Gossip has it that Samsung plans to publicize the Galaxy S8 device on February 26, 2017, which is one day before Mobile World Congress starts. And according to The Korea Herald, Samsung is already placing module orders for the Galaxy S8. The launch of the Galaxy S8 is a big deal because Samsung is looking to redeem itself in the smartphone market due to the massive Galaxy Note 7 recall caused by burning issues.
There has been gossip about the features that will be included in the Samsung Galaxy S8 over the last year or so. Some of the changes will be minor, but there are seven outstanding rumored features that makes the Galaxy S8 sound worth waiting for:
1.) Edge-To-Edge Display! No Physical Home Button
Samsung is allegedly going to be removing the Home button from the bottom of the Galaxy S8 in favor of a digital on-screen Home button. This would give the Galaxy S8 devices a full edge-to-edge display. The fingerprint sensor is expected to be combined directly into the display.
Apple is also rumored to be eliminating the Home button from the iPhone in 2017 in favor of an edge-to-edge display. By offering a device with an edge-to-edge display in March, Samsung would likely gain a good advantage against the “iPhone 8″ by about 6 months.
2.) 4K Resolution Screen
Ewan Spence of Forbes said that the front of the Galaxy S8 is expected to have a 4K resolution screen (3840 by 2160 pixels).
“Not only will this allow Samsung to market the smartphone as having one of the sharpest screens of any mobile device, it also makes the S8 into a suitable platform for the next generation of mobile VR. With each eye receiving a 2K ‘square’ display and a powerhouse graphics chip to drive the output, the Galaxy S8 will have the chance to be the machine that genuinely delivers on a portable VR experience,” Spence wrote in a blog post.
A display panel at over 800 pixels per inch would create a detailed and significantly immersive virtual reality experience while using the Gear VR. It also seems very likely that the Galaxy S8 will be well-matched with Google’s Daydream View VR headset — which will be available starting next month.
3.) Dual-Lens Cameras
Samsung suppliers are reportedly filling orders for dual-lens cameras that take DSLR-like photos in terms of quality. For the Galaxy S7, Samsung sells some units with a Samsung ISOCELL S5K2L1 sensor and some units with a Sony IMX260 sensor. Perhaps Samsung will use its own components and a third party again for the Galaxy S8 with more megapixels and brighter lenses. It is unknown whether Samsung will be using all-in-one dual cameras or separated dual cameras.
4.) Exynos 8895 & Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 Chipsets
What type of chipsets will be in the Samsung Galaxy S8? I’m assuming the Samsung Exynos 8895 chipset will make its way into the Galaxy S8 internationally and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 chipset within the U.S. The Exynos 8895 reportedly has a 3GHz maximum speed and a 70% improvement in image processing efficiency compared to its predecessor, according to PhoneArena.
5.) Headphone Jack Removed In Favor Of USB-C Audio
Like the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is reportedly not going to have a 3.5mm headphone jack. A USB-C port is expected to be used for wired headphones and charging. I would not be surprised if Samsung includes a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in the box just like Apple does with its Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapters.
6.) ARM Mali-G71 Graphics Chip
Last month, Spence reported that the Galaxy S8 will ship with the ARM Mali-G71 graphics chips, which are very powerful. “The Mali-G71 GPU is scalable from one to thirty two cores and delivers up to 20% better energy efficiency, 40% better performance density and 20% external memory bandwidth saving compared to Mali-T880 under similar conditions,” says ARM in the description of the Mali-G71 website. The Mali-T880 is the GPU that is used in the Galaxy S7.
7.) Two Display Sizes, Both With Edge Screens
Samsung made a flat version and an “Edge” version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7 over the last couple years. But rumor has it that there will be two versions of the S8, both having Edge screens. The distinguishing factor will be display sizes: one being 5.1-inch and one being 5.5-inch. And the displays will be sourced from Samsung’s own Display division. Since both devices could end up having “edge” screens, it seems likely that the names used for distinguishing the devices will be the word “Plus” instead of “Edge.” So the devices may end up being called “Galaxy S8″ and “Galaxy S8 Plus.”
What are your thoughts about the rumored Galaxy S8 features? Do you think you would buy a Galaxy S8 or the iPhone 8 next year? Share your thoughts in the comment box below 🙂