As more and more rumours related to the Samsung Galaxy S8 come in, we can’t help but notice the heavy inspiration taken from the Apple’s latest offerings. Earlier we heard that the Galaxy S8 is expected to come with a pressure sensitive display – similar to Apple’s 3D Touch – and now a fresh leak hints that the Galaxy S8 will come in two variants.
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 series smartphones will reportedly come in two display sizes – 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch – and the larger one will be called the Galaxy S8 Plus. Furthermore, the Samsung flagship will let go of the Home Button, another feature that is heavily rumoured for the iPhone 8.
A report from Korea (first spotted by Android Soul) claims that the prototypes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus have been made, and the units have been sent to the CEO and Vice Chairman for approval. The Galaxy S8 has a single camera setup at the back because the tech was too costly to feature in the base model, but the larger Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus model dons the dual camera setup at the back – a first in the Samsung smartphone range, but similar to what we say with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
There’s a lot of pressure on Samsung to get the Galaxy S8 flagship right, given its last year’s misjudgment. In its rush to beat Apple, Samsung released Galaxy Note 7 sooner than its usual release cycle and paid heavily for it in the form of exploding battery problems.
The company has reportedly set a goal to ship 60 million Galaxy S8 units this year, much higher than the shipments of the last three years. Apart from the abovementioned features, Samsung is expected to remove the headphone jack from the Galaxy S8, once again, similar to the latest iPhone models.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will reportedly not debut at MWC, and will instead be launched sometime in mid-April.
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|LAUNCH||Announced||Not announced yet|
|Build||Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~474 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|– Always-on display
– TouchWiz UI
|PLATFORM||OS||Android OS, v7.0|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
|Internal||64/128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||Dual 12 MP, phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec.|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|– 24-bit/192kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Iris scanner, fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– Samsung Desktop Experience support
– Fast battery charging
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion battery|
|MISC||Colors||Black, White, Gold, Silver, Pink Gold|