With the doomed Note 7 and popularity of iPhone 7, it is essential for Samsung to come up with a breakthrough design for its next flagship.
With the rumours going around in the tech-town it seems that Samsung has made a bold move to provide maximum viewing experience to the user with its bezel less display for the flagship.
Currently the phones in the market have 80% screen to body ratio, however according to the rumours by Bloomberg Samsung has decided to go with a 90% screen to body ratio. The move is said to revolutionize the displays in phones. With a 90% screen to body ratio, Samsung will have to ditch the physical home button it has been rocking in its every smartphone since the first Galaxy S flagship.
With the cancellation of its Note 7, Samsung has sustained massive financial loss. The newest flagship is very important for Samsung to recover the financial losses as well as its damaged reputation because of Note 7.
Galaxy S8 hardware specifications:
From what we have gathered, the phone will have following specification which are fairly impressive.
A 4K display:
According to the leaks by Evan Bleak (@evleaks) who has a history of providing accurate information about devices prior to their release has claimed that the S8 will feature a 5.5 inch 4K display which will have an impressive pixel density of 806ppi. According to the various sources the phone is set to be released in two variants, a 5.7 inch and a massive 6.2 inches. However the rumour is that unlike the previous models, the S8 will feature curved displays in both the variants.
So, No fingerprint scanner?
Samsung is all set to ditch its physical home button for its bezel-less display. Which raises the question about the fingerprint scanner in it home button.
Earlier this week Synaptic has announced that they have developed a new fingerprint scanner named – Natural ID FS9100. Synaptic boasts that the fingerprint sensor will scan your fingerprint through “1 mm of glass covering”.
The device is also rumoured to feature the iris scanner introduced with the now discontinued Note 7.
The phone is rumoured to have a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon but it is skeptical as Samsung has confirmed that it has developed a highly efficient 10nm exynos chip. The processors of Samsung flagship vary according to the market eg. the Snapdragon processors are normally introduced in USA while the Asian market gets the exynos processors. Regardless of the processor, the phone will feature a 64-bit processor.
Improved camera, sharp and crisp images:
The camera in Galaxy S7 was a great improvement from the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S7 featured a f/1.7 lens aperture and a 1/2.6 inch lens sensor. The galaxy S8 is rumoured to incorporate the same f/1.7 lens too. However I Chinese source has claimed that Samsung is hard at work developing a f/1.4 aperture and a 1/1.7 inch lens sensor too.
Samsung has always followed Apple’s footsteps so it’d be likely that the S8 might feature dual cameras.
Earlier this year Samsung has announced its plans to acquire Viv, an AI assistant system. Viv has been founded by the same team that designed and developed Siri. Back when Siri was acquired by the Apple in 2012, the team left and founded Viv. Viv is said to be a more powerful and efficient extension of Siri. Samsung is set to implement the same in its S8. If it all goes as planned, the S8 users will have a powerful AI assistant at their disposal similar to what iPhone users have in the form of Siri.
More RAM and storage:
According to the Chinese tech site Weibo, the S8 is rumoured to have a generous 6GB RAM and a massive 256 GB storage. The configuration seems to be likely as the Apple has already introduced a 256 GB iPhone 7 and OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T have 6GB RAM so Samsung is set to take the path.
No 3.5 mm jack:
It is rumoured that the Samsung will ditch the 3.5 mm jack and finally go with a USB type-c port like the Apple’s iPhone 7, LeEco and Lenovo. The move is however said to be bold and risky as it will polarize the customers. The Apple fans were outraged by the removal of 3.5 mm jack and it is expected from the Samsung fans and customers too.
What About the Juice?
Samsung has bumped up its battery from 2,550 / 2,600 mAh of Galaxy S6/ S6 Edge respectively to 3,000 /3,600mAh in its Galaxy S7/ S7 Edge. With its less power hungry 10nm chip and Google’s Android N out of the box, the S8 is supposed to be power efficient but if Samsung goes ahead with a 4K display, it’d put a dent in battery life. The battery life is a huge and one of the most important aspect for phone buyers, so Samsung definitely has to consider that fact and work on that.
Samsung has always been fond of February and March releases and with its history, it is likely that Samsung will unveil the phone before Mobile World Congress 2017 at Barcelona which will be held from 27th February to 3rd March. We are certain that Samsung is set to unveil the S8 on 26th February at Samsung Unpacked event.
How Much is it Going to Cost?
At this stage, we can only guess the price of the new flagship. Samsung bumps up the prices of new flagship around 5-10% from their predecessors. The galaxy S7 was launched at Rs. 48,900 and the Galaxy S7 Edge launched at Rs. 55,900. The ill-fated Note 7 this year launched at a hefty Rs. 59,900. With those statistics we estimate that the S8 is set to cost anywhere between R. 58,000 to 62,000 or more.
These are all the rumours that we have heard of yet. We will keep you updated with the most recent developments about S8 at our site.