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In good light outdoors, noise handling sees as a slight improvement, there's a tiny bit of extra contrast at the pixel level resulting in crisper-looking shots, and a refinement in colour reproduction.
And the big secret is that it's not that much worse than either of the newer Samsung phones, which are both incremental improvements.
Yes, the cameras are slightly worse, and the phone is a little slower (than the S9 – it's roughly the same as the Note 8), but the bottom line is that this is a phone that still goes toe to toe with the best of them, over a year after its initial release.
Even then you might say the price is tad high, and I hear you on that front.
However, the Samsung is not alone in raising UK prices to this level, as you can see by the prices of its rivals.
The ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mantra rings true here.
There's one teensy difference that sets it slightly ahead of its predecessor, though.
You might not like it, but this the reality right now; in a year paying £700 or thereabouts for a top-end smartphone will seem normal. Samsung’s new flagship is a phone with curved edges, and there’s no alternative.The front of the phone is 100% glass, with the slimmest of bezels nestled above and below, resulting in an impressively high screen to body ratio of 84% (the Samsung Galaxy S7’s screen-to-body ratio was 72%). Grasp the device so you can reach the home button, however, and icons at the top of the screen become unreachable.There is, at least, a 3.5mm headphone jack here, which is refreshing to see in the light of many rivals removing it.Still, if you're looking for the best Android phone on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the one to get.At launch, the Samsung Galaxy S8 was an eye-watering £610.