As we inch towards the 2017 iteration of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a rumor every single day about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 is more the norm than the exception. Some reports have even alleged that the South Korean giant has leaked some of the features itself to garner more eyeballs.
The new phone will look to take the mobile phone world by storm when it launches a few months from now. A look at the upcoming smartphone’s specs and features and the unique appeal of the Samsung flagship will be instructive here.
Samsung has been working with the Quad HD display for some time now. We believe that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will most probably feature a phone with a 4K screen. The Quad HD display had a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and had proved to be an extremely reliable workhorse besides being very trendy. A bigger Samsung phone is also on the cards with a 5.7-inch display. A 4K AMOLED display will ensure that high-resolution 4K videos are played with ease. However, other sources maintain that a 5.5-inch phone will be the final offer made by Samsung, at least for this year.
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Some sources suggest that Samsung will release two variants of the Galaxy S8, one standard variant with Quad HD display beside an Edge variant with the same 4K resolutions. Note that Samsung has always been proficient while maintaining secrecy over its new releases. Each year, Samsung has also released an Edge model every time it releases a new phone.
The two variants of the Galaxy S8 will also feature an HDR-ready display which will be very similar to the Note 7. We expect that two chipset versions will power the new phone. The Snapdragon 835 SoC and the Exynos 8895 are the chosen two. Both these processors will be made with the upcoming 10nm process. Of these, the SD 835 is stated to be 35% smaller and uses 25% less power than previous designs.
It is engineered to deliver exceptionally long battery life, supports lifelike VR and AR experiences, enables cutting-edge camera support capabilities as well as Gigabit-Class download speeds
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will also feature two variations of RAM, a 6GB and an 8GB variant. While there was news that the new set would debut at the CES 2017 which ended in Las Vegas a few days ago, the new phone will now supposedly debut at the Mobile World Congress between February 27 and March 2.
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However, the phone could as well officially debut at a dedicated Samsung event called Unpacked, which will be later than usual. Samsung will look to avoid the disastrous fiasco it faced when the Samsung Galaxy S7 started to blow up. Many airlines around the world have even issued advisories stating that users could not turn on their S7 devices in flight. The Note 7 fiasco led to massive losses for the South Korean giant and had led to two recalls worldwide.
The physical home button will also be removed with an embedded alternative button in its place. The feeling may be very similar to the iPhone 8’s tactic engine which. The new phones will come with wraparound displays using OLED technology. Samsung has invested an estimated $6 billion dollars in R&D to ensure that the new smartphone is foolproof when it comes to features.
Apple, it seems, has also adopted the same OLED, or Organic Light Emitting Diode technology on its upcoming iPhone 8. The new phone will be an entirely bezel-free phone and will not sport any headphone jack. The loss of the headphone jack is hardly surprising given that the trend is in favor this season and Apple too is going for its AirPods to complement the upcoming iPhone 8.
Like any true-blue flagship phone, we expect the camera features on the phone to be downright excellent. The rear camera will be 12MP which can record 2K videos at 60fps and 1080p videos at an astounding 120fps. Phase detection Autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and dual-LED, otherwise known as dual tone, flash.
The rear or primary camera will also boast of such features like Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video recording with 9MP image capture and recording as well as touch focus, smile detection, Auto HDR to add more dynamic range to any photograph and a panorama mode. A secondary 8MP front snapper will ensure dream-like selfie quality as well.
A new war of Artificial Intelligence will also commence soon. Probably once the iPhone 8 goes face to face with the Galaxy S8. To counter Siri, Samsung could launch Bixby, its smart AI-based virtual assistant. A reported second assistant called Kestra is also said to arrive together. One male and one female digital assistant is good news, but why is Samsung going all-in in this race?
The double feature is a crucial tactic for Samsung to maintain its lead in the global business. Samsung has so far stayed out of the smart assistant race. To escape the blows it took after the S7 debacle, Samsung desperately needs its Galaxy S8 to be a success. This A.I. digital assistant could well raise expectations if not anything else. We expect a fascinating competition to arise.
One common question when referring to the Samsung Galaxy S8 is how much it will ship for. We estimate that the new flagship will be around $850 as far as the Samsung Galaxy S8 plain-vanilla version is concerned. The S8 Edge would ship for an estimated $50 more.
Early network adopters will include all majors like Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and US Cellular. There are also early rumors that Verizon and AT&T will be the first ones to welcome the new phone while some sellers are offering Best Buy options for those users who order early.
Let us know if you find more details about Samsung Galaxy S8. Also, share your views about this phone and what are you expecting from it using the comment section below.