The Galaxy Note 7 has turned out to be a nightmare that Samsung just can’t get away from. While the company has already discontinued its flagship phablet, the repercussions are likely to be felt for some time to come. According to a new report, one of the first devices that is likely to face the after-effects of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco will be the Samsung Galaxy S8. Also Read - Top 5 phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC: Asus ROG Phone 5, iQOO 7, OnePlus 9RT, moreAlso Read - Phones launching next week: Pixel 6 series, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, Motorola Edge S, more
People familiar with the matter claim that Samsung has slowed the process of developing its next flagship smartphone until it is clear about what exactly went wrong with the Galaxy Note 7, Reuters reports. “Depending on the cause (of the Note 7 problem), certain configurations may need to be altered. So the specifics for the (next) phone have not been finalized,” a source told the news agency. What this means is that Samsung is still trying to figure out what went wrong with the Galaxy Note 7. Recent reports have suggested that its engineers have been unable to recreate the scenarios that led to its battery failing and sometimes even exploding. Samsung is also clear that it will not rush to make up for the loss in sales of the Galaxy Note 7. The publication’s source was quoted as saying, “Samsung is not likely to bring forward the launch of the next Galaxy S smartphone to make up for lost Note 7 sales.” Also Read - Phones launched last week: Realme GT Neo 2, Moto E40, OnePlus 9RT, and more
Samsung traditionally reveals its Galaxy S flagship devices at Mobile World Congress, but it remains to be seen if that’s the case next year as well. Based on what we have come across so far, the Galaxy S8 is shaping up to be just the phone that could make up for the Galaxy Note 7 loss. Rumor say that the Galaxy S8 will be launched in two variants, called Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. 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. Instead of a clickable home button, Samsung could opt for an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, placed under the glass.
Under the hood is expected to be Samsung s Exynos 8895 octa-core chipset or Qualcomm s upcoming Snapdragon 830 processor. The processor is likely to be paired with 6GB of RAM. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge both have one of the best cameras on a smartphone, and Samsung is expected to push the boundaries again with the Galaxy S8. As is the trend now, the upcoming smartphone too could come with dual-camera setup at the back. Though details are scarce, the functionality could be something similar to the Honor 8 or the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, where there is one RGB (color) sensor and one monochrome sensor. The two cameras work together to capture sharp images, even in low light.
The Galaxy S8 could retain the durability of its predecessor and will boast IP68 certification, while it borrows the iris scanner from the Galaxy Note 7 for the added layer of security. Another highlight could be Samsung s S Voice assistant that is likely to be replaced by the Viv AI. Samsung recently acquired the company, which was founded by the creators of Apple’s Siri. There are also reports claiming that Samsung could completely kill the ‘Galaxy Note’ series, and instead add the S-Pen support on the Galax S8 Plus variant. ALSO READ: Forget the Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S8 could be Samsung s comeback smartphone
In the meantime, Samsung has recalled Galaxy Note 7 units worldwide and is either offering refunds or the Galaxy S7 smartphones in exchange to buyers. The flagship phablet may not have launched in India, but if you have bought a unit from abroad, Samsung India is ready to refund you the money. RELATED: Samsung India will refund money even to those who bought the Galaxy Note 7 from abroad