We are just a few weeks away from the official launch of the Samsung s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, which will be unveiled on March 29 in New York. Thanks to the series of leaks and rumors, we have a fair idea on how the anticipated smartphone will look and compete against its biggest rival the upcoming Apple iPhone 8. Now, while we have enough peek-a-boos with the Galaxy S8, there s nothing that beats an actual photo. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 series India variants might be powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoCAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy A03 Core budget phone launched with a 5000mAh battery: Check price in India, specs
In a series of photos acquired by BGR, the flagship smartphone is shown off in all its classy design. The Galaxy S8 is said to be the smartphone to look out for in 2017 alongside the purported anniversary edition Apple iPhone. Expected to be available in two models Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ – the smartphone will likely be the first Samsung device to feature the in-house Bixby digital assistant. Other highlights of the Galaxy S8 include spilling display on both variants, Type-C port along with the regular 3.5mm headphone jack, IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, and of course, the most advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor at its heart. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S21 FE design revealed via official support page, listings: Report
The latest images show off the Galaxy S8 with narrow bezels and no physical button on the front panel. The volume and power buttons sit on the left side, while on the right side is the home button which is believed to be tied to Samsung s new virtual assistant Bixby. Similar to how the virtual home button on most Android smartphones work, with a long press, this button would apparently also launch the voice-controlled Siri rival with either double clicks. Hopefully, a future leaked video would also show us how Bixby is launched with the home button. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 digital assistant Bixby could be more powerful than Siri, Cortana
Other than the images, there have also been hands-on videos of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ leaked this week. In our earlier post, we reported how the larger variant Galaxy S8+ – is shown as featuring an always-on display. Although none of the images or videos show off the rear panel of the upcoming flagship, it is believed that the fingerprint sensor has been relocated at the back of the device. Additionally, it is expected that other than the glossy black finish, the smartphone could also be available in a gold color option.
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ specifications and features
This year, Samsung is believed to be dropping the Edge branding for the variant of its flagship Galaxy S8 and instead opt for + as mentioned in past leaks where the logo of the phablet version was spotted online. The Galaxy S8 could feature a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED QHD display while the Galaxy S8+ is likely to boast a 6.2-inch display. Under the hood, the smartphones will either be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset or Samsung s own Exynos 8895 SoC.
According to the latest leaks, all models are likely to get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage along with support for storage expansion up to 2TB. This is in contrast with earlier reports which indicated that the Galaxy S8+ will include 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage.
For photography, the Galaxy S8 may sport a 12-megapixel Dual-Pixel rear camera along with LED flash. Up front, the smartphone features an 8-megapixel front shooter along with an iris scanner which is believed to work in addition to the rear fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication. On the software front, both models are likely to run Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with a layer of TouchWiz UI on top. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hands-on and first impressions
By far, there hasn t been any word about the battery capacity on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. However, with Snapdragon 835 at its heart, there will most certainly be support for Quick Charge 4.0 which is promised to provide extremely fast charging capabilities with a claimed 5 hours of use from just five minutes of charging. It is also said to be 20 percent faster and 30 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 3.0.
Image courtesy: BGR.com
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