Samsung’s Galaxy S8 sounds like it’ll be a feature-packed beauty

Samsung’s subsequent flagship phone, a Galaxy S8, will be nearing really soon.

The vigour is on for a Korean wiring hulk to broach a flagship phone that not customarily improves on a specs of final year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, though also kicks a iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ butt.

Adding more facilities has always been Samsung’s proceed with new flagships, though as a association is no doubt wakeful after a Galaxy Note7 literally burnt out, everybody will be examination closely to see what new reserve measures it includes on a S8.

What accurately can we pattern from a S8? Here’s what we’re conference from a gossip mill.

4K upgrade?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a Quad HD screen. Will a S8 be Samsung's initial phone with a 4K display?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a Quad HD screen. Will a S8 be Samsung’s initial phone with a 4K display?

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Samsung’s left with Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) displays for a while now and has nonetheless to launch a phone with a 4K screen.

While rumors suggest a Galaxy S8 will finally make a jump to a larger (5.7-inch) and aloft fortitude 4K Super AMOLED arrangement (3,840 x 2,160) — if customarily given a increasing fortitude and pixel firmness will make mobile VR demeanour crisper — it’s by no means a lock-in.

Another probability is Samsung will recover twin S8 phones, a “regular” denote and an “Edge” denote with Quad HD and 4K resolutions, respectively.

Conversely, another report claims Samsung competence embankment prosaic displays altogether and customarily launch a S8 with winding edges. (Not a terrible thought given a whole twin winding shade demeanour has turn a signature Samsung aesthetic.)

It also wouldn’t be a widen if a S8’s shade is HDR-ready, like a Note7 was.

No home button

A judgment digest of a Galaxy S8 though a home button.

A judgment digest of a Galaxy S8 though a home button.

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Speaking of a display, Samsung is reportedly formulation to hide a fingerprint sensor underneath it as against to putting it inside a home button.

By doing this, Samsung will be means to presumably boost a shade distance and keep a S8’s phone measure a same (or roughly a same) as a S7, or cringe a device’s measure (specifically, a height, for improved pocketing and one-handed use).

A new Samsung Display TV ad showed off a image for a phone with no home button. It’s doubtful Samsung leaked a S8 and was customarily display a anxiety design, though even if a phone shown in a ad isn’t a S8, it during slightest shows Samsung is meditative of removing absolved of a home button.

These renders from box makers also seem to support a winding shade and no home symbol design.

More performance

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chip is formed on a 10-nanometer routine and will be in many flagship phones in 2017.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip is formed on a 10-nanometer routine and will be in many flagship phones in 2017.

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If story is any indication, Samsung competence recover a S8 with twin opposite processors — one powered by a possess Exynos chip and another by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.

Last we heard, Samsung competence go with an Exynos 8895 chip and a Mali-G71 graphics chip that is pronounced to yield adult to 1.8x some-more graphics opening than a S7. 

The other denote is approaching to come with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor, that will — surprise, warn — be constructed by Samsung regulating a 10-nanonmeter routine for larger energy efficiency. With a 835 chip, a S8 would benefit a 27 percent boost in opening over a S7.

As for how many RAM, we’re conference some sources contend 6GB of RAM and others explain 8GB. Either way, it’ll be some-more than a S7’s 4GB.

Goodbye headphone jack?

Will a S8 have a headphone jack or join a iPhone 7 and mislay it?

Will a S8 have a headphone jack or join a iPhone 7 and mislay it?

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Apple caused utterly a ruckus when it private a headphone jack on a iPhone 7/7 Plus. And this year, Android phone makers appear to be ready to join a #noheadphonejack club.

There are opposing reports observant Samsung will and won’t ditch a headphone jack. If a S8 has a headphone jack, Samsung will be means to massage it in Apple’s face. But if it doesn’t — afterwards it’s time to accept it and go wireless.

‘Bixby’ AI assistant

The iPhone has Siri, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile phones have Cortana and Google’s Pixel phones have a Assistant. Now Samsung is pronounced to be rising a possess AI digital assistant.

Rumor has it that a S8 will come with a possess assistant, presumably called “Bixby” and powered by Viv, a synthetic comprehension partner Samsung acquired in October. Interestingly, a creators of Viv are a same people who combined Siri before offered it to Apple. 

Assuming Samsung doesn’t reticent Viv down, it could stomp all over Siri.


The Galaxy S7 is IP68-rated H2O and dust-resistant.

The Galaxy S7 is IP68-rated H2O and dust-resistant.

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Samsung’s been waterproofing a phones for years. With a S7 and S7 Edge, a association stepped adult a Ingress Protection rating to IP68, definition a phones can be submerged in adult to 4.9 feet of H2O for adult to 30 minutes. Additionally, a IP68 rating means they’re dust, mud and silt resistant though wanting any caps or covers.

With that turn of protection, it seems doubtful Samsung would take a step behind with a S8 and stop a weatherproofing. According to The Investor, a S8 will competition a same IP68 rating, creation it customarily as weatherproof as a predecessor.

One or twin cameras?

Will a S8 have one or twin back cameras? That is a question.

Will a S8 have one or twin back cameras? That is a question.

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So far, we’ve listened roughly zero about what kind of improvements will be done to a S8’s cameras. 

The judicious thing would be for a association to duplicate Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus dual-camera setup. After all, any phone that uses Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 chip will be means to support twin cameras though any formidable wizardry.

The closest idea to Samsung posterior twin cameras for a S8 is a patent Samsung filed previously. But like all patents, it competence never finish adult in any genuine product.

Release date

Traditionally, Samsung has used a annual Mobile World Congress as a theatre to announce a new flagship phones.

However, this year competence be different. Word on a travel is a association might skip MWC this year and reason a possess possess “Unpacked” eventuality in April. It’ll be after than usual, though given a catastrophic Note7 launch, Samsung substantially isn’t holding any chances.

Everything else

As many as we consider we know about a S8, there’s still a lot that we don’t know.

For example, how large will a battery be, and what will a program will demeanour like? Will a front-facing camera get an upgrade? Will a S8 embody a Note7’s iris scanner? Will there be wireless charging? How about expandable storage?

Heck, we don’t even know if Samsung will continue with a “glass sandwich” pattern it has used for a final twin years.

Rumors can customarily tell we so much, and while many of them customarily finish adult being true, there’s still copiousness of room for Samsung to warn us.

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