After the debacle of the ill fated Galaxy Note 7, all eyes are now on Samsung’s upcoming smartphone the Galaxy S8. Samsung has to do a lot more than simply bumping the specifications, it is working hard to ensure that the Galaxy S8 emerges as the best smartphone, just like its predecessor, the Galaxy S7. Over the past few months, we have come across a lot of leaks and rumors hinting at the design, hardware and features of the smartphone. Now, according to the latest rumor, Samsung is finally looking to do away with the hardware navigation buttons and replace them with on screen ones. Also Read - Samsung reveals Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 features officially, S Pen support confirmedAlso Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
Citing sources, David Ruddock from Android Authority mentioned that the two capacitive buttons (for app switcher and back) and the physical home button that also doubles as a fingerprint sensor will not be a part of the Galaxy S8. Making a notable departure in the UX, the on-screen navigation will allow Samsung to have a tiny bottom bezel on the Galaxy S8, which will also differentiate itself from the previous Samsung smartphones. These soft keys will also be customizable and re-configurable. Also Read - Galaxy A22 replaces M42 5G to become the cheapest 5G Samsung phone in India
The Galaxy S8 is alsorumored to come with a pressure-sensitive display, just like 3D Touch on the iPhone 7. It is likely to offer extended navigation or gesture control capabilities. While somerumors hinted that Samsung may embed an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor right under the QHD display, the same isn’t a part of the latestrumor. Instead, the sensor is likely to be moved to the rear of the Galaxy S8, but there is no word on the ‘exact placement’ yet. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to come with Note 7-like S Pen as external accessory
Samsung Galaxy S8 specifications
Based on what we have come across so far, Samsung is likely to launch two variants of the