The Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming in the Spring and Samsung is anxious to release it to make the Galaxy Note 7 disaster forgotten. Here is everything we know about the Galaxy S8.
2017 will really be interesting for the tech world as we will witness the latest and greatest products from some of the finest tech companies in the world. Samsung Galaxy X is going to be the first ever fully flexible and folding smartphone by Samsung, which is going to be debuted next year. Apple is most likely to renew its iPhone line up and introduce an all-glass build and AMOLED displays.
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Although all this might give all the fans out there a rush of adrenaline, there will be usual business as well. It has also been indicated that Samsung will launch another smartphone which is next in line to the Galaxy S7 in 2017, most probably in February or March. It will be Samsung Galaxy S8. Samsung has earned tremendously by launching Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 in 2016 and their sales will continue to provide between now and 2017.
Samsung’s game plan changed when there was a defect found in Galaxy note 7, it was reported handsets had started exploding. Thus, putting users at risk. Samsung quickly looked into the matter and found out that the battery was the cause of the explosions. Samsung began a massive replacement and recall program, which is still in progress. It is expected to cost Samsung $1.5bn.
This shortfall could be picked up by Samsung Galaxy S8. The company has rather big plans for 2017. With flexible phones including Samsung S8 and the note. Apple played low with its iPhone 7 launch, which offers only some incremental update, certain upgrades and a better camera. Apparently Apples planning big changes for the next year as it will be iPhone's 10th Anniversary, this is a good opportunity for Samsung to clean up its mess. What will the new Samsung Galaxy 8 offer? There have been some rumors regarding this matter. The following outlines predictions regarding the handset according to Samsung’s habits and trends.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Design
Former leaks have indicated that Samsung will follow its trend of 2015 and 2016 , with Galaxy S8 and a Galaxy S8 Edge both being launched. The curved EDGE display will prevail. Statements made by Samsung execs hint that the curved display might be extended to all the company’s flagship brands in the future. Thus, in 2017 Samsung Galaxy S8 model supporting the name as such and the EDGE DISPLAY design will be launched.
Furthermore Samsung’s mobile boss stated that ‘’ Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone line up if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions." Though it is not set in rock. The new handset may just bear a flat screen but my money is on the curved one. The other parts of the designs are rather tricky.
The previous two generations have sported the same metal and glass designs. The company might change this to keep the users interested. With Samsung being slow to change their designs as history depicts. The S6/S7 are not too bad on the eye and S7 being waterproof. There is not much of a need for change in my opinion, is there? The biggest question is obviously the removal battery feature. Many Samsung users say that they miss it.
LG launched the LG G5 which has a removable battery compartment. Though the sales of LG were not in the same league as those of Samsung’s products. So it can be concluded that this feature is not a deal breaker for many smartphone users now. Keeping in mind Samsung’s industrial trends, it is difficult to predict a major change of color or texture in the new handset. It cannot be imagined that Samsung will follow the tracks of LG and Lenovo in modular back panel accessories.
Sources indicate that the new handset is being crafted while keeping VR in mind, the venture is known as “Project Dream” which is in line with Google’s Android based VR project named “ Google Dream”’. This project has a set of specs that will be required and Google has them distributed to the OEMs. Though this might not affect Galaxy S8’s exterior features. All and all I think that Samsung will promote Galaxy S8 as a solid product and Galaxy X will entertain the users bored of Galaxy 8’s design.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Display
Seeing that if the VR rumors are true then the handset will use a 5.5in 4k resolution (3840 x 2160 pixel) display. The market already has many 4k resolutions handsets in competition, Samsung might want to push further along the trend with better resolution. It has been heard that Galaxy X will have a 4k display so it makes sense for the S8 too. This may give rise to further problems such as added battery drain.
At this point even if this does not play out as predicted it can be expected to have the QHD resolution as the Galaxy S7. Samsung is the reigning king in high quality displays, to its safe to assume that Samsung will keep to its legacy and its signature Super AMOLED with clever diamond sub-pixel layouts.
Thus Samsung Galaxy S8 can be predicted to have a better finer display. Sources state that “Now the Korean tech giant is promoting the curvy screen as its premium smartphone line up’s key identity,”’.Sources said the company has already started securing display panels in two sizes — 5.1 inch and 5.5 inch — from its own display-making unit Samsung Display, the world’s sole producer of double-edged screens.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Camera
It was reported earlier that Samsung has been working on a new sensor design that could make the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note S7’s capturing capabilities even better. Samsung's new kit has an f/1.4 aperture on a 1/1.7" CMOS sensor rated at between 18MP and 24MP according to sources. Furthermore, the Galaxy S7 has 12MP camera module featuring an f/1.8 aperture and a 1/2.5" sensor size using a Sony sensor. At this time we cannot be sure if the new sensor in a part of Samsung’s ISOCELL or BRITECELL technologies.
As icing on the cake, its further heard that Samsung is expected to have a dual-sensor camera and it will be engineered by Samsung Motors aka SEMCO. Hence, the firm will be making its own imaging tech. A Weibo tipster has stated that S8 will support both a 12MP Samsung S5K2L2 sensor and an as-yet unidentified Sony 13MP sensor, both of which will operate in tandem and some special feature capabilities. He also says to expect a front-facing 8MP camera and the Galaxy Note 7's iris scanner.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Hardware.
This is a little difficult to predict. Samsung has typically updated its Galaxy S flagship category immensely after every generation. However as the S8 is set to launch at MWC in early 2017, so the Qualcomm might not have much time to produce next-gen chips considering how little has been explained about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 and supposed Samsung Exynos 8995.
It seems that they are not in process yet and they have to be if the handset is set to be launched soon. Failing that we'd be looking at Samsung using a tweaked version of its current Exynos 8890 and/or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820/821 and it might cause uproar among the fans and critics alike. In the case of memory, Samsung has so far offered the Galaxy S7 series in 32GB and 64GB flavors with 4GB RAM, and the Galaxy Note 7 with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, in spite of rumors that the Note 7 would land with 128GB storage and 6GB RAM.
However, Samsung has now confirmed that the Galaxy Note 7 will have a variant released in China with this 128GB/6GB combo. Memory, Samsung has offered the Galaxy S7 series in 32GB and 64GB flavors with 4GB RAM, and the Galaxy Note 7 with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, in spite of rumors that the Note 7 would land with 128GB storage and 6GB RAM. However, Samsung has now confirmed that the Galaxy Note 7 will have a variant released in China with this 128GB/6GB combo.
Keeping Samsung operation techniques it will want to provide higher RAM and storage in S8. So a return in the microSD card might be witnessed. The finger print scanner and the iris scanner may make a return from the Galaxy Note 7. We will have to wait and see what Samsung has in store for us and we really hope Galaxy S8 is not exploding like the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Home Button
We are still not over the news of Galaxy Note 7 catching fire. Nevertheless new rumors are in town regarding the hardware of Samsung Galaxy 8. The new Samsung Flagship phone is rumored to give up its present click form of the Home button and might have something to Apple’s iPhone 7 non moving Home button. Samsung Galaxy 8 might not even have a home screen button at all leading to a whole screen front. Another addition also includes an arrangement of dual rear cameras. The changes are pretty impressive but yet are rumors. We still have to wait for the final release.
The Vice President of Samsung mobile communications Lee Kyeong tae has said the S8 will have a slick design, an improved camera and most interestingly enhanced Artificial intelligent assistant.