There are three stunning Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ color options to choose from, at least for those in the United States. None of those are White, Blue or Gold. As a result many buyers are already asking, “Which Galaxy S8 color should I buy?”
Over the years we’ve seen a lot of great color options for Samsung’s smartphones, and they are doing things a little different with the Galaxy S8. Both devices will have a black front face, with the different colors being on the sides and back. That’s because the huge new 5.8 and 6.2-inch Infinity screens take up almost all of the space.
We’ve seen Gold, Black, Coral Blue, White, Green, and other Galaxy S smartphones before, but the new design makes things slightly different. With tiny bezels and tons of sensors up front, different colors don’t look that great on the front. Without further delay, these are which Galaxy S8 colors are available and what one you should buy.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will officially be released on April 21st. However, pre-orders begin March 30th and midnight and buyers will have lots of questions. Above we go over everything you need to know about pre-orders, and below we’ll talk about the color options available.
In past years Samsung’s announced phones in a myriad of different colors, but they’re never available in the United States. The same thing is happening this year. We only have Black, Gray and Silver to choose from. Gold and Blue are for international markets only.
Galaxy S8 Colors: Entertainment
This may seem like a silly thing to think about, but it makes a big difference. From certain colors being fingerprint magnets, to black looking extremely sleek and sexy. Having the front all black makes it look amazing at first glance, but thankfully Samsung spruced up the back.
While this is all about personal preference, black is probably the best choice. It will show less fingerprints, less scuff marks, and be the best for entertainment. Black bezels on the front means the huge 5.8 or 6.2-inch display blends in with the body, making it look bigger than it really is.
If the front bezels were different colors, it would take away from the stunning Quad-HD Infinity display inside of Samsung’s new smartphones. Not to mention Black on the front helps users see the LED notification light with ease.
The two silver models will be great, and easy to deal with, but we’d recommend checking out lots of hands-on coverage or heading to a store yourself. That’s because you’ll likely want to see them first, before making a purchase decision. Pre-orders go live tonight, but the phones aren’t available until April 21st. So you’ll have plenty of time to try it out in person at a carrier or retail store in the coming weeks.
Galaxy S8 Colors: Scratches and Discoloration
The two biggest concerns about the buying the right Galaxy S8 color in the long run are, “Will it scratch easily? and “Will the color wear or discolor after use?”
Samsung’s design has the colors under a durable Gorilla Glass panel, so they’ll never scratch, fade, or start to look weathered. It also is what makes the colors so beautiful and eye-popping. That said, the screen or back glass could scratch and make them more noticeable. Black will be the easiest to see in terms of scratches, while Silver will probably show the least. For what it’s worth.
A good middle ground in terms of overall colors and for scratches or wear and tear might be the Orchid Gray. It’s similar to the Space Gray iPhone, and is a nice overall look. It’s not too light or dark, and many will love it.
All said and done it comes down to personal preference, or style. Gold isn’t an option, and the blue model might not ever be available in the United States. We do see color-specific promotions sometimes, like with Best Buy, so choose one of the three or wait and see.
Galaxy S8 Color: Fingerprints
Due to the nature of the design, fingerprints and smudges are going to be inevitable. The glass on front and back shows every single print. The Gold Galaxy S6 was the worst for this, and personally I like Black the most. It hides them decently well. The silver model will probably mask this best, but try it yourself at Best Buy or carrier stores to know for sure, before you buy.
Many users loved the Coral Blue and Gold trim on the Galaxy Note 7, which eventually came to the Galaxy S7 Edge. As of right now that isn’t an option in the United States, but it could come at a later date. Either way, all of them will show fingerprints unless you get a case.
Galaxy S8 Cases
Speaking of cases, the Galaxy S8 is going to be one of the most popular smartphones if 2017. As a result almost everyone either already has cases, or will release them soon. We’ve heard from Speck, Spigen, Tech21, CM4, Silk, VRS Design and a slew of others.
Expect cases of all shapes, sizes, wallet cases and more to be released for these phones.
Many of them will also be clear, which is designed to show off the beautiful design and Galaxy S8 color, rather than hide it. Clear cases are getting more and more popular, and we’ll have a full rounded of the best Galaxy S8 cases soon enough. Personally, black leather cases are my preference.
Additionally, Samsung has a slew of different accessories for these phones. Just as expected. Most of them come in all three color versions for the US. Which again are Black, Silver and Gray.
Which Galaxy S8 Color Should I Buy?
When it comes down to it, the Galaxy S8 color option a user chooses is completely up to them. Honestly, does it really matter though? They all look great. In a survey of nearly 30,000 iPhone buyers from 2015 the black option was the most popular, with nearly a tie for all of the rest. Here’s the bottom line on picking a Galaxy S8 or S8+ color.
- Midnight Black – You’ll be watching a lot of movies, you don’t like white phone fronts, and just love the sleek look and finish.
- Orchid Gray – A good middle ground that is fancy and flashy, but won’t be too bright or show every single fingerprint. You won’t use a case.
- Arctic Silver – You want a bright, vivid and crisp color that stands out from the rest. In certain light and angles, it may even look gold. You also won’t be using a case. Or you will, either way this works too.
Let us know which Galaxy S8 or S8+ color you plan on buying, or if it really even matters. At the end of the day a large majority of owners will simply opt to use a case, which is a great idea considering the huge curved display on these phones. For any other details check out our Galaxy S8 Portal.