2016 was a great year for Samsung when its Galaxy S7 outsold the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, not to mention the roll out of the Galaxy Note 7 and impressed everyone, until the unfortunate fiasco came out. Now, it’s high time to turn our attention to this year’s flagship, which we will come to know as the Galaxy S8.

It’s never too early to find rumors about a much-anticipated device, especially if it’s a flagship one. Needless to say, rumors about Samsung’s next flagship will be flying left and right in the upcoming months. So without further ado, here’s what we can expect on the Samsung Galaxy S8:

Design

There are rumors that the Galaxy S8 will probably have two versions; and they will be internally codenamed Dream and Dream2, and will roll under the SM-G950/SM-G955 model numbers. Although there have been no credible leaks yet as to what the Galaxy S8 might actually look like, it is certain that Samsung would probably stick to the glass-metal design that it’s been using for its high-end phones since late 2014.

Perhaps the most intriguing hearsay is that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus might come with “full screen,” edge-to-edge OLED displays and reach an exorbitantly high screen-to-body ration of over 90%, but may drop the Edge name this time.

Here’s a concept of S8 / S8 Edge:

 

For comparison, the iPhone 7 is 138mm long and 67mm wide, and the iPhone 7 Plus is 158mm long and 78mm wide. Both the S8 and S8 Plus are said to feature curved screens, rear fingerprint sensors, and 3.5mm headphone ports. A USB Type-C charging connector may replace the Micro USB socket.

Hardware

Chipset

With the recent announcement of the Snapdragon 835, it is now the prime candidate for powering the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Some leaked information indicates that the SD835 will be an octa-core one clocked at 2.2 GHz and manufactured on Samsung’s 10nm process. The on-borad GPU, namely an Adreno 540 unit, seems to be performing 30% better than the Snapdragon 821’s Adreno 530 GPU, which is great for gamers and VR fans alike.

Memory

Speculations have it that Samsung would throw 6GB or even 8GB of RAM inside the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, though 4 Gigs are definitely a given. Recently, Samsung announced 8GB RAM chips, so the possibility for that much operational memory on board is no longer wishful thinking.

Storage-wise, it has been supposed that the base version will come with at least 32 gigs of native storage. As a reminder, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the US were only available with 32GB of storage, but let’s hope that won’t be the case with the Galaxy S8. Let’s also hope that Samsung won’t ditch the microSD slot, too.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus battery capacities are claimed to be 3000 mAh and 3500 mAh, respectively. This jibes with the notion that the phones will be barely larger than the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, despite the wrappable 5.8″ and 6.2″ displays, on account of the thinned out top and bottom bezels, hence similar battery capacities.

Camera

Recent rumors have shot down the hearsay that Samsung is about to put a dual-lens camera at the back of the Galaxy S8. Numerous reports originating from China claimed that the Galaxy S8 will be sporting a dual camera at its back, which would probably pave the way for lossless optical zoom like the iPhone 7 Plus or allow for other camera-centric features. As far as the technicalities are concerned, Samsung could use two different sensors for the task at hand. One of these is expected to be a custom 12MP Samsung sensor, similar to the one on the Galaxy S7, whereas the other is tipped to be a yet-mysterious 13MP Sony-made sensor.

Meanwhile, selfies will be covered by a new, 8MP front-facing cam, a welcome bump over the Galaxy S7’s 5MP unit. So far, there have been no reports yet as to whether Samsung will throw in some additional goodies like a LED flash or even a dual front-facing camera setup. There’s the possibility that the front camera of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will sport autofocus, which would allow you to take clearer pictures of objects that aren’t just at arm’s length but are situated at various distances in the frame.

Software and Features

As far as operating systems go, you can bet all your money that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will arrive with Android Nougat on board. Google’s newest Android flavor has been around for a while on select Galaxy S7/S7 Edge devices as a public beta, and it is guaranteed that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will have Nougat right out of the box.

Iris Scanner

Samsung made it clear that the iris scanner that can be found at the front of the Note 7 will most likely make its way to the other high-end and mid-range devices in the future. Rumor has it that Samsung has already contacted the two companies that stood behind the Note 7’s iris scanner — Partron and MCNEX — and has offered them contracts for the upcoming flagship crop. Being the next flagship, it is certain that the Galaxy S8 will feature the new type of biometric security hurdle, too.

Smart AI Assistants (Bixby and Kestra)

Everyone is getting big on AI, and Samsung doesn’t want to get left behind the Google Assistants, Cortanas, Alexas, or Siris of this world. That is why it acquired Viv, and from the looks of it, will even tailor the chassis hardware to accommodate Bixby better by introducing a dedicated button for launching the digital assistant. Bixby, seems like a rather odd yet fitting name for the virtual butler, however a recent info about the naming popped up. Samsung has been recently granted trademarks for the names of both Bixby and Kestra, with the latter heavily speculated to being the assistant’s feminine alter ego.

Release Date, Price, and Availability

According to recent reports, Samsung is expecting a huge volume of sales for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. When will it arrive? According to Kim Dong-jin, chief executive at Samsung Electronics’ wireless business, Samsung plans to share the Galaxy S8’s launch details on February 27, one day after its press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

One Twitter user named @Ricciolo1 also says Samsung will launch a “record-breaking marketing campaign” that will span the U.S. and Europe on March 29. The actual device may be available for purchase during the 17th week of the year, which would mean a release window in the week of April 24. The Twitter rumor also suggests a price of $850 — that’s markedly pricier than the previous Galaxy S devices.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 4:48:36 AM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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