The Samsung Galaxy S8 was not launched at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona last month, but Samsung confirmed that the flagship is going to be unveiled on March 29. There’s only a couple of weeks away from the official launch, so this is a perfect time to tell you what to expect from the Galaxy S8. There have been quite a lot of leaks and reports about Samsung’s next flagship which is arguably the most anticipated device of 2017. Here’s what we know so far…
Samsung’s next flagship is definitely going to surprise everyone in terms of design. There will be two models (The 5.7 inch Galaxy S8 and the 6.2 inch S8+). Both will basically have same design, Quad HD resolution, dual edge curved ‘Infinity Display’. All leaked photos suggests that Samsung have upgraded their design significantly.
Samsung takes a bold step by ditching its home button in favor of minimal bezels. No physical home button means that the fingerprint sensor has been relocated to the back alongside the camera. The handset is also expected to feature a fourth hardware button which will be used to fire up Bixby, the virtual assistant that Samsung is expected to introduce with the Galaxy S8.
We’ve talked design, how about hardware improvements?
The Galaxy S8 is going to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor that’s being produced by Samsung on its 10nm process.
Most variants of the Galaxy S8 will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9 series Exynos 8895 octa-core 64-bit processor with a Mali-G71 MP20 graphics processor and a 5CA LTE modem. It will be coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and some rumors have suggested that a China-specific variant may have as much as 8GB of RAM.
The flagship is also expected to feature a microSD card slot, USB Type-C port, IP68 water and dust resistance certification, an iris scanner, wireless charging, 4G LTE as it was with the Galaxy Note 7. It may be the first smartphone with Bluetooth 5.0 support, and we can expect the latest and greatest in terms of specifications across the board.
There have been a lot of conflicting reports about the battery capacity of the upcoming flagship. Recent reports will have you believe that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will feature a 3000mAh and 3,500mAh battery respectively. If that ends up being the case, it might be a cause for concern, given that it simply may not be enough.
Since this is the first flagship smartphone after the Galaxy Note 7, there will be concerns about battery safety as well. Samsung has set up a new product quality division to ensure customers that there won’t be a repeat of the Galaxy Note 7.
Everyone who chooses a new device is always concerned about the Camera.
Samsung would definitely want to improve on it’s already amazing camera. Rumors suggest that the Galaxy S8 has a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and dual-pixel autofocus as well as an 8-megapixel front camera. Samsung may have dropped a hint about a dual-camera system, but it’s likely that we may not get that with the upcoming handset.
As for Software, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will surely be running Android 7.0 Nougat when it arrives. Samsung’s Android skin, which is now called Samsung Experience, will be present. We already know what it looks and feels like on devices like the Galaxy S7 courtesy of the Nougat update, but it’s possible that some tweaks may be made for the new handset, so we’ll have to wait and check that out in person.
Samsung’s new AI, Bixby
Artificial Intelligence is not new in mobile devices as we’ve seen with Microsoft’s Cortana and Apple’s Siri. It would be nice to see what Samsung has up it’s sleeves. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to feature a new artificial intelligence-powered assistant called Bixby. It’s said to have support for up to 8 languages at launch and be more useful than rivals like Siri and Cortana. It may have the ability to process payments and work with native apps. For example, if you were in the Gallery app and wanted to see pictures of cats, you’d just ask Bixby to show you pictures of cats.
Reports claim that Bixby is based on Samsung’s S Voice platform. We do hope it performs much better than S Voice.
Like previous Samsung flagships, the Galaxy S8 is expected to come with lots of features. Reports suggests facial recognition might be onboard, in addition to iris scanning. It should provide enhanced audio experience courtesy of AKG. Since the Galaxy Tab S3 has audio tuned by Harman’s AKG brand, it’s possible that the Galaxy S8 may receive the same treatment.
Samsung has already confirmed that it’s going to ship AKG earphones with the Galaxy S8. Since it doesn’t have physical buttons, the Galaxy S8 is going to have soft keys instead which may be customizable and may adapt to suit different native apps.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 may also be able to provide PC-like functionality when hooked up to an external monitor. Samsung has been working on a new feature called Desktop eXperience. It’s going to require a separate dock called the DeX Station to hook up the Galaxy S8 to external monitors, even those that don’t have USB Type-C connectivity. This will be a feature similar to Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile.
Price and release date
We already know that Samsung is going to officially unveil the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus on March 29, but when will you be able to buy one? Reports suggest that pre-orders will commence on April 10 followed by the global release on April 21. However, three days ago, a new report surfaced claiming that the Galaxy S8 release date has been pushed back one week to April 28, so it’s unclear which of the two it’s going to be.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be more expensive than it’s predecessors. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are expected to be priced at 855 USD and 960 USD euro respectively. You can say that’s pretty expensive and you can blame it largely on the edge-to-edge display.
With just a few more weeks to the official launch of Samsung’s next flagship, everyone is pretty excited. You can tell us what you think about the Galaxy S8 and what features you’re most excited about, leave a comment below.