comscore Forget the Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S8 could be Samsung's comeback smartphone

Forget the Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S8 could be Samsung's comeback smartphone

Galaxy Note 7 may be dead, but Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone could pack even more powerful features. We take a look at Galaxy S8 rumors so far.


Software: The new smartphones, not surprisingly, run on Android Marshmallow out of the box wrapped under an updated TouchWiz UI. This time around the company is also focusing on another set of audience -- gamers. In addition to top-of-the-line specs, the UI comes with features like game launcher mode that optimizes the performance for gaming, and gaming-specific buttons to easily capture screenshots or record gaming sessions. Furthermore, the smartphones also support Vulkan API with multi-threading support, which let games efficiently use the smartphone’s resources to run smoothly.

Following the battery fiasco, Samsung has officially cancelled the Galaxy Note 7. While it’s a good move considering the safety of its customers, it also puts more pressure on Samsung to dedicate all its resources and energy on the next Galaxy ‘S’ series smartphone, the Galaxy S8. The smartphone may still be at least five months away from official launch, but the rumor mills around the Galaxy S8 have already been running overtime. Over the past few weeks, we’ve come across some leaks and concepts that promise interesting features in the Galaxy S8. Let’s take a look at everything that has been rumored about Samsung’s next flagship smartphone so far. Also Read - Samsung introduces three automotive chips for seamless 5G connectivity, vehicle infotainment

Two variants: Similar to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S8 series is also expected to come in two different screen sizes. However, there could be some difference this time around. Samsung could also follow Apple’s iPhone naming convention, and the new smartphones could be called Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. The screen size is expected to remain the same, but there could be a big bump in their resolution. The Galaxy S8 could feature a 5.1-inch QHD dual-edge curved display, whereas the Galaxy S8 Plus could flaunt a 5.5-inch 4K dual edge curved display running at a resolution of 2160x3840pixels. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 series reportedly received BIS certification

All-screen front with slim bezels: The Galaxy S8 could come with extremely narrow bezels on the top and bottom and the front panel could appear as if it is entirely the display. The physical home button is also expected to be a little different. Just like the one on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it may not be clickable. Samsung may also use Qualcomm’s Sense ID technology to have the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, placed under the glass. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A03 with 48MP camera, 5,000mAh battery announced

Galaxy S8 Plus with S-Pen support: Earlier today, reports started emerged that Samsung could completely kill the ‘Note’ series due to the damage done by the exploding Galaxy Note 7. Now that the trust in ‘Note’ series is lost, Samsung may offer S-Pen support on the Galaxy S8 Plus. But it’s just a sketchy report for now; but we expect to hear more as the launch comes closer.

Hardware: The Galaxy S8 is likely to be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 8895 octa-core chipset or Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 830 processor. While Qualcomm is yet to announce the processor, it could happen sometime in the coming months. Smartphones running on Snapdragon 830 could be expected sometime after February next year. The Galaxy Note 7 was expected to come with 6GB RAM, which did not happen. But, the Galaxy S8 could get the required bump in amount of RAM. With the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung doubled the base storage to 64GB and the same could be the case with the Galaxy S8 as well.

Dual rear cameras: Indeed, after HTC’s One M8, the dual camera trend has been catching up fast. In the past one year, LG implemented dual-cameras in G5, Huawei implemented in P9 and Honor 8, Xiaomi implemented in its Redmi Pro and Mi 5s Plus. Not to forget the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Samsung doesn’t want to be left behind, and reports indicate that the S8 could also come with dual camera setup – a pair of 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras. The exact details about the working of the dual camera setup is unknown, but it could be something similar to Honor 8 or Mi 5s Plus, where there is one RGB (color) sensor and one monochrome sensor. The two cameras can together work to capture sharp images, even in low light.

Iris Scanner: The Galaxy Note 7 was one of the first premium smartphones to come with an Iris scanner for biometric authentication. Sadly, the feature died with the demise of Note 7, but the same feature is expected on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

Water and dust resistance: The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 featured water and dust resistance capabilities with IP68 certification, meaning you can submerge the smartphone under one and half meter of water for 30 minutes. The same could be expected from the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus too.

Viv AI assistant: Currently, the Samsung S-series and Note-series smartphones come with Samsung’s S Voice assistant. However, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus could replace that with Viv AI assistant, the company that Samsung recently agreed to acquire. For those unaware, Viv Labs is the startup launched by the creators of Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri. Viv’s mission is to create even better assistant compared to Siri, and we can’t wait to see how it pans out. It makes a lot of sense, especially after Google decided to jump into the smartphone hardware space with its Pixel smartphones that have the Google Assistant at its core. Viv would offer Samsung an alternative to Google Assistant and would help it compete with Google’s smartphones.

There have been reports that Samsung may push forward the Galaxy S8 launch, but after rushing through the Galaxy Note 7 it remains to be seen whether Samsung would repeat a rushed timeline for the Galaxy S8 as well.

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  • Published Date: October 13, 2016 4:45 PM IST

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