Although companies try to keep their phones a secret until launch, we always get to see and know about them through leaks and rumors. Same goes for Samsung’s highly anticipated Galaxy S8. Although it’s getting launched later this month, we certainly know a lot about it.
Release Date & Price:
According to previous patterns, we were expecting it to launch at the MWC 2017, but they instead announced the Tab S3 tablet. After the event, Samsung officially tweeted that the S8 launch event would take place on the 29th of March.
VentureBeat said that the S8 would cost €799 in Europe and will be available from 21 April. Meanwhile, SamMobile has reported that it will cost around £765 and will come in black, gold and orchid gray color options.
The S8 will sport a design very much like last year’s models. The front will have curved edges just like on the current edge variant of the Galaxy S7. The back of the phone will also have those slopes on its sides, similar to that of the Note 7 which will certainly make it a lot more comfortable to hold on to. These leaks also show how the bezels have been significantly cut down, which leaves no space for Samsung’s signature external buttons. Hence, the fingerprint scanner will be moved to the back at an awkward position; right next to the camera.
The display of the Samsung Galaxy S8 seems to have increased, as per the leaks. While it may not be practical to measure the size from the images, Evan Blass, who’s popular for sharing leaks suggested that it’ll feature a 5.8-inch display.
Park Won-sang, a Samsung display spokesperson, was quoted saying that Samsung would roll out a full-screen display whose display area ratio reaches more than 90 percent this year. The leaked images do highlight what he’s said, so this will most probably make it’s way to the final production units.
According to SamMobile and VentureBeat, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will still have the 2K Super AMOLED display but will certainly have some improvements, including noticeable enhancements for virtual reality. Some reports do suggest a5.5 inch 4K display, resulting in a pixel density of 806ppi, but I personally think that a 2K display is already sharp enough.
Other than that, we can also see from the leaked images that the edges of the screen will be curved, which reduces the chances of your screen getting cracked when the phone drops from the side.
According to previous reports, VentureBeat, the rear camera will retain the 12 MP sensor from the Samsung Galaxy S7 coupled with an f/1.7 aperture. Thereafter, the front camera will most probably have an 8 MP sensor, also with an f/1.7 aperture. According to some spec leaks from Evan Blass, this camera will also be used for iris scanning purposes, at least on the S8 Plus. There have been numerous reports from other sites, but this seems to be the most plausible one.
To start off, the Galaxy S8 will most likely have two variants regarding the processors used. One with the Exynos 8895 chip and the other with the Snapdragon 835. According to reports from VentureBeat, the S8 will stick with 4GB of RAM which may seem low compared to phones like the OnePlus 3T with 6 GB of RAM but, it’s been doing good up until now, and there’s really not many reasons for a bump. They’ll have two storage options (64GB/128GB) and will likely keep the microSD card slot.
While some rumors suggest that the Galaxy S8 will have a 4200mAh battery, VentureBeat says the S8 will have a 3000mAh battery. It certainly isn’t a large battery in today’s standards; we hope that Samsung will make up for it with its Software optimizations.
As for the physical connections, leaked images show that it’ll sport a USB Type-C port and will still have the 3.5 mm headphone jack which was contradicted by some websites suggesting a single USB Type- C port. We can’t decide which party is more accurate because neither are leaked images genuine nor are the reports from websites 100% true.
There are no words on farewell of the infamous TouchWiz, but we sure do hope that it’ll be skinned down. Samsung being Samsung, we’ll probably never get vanilla Android experience on the Galaxies but at least a refined version, much like the new Sense UI on the HTC U, would certainly be welcome.
After the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, this is the best chance for Samsung to make up for it. Almost everything about the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been leaked, and the rumors also are quite relevant, but as usual, we aren’t completely sure that they’ll make their way to the final product.
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