The MWC 2017 event will witness the launch of Samsung Galaxy S8, just like this year’s event saw the Galaxy S7 come to life.
Samsung Galaxy S7 has been the shining star of the South Korean company this 2016, especially after what happened to the Galaxy Note 7. The phone, despite its greatness, will be getting a successor in about three months – the Galaxy S8. As usual, lots of rumors are out there regarding the future phone, among them a pressure-sensitive display, a USB-C headphone, a new 10nm SoC and much more.
With these rumored changes, where will the Galaxy S7 be left? Let’s take a look at how the two compare.
Design and display
Samsung Galaxy S7 is, without a doubt, the best built Samsung phone from the recent past. It gets even better when talking about the curved screen Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Apparently, rumor has it that the 2017 Samsung Galaxy S7 will come with a similar design language to the S7 Edge while at the same time keeping the same display size as the S7.
Speaking of display, some reports have emerged claiming that the switch to almost bezel-less screens will result in an increased display size. The same screen will also feature superhydrophobic technology that includes a coating aimed at making the S8 fingerprint proof. There is also talk of a pressure-sensitive feature similar to what calls 3D Touch.
Despite talk of a 4K screen, the Galaxy S8 will probably keep the same 2K screen resolution used on the Galaxy S7. Nonetheless, expect the S8 to be better in terms of both design and display. It is also believed that Samsung Galaxy S8 will come with the home button embedded in the screen – a major design change since 2009.
Qualcomm already announced that Samsung will be working on a 10nm Snapdragon 835 SoC. This chipset will appear in the Galaxy S8, marking huge improvements in performance, power, and efficiency when compared to the 14nm Snapdragon 820 used in the Galaxy S7. Like the latter, an Exynos processor is also expected to feature on the S8.
Like Apple did with the iPhone 7, Samsung is also rumored to be working on a 128GB storage option for the Galaxy S8 alongside a massive RAM of 6GB. It is just recent that the Korean company launched its first 6GB RAM phone in the shape of Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro. Apparently, this module is headed to the S8, which will mean the Galaxy S7 has 2GB less. The latter also offers 32GB and 64GB storage options only.
Apple was also among the few high-profile companies that debuted phones without a 3.5mm headphone port. Well, Samsung is also keen to take this path with the Galaxy S8 with a USB-C-based headphone port.
AI Assistant and camera
With Google Pixel having debuted with an AI Assistant like that of Apple’s iPhone 7 (Siri), Samsung is also rumored to be working on its own AI Assistant. This is meant to take the place of the failed S-Voice, but the details on this matter are still scarce.
There’s word that Samsung might go the dual-lens camera way. Well, this is unlikely given how great the Galaxy S7 camera is yet it is a single-lens setup. Instead, Samsung might come in with a much larger aperture lens to beat the f/1.7 on the S7 while at the same time enhance the capabilities to take shots in poorly-lit areas. It has also been rumored that the selfie camera will come with support for autofocus and probably OIS like the HTC 10 – this will be way better than what the 5MP snapper on the S7 delivers.
From what it appears to be, the future is bright for Samsung. There’s probably a few things that might not show up as mentioned above, but for sure, expect Samsung Galaxy S8 to be a much better phone when compared to the Galaxy S7.