Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus Receives Software Update to Improve Camera, Bluetooth Alongside July Security Patch


Samsung has begun the rollout of the July Security patch for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus models (review). The update began appearing on Verizon carrier models of these devices in the US a few days ago, and now has trickled over to handsets in Brazil. It isn’t clear right now when Samsung plans on releasing the update in other countries including India.

Galaxy S8, S8 Plus Update: Brings July 2018 Security Patch

In the US, The July 2018 patch targeted four critical Android OS vulnerabilities along with a total of nine vulnerabilities found in Samsung’s software. The software version of this update is SQS5CRF, and it helps fix issues such as a vulnerability that could lead to memory corruption, another which could expose critical private information, and even a vulnerability that would allow an application inside the ‘Secure’ Folder to run in split-screen mode without the need of a password.

The new update that was released in Brazil carries the version numbers G950FXXS3CRG1 and G955FXXS3CRG1 for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus respectively. This update not only fixes the previously mentioned issues but also offers improvements and stability for the camera and Bluetooth.

Galaxy S8, S8 Plus: Specifications, Features

For those who might not be aware, both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus share the same internal specifications other than their displays and battery. The smaller Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8-inch display and a 3,000mAh battery, while the larger Galaxy S8 Plus has been equipped with a 6.2-inch display and a 3,500mAh battery. Both these displays use Super AMOLED panels that offer WHD+ 1440 x 2960 pixel resolutions with 18.5:9 ratios. Protecting these panels is a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. These are HDR10 compliant screens which feature a 3D touch capable home button underneath. AMOLED panels also provide you always-on display functionality at the cost of nominal battery consumption.

Both phones are IP68 certified for dust and water resistance. This means the phones can safely stay submerged underwater at a maximum depth of 1.5 meters for as long as 30 minutes. As for internal security, you do get the option of enrolling your fingerprint using the provided sensors at the back. Additionally, an iris scanner has been placed at the front for another layer of safety.

The Exynos 8895 octa-core processor powers the Indian versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. For storage, both devices offer a 4GB of RAM coupled with 64GB of internal memory. There is a variant of the Galaxy S8 Plus which offers 128GB of internal storage as well. Both phones can further hold microSD cards up to a capacity of 512GB. Both phones have received updates to Android 8.0 Oreo across most regions worldwide.

In the imaging department, these smartphones offer a 12MP shooter at the back which has an f/1.7 aperture, offers OIS and shoots 4K videos at 30fps. At the front, the phoned come with 8MP cameras that come with f/1.7 apertures, can shoot 1440p videos at 30fpd and support auto-HDR mode.

For connectivity, the phones features dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, USB 3.1 Type-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The previously mentioned 3000mAh and 3500mAh capacity batteries of the phones support Quick Charge 2.0 and even offer Qi or PMA wireless charging.

Galaxy S8, S8 Plus: Price In India, Availability

At the time or writing, the Galaxy S8 could be found for as low as Rs.45,000 with further discount possible depending on the retailer. A new Burgundy Red variant of the phone also came out In India a few months ago. On the other hand, the Galaxy S8 Plus’s 64GB variant could be found closer to the Rs. 50,000 price point, while its 128GB model is priced around Rs. 60,000.