Samsung Galaxy S8: Samsung unveiled its flagship Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at the Mobile World Congress 2016 on February 21. It went on to sell in Europe and North America on March 11. With the latest flagship phone on the market shelve, it’s time we start counting days for Galaxy S8. For interested fans, there are already tons of rumours, concept design with note-worthy specifics floating around the internet. As far as the new concept look goes, S8 is planning on bringing new stuff on board alongside improving on speed, expanding options, we may even see a larger screen, more internal storage, faster processor, etc. We are going to do a roundup of all these information and also talk about the probable release date of Galaxy S8.
Galaxy S8 Concept
We have been listening to the wants of Samsung fans, and it seems like the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have all that is desired. According to speculations, the device is going to be as good as any, if not better. It is supposed to have improved visual display, camera features, better interface, increased security, etc. Added to these the S8 will have premium glass outer body both of the front and back and Corning Gorilla glass that’ll improve both durability and protection of the smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Features
The Samsung S series is going to have a couple of improved features like security, productivity, more speed, and smoother to function. The Samsung Note 7 comes with an iris scanner, and it is expected that the Galaxy S8 will also have an improved version of Iris scanner. So now you will be able to unlock the phone just by staring at it. Rumours are that the iris scanner will also be faster, i.e. take less time to respond and much more responsive.
Galaxy S8 Variants
Predicting the variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a hell of a tough job. Many believe that Samsung could stick to the current formula of releasing a standard model and a larger variant with the dual-edge display. But, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 with a dual-edge screen and made it the standard model. So we think that the Korean tech giant may incorporate the same strategical move in the S-Series too, and the Galaxy S8 Edge could be the released as the new Galaxy S8. And the main reason behind our confidence is a recent report published in the Korean Herald, which claims that the tech conglomerate has already given hints of removing the standard flat-screen variant and replacing it with the edge version.
Moreover, according to Koh Dong-Jin, the head of the Samsung’s mobile business has also said that the has decided to make the edge display their signature move of the Galaxy S smartphone series only if the tech giant can satisfy the consumers through the software and the user-friendly functions for the curved screen.
Also, the Korean media had reported previously that Samsung is planning to launch five flagship handsets in 2017 including the foldable Galaxy X. We are expecting that Samsung will unveil at least one Galaxy Note phone, which also comes under this group of five coveted smartphones. So it indicates that there will be two or three variants of Galaxy S8 and also a slight chance of the Galaxy S8 Mini to make a comeback.
Although we are not sure whether Galaxy S8 Mini will be released or not, one thing is for sure, Samsung is going to launch a big-screen version of the upcoming handset; called the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus; featuring a 6-inch display. The Korean tech giant is going to introduce the bigger screen model to bridge the gap between the flagship Galaxy S series, and the flagship phablet Galaxy Note series. As per a Korean publication, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will sport a 6-inch AMOLED screen, unlike the 5-inch AMOLED screen which will be featured on the regular Samsung Galaxy S8 model. Although the increase in size won’t make the handset substantially bigger as Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has been reported to come with very thin bezels. As the Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle has made the company to recall the device, Samsung is looking to fill the gap by launching the Galaxy S8 Plus with a 6-inch screen.
Galaxy S8 Specs and New Features
Samsung has picked the best specs and features of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and upgraded them accordingly to make the Samsung Galaxy S7 a beast of a handset. The smartphone comes with the waterproof body and staggering expandable storage. Although, we are very impressed with the phone. Still, there are plenty of opportunities to improve the phone. We have discussed all the probable Samsung Galaxy S8 features and specs below, so kindly go through the whole article.
The Galaxy S7 flaunts a design combining glass and metal which gives the phone a stunning premium look. So, we don’t think the Korean tech giant is going to change the design in the upcoming instalment. Now the question arises whether the Galaxy S8 is going to be packed with a removable battery or not. As of now, that seems very unlikely, unless Samsung does something unexpected with the design, just like their Korean rival LG did with the G5. On the other hand, faster and wireless charging is more believable to feature regarding the battery aspect.
