People scoffed and mocked Apple s move to drop the headphone jack on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but soon, Motorola also eliminated the port. And now, it looks like the headphone jack-less bit may be turning into a trend. Latest reports that have flowed in have been suggesting, that Samsung may also go with a no headphone jack design on the Galaxy S8. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42Also Read - Galaxy A22 replaces M42 5G to become the cheapest 5G Samsung phone in India
However, if the report is in fact true, what does it mean for the future Samsung Galaxy S8 users? We have long seen all the mockery that came with the jack-less iPhone 7, but how different will the Samsung experience be from Apple s? Presumable, with no audio jack, phone owners would have to listen to audio through Bluetooth headphones or headphones compatible with the phone’s USB Type-C port, like in the case of iPhone 7 the earphones connect to the Lightning Port. The USB-C port, which Samsung first debuted on the now-extinct Note 7, should help the phone charge faster and transfer data files quicker. Also Read - Gorilla Glass DX, DX+ to now protect your phone cameras, will debut on a Samsung phone
Additionally, another report by Sammobile suggests that the Galaxy S8 will feature a Quad HD resolution, however it will use an RGB Super AMOLED panel instead of a Diamond PenTile-based one. This means that the display would be a lot more sharper, with a higher picture quality. It is also being said that the new panel will be made of a sturdier materials and thus make it harder to damage. ALSO READ: Samsung s latest trademark hints Galaxy S8 will have front camera with autofocus
Other than that, there have been many other leaks, with many other things rumored or let out. Recently it was revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 s front-facing camera may come with auto-focus (AF) functionality. Seconding that report, another report by Sammobile suggested that the European Union Intellectual Property Office Samsung has filed an application for a new term called, Smart AF. The application reveals that the trademark will be associated with every product from mobile phones, smartphones and tablet computers.
Typically, AF functionality, which is an expensive feature to include, is used on the rear camera sensors of a smartphone. But with the selfie obsession showing no signs of dampening, it is not surprising to see Samsung targeting its next flagship device at this audience. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 to reportedly feature Apple iPhone 7-like stereo speakers
In addition to the details about the auto-focus feature, we have come across reports claiming that the Galaxy S8 could take advantage of Snapdragon s clear sight technology to bring dual-camera setup. It is likely to be home grown and engineered by SEMCO. Some reports also hint at dual-camera setup including 16-megapixel camera with RGB (color) sensor and 8-megapixel camera with a monochrome sensor.
Besides the camera, it was also revealed that Samsung may be giving gender identity to its AI digital assistant. Samsung has been recently granted trademarks for the names Bixby and Kestra, with Kestra being heavily speculated to being the assistant s feminine alter ego. From everything that has been leaked or rumored about the Galaxy S8, the digital assistant has been the high point. While Samsung Galaxy smartphones already feature S Voice assistant, it is not on par with its competitors. With this new AI assistant integration, Samsung is expected to be able to compete with the likes of Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 voice assistant to have male and female versions, called Bixby and Kestra
Samsung Galaxy S8 specifications
As for the leaks on the hardware front, a handful of details have been revealed. The latest leak suggests that Samsung Galaxy S8 might feature a Xiaomi Mi MIX-like bezel-less, or edge-to-edge display and would be based on organic light-emitting diode technology.
Other leaks have also suggested that the Galaxy S8 is likely to feature a 5.5-inch 4K panel with dual-edge curved display. It may be powered by two chipsets — a Snapdragon 830 for the US and Exynos 8895 for other regions. Samsung has already begun mass production of the chipsets, and they will be based on 10nm process. The smartphone could be available in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants.
On the connectivity front, the Galaxy S8 will no doubt feature 4G with VoLTE support, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Armed with a 4,200mAh battery, fast charging and wireless fast charging features are expected too. Other features such as a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, water and dust resistance and hear rate sensor are also expected on the Galaxy S8. On the software front, the Galaxy S8 could run on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.