UPDATE 03-24-2017: With Samsung due to unveil its latest Galaxy S8 smartphone in just days’ time, leaked photos and videos have emerged displaying details of the new handset. The latest leaks reveal that the Galaxy S8 will benefit from an edge-to-edge screen, while the physical design of the device is also significantly altered from previous releases.
It seems that the Home button will indeed be removed, while the new Bixby smart assistant benefits from its own dedicated button. Bixby is also showcased in the video. Footage suggests that Bixby will feature a broad functionality, enabling users to be supported in a wide range of tasks.
The video in question is believed to display an early version of the Galaxy S8, and it suggests that Samsung has decided to relocate the fingerprint sensor to the back of the device. This has been necessitated by the larger screen included in the Korean company’s phone. It is also notable in the leaked images that the Galaxy S8 will very much take its cue from previous premium Edge versions of the Galaxy range.
Leaked images also suggest that the Galaxy S8 will retail in at least four different colors, with black, grey, silver and gold models definitely available. Unconfirmed rumours have previously suggested that the Galaxy S8 will feature a pressure-sensitive display, and that this latest leak certainly seems to confirm this notion.
Another intriguing aspect of the Galaxy S8 is its purported ability to connect to a physical monitor. This feature is available in the upcoming Android O software, and is expected to be migrating to the Galaxy S8 eventually. The newest version of Android will not be ready in time for the release of the Galaxy S8, meaning that it will instead run a modified version of the Android Nougat OS.
Prominent leaker Evan Blass has reported that the Galaxy S8 should retail at €799 in Europe, with the larger S8+ model priced at €899. The American consumer electronics market usually compares very favorably with Europe, so this suggests that both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will retail at significantly under $1,000 in the US.
Samsung will launch the new smartphone at an event in New York on Wednesday, after it decided to abandon its usual procedure of unveiling at the Mobile World Congress. There is no doubt that the Galaxy S8 is a particularly critical mobile for Samsung after the fiasco of the exploding Galaxy Note 7. thus, the Galaxy S8 is expected to be a particularly outstanding performer, and thus the handset has been linked with some powerful specs.
It is believed, though, that Samsung will stick with quad HD for the Galaxy S8, with the smartphone version of the phone having a 5.8-inch screen, and the larger Galaxy S8+ benefiting from a 6.2-inch display.
RAM and storage
It is expected that both models in the Galaxy S8 series will benefit from micro SD functionality, meaning that the amount of storage in the handsets will be flexible. But a baseline of 64GB for the Galaxy S8 has been anticipated, alongside 32GB for the standard smartphone.
Samsung will also resist the temptation to increase the RAM memory included in the handset to 6GB, instead providing 4 GB of memory for both models in this generation.
There is some debate over whether the Galaxy S8 will be fitted with a dual-lens camera, but the larger Galaxy S8+ is definitely expected to feature this provision. Samsung has been less committed to increasing the megapixel rating of cameras in recent device releases, and is thus expected to stick with 12-megapixels for the Galaxy S8 generation. An f/1.7 aperture is also anticipated.
Harman Kardon stereo speakers will be fitted in both versions of the Galaxy S8, as the Korean corporation looks to benefit from its purchase of the audio technology company.
The Galaxy S8+ will require the larger battery in order to deal with the more sizeable screen included in the handset. This means that the phablet will benefit from a 3,500 mAh battery, with the smaller Galaxy S8 expected to feature a 3,000 mAh unit. Fast charging will also be included in both models.
The processor included in the Galaxy S8 will depend upon geographical location. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 is intended for the Western marketplace, with the Exynos 8895 to be used in East Asia. Samsung has continually relied on its proprietary technology for its native marketplace, and it remains to be seen whether this will ever migrate to the west as well.
Nonetheless, the latest Snapdragon release will be clocked at 2.4 GHz for the larger cores, meaning that the Galaxy S8 will be an extremely nifty performer.
Finally, a new leak seems to have confirmed the preorder date for this smartphone. According to Dutch site AndroidWorld, Samsung’s new flagship will go up for preorder in the Netherlands and Belgium, on March 29. This is very much commensurate with previous previous predictions, and indicates that the smartphone will be available at some point during April.
However, there is disagreement regarding precisely when the Galaxy S8 will go on sale, with some reports suggesting that the release date will be April 29. But other sources have suggested that the smartphone will be on the market in Korea from April 11. It is not impossible that Samsung could use different release dates for the East Asian and Western marketplace, but this certainly hasn’t been the case with recent releases, and the American market is particularly important to the mega-corporation.
Nonetheless, it seems that we will not have a huge amount of time to wait in order to find out, with the likelihood that this hugely anticipated device will finally be unveiled next week.
UPDATE 03-17-2017: The latest leaks on the Galaxy S8 suggest that the device will benefit from the slimmest bezels of any Samsung release to date. This suggestion has been derived from what is deemed to be an official Galaxy S8 event poster, presented on Twitter by the frequent tipster @UniverseIce.
This poster features an image of what is purported to be the forthcoming Galaxy S8, although our glimpse of this handset is limited to a partial silhouette. Also notable is the mixture of English and Korean on the promotional material, suggesting that it is intended for the East Asian marketplace.
The handset is depicted horizontally in the image, with slim portions of the bezels of the device visible at the top and bottom extremities of the smartphone, and it is from this that one can confirm that the bezels are indeed extremely slim.
Samsung has declined to comment on these rumors, indicating that its policy is to remain silent on rumor and speculation. But the view of the analyst and Samsung-following community is that the image certainly appears to be legitimate.
Aside from its authenticity, the image also confirms several leaks that have been linked with the Galaxy S8 previously. Above all else, it is noticeable that the poster depicts a Galaxy S8 with an all-screen visage. This has been rumored for