The hottest smartphone of this period is definitely Samsung's Galaxy S8. It's probably the most beautiful phone ever to be built and it ships with the greatest hardware that money can buy. However, not everybody can afford to spend around $600 (or more) on a mobile device, which is the price that Amazon asks for the South Korean's latest flagship. One Chinese company has manufactured a terminal that resembles the Galaxy S8 quite a lot, but it's much more cheaper. We are talking about the BLUBOO S8, which has a similar name as well. It's a phone that has a nice design, it has a long life spawn, it's powerful and highly flexible, at least on paper.

In terms of technical specifications, the BLUBOO S8 includes 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded via microSD card by up to 256 GB. It sports a screen that measures 5.7 inches and which has an aspect ratio of 18:9. The frames of the device are made from Zn-Ti alloy and inside there is a 3450 mAh battery. Furthermore, the new BLUBOO S8 boasts two cameras made by Sony on the back side. One of the cameras having a lens of 16 megapixels, while the other 3 megapixels. The machine runs 360 OS out of the box, meaning that you will be protected from various threats while browsing the internet, and the good performance will be provided by the MTK6750T Octa-core CPU. Despite being a rather large phone, the BLUBOO S8 is quite light weighing just 193 grams. As an addition, it comes equipped with a Type C 2.0 port.

Beginning with the display, the BLUBOO S8 offers a product that will not disappoint you in this department. The 5.7-inch panel has a resolution of 1440 x 720 and an 18:9 aspect ratio. In other words, you will always enjoy a full screen with nothing that will interfere with your ability to see clearly. The display is covered by a 2.5D curved glass, which means that color saturation will be enhanced and will be more vibrant. On the back side of the smartphone, you will find the fingerprint recognition sensor alongside the dual Sony cameras. The body of the BLUBOO S8 has an anti-fingerprint coating that is meant to prevent the phone from being a fingerprint magnet. Of course, there will still be marks on the device, but thanks to this layer, the surface is easier to clean. Since it has support for 10-point touch, the smartphone offers a more accurate usage due to a higher sensitivity.

Design-wise, there is no denying that the BLUBOO S8 looks absolutely great. It features Nano-Plastic, that provides a smooth edge which is streamlined into the metal frame, which, as mentioned, is made from allow, while the back cover of the phone utilizes IML electroplating tech. Put differently, the smartphone is more solid than the ones using normal plastic, and it's also more resistant against scratches. Looking at the BLUBOO S8 from different angles you will realize that it has multiple color aspects similar to a CD.

When it comes to the hardware inside the case, there are a few pieces that we appreciate. The RAM memory is not that impressive though. With 3 GB of RAM, there is nothing to brag about, but we understand the amount considering the price tag of the product. There is a microSD card slot that allows you to add up to 256 GB of additional internal storage to the already available 32 GB. As said, the device is powered by a MediaTek made MT6750T SoC which consists of 8 cores. As you can see, we can't really say that the BLUBOO S8 is a premium smartphone in today's standards judging by the hardware. However, it can easily fit as a high mid-ranger that promises to deliver more than decent performance at an affordable price.

Moving on to the software side of things, the BLUBOO S8 comes pre-installed with the manufacturer's home-made 360 OS which is based on Android 7 Nougat. The interface includes a Security center that offers real time protection against of sorts of malware, making the terminal run as smooth as it can. According to the company, the users of the BLUBOO S8, or any smartphone running 360 OS for that matter, should not worry about Internet malware when they are browsing their favorite sites. Anyhow, the BLUBOO S8 is pretty smooth when it's operating and it's not so bad in terms of performance either. We would be lying if we'd say that it compares to the Galaxy S8, but it's not a bad piece of machinery. It has a simple to use interface, which provides a rather interesting experience.

In the optics department, the BLUBOO S8 has a dual camera module mounted on the back consisting of a 16 MP shooter and a 3 MP snapper. In case you are wondering what is the 3 MP camera good at because of the small number of megapixels, that particular lens is mainly used when you take photos utilizing the blur modes. The main shooter on the other hand has an f/2.0 aperture and it features phase detection autofocus. For selfies and video calls, the phone comes with an 8 MP camera on the front. The BLUBOO S8 is useful during nighttime as well since it flaunts a dual rear flash.

The BLUBOO S8 is kept alive by a battery with a capacity of 3450 mAh, which has support for quick charge. It's quite a large battery and it's one of the main strengths of the device since it will provide you with a whole day of usage without any problems, no matter if you use it for games or videos. It's perfect especially for those of you who travel a lot and haven't got the possibility to charge the phone in the middle of the day.

As stated, the BLUBOO S8 sports a Type-C port, which has become very popular this year and can be found on most high-end smartphones. Of course, the only real benefit of this port is that you can insert the charger or the data either way, but it's still a useful characteristic. Also, there are two available card slots, which you can either with two nano SIMs or a nano SIM and a microSD card.

All in all, the BLUBOO S8 is more than a decent phone that can be bought at an affordable price. It has a very nice design being similar to the one of the Galaxy S8. In fact, this is basically a Galaxy S8 clone. However, the BLUBOO S8 is far from being as capable Samsung's device when it comes to performance.

Yes, its almost bezel-less display looks great along with the high screen to body ratio, but the specs are not really premium. Actually, there are some mid-tier phones which include better hardware than this one. And as far as the processor is concerned, it's no way near the one of the Galaxy S8 if we are to compare their performances. Nonetheless, if you want a cheap S8 look-alike, the BLUBOO S8 can be bought for $150.

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