The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus are, undoubtedly, amongst the most awaited phones this year. In case you’re familiar with the unfolding of events in the mobile industry in the last few months, you probably know that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017, Las Vegas) did not see Samsung unveiling the S8, or its bigger counterpart, the S8 Plus. Unfortunately, the flagship devices will not even make it to this year’s Mobile World Congress, the next big trade show taking place in Spain. Nevertheless, industry experts speculate that the handsets will be introduced sometime during March or April.
Reasons for This Launching Date for S8 & S8 Plus
Curious why we think it could be April? Well, that’s because Samsung filed for trademarks and branding of the Galaxy S8, making the launch evident in the near future. What’s more exciting, however, are the features that the handsets are supposed to come with. The Galaxy S series has been a flagship device for the company, and we are quite optimistic Samsung will leave no stone unturned in order to repair the PR fiasco that followed the Note 7 battery issue.
We recently were able to get our hands on some leaked images and one this is for sure, Samsung isn’t compromising on anything when it comes to quality.Samsung has known to be a sport when it comes to experimenting with cameras, but it really hit the sweet spot with the rear camera in S7. The unit featured a lens with an aperture of f/1.7, which makes space for more light to come in, thus producing better and sharper pictures even in low-light conditions. What some people failed to notice was that a lens with the same aperture had been used in the front camera as well, making it significantly better for those enjoying clicking selfies.
Under the Hood
What this indicates is that the Samsung S8 would at least have the same lens, or a better one to stay ahead of the competition. As per speculation, the S8 does not feature a dual lens camera, and the rear camera is supposed to a 12MP unit with f/1.7 aperture. The front camera is expected to be an 8MP unit with the aperture equal to the main imaging unit. The front panel also houses the iris scanner, while the rear camera is adjusted to make space for the fingerprint scanner.
We’re anticipating the S8 to sport a 5.8-inch screen, whereas the S8 Plus will feature a 6.2-inch display. However, both variants will be seen sporting curved SUPER AMOLED displays, with aspect ratios of 18.5:9. The design leaks surfacing the web right now suggest that the display will also have room for pressure points, but only in the lower part of the screen. Also, contrary to the speculation, the S8 and S8 Plus do feature the 3.5mm headset slot (not following the trend Apple Inc. tried to set), as well as the Type-C USB support.
The overall design on the front features the dual curved display, which we might as well mention is almost completely bezel-less, as well as more than a couple of ports housing sensors. The left side of the device houses the power button as well as the volume rocker, but the right only has one, and we assume that is nothing else but Samsung’s much hyped Bixby AI assistant.
The screen-to-body ratio on any mobile device is expensive real-estate space, and Samsung wants to give as much room as possible. In this regard, we expect the upcoming devices to have nearly 90% screen-to-body ratio. Some reports also suggest that the display on the S8 will have an ultra HD screen (4K), that can readily be used for virtual reality applications. There has been some criticism when it comes to the AMOLED technology applied by Samsung, but let’s just say it – we all love it! The popularity of the EDGE models alone is proof that the technology is quite popular, despite what technical critics have to say about it.
In line with the battery used in the last flagship models (namely, Galaxy S7 and its variants), the S8 is supposedly featuring a 3000mAh battery unit. Its larger counterpart, however, would be given a slightly bigger unit, with a capacity of 3500mAh. Market experts are also of the opinion that both models will feature two different processors (based on the region they are being released). It could either be the Snapdragon 835 from Qualcomm or an Exynos chip (the company’s proprietary processor). Both these are based on the new 10nm FinFET (Fin Field Effect Transistor) technology which promises a significant rise in performance as well as power efficiency. Internal memory has been pegged to start at 64GB, with support for microSD cards, but nothing is yet known of the higher tier models in terms of storage space.
Additionally, and in contrast to the rumours of Samsung going in for a 6 or 8GB ROM, there are talks that the South Korean mobile manufacturer will go for a 4GB ROM.
While Google Assistant and Siri are fine applications, Alexa from Amazon seems truly better in the world of digital assistants. It is for this reason that Samsung is set to compete against Amazon, and their answer is Bixby. For those who are unaware, this is not the company’s first assistant in this arena. Samsung had worked and brought on its S-Voice, but it became obsolete, practically because it was useless.
With the lessons learned in mind, we don’t expect Samsung to miss another chance. There is not much known about the digital assistant as of now, but we for sure know that it would enable you to do payments using voice commands. For example, to send money, a simple command like “Bixby, send X amount to Y” should be enough for your phone to do that for you.
The Samsung S8 and S8 Plus are much awaited devices, especially after the S7 and the S7 EDGE were received warmly. We’re waiting for the day these phones are launched so that we may become the first of people to get our hands on ‘em.