shortly after the Huawei P20 and LG’s new flagship will bring down the prices of previous generations. It’s likely to be March or April before the prices do drop, but a little patience could save you some money.

The differences in design won’t be overwhelming, and everyone who has followed the development of the Galaxy S9 series will know this. A drastic design change was introduced in the Galaxy S6, while the S7 and S8 simply improved on the winning result. Particularly in the more compact versions, it’s undeniable that these phones look good and are practical and easy to use.

AndroidPIT Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7 comparison 2502 Galaxy S7 and S8 compared / © AndroidPIT

The S9 will not be outdone, and will try to improve the user experience once again. The camera may offer a slow motion function for videos, the iris scanner will be optimized and used to unlock the device through facial recognition: quickly and securely. The rumored name for this is ‘intelligent scan’. Also an equivalent to the Animoji, introduced by Apple with iPhone X, will be part of the package promising simpler and better sharing.

What about Bixby? Currently in the process of optimization, this feature will be appealing, but the language processing skills might not be up to scratch. It will be interesting to see it in action, although personally, I don’t think it will be able to compete with Google Assistant just yet.

The Galaxy S9 will be the star of the MWC, there is no doubt. Whether innovative or not, it will win over the Galaxy fans, as well as new customers.

MWC could change your mind

It might take some mental restraint, but waiting for the arrival of the S9 and other upcoming flagships at MWC could make you completely change your mind about what your next smartphone will be.

Both Sony and Huawei are ready to wow us with the cameras and we know how both do very well in this area. Sony is ready to revolutionize the Xperia series among other things and, with regard to ongoing developments, it seems that LG is also going to reveal a successor to the G6, improving on several features. In short, the major brands in the mobile world will do everything they can to attract your attention.

Personally, if I were thinking about replacing my smartphone, I would wait until the end of MWC to see what Samsung has up its sleeve, and what the rivals offer. Then, you can opt for the S8 once the prices lower.

One thing is for certain, if you want to get your hands on the manufacturer’s latest and best smartphone, be prepared to break the bank because the latest rumors have suggested a higher price tag than the previous year.

Are you already thinking of buying the Galaxy S9 or are you waiting for the price of the S8 to be dropped?

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problems and solutions

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a fantastic smartphone that still holds its own today, so it’s all the more frustrating when it doesn’t perform properly. If your Edge is driving you close to the edge, our guide to the most common Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problems and solutions should help save your sanity – and your smartphone.

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The screen turns on randomly

You may have enabled Easy Screen Turn On, which wakes the display when you wave your hand over it. You can check in Settings > Accessibility > Dexterity and interaction.

Camera Failed

Assuming your Samsung isn’t actually on fire – the Camera Failed warning is known to pop up when phones are running really hot – a hard reset can usually banish the unwanted warning. If that doesn’t work, try clearing the camera app’s data cache: go to Settings > Applications > Application Manager, locate Camera, Force Stop it and then clear both the app cache and the app data.

AndroidPIT Samsung galaxy s7 edge 17 The dreaded Camera Failed warning can occur if your phone is getting hot.  / © ANDROIDPIT

Wireless charging is really slow

Take your Galaxy out of its case if it’s in one: that can make wireless charging flaky. If that doesn’t solve the issue makes sure Fast Wireless Charging is actually turned on (in Settings > Battery) when your device is on the charger—and of course make sure the charging pad you’re using actually supports fast wireless charging.

Palm detection isn’t working

Palm detection is supposed to stop the screen registering false taps, but in some cases it doesn’t appear to be working: the slightest bump or just holding the Edge in a certain way can register a tap. This appears to be a software glitch, and Samsung did issue an update to improve this back in 2016, but if you’re still suffering from this problem, the best solution appears to be to put your Edge in a protective case.

You could try a screen protector too, but many Edge users have found that the curved screen makes it hard for protectors to stick.

s7edge The screen is supposed to ignore accidental bumps and taps, but it doesn’t always. / © AndroidPIT

Buttons aren’t working

Many users are reporting problems with the hardware buttons, but the problem appears to be a software one because the fix involves, er, using the hardware buttons that aren’t working.

If you press and hold Power and Home you should be able to perform a hard reset that makes your buttons work properly again.

