Samsung has reportedly pushed back the official release date for its upcoming flagships the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. Both the flagships were earlier rumored to go on sale starting April 21. This increases the wait by a week which seems to be a cautionary move by Samsung after the whole Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. The official unveiling date of March 29 still remains intact and Samsung will hold its ‘Unpacked’ event in New York as scheduled. A source related to the matter is known to have informed about the change in date for the Galaxy S8’s official release.
While it has been confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will be unveiled on March 29, there are heavy rumors suggesting a Galaxy S8+ to be launched as well. In addition to this, Samsung could also launch a new Gear VR headset which will be compatible with the upcoming smartphones. Much has been rumored about the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ with their designs, specifications and features already revealed. The Galaxy S8’s design has been spotted again, and this time on the recently launched Beta version of Samsung Internet for Google Play Store.
Samsung Internet comes with features like an indicator for Progressive Web Apps, a QR code reader, and a Physical Web support. Samsung Internet also comes with compatibility for transactions through Samsung Pay. SamMobile, while checking out the app, came across a sketch of the Galaxy S8 in the same design as it has been rumored so far. The sketch shows the Galaxy S8 sporting thin bezels on the side without the Home button on the front. The consistency of this same design more or less confirms that this would be the final look of the Galaxy S8. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on photos, videos leaked; pre-orders rumored to kick off on April 10
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ specifications
According to recent rumors, the main difference between the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ would be the display size. The Galaxy S8 is expected to feature a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S8+ would boast a bigger 6.2-inch display. Under the hood of both the flagships will either be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset or in-house Exynos 8895 chipset depending on the region. For memory, both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ will possibly come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage with an expansion option up to 2TB. Previous reports suggested that the Galaxy S8+ would be packed with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage.
In the photography department, the Galaxy S8 is rumored to sport a 12-megapixel Dual-Pixel rear camera with LED flash. Up front, the smartphone could house an 8-megapixel selfie camera along with an iris scanner. With the absence of the Home button, Samsung will instead place the fingerprint sensor on the back just beside the rear camera lens. On the software front, both the flagships are expected to run on Android 7.1 Nougat with a layer of TouchWiz UI on top. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 mass production reportedly begins; Galaxy S8+ spotted on Geekbench
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