The Galaxy S8 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of this year. Leaks and rumors about the device have been pouring in for months. Now The Guardian has obtained a huge amount of details on the phone from “several well-placed sources.” The publication said the Galaxy S8 would be announced in late March, and retail sales will begin “on or around April 21.” It corroborates with previous rumors suggesting it will be unveiled on March 29 in New York.
No room for Samsung’s logo on the front panel
Sources told The Guardian that the next-gen flagship will be available in two sizes, with screens in the “5-inch to 6-inch region.” Other reports indicate that the Galaxy S8 will have a 5-inch edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display, and the S8 Plus will come with a 6-inch screen. Despite sporting larger displays, the upcoming phones will be similar in size or smaller than the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge. That’s because the new handsets will have an almost bezel-less “infinity” display.
The “infinity” display will cover most of the face of the device. The top and bottom bezels are so small that there wasn’t even room to put Samsung’s logo or brand on the front. Though there were speculations that Samsung could embed the fingerprint scanner in the display, sources told The Guardian that the fingerprint scanner will be located on the back of the phone. If true, it will be first for Samsung’s flagship smartphone.
The headphone jack is not going away
Samsung is going to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, sources told the publication. Earlier leaks indicated that the Korean company was planning to ditch the traditional headphone jack in favor of a USB Type-C connector. The Galaxy S8 will also feature the iris scanner technology that Samsung introduced with the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.
Both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will have a “duo pixel” rear camera similar to that of the Galaxy S7. There will be only incremental camera improvements such as better speed, low-light performance, and image quality. As previously rumored, the camera will have a built-in object recognition feature. The object recognition feature is said to rely on Samsung’s AI assistant Bixby. It will allow users to scan an object using the camera app, and search it online and even buy it.
Galaxy S8 to have a Continuum-like feature
Sources told The Guardian that the Galaxy S8 will also have a Continuum-like feature that will allow users to connect the phone to a monitor and keyboard to use it as a computer. The device is said to have 64GB of built-in storage, expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card slot. The handset will also come with a USB Type-C port, a new version of Gear VR headset and Gear 360 camera.
The Galaxy S8 is rumored to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor built using 10nm manufacturing process.