Is this the Samsung Galaxy S8? This week the first live photos have leaked of what is reportedly the Samsung Galaxy S8. For months on end we’ve been hearing rumors and seeing random leaks, but this looks the be the real deal. Not to mention new information putting past rumors to rest.
The new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will have screens significantly bigger than prior models. In fact, both will be bigger than the doomed Galaxy Note 7. This is in thanks to the removal of the physical home button and navigation keys we’ve seen over the course of seven years from Samsung.
While we already had a pretty good idea of what to expect, linked to above, a brand new report from VentureBeat fills in all the gaps. Provided by famous leakster Evan Blass, known as @evleaks on Twitter. If our own sources and this leak is accurate, both phones will be unveiled on March 29th, and released in mid April. That isn’t all though, read on for the latest key details.
For starters, both phones will be significantly bigger than prior models. All while managing to fit in roughly the same physical shell. Using Samsung’s new Infinity display technology, as detailed by The Guardian. How big? The Galaxy S8 will have a 5.8-inch display while the Galaxy S8 Plus comes in at 6.2-inches. Both bigger than the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung’s using curved 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD screens with very little screen to bezel ratio on the front fascia. Looking at the leaked image above it’s hard to see, but there is barely room for the camera up top. Let alone the speaker grill and any sort of Samsung logo marking up the front. This matches earlier reports and recently leaked photos.
The fingerprint scanner has now been reportedly placed on back, although the location is a bit odd being off to the side of the camera. Rather than below it like most other manufacturers. It will not be built into the glass, as previously rumored. Before we continue further, here’s the full spec sheet of the next Galaxy. At least according to new rumors.
Galaxy S8 Specs (Rumored)
- 5.8 and 6.2-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED Infinity Displays (Curved)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos Processor
- 4GB of RAM, 64GB of base storage and micro-SD expansion
- Android 7.1 Nougat with Samsung TouchWiz
- 12 Dualpixel Rear Camera with OIS, phase detection auto-focus, f/1.7 aperture
- 8 megapixel front camera f/1.7 aperture and more
- Fingerprint Scanner on back, Iris Scanner, Object Tracking Rear Camera
- 3,000 and 3,500 mAh battery with Fast & Faster Wireless Charging
- IP68 dust & water resistance
- Improved Always-On Display
- Dual Stereo Speaker configuration (One on top and another on bottom)
Adding more details to the spec sheet, Samsung is reportedly delivering improved cameras. Only marginally better than the Galaxy S7. It’s worth noting the new Snapdragon 835 and more efficient display means battery life should be excellent. Even if the screen sizes are much bigger than prior models. As a comparison, the Galaxy S7 Edge is 5.5-inches with a 3,600 mAh battery.
Evan continues by stating Samsung will integrate their own Siri and Google Assistant rival, called Bixby. Which stems from a recent acquisition by Samsung of a company called Viv Labs. It will reportedly be smarter and better than the competition. Using multi-part questions, complex questions or answers and more. Not to mention open to 3rd party developers. There will be a dedicated button for Samsung’s AI on the side of the device.
Following other reports as of late, Samsung could integrate a feature called DeX. This stands for desktop expansion, and will turn the Galaxy S8 into a powerful desktop-like experience using an accessory dock sold by the company.
In closing, the specs also include a pressure-sensitive display, at least on the lower half. Similar to the 3D Touch seen on prior Apple smartphones.
Galaxy S8 Release Date
Earlier this week our sources suggested a March 29th launch date for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. That same date has been somewhat confirmed in this new leak. Samsung will hold their annual Unpacked Event in New York City, at the end of March.
This delay is a month later than the anticipated Mobile World Congress unveil in February, to offer more strict testing and safety inspections to avoid another Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.
At the end of the day, Samsung’s two new phones should cost a little more than prior models, and be released around the globe on or around April 21st. Well, according to rumors. Nothing is confirmed until Samsung makes it official, but this could very well be the Galaxy S8. Thoughts?