The Galaxy Note 7 launch didn t exactly go the way Samsung expected it to be, but that doesn t stop the company trying all the efforts to make the Galaxy S8 as awesome as possible. With the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google introduced the new Google Assistant, but it is exclusive to those devices. To ensure its flagship isn’t lacking one of the biggest new features, Samsung is all set to introduce its own AI digital assistant as one of the key features of the upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. 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
Samsung recently acquired Viv Labs, the startup that created Siri, which is now a part of Apple iPhones, iPads and the MacBooks too. According to Reuters, Samsung is looking to incorporate Viv into its “Galaxy smartphones and expand voice-assistant services to home appliances and wearable technology devices.” While Samsung did not specify the features of the Viv AI digital assistant, it did mention that third-party developers will be able to integrate their services and interact with the assistant. Some reports suggest that the new assistant might be oddly called Bixby. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S21 FE design revealed via official support page, listings: Report
“Even if Samsung doesn’t do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users with ease,” Samsung Executive Vice President Rhee Injong told the publication. While Samsung already has S Voice assistant on its Galaxy smartphones, it is not on par with the competitors. The AI assistant integration will help Samsung compete with Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 could look a lot like Xiaomi Mi MIX with bezel-less display
Samsung Galaxy S8 specifications
Talking about the Galaxy S8, we have already come across a number of leaks and rumors hinting at things to expect from the upcoming smartphone. Apple will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of iPhone next year, and it is expected to launch the iPhone 8 with an all screen display. Xiaomi recently launched a concept phone called Mi MIX with near bezel-less display, while getting rid of the earpiece and sensors. The same is expected with the Galaxy S8 as well.
Based on the leaks, the Galaxy S8 is likely to feature a 5.5-inch 4K panel with dual-edge curved display. It may be powered by two chipsets a Snapdragon 830 for the US and Exynos 8895 in other regions. Samsung has already begun mass production of the chipsets, and they will be based on 10nm process. The smartphone could be available in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 to reportedly come with slick design and improved camera
In the photography department, the Galaxy S8 could take advantage of Snapdragon s clear sight technology to bring dual-camera setup at the back. It is likely to be home grown and engineered by SEMCO. Some reports hint at dual camera setup including 16-megapixel camera with RGB (color) sensor and 8-megapixel camera with a monochrome sensor, just like we ve seen on the Honor 8, Huawei Mate 9, Mate 9 Porsche Design special edition and on Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus.
On the connectivity front, the Galaxy S8 could come with a USB Type-C connectivity port, along with 4G LTE + VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Armed with a 4,200mAh battery, fast charging and wireless fast charging features are expected too. Other features such as a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, water and dust resistance and hear rate sensor are also expected on the Galaxy S8. On the software front, the Galaxy S8 could run on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to ditch home button for optical fingerprint sensor beneath the display
While there is no word on the pricing yet, teaser hints that the Galaxy S8 launch may take place on February 26 at the sidelines of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.