Consumer Reports tests Samsung's new Galaxy S8

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Remember the Samsung Note7 debacle? There were battery fires, a massive recall, and an airplane ban.

Eventually Samsung pulled the smartphone from the market, but now it's trying to get back in the game with with the launch of the Galaxy S8.

The new smartphone just hit store shelves and Consumer Reports reveals how the Galaxy S8 stacks up against the competition.

Consumer Reports is testing eight of Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. It's the company's first significant phone launch since the massive recall of the Note7 last summer.

"Samsung's Galaxy line has always done well in our tests so we're interested to see if the S8 can knock its predecessor, the S7, out of the top spot in our ratings," said Consumer Reports' Rich Fisco.

Consumer Reports checked out complaints about reddish displays on the S8 and found the issue in 4 out of the 8 phones they purchased and tested. In a statement to CR, Samsung did not directly address the red tint issue, but says it will release an update as early as next week which will provide users the ability to further adjust the color settings on the S8.

In the meantime, if your display looks red and you'd like to adjust it, go to settings, display, screen mode, color balance and change the red level.

Consumer Reports put the smartphone's camera through its rigorous testing and found the S8 did well.

"The camera is among the best we've ever tested. Samsung toned down the oversharpening so pictures now look more realistic and natural," said Fisco.

The S8 passed Consumer Reports' dunk test, validating Samsung's claim that the phone could withstand 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. And in CR's labs, they found with the damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 5, the S8s are more scratch-resistant than the S7s.

Consumer Reports will complete its testing of the Galaxy S8 and update its smartphone ratings in the next few weeks.

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