Samsung Galaxy S8 has been all over the web despite the fact that the phone hasn’t even been announced yet.
Early this week, these rumors were further fueled by Samsung Mobile chief DJ Koh when he said that he will be giving Sammy lovers a Galaxy S8 that is better, safer and full of innovative features. It was also confirmed that Samsung will be skipping the MWC 2017 show and instead launch this phone on March 29.
Up to now, we’ve been dealing with lots of renders and leaked cases of both Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. But now, thanks to notorious leaker who is also part of the VentureBeat team, Evan Blass, we have the first images of the Galaxy S8, both front and rear views.
Apparently, Samsung is seeking to completely differentiate its upcoming Galaxy S lineup from past models. For starters, the leaked Galaxy S8 shows off a curved dual-edge screen on a front panel that has no physical home button for the first time in seven years. The missing home button has created more space for the display screen, which will now add 0.7 inches to the Galaxy S7’s 5.1-inch, thus debuting a monstrous 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, but still keeps the QHD resolution.
While the other Galaxy S8 Plus variant hasn’t been leaked in these images, Blass further confirms earlier rumors that indeed it will come with an even larger 6.2-inch Edge screen with the same resolution as its smaller counterpart. For the first time, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will come with a pressure-sensitive screen, although it may not be on the same level as what Apple debuted with the iPhone 6S back in 2015 – 3D Touch.
Like last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the incoming S8 variants should also ship with different chipsets depending on the market. There will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in some markets while others will receive a model with Samsung’s Exynos chipset. Since Korean OEM is in charge of making Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, all processors will be products of the company’s 10nm FinFET. The processors will be paired with a RAM of 4GB, just like last year’s models, but the base storage now jumps to 64GB. And yes, the microSD card slot is still there, capable of handling up to 256GB.
According to Qualcomm, the 10nm process promises a 20% bump in the energy efficiency of the Snapdragon 835 compared to the 820 of the S7, something that should come in handy thanks to the slightly smaller batteries that are expected to power these phablets. As it is, Samsung Galaxy S8 will come with a 3000mAh unit while the S8 Plus will ship with a 3500mAh unit, slightly smaller than the 3600mAh used on the 5.5-inch S7 Edge. Given their size, there will be support for fast charging, but this time the company leaves the microUSB port in favor of the new USB Type-C port.
When the likes of Apple, HTC, and Motorola ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack with their 2016/7 flagships, some initially thought that Samsung will also take the same direction. However, things have recently taken a twist, with fresh rumors revealing that this audio port will still be retained and used in the same way as the Galaxy Note 7, which also had a USB-C port on board. The new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will keep the traditional port, something that the South Korean company will be looking to use as a USP when compared to Apple’s iPhone 7 and the incoming 2017 model.
There are no physical changes to the cameras when compared to the S7. You still get a 12MP lens on the back and a 5MP selfie sensor with an aperture of f/1.7, however, they are much richer when it comes to features. For instance, the main shooter will come with a visual search ability that will reportedly integrate the new Bixby AI Assistant (another version of Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri), but for now, how this will work is still unclear. The front panel will not only come with a great selfie shooter, but also an iris scanner similar to what was on the Note 7.
As noted earlier, there is no physical home button and as such, the fingerprint scanner has now moved to the back, just next to the camera. Android 7.0 Nougat will power the phablets out of the box, but we expect Samsung to push the newer version 7.1.1 later. According to Evan Blass, the smaller Samsung Galaxy S8 will be priced at €799 while the larger model will set you back €899. These prices are €100 more than what last year’s S7 and S7 Edge were selling for in the same region – Europe. There’s still no mention of the prices for U.S. users, but you can expect an almost similar increment of $100 for each model.
Samsung Galaxy S8 will start selling in Europe starting April 21.