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Here’s what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung may not have announced the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona last month, but it confirmed when the flagship is going to be unveiled. We’re only a couple of weeks away from the launch event, so this is the right time for a post that tells you what to expect from the Galaxy S8. There have been a lot of conflicting reports about the new flagship recently so many are bound to be confused. This post will help you make sense of everything that we know so far about Samsung’s new flagship smartphone.

Design

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This is where the Galaxy S8 is certainly going to end up surprising you. Even though there will be two models – the 5.7-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 – the design will be the same, and both will feature a Quad HD resolution dual-edge curved “Infinity Display.” Samsung appears to have made a significant leap in terms of design, at least that’s what all of the leaked pictures and videos will have you believe.

The Galaxy S8 ditches its home button in favor of minimal bezels, so the handset looks like a big slab of glass from the front. No physical home button means that the fingerprint sensor has been relocated to the rear alongside the camera which might take some getting used to. The handset is also expected to feature a fourth hardware button which will be used to fire up Bixby, the virtual assistant that Samsung is expected to introduce with the Galaxy S8.

Hardware

You obviously can’t talk about what to expect from the Galaxy S8 without talking about the hardware improvements that it’s going to bring. We already know that the upcoming flagship is going to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor that’s being produced by Samsung on its 10nm process, at least in markets like the US and China.

Most variants of the Galaxy S8 are going to be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9 series Exynos 8895 octa-core 64-bit processor with a Mali-G71 MP20 graphics processor and a 5CA LTE modem. It will be coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and some sketchy rumors have suggested that a China-specific variant may have as much as 8GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S8 is also expected to feature a microSD card slot, USB Type-C port, IP68 water and dust resistance certification, an iris scanner, wireless charging, 4G LTE. It may very well be the first smartphone with Bluetooth 5.0 support, and we can expect the latest and greatest in terms of specifications across the board.

Camera

The camera is most certainly one of the things that people check out when they decide to purchase a new handset, particularly a flagship handset, so Samsung surely has to improve in this department as well.

The Galaxy S8 reportedly has a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and dual-pixel autofocus as well as an 8-megapixel front camera. Samsung may have dropped a hint about a dual-camera system, but it’s likely that we may not get that with the upcoming handset. Numbers are one thing, we’ll only know for sure how good this camera is when we have the device in our hands.

Software

This is something that you can place a blind bet on. The Galaxy S8 will surely be running Android 7.0 Nougat when it arrives. Samsung’s Android skin, which is now called Samsung Experience, will be present. We already know what it looks and feels like on devices like the Galaxy S7 courtesy of the Nougat update, but it’s possible that some tweaks may be made for the new handset, so we’ll have to wait and check that out in person.

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Bixby

Samsung’s upcoming flagship is expected to feature a new artificial intelligence-powered assistant called Bixby. It’s said to have support for up to 8 languages at launch and be more useful than rivals like Siri and Cortana. It may have the ability to process payments and work with native apps. For example, if you were in the Gallery app and wanted to see pictures of dogs, you’d just ask Bixby to show you pictures of dogs.

While it was previously reported that Bixby was based on Viv Labs’ technology (Samsung acquired Viv Labs, which was founded by the creators of Siri, recently), a recent report claims that it’s based on Samsung’s own S Voice platform and not Viv Labs’ technology. We can only hope it will work great, as S Voice isn’t exactly the best voice assistant out there.

Additional Features

The Galaxy S8 is going to be a very capable device so it’s going to have quite a lot of features. Reports suggest that facial recognition might be onboard, in addition to iris scanning. It should provide an enhanced audio experience courtesy of AKG. Since the Galaxy Tab S3 has audio tuned by Harman’s AKG brand, it’s possible that the Galaxy S8 may receive the same treatment.

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Samsung has already confirmed that it’s going to ship AKG earphones with the Galaxy S8. Since it doesn’t have physical buttons, the Galaxy S8 is going to have soft keys instead which may be customizable and may adapt to suit different native apps.

The Galaxy S8 may also be able to provide PC-like functionality when hooked up to an external monitor. Samsung has been working on a new feature called Desktop eXperience. It’s going to require a separate dock called the DeX Station to hook up the Galaxy S8 to external monitors, even those that don’t have USB Type-C connectivity. This will be a feature similar to Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile.

Battery

There have been a lot of conflicting reports about the battery capacity of the upcoming flagship. Recent reports will have you believe that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will feature a 3000mAh and 3,500mAh battery respectively. If that ends up being the case, it might be a cause for concern, given that it simply may not be enough.

Since this is the first flagship smartphone after the Galaxy Note 7, there will obviously be concerns about battery safety as well. While it’s going to source the batteries from its own Samsung SDI affiliate, Samsung is also believed to have diversified the supply chain by also adding LG’s battery division and Japan’s Murata Manufacturing Works as suppliers. Samsung has also set up a new product quality division to ensure customers that there won’t be a repeat of the Galaxy Note 7.

Price and Release Date

We already know that Samsung is going to officially unveil the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus on March 29, but when will you be able to buy one? Reports suggest that pre-orders will commence on April 10 followed by the global release on April 21. However, merely three days ago, a new report surfaced claiming that the Galaxy S8 release date has been pushed back one week to April 28, so it’s unclear which of the two it’s going to be.

It’s also going to be a bit more expensive than its predecessors if reports are believed. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are expected to be priced at 799 euro and 899 euro respectively. Yes, these are high prices, and the edge-to-edge display is most likely going to be the biggest reason for the price hike.


With just a couple of weeks to go until the Galaxy S8 is officially unveiled on March 29, excitement is at an all-time high. Now that you know what to expect from the Galaxy S8, do let us know what you’re most excited about seeing in the new flagship. We’d also like to hear whether or not you think the Galaxy S8 is good enough to compete with other flagships on the market. Drop a comment down below and get the conversation going.

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Lucidfer
Lucidfer

It’s crazy how a corporation with the duty of maximising profit is voluntarily killing it’s competitive advantage, probably under the excuses of cost/risk management for mediocre scrap savings that will end-up making the company miss billions of revenue because of how unconvincing their product turns out to be.

And this, as I said, at the moment when despite the Note 7 failure Samsung won the biggest competitive edge with it’s super-powered Galaxy S7/Edge AND GearVR capabilities.

It’s absolutely ludicrous how irresponsible or untalented people in big corporations end-up taking non-sense counter-productive decisions with a certainty of underwhelming results.

adrifoxbg
adrifoxbg

Galaxy S8 only 3000 mAh battery with bigger 5.7 inches display? MADNESS !
Example Galaxy S6 edge with 2600 mAh was insufficient with 5.1 inches display.

jelly bean
jelly bean

adding in a few new features and changing the design of their current flagship will make samsung(and other phone manufacturers) big bucks. In fact from day to day usage theres no much difference in terms of the performance unless you are going into a detailed benchmark comparing both of them. Why do people upgrade their phones so frequently? This is due to manufacturer’s marketing tactics, such as promoting new features which may or may not be practical in daily usage.For example, I have never used the edge panel on my S7 edge as it was far too gimmicky than practical… Read more »

fajar4ever
fajar4ever

Very expensive may be later. I just interest to A series may be affordable price.

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Hi' I'm Steph Curry and I blew a 3-1 lead lol

battery is only 3000mah for 5.7 phone? thats stupidly too small

ijazali
ijazali

Can’t wait for S8+, After my S6 Edge Plus was stolen, I had intentions to buy Note 7 which turned out to be a disaster for Samsung. Waiting since then for the perfect smartphone, hope Samsung does not let me down this time with S8+ and let’s hope it’s worth the wait.

a1awan
a1awan

We all know that Samsung needed a delay in the release og S8. This because after the Note 7 battery scandal they needed some extra time to let the design and security be more complete and flawless. But in spite of the extra time spent to accomplish a perfect and safe smartphone they seem to under pressure and if possible could easily still spend several months for developing a perfect phone. Many new thoughts and ideas about designing have evolved in the process since the Note 7 was recalled. But by not to choose the optimal options and make the… Read more »

Scott Flynn
Scott Flynn

Why can they make having more physical space on the front screen on such a great phone as any Samsung Cell Phone, but not make UN- Breakable glass that protects it? Just a thought.

TodesUrteil82
TodesUrteil82

What we can expect firmware wise on the s8… all the functions thats not on the s7 and s6 that will be available like screen resolution etc. So samsung can force us to buy the s8 to get these functions. That is what we can expect from the s8.

Martin R.
Martin R.

How do you think this business works?

TodesUrteil82
TodesUrteil82

No I don’t agree. It’s a bad business practice. Imagine you buy lets say a graphics card from me I remove the twin fans and replace it with a single fan and say if you buy the new model from me it will have twin fans on the next model. But now you must be satisfied with the one fan model? Google didn’t add these features to sell on a new device in my opinion it was added for all devices that will be able to run it and thus to be added to all models. It seems that just… Read more »

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

The problem with your example is that Samsung isn’t selling devices that they are removing features from. The older phones are sold as they are. The bad business model, and I can’t prove that Samsung does this but I can’t prove that they don’t either, would be to purposefully cripple older devices to force an upgrade. It really feels that way sometimes when last generation devices seem to become buggy messes right when Samsung is about to release a new one. That said, Samsung seems to be working on fixing the bad part of the business model, and are stabilizing… Read more »

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

Why are you so rude, Martin? Let me fix your comment: Dear Todesurteil82, Samsung is known for creating devices that bring new and exciting features. They don’t like to remain stagnant. Also, they have to create a draw that makes people want to spend money on phones. A lot of people are frustrated when Samsung releases new phones because they want new features, but to get new features, you have to buy new phones. Samsung would lose money if all they did was add all of the new features to their old phones. What I think you should be more… Read more »

assassin2se7en
assassin2se7en

There is no expection for s8 .. shame on company and release nougat for other regions of s7 edge and other phones

David Martrano
David Martrano

Bring it on the sooner the better!

Ihbarme
Ihbarme

What about the display? RGB or PenTile?