Samsung Galaxy S8 rumour round up

We know the Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming this year, and there’s no shortage of rumours and leaks. The Samsung Galaxy S8 seems to have reached the point in its pre-release timeline where we’re privy to most of its release details. Here’s what we know about Samsung’s next flagship, including the Galaxy S8 release date, specs, features, and price, lining them up into the best picture of what Samsung will show off this Spring in the Galaxy S line of smartphones.

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Alleged real life photo of the Galaxy S8 via Venture Beat

Samsung Galaxy S8 is reportedly coming out in two screen sizes both of which will be bigger than the Galaxy Note 7. Although the screen real estate is considerably more than the previous generation of Galaxy S devices, the smaller (still bigger than Note 7) version of the Galaxy S8 is supposed to be the same size as a Galaxy S7 Edge overall thanks to the 90% screen to body ratio. Also this time around, it’s slightly more likely than before that the Galaxy S series will go all-edgy, and will therefore remove the “Edge” from their name.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8 (smaller variant)

  • Display: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED with 1440 x 2650 pixel resolution (that’s Quad HD, or 2K) with curved edges on left and right sides
  • Operating System: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Samsung Exynos 10-nm SoC dependent on region
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • Camera: Dual-lens 16MP/8MP(wide) back-facing camera with f/1.7 optics, 4K video recording abilities, dual-LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/1.7 optics.
  • Internal Storage: 64GB with 256GB-capable microSD card slot for storage expansion
  • Other Features: Fingerprint scanner on back, Metal frame, Gorilla Glass front and back, Wireless charging, USB-C, water-resistant.
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Via  GSMArena

Samsung Galaxy S8 (larger variant)

  • Display: 6.2-inch Super AMOLED with 1440 x 2650 pixel resolution (that’s Quad HD, or 2K) with curved edges on left and right sides
  • Operating System: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Samsung Exynos 10-nm SoC dependent on region
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • Camera: Dual-lens 16MP/8MP(wide) back-facing camera with f/1.7 optics, 4K video recording abilities, dual-LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/1.7 optics.
  • Internal Storage: 64GB with 256GB-capable microSD card slot for storage expansion
  • Other Features: Fingerprint scanner on back, Metal frame, Gorilla Glass front and back, Wireless charging, USB-C, water-resistant.

As we near the supposed launch date somewhere around mid-April, there seems to be an increasing consensus that both the variants will feature a 3.5mm headphone jack despite some earlier rumours suggesting Samsung might go the Apple route, as it is quite known to do. This makes Apple’s task of moving the entire industry away from the headphone jack almost impossible, (if that was their goal in the first place) because Samsung is the largest smartphone manufacturer and if Samsung decides to stick with the headphone jack, well, all the better for the consumers.

This will also ensure that the other Android manufacturers that have dropped the headphone jack already – some even before Apple just to be the first for a change – will have to follow Samsung’s lead.

Bixby

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Another talked about feature of the Galaxy S8 is Bixby, the digital assistant from Samsung, which can reportedly be accessed on both the variants via a dedicated button on the side. This is Samsung’s newest attempt at a virtual assistant, made to take on the likes of Apple’s Siri and – perhaps – making it possible to replace Google’s own Google Assistant.

DeX

Then there’s also DeX. This is perhaps something like Microsoft’s Continuum for a desktop PC sort of experience with the smartphone as the hardware. The hardware in today’s smartphones is undoubtedly powerful enough to be able to run a basic desktop experience to a point – perhaps closer to a Chrome OS sort of situation though rather than a full-on bit of competition for Windows or Apple’s OS X.

Android Nougat does have split screen, agreed, but it is still not even a nice tablet experience let alone being able to provide a good desktop experience like Chrome OS. That’s why I am not that sold on this DeX idea if it indeed is true. However, if anything, Samsung is well-known for heavily altering Android for its needs and it is possible they might just surprise us with DeX.

Price

Of course, all these, I should say significant improvements might come at a significant extra cost. If not, kudos to Samsung but at least according to current rumours, Euro countries have about a 100-Euro increase in price when comparing the smallest Galaxy S7 to the smallest Galaxy S8. The larger variant of the Galaxy S8 is tipped to come at a cool price of 899 Euro, the smaller one, a 100 Euro less.

Launch

As previously mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to arrive somewhere around mid-April although if one was to pin point an exact date, the most recent believable rumour suggests that April 21st will be the day we first see all the official Galaxy S8 devices we can handle. Yes, Samsung will not be revealing the smartphones at MWC this year.

Note : Everything in this article has been collected from various sources, and various rumours that have cropped up over time and have stuck around. Click here to view them all.

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