Wi-Fi isn’t working or Bluetooth is broken

These are common issues in any phone, and in case of Wi-Fi the wireless router is often the villain of the piece. Rebooting our router and our device fixes 99 percent of our home Wi-Fi problems, but if you’re having connectivity issues when you’re out and about it’s worth forgetting and rejoining Wi-Fi networks – and similarly, if your Bluetooth is broken, removing any paired devices and re-pairing can solve the issues too.

roterwifiandroidhero This is the cause of most Wi-Fi problems. The router, not the robot. / © ANDROIDPIT

Briefing is slowing everything down

Samsung’s Briefing app, which creates a kind of electronic newspaper for you, has the same effect on your phone’s performance as having a large man sat on you affects your ability to sprint. Long-press on a blank bit of the screen, swipe to Briefing and turn it off for an instant boost.

androidpit samsung galaxy s7 edge 9 Briefing? Briefer battery life, more like. / © AndroidPIT

Battery is draining too quickly

There are a lot of factors that can cause battery drain, here are a few different approaches to troubleshooting:

androidpit samsung galaxy s7 edge review 6 Use Battery Usage to see if a rogue app is eating your battery. / © AndroidPIT

It’s on fire!…Or just too hot.

Not literally, but if your Samsung is running hot then there are a few things to check.

  • If the problem occurs when your Edge is charging, try leaving it alone instead of using it and disable Fast Cable Charging in Settings > Battery. That will increase charging times, but if it stops your Edge getting too hot that’s a sacrifice worth making.
  • It’s worth checking for rogue apps too. In Settings > Battery > Battery Usage > More > Optimize Battery Usage you can select All Apps to ensure that apps can’t drain the battery by running in the background.
  • If the heat is at the cable end rather than the Edge itself, you may have a faulty cable: we’ve found even really good quality chargers can get alarmingly hot once they’ve been used and abused for a while. Resist the temptation to use very cheap no-name chargers and cables from eBay, too, as they’re often the cause of catastrophic overheating and in some cases, actual fires.

If all else fails, a full Factory Reset is the last resort before calling in the warranty.

Have you encountered any other problems with your Galaxy S7 Edge? Let us know in the comments.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 with Oreo: many options, not much choice

Oreo is rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and our experience with the beta had already prepared us for the direction the update would take: Samsung Experience 9.0 will be colorful and feature packed. The changelog makes the extent clear: Samsung has followed though on what the beta promises. But are there any really impressive changes? I rediscovered some old feature gaps in Samsung’s interpretation of Android and found some new ones. 

Compared to the fairly clean Android 8.1.0 on the Nokia 8, we discover a number of differences that make the user experience of Oreo on a Samsung device unqiue. Samsung includes many features for Android fans, as well as some that are missing from the competition.

What makes Samsung’s version of Android Oreo different

Multi-User is still skipped

Samsung still refrains from using the Android 5 Lollipop feature introduced in 2014 to set up user or even guest profiles on smartphones. If you want to share the phone with a second person, you have to either fully trust them or switch to the limited window stapling.

sgs8multiuser Samsung (left) still doesn’t like user profiles. Nokia (middle and right) offers the feature. / © AndroidPIT

Luckily, if you use the multi-user feature for Facebook or WhatsApp duplicate accounts, you can still do that. Samsung offers an alternative with Dual Messenger. Unfortunately, Samsung itself determines which social media apps can be doubled in this way. Also, twin apps can’t access your Google Account, so you need to create it twice.

dualmessenger Dual messenger allows twin accounts in WhatsApp or Facebook. / © AndroidPIT

In the quick test, Slack, Threema and Telegram X were not an option with this feature, and I would not expect compatibility with services that have less than 500 million users.

Autofill is taken from Samsung’s own cloud service

One of the cooler Android 8 features in my opinion is the Autofill API. It can be used to automatically fill out forms in apps, as well as automatically fill out or read out websites and save the contents. This makes password management child’s play. Google of course offers itself as an autofill service.

Samsung, on the other hand, relies on its own in-house service Samsung Pass. It stores all your passwords on Samsung and synchronizes them to your other devices with the same passport account. Too bad that the server was not reachable on the day of the Oreo update. Screenshots were not allowed in the app.

Nonetheless, you still have the option to choose LastPass Beta or Google for autofill services.

Clouds above clouds: Cloud services to bypass cloud services

Coming from Nokia, Motorola or other devices with comparatively unchanged Android, Samsung’s insistence on its own services is clearly noticeable. Samsung users are encouraged to forgo Google’s services and instead rely on Samsung services like Samsung Cloud, Samsung Connect or, as mentioned above, Samsung Pass.

services Cloud services for back-ups, image analysis, smart home control and password management expand Samsung’s business field, or fence the ecosystem. / © AndroidPIT

I think it’s nice that Samsung offers alternatives to Google, since Google isn’t exactly known for its respect for our privacy. But the fact that I couldn’t log in to Samsung Pass while testing shows the risk: What if Samsung suddenly stops providing these services to focus on the core business? The thought makes me nervous about relying on Samsung’s back-up function.

Bloatware to prevent crapware

McAffee, Microsoft, Facebook and The Weather Channel seem to be good friends of Samsung. Almost unique to Samsung devices are the fact that apps from these vendors are pre-installed and sometimes cannot be completely uninstalled. The Samsung Experience 9 even has an optimizer in its program—realized in part by the infamous software company Cheetah Mobile.

bloat Samsung obviously installs sponsored software. Some of it cannot be removed. / © AndroidPIT

I am especially skeptical about the security app and the optimizer. I consider such apps to be completely useless and never install them on my smartphone. On the other hand,”anti-virus” apps and “booster” apps are successful in the Play Store, i. e. in demand. Samsung apparently prevents us from being tempted by these often useless apps by getting in there first: To prevent users from installing crapware from the Play Store, Samsung simply pre-installs its own corresponding bloatware.

Many additional buttons to make life easier

Samsung’s menus are super crowded for my taste. At the end of each settings page there is a box with cross-references to other areas in the settings. This avoids duplication and helps you to find your way around the maze.

samsung experience it 5 Without the cross-references at the end of the menus, it would be frustrating to navigate. / © AndroidPIT

However, the level of detail of the settings is considerable. There you can set a lot of things that are overlooked by other manufacturers. You can turn the phone around to mute a call instead of rejecting it. You can use Smart Stay to leave the display on for as long as you read. You can fix the volume rocker to control media playback. Multi-Window and screenshots will work better than with regular Android thanks to the advanced onboard features.

Samsung Experience 9: a lot of bling, overshadowed by bloat

Samsung has managed to both worsen and improve Android at the same time. The much more sophisticated variety of options was kept reasonably easy to navigate by the ingenious cross-references. The additional features are almost always useful or easy to deactivate.

But then there’s the bloatware and the enormous cloud redundancy that makes me feel patronized. I don’t want a useless booster or a security suite. I want to keep as little background noise as possible and control the resources of my expensive smartphone. Samsung anticipates too many important decisions here.

So the advantage of the many options in the settings is, as far as I’m concerned, smothered by the distasteful bloatware. Too bad, because many of the options are really clever.

Have you received the update to your device? What do you think of Samsung’s take on the Android experience?

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The Galaxy S9 won’t be ditching the DeX Pad or headphone jack

In new leaked images, the highly anticipated Galaxy S9 has appeared again but this time with information regarding a new Samsung DeX Pad, which some of you may remember from the S8 last year. These new images reveal an exciting detail about the S9.

Transform the S9 into a PC

The DeX station allows you to connect your smartphone to your TV to access content on a larger screen, making use of your mouse and keyboard as you would with your computer. According to infamous leaker Evan Blass, the device introduced to the Galaxy S8 in 2017 has been developed for the S9 too, as you can see in the image below:

The manufacturer has decided to develop this accessory for the S9, and name of the device will be ‘DeX Pad’ as revealed in the tweet. The photo shows the USB Type-C connector for charging, and two USB ports along the upper edge next to the HDMI output, for the purpose of connecting the dock to a monitor. With this dock, you will still be able to easily control the touch screen due to the positioning of the phone. 

The headphone jack could be here to stay

What’s most interesting about these new images of the DeX pad, is that it reveals a headphone jack. Many of you will be pleased to see this considering the speculation around whether smartphone manufacturers will remove the audio output, such as Sony with their new Xperia smartphone or Huawei, who already opted to remove the headphone jack on the Huawei Mate 10. It therefore wouldn’t have been surprising if Samsung followed in the footsteps of its competitors.

Were you hoping that Samsung would keep the headphone jack? What do you think of the DeX pad?

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Poll results: What you want from Samsung's Galaxy S9

The eagerly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S9 is promising, and we’re already getting hints at what new features we can expect. Ahead of its unveiling at Unpacked on February 25, we wanted to find out what you, our readers want to see from the new flagship.

The features you want

In first place with 24 percent of the votes, was the in display fingerprint sensor. Although this kind of technology is nothing new, it’s definitely exciting to see the development of the first smartphones with on-screen sensors, and perhaps Samsung will follow suit. It’s understandable why this received so many votes, as unlocking your phone in a second by simply touching the screen is a pretty cool feature.

A close second was affordable price.Of course, we all want a great deal when upgrading to the newest, shiniest smartphone, but is this a realistic wish? If it’s anything like the Galaxy S8, we can expect the phone to be on the market for around $ 900.

Here’s how the rest of them scored:

poll result galaxy s9 features The features that you want to see in the Galaxy S9. / © AndroidPIT

We also saw some other suggestions in the comments. Two of our readers mentioned that they would still prefer a flat screen. As you probably know, Samsung’s top Galaxy smartphones only have curved screens, and many people are reluctant to accept this change.

What do you think of the results? 

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Poll: What would you like to see from the new Samsung Galaxy S9?

It’s certainly no secret that Samsung is working on its successors to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. It’s rumored that the smartphones could make their debut at MWC, as was the case in previous years. We’re just a couple of months away from their launch, so we want to know what you’d like to see in Samsung’s upcoming flagships.

2017 brought a lot of new trends, which we gave an overview of during the holidays. But things are looking just as exciting in 2018 in terms of new products and innovations. Samsung, as usual, should throw some surprises at us in the new year with the new generation of the Galaxy S series. 

Launched last April, the Galaxy S8 and S8 + were the first generation of Samsung smartphones to benefit from Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant. However, it’s clear that more than 10 months after its release that its global reach is still limited, since Bixby is only available in a few languages: Korean, Chinese, English and Spanish. Why is this the case? According to the South Korean manufacturer, Bixby has a hard time learning new languages.

But despite this concern, the Galaxy S8 is certainly the most popular Android smartphone on the market. And these devices are difficult to miss as a result of all of the ad campaigns. The S8 and S8+ certainly have plenty of merits. The concept and design of the Galaxy S8 devices are of a very high quality. Samsung has benefited by introducing the Infinity Display concept, both in terms of aesthetics and usability. The camera is also impressive and the battery life is sufficient.

For the Galaxy S9, if we are to believe the latest rumors, two models will be launched: a larger model (with the code name ‘Star 2’ for the S9+, SM-G965) with a 6.22-inch AMOLED display and a ‘small’ model (code name ‘Star 1’ for the S9, SM-G960) with a 5.77-inch AMOLED display. In terms of technical specs, both smartphones should offer the Snapdragon 845 processor in the US and the new Exynos abroad.

But the real question is what changes users would like to see on these smartphones. I made a short list of what matters most to me:

  • A dual camera: the new generation of Galaxy S must finally offer a dual rear camera
  • More resistance to falls: a nice design is good, but it it’s better if it can withstand the test of time
  • A repositioned fingerprint reader

It’s your turn. What do you hope for in the Galaxy S9?

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Conflicting Samsung Galaxy S9 launch date rumors explained

The successor to the Samsung Galaxy S8 is due to be revealed soon. At CES in Las Vegas, Samsung mobile division president DJ Koh confirmed that the highly anticipated Galaxy S9 would be revealed at MWC in Barcelona. And now, conflicting rumors on the exact launch date are starting to heat up.

MWC is taking place this year from February 26 to March 1, and as we expected, the S9 is confirmed to be revealed around that time. However, when it comes to the exact date, there are two conflicting rumors now floating around on the web. One of the leaks comes courtesy of the reliable Evan Blass of VentureBeat. According to his leak, February 26 will be the big day, followed by pre-orders on March 1 and a release on March 16. 

The other leak says February 25 will be the launch date, and that it will be the most expensive Galaxy ever. This leak comes from the well-known Italian tipster Ricciolo.

In the past, the Galaxy Unpacked events have more often taken place on Sundays rather than Mondays, and Samsung always puts on a big show just before doing the official public reveal. Assuming this pattern will hold true, Ricciolo’s leak would be the more plausible of the two since February 25 falls on a Sunday. Unfortunately, Ricciolo didn’t give any more information about the release or availability of the device, except to say that it will be the most expensive Galaxy ever, which isn’t a huge surprise. For reference, that means it will cost more than the Galaxy Note 8, which rang in at a whopping $ 929.

Are you excited for the Galaxy S9? What’s your assessment? Discuss it with us in the comments!

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