Samsung has started the year so well. Their flagship phone, Galaxy S7 has surpassed iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, and the Galaxy Note 7 has arrived and amazed everyone until it suddenly went out with a bang! Now, the South Korean company would want to leave this year behind, so there have been speculations to their next year’s flagship phone, which we all expected as the Galaxy S8. According to Lee Jae-Yong, the Vice President of Samsung’s mobile communications, the Galaxy S8 will feature a slick design, an ameliorated camera, and an improved A.I service. There have been plenty of rumors about the next Samsung phone, so read on below to know more about the upcoming device.
Galaxy S8 Display:
Samsung may step up its game for the Galaxy S8 display, with an attempt to entice the customers to purchase it after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. During the iMID Display Exhibition last October, Park Won-sang, the mobile engineer of Samsung, speaks about the display of the Galaxy S8. He said that the display area ratio of the front of the phone would reach to more than 90% next year. There are also questions if we will still have the option to choose between a regular or an Edge display on the upcoming S8; but according to some report, Samsung is considering a regular model this time. Also, the company is securing two sizes for the display panels; a 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch, which are the same display sizes of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
A news outlet from South Korea claims that Samsung will aim to pacify the Galaxy Note 7 customers by creating an even larger display, most likely a 6.2-inch screen. Contrary to the previous reports, the other version will boast a 5.7-inch screen; which only means that both versions were fairly large. An analyst stated that to be able to attract prospective Note consumers, who prefer a bigger screen, the company has decided to choose bigger screens for both models of the Galaxy S8.
The S8 display is also rumored to outsell its predecessors with its 4K resolution. Virtual Reality is probably the reason for using the high-resolution screen to a Smartphone. Samsung has their own Virtual Reality headset already, which they called Gear VR, while Google has their Daydream VR, and more likely, the reason why future mobile devices would use 4K screens is to showcase the content of the Virtual Reality. There are also rumors that the S8’s dream code would denote to the Daydream VR standard of Google.
During the Society for Information Display week in May, Samsung sported a 4K resolution to a 5.5-inch display for VR, which signifies that the company is taking a 4K resolution to small screens. This is just a paradigm, and it clearly shows that it will take time before we can actually see it on a device.
There are also rumors in China restating about the ‘5.5-inch display – 4K display’ S8 and claims that the device will be coming with 6GB of RAM for an utmost VR experience. According to some reports, Apple will eliminate the physical Home button on iPhone 7S and the upcoming iPhone 8 in the year 2017. Samsung will most likely do it first with their Galaxy S8. Latest reports are proposing that S8 will possess an all-glass front and a Qualcomm Sense ID mounted below the panel. This is coherent to the previous speculations that the Home button would sit underneath the tempered glass. And while the Home button will be eliminated, Samsung may continue with the less bezel display on the front of the Galaxy S8. Latest news also implies that S8 will have a 3D Touch interface.
Galaxy S8 Camera:
Over the years, the quality of the Samsung’s Galaxy series has been a serious improvement. Based on the recent posts, the company is going a step further on S8 and the device will feature a dual camera; a 12-Megapixel and 13-Megapixel rear-facing camera. As expected, the device is rumored to boast an Iris scanner that will enhance the biometric security of the Galaxy S8 and will match up with the Galaxy Note 7.
Galaxy S8 Battery & USB:
The battery has been a major issue to the Galaxy Note 7 and has caused a lot of setbacks to the company. Surely, they wouldn’t want the history to repeat itself. Based on the reports, Samsung is currently in talks with LG Chemical, to manufacture the cells they will use in S8. However, nothing has been finalized yet.
The Galaxy S8 may also use a USB Type-C charging port, which provides fast charging service and a faster data transfer.
Galaxy S8 Software:
Since the latest version of Android is Nougat, the Galaxy S8 will definitely be powered by Android’s newest flavor. Samsung is known for adding their own software and apps to make their phones more exhilarating, so what are their plans on the upcoming flagship phone?
As we all know, Samsung recently acquired Viv Labs, an Artificial Intelligence company, which was started by the same members who developed Siri. Now, the S8 will have their own virtual assistant, which will be connected to 3rd party apps and services. By doing that, the assistant would be more functional and intelligent. The assistant whom Samsung codenamed it as Bixby (male) and Kestra (female) are both AI-based voice assistant. The two were described as computer software for allowing a hands-free use of the Galaxy S8 through voice recognition and for processing voice commands.
Apparently, a new app called Family Care is also making its debut, and as the name suggests, the app was designed for parents to control what apps can be installed on their child’s device and how long they can use it. The app would also give the users control to their reminders and notifications and through the help of QR code, parents can be able to sync their device to their children’s. They can also send their current location and request their parents or chauffeur to pick them up through the Family Care app.
UPDATE!!! November 29, 2016
According to Techtastic, the Galaxy S8 will boast a 6GB of RAM, which is an upgrade to the 4GB RAM of the Galaxy S7. It is also rumored that the device will have a variant of 256GB storage. It is also tipped that the S8 will sport an optical fingerprint sensor, a pressure sensitive display, and a Super AMOLED display with 806ppi pixel density. The S8 is also expected to pack with their own Exynos 8895 SoC combined with 6GB of RAM. Samsung will allegedly launch their flagship Smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 26, 2017.