Over the past few years, Samsung has used Mobile World Congress (MWC) as the platform to unveil its latest Galaxy S-series smartphones. With MWC 2017 kicking off on February 27 2017, Samsung is highly anticipated to take the wraps off its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8. However, if the latest report is to be believed, Samsung may push back the Galaxy S8 launch. 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
According to a report on Korean website Naver (via SamMobile), Samsung might skip MWC 2017, and launch the Galaxy S8 smartphone at a special event in New York sometime in April next year. The information comes from participants who were a part of Samsung s global strategy meeting held at the company s South Korea headquarters, the report added. However, it is important to note that Samsung hasn t officially announced its plans yet. Also Read - Gorilla Glass DX, DX+ to now protect your phone cameras, will debut on a Samsung phone
The report also states that Samsung chief Koh Dong-jin further used this meeting as an opportunity to stress the importance to tighten the security and minimize the risk of Galaxy S8 leaks ahead of its official launch. In another report on Korean publication Choice News, the Galaxy S8 could cost 20 percent more compared to the Galaxy S7. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature Bluetooth 5.0 support: Report
Samsung recently acquired Viv labs, an AI startup founded by Siri Creators. The Korean giant is likely to integrate advanced voice assistant on the Galaxy S8. The male and female versions will reportedly be called Bixby and Kestra respectively. Citing Goldman Sachs, the publication notes that the hardware required for integration of enhanced AI digital assistant could be one of the reasons for steep increase in the price of Galaxy S8. Samsung has already lost a lot of money recouping from the loss of Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, and with the Galaxy S8 rumored to drop the flat-screen variant, it could be another reason for the price hike. ALSO READ: Samsung has found the reason behind Galaxy Note 7 explosions: Report
At launch, the Galaxy S7 edge was priced at $799 in the US, and Rs 56,900 in India. In case of the Galaxy S8, the price could reportedly start at $950 in the US, which is approximately Rs 64,600. However, till Samsung doesn t officially announces it, we would advise you to take this news with a grain of salt.
Samsung Galaxy S8 specifications and features
Based on the reports and rumors we ve heard so far, the Samsung Galaxy S8 could feature a bezel-less, all-screen dual-edge curved display. The smartphone could also come with an optical fingerprint sensor, an iris scanner that featured on the Galaxy Note 7, water and dust resistance capabilities, along with wireless fast charging feature.
At the heart of Galaxy S8 could run Qualcomm s Snapdragon 835 SoC built on 10nm FinFET process, paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage options. Some rumors also hint at 256GB onboard storage, just like on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. In the camera department, the Galaxy S8 could feature a dual rear camera setup (one RGB and one monochrome sensor) and a selfie camera with auto-focus. On the software front, the Galaxy S8 is likely to ship with Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box.