With each passing day, the rumor mill is adding a new feature to Samsung’s yet-to-be-announced flagship Galaxy S8. Now Steve Litchfield of All About Windows Phone has obtained a leaked slide detailing a remarkable feature. The Galaxy S8 would offer a Continuum-like desktop experience that will allow you to use windowed apps on a large screen using keyboard and mouse.
Samsung’s desktop experience to support multi-tasking
The ‘Samsung Desktop Experience’ described in the slide is similar to Microsoft’s Continuum. Continuum turns a Windows 10 Mobile handset into a PC if you connect it to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. However, Continuum currently does not support multiple windows simultaneously. The taskbar shows all the running apps, and you can switch between them.
In Samsung’s desktop experience, the Galaxy S8 is the “main” component of the setup, while the monitor, keyboard, and mouse are part of the “extended workspace.” The smartphone is plugged into a display showing multiple windows. It indicates that Samsung is looking to beat Continuum by supporting multi-window workspaces. Microsoft’s Continuum allows you to run only one window at a time on a single workspace.
Galaxy S8 as an enterprise device
The setup offers a full desktop experience with multi-window multi-tasking. While the phone is connected to the monitor through a cable, the keyboard and mouse could be connected using Bluetooth, reports GSMArena. However, Samsung won’t be the first company to bring this functionality to Android. Motorola introduced OneCompute last year in June.
The feature would establish the Galaxy S8 as an enterprise device. After the untimely demise of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung needs to maintain a presence in the business device space. The Korean electronics giant is said to launch the Galaxy S8 in 5-inch and 6-inch variants. The 6-inch model would come with an optional S Pen stylus, and would target the Note 7 users.
Galaxy S8: Other features and specs
The Galaxy S8 is rumored to support Bluetooth 5.0, which was recently certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The Bluetooth 5.0 boasts four times the range, twice the speed, and eight times the broadcast message capacity compared to Bluetooth 4.0. The phone is expected to be powered by 8GB RAM and Snapdragon 835 processor built using 10nm manufacturing process.
A recent trademark filing by Samsung indicates that the Galaxy S8 will have a dedicated “Beast Mode” to deliver enhanced performance. The device is also expected to come with Samsung’s Bixby AI assistant that would work with all the native apps on the Galaxy S8. Samsung is planning to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack on the S8, and go for “wireless in-ear headphones” or a USB Type-C port. The next-gen flagship is said to be unveiled in April at a special event in New York.