Galaxy S8 Screen Size and Resolution
The Korean tech giant has been sporting a 5.1-inch screen size for the regular Galaxy S models since the Galaxy S5. So it looks like the Galaxy S8 won’t go through a drastic change and will be released with an impeccable display size. Moreover, the Galaxy S7 Edge with the 5.5-inch is the by far the biggest display sized phone, Samsung has launched under the prestigious Galaxy S series of handsets. So, we think it will come with a 5.2-inch display while the Galaxy S8 Plus is expected to flaunt a 6-inch display.
Now the question looms large over the screen resolution of the Samsung Galaxy S8. As Sony has already introduced the 4K display in their Xperia Z5 Premium handset, Samsung is also planning to include it on its upcoming flagship device with a pixel resolution of 3840 x 2160. Also, the compatibility with the Gear VR is also tempting the Korean company to bring in the 4K display in the Galaxy S8.
There is no doubt about it that the Quad HD display on the S7 looks fantastic. But when a user connects the handsets with the Gear VR, the experience gets fairly pixelated as the resolution becomes halved, Full HD for each eye. Since the Virtual reality is the most emerging and next big thing in the tech world, it will be not at all surprising that the Galaxy S8 comes with a 4K display, as then only the user will get a Quad HD resolution for each eye while looking through the VR.
The tech gurus are also optimistic about the 4K display because Samsung has already launched a device with a 5.5-inch screen and an Ultra HD resolution (pixel density of 806ppi) especially for the virtual reality devices. So if the company can put the 4K display into a headset, they can do it for the Galaxy S8 too. But Samsung may incorporate the 4K display only in the Galaxy S8 Plus rather than the smaller regular model, to lure the customers to go for the more premium model.
Galaxy S8 Cameras
Dual-cameras have become more of a standard feature of today’s flagship smartphones and Apple with the launch of the latest iPhone 7 has set a benchmark for the other companies too. Moreover, LG and Huawei has also launched their respective flagships LG G5 and Huawei P9 with the dual-camera setup.
Samsung is also trying to unveil the upcoming Galaxy S8 with same camera setup too. According to a report based on a Chinese source, the Galaxy S8 will feature a 12 and 13-mega pixel dual-lens primary camera manufactured by Samsung Motors. Now, whether the company will introduce a telephoto lens just like the iPHone 7 or different sensors like the P9 or different fields of view like the G5, be also that is yet to be revealed.
Also, the handset is expected to sport an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper, which will be an upgrade from the current 5-megapixel front camera of the Samsung Galaxy S7. Moreover, the device will reportedly to come with a Smart Glow feature, which is a circular LED on its primary camera to notify the users of their various phone activities.
The Galaxy S7 is powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or an Exynos 8890 chipset, depending on the region it is going to be sold. But the upcoming device will surely take a notch up, at least in the processor category. According to the recent reports, the Korean tech giant is grabbing the lion’s share of the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors and also forcing its competitors to use the older Snapdragon 821 chipset. That means no smartphone which will be released before the unveiling of the Galaxy S8 will feature the Snapdragon 821 SoC. Now the only problem is whether Snapdragon 835 processor will be ready to be featured in the upcoming flagship during this little time. Samsung avoided using the Snapdragon 810 in its Galaxy S handsets due to overheating issue two years ago. But a lot has changed during the last couple of years and has changed at a rapid pace. Last year the Korean tech powerhouse had stricken a deal with Qualcomm to manufacture Snapdragon 820 processors.And due to this deal, it is more likely that the upcoming Galaxy S8 will come with brand new Snapdragon 835 processor.
Also, the 2017 processors are expected to manufacture with a 10nm process, and many leaks suggest that ARM has already started working on 10nm chipsets. Now the current generation chips are manufactured with 14 nm process, and both Qualcomm and Samsung use ARM chipsets. So there are high chances the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor or Snapdragon 835 processor. The benefit of a 10nm processor is, it will be more powerful as well as energy efficient. Moreover, the Snapdragon 835 chipset features Qualcomm’s X16 modem which is going to be significantly quicker than the Galaxy S7’s X12 modem and will support download speed up to 1GB per second. So with this insane downloading speed you can even be able to download films in a blink of an eye or can theoretically stream a VR event live.
Till now Samsung was reluctant to welcome the latest version of USB on its phones as the Galaxy S7 still features Micro-USB 2.0. But things have changed as Apple has already incorporated the Lighting port in iPhone 7 and Samsung is also thinking to introduce the USB Type-C in the upcoming Galaxy S8.
As we said earlier, USB Type- C is very much similar with Apple’s Lightning port, as both are reversible in nature. That means the user can plug the cable in either way round. Moreover, the USB Type-C offers faster charging and capable of supplying more power. Another reason Samsung is going to stick with the Micro-USB port is to ensure that the Galaxy S8 will be fully compatible with next generation Gear VR headset, which is expected to come before or with the new flagship handset.
Not only that, new reports also suggest that the upcoming handset could come with Samsung’s UFS 2.1 flash storage, rather than UFS 2.0. This Universal Flash Storage will probably come with a maximum capacity of 256GB and works significantly faster than the previous version.
The previous Galaxy series handsets feature supported voice interaction using its S Voice application. But the upcoming Galaxy S8 might come with the new voice-powered digital assistant which many are calling Bixby. This new voice-powered digital assistant would give the company an AI presence in all the Galaxy S8’s own applications. Digital AI has been massively popular among the smartphone users, and Apple with Siri, Microsoft with Cortana and Google with the imaginatively named Google Assistant, all have got an extra edge for the presence of the AI assistance in their flagship handsets. As Samsung is doing everything they could to make the Galaxy S8 interesting and to make up the loss they suffered due to Galaxy Note 7, the inclusion of the Digital AI will surely help them to achieve their target.
As the battery of the Note 7 has garnered so much controversy, the Korean firm is planning about an ‘all-new battery’ with the idea of batteries being replaceable. So there are chances, after the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8 could be another flagship device which will come with a removable battery.
For many years, Samsung is playing with the operating system of their phones. Samsung also developed their very own operating system Tizen OS which does not garner as much popularity as Android. However, a recent patent showed that the Korean tech giant is again thinking to replace Android with other OS in their upcoming smartphones. As Tizen is not at all a suitable and perfect replacement for Android in their upcoming flagship device, the company is thinking to install both Android and Windows in the Galaxy S8. The user will also be able to switch or boot into either OS as per their choice and demand
So if the Galaxy S8 comes with the dual-boot technology and two completely different operating systems, it will give them a massive edge over their rival smartphone making companies. From the user’s point of view, it will be a real gem too. The users will get the best of both operating systems in one phone. Samsung previously tried the same thing, doing the dual-boot, when they launched the Ativ Q convertible laptop in 2013, but the laptop did not gain as much popularity as the company expected and had to shelve the product eventually.
The patent we are talking about earlier also revealed some images where the company explained the idea of booting multiple operating systems on a mobile handset and whether Android and Windows could coexist on a handset or not. The images also described how the users would be able to switch between the operating systems.
Although the images did not reveal the name of the device, it could be an upcoming Galaxy Note or a tablet made by Samsung. Moreover, before you start dancing in joy about the dual–boot and two operating systems in a single smartphone, keep in mind that technology described in patents isn’t always implemented in commercial products.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Key Specs At a Glance
- Display: 5.2-inch
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160
- RAM: 8GB
- Processor: Snapdragon 835
- Operation System: Android Nougat
- Internal Memory: 256 GB
- Rear Camera: 12MP and 13MP
- Front Camera: 8MP
- Battery: 3,500 mAh removable battery
Galaxy S8 Release Date
Samsung has been pretty consistent with their releases and likes to stick to their annual release date for their flagship devices.Earlier reports suggested that the South Korean mobile manufacturing company is going to unveil the brand new Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Conference 2017 event which is going to kick off from 27th February and will go on until 2nd march. The fans also expected that the much-awaited handset will go on sale around April.
But after the launch of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has been heavily criticised due to the dodgy production fault of the coveted device. Many users have complained that the battery of the Galaxy Note 7 has violently exploded while charging the phablet. This has given birth of massive controversies, and the Korean company has suffered tremendous losses as the consequences (almost $5.3bn ).
So now, Samsung is playing absolute safe when it comes to the Samsung S8 release date. According to the recent reports, it is confirmed that the tech giant is not going to launch their upcoming flagship device during the MWC 2017 event because “to enhance product safety following an investigation into the cause of fires in its premium Note 7 devices.”. Speaking to Reuters, Koh Dong-jin, Samsung Mobile’s Chief Executive said that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 will not be ready to get released on MWC 2017 in Barcelona, just like the previous Samsung Galaxy S series devices. Furthermore, he added that the company has learnt the lesson from the Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco and said, “The lessons of this incident are deeply reflected in our culture and process.” Koh also added that the company is working hard to regain the trust of the users; “Samsung Electronics will be working hard to regain consumer trust.”
So now the million dollar question is when will the Samsung Galaxy S8 get released? According to the latest rumours, Samsung is planning to hold a simultaneous launch event in the different cities over the USA and Europe. The famous tipster @Ricciolo1, who previously predicted that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress 2017 next month, said on his Tweeter account that the handset will be unveiled in a multiple-city launch event on 29th March and the phone will be available to buy from mid-April. He also added that the Korean tech conglomerate will have a “record breaking marketing campaign” for its upcoming flagship device.
Apart from the march 29, a few other dates have also been predicted as the possible release date of Samsung Galaxy S8. Some rumours hinted that the much-awaited device will be released in the 17th week of 2017, between April 24 and April 30 this year. Other leaks suggested for an April 18 availability. So as the company has not announced the official Galaxy S8 release date yet, we will advise you to take it with a pinch of salt.
Here a list of release dates for the Galaxy S series based on which we are going to conclude a Samsung Galaxy S8 release date.
Samsung Galaxy S Series Release Dates
Galaxy S – March 2010
Galaxy S II – May 2011
Galaxy S III – May 2012
Galaxy S4 – April 2013
Galaxy S5 – April 2014
Galaxy S6 – April 2015
Galaxy S7 – March 2016
Galaxy S8 – March 2017
Samsung Galaxy S8 Price
The price of the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone is likely to be a little more than that of S7, but fans will be happy to know that the increase won’t be anything too significant. Speculations are that an increase in price will be a great disappointment for Samsung enthusiasts, therefore, the company has intended to keep the price almost same just like they’ve kept the launch date around the same time as the last release.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 was priced around $750 and $800, so we think is the Samsung Galaxy S8 price is going to be something under $1000. Another reason for not increasing the price of Galaxy S8 is that, these days competitors like Xiaomi, Huawei who are making some of the most excellent devices that are not just equipped with great features but are extremely pocket-friendly. We’ll update you on the official launch price once the official word is out from the company.
Update: Seems like Samsung may not launch its upcoming flagship device i.e. the Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017, which is scheduled to be happened at Barcelona, Spain. The South Korean Smartphone manufacturer is not taking any more chances after the Galaxy Note 7 Fiasco, and that’s why it is taking time to launch the upcoming Galaxy S series Smartphone. Hopefully this time we will be seeing the much-awaited innovation from the company in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch event.
With the kind of expectations and rumours doing the round, one can tell Samsung’s flagship phone Galaxy S8 is already ranked as one of the top smartphones of the year 2017. We are constantly on the lookout for new developments or leaked news on the Galaxy S8, and as we get them, we are going to keep updating this post. Stay tuned for more Samsung Galaxy S8 new features, specs, and rumours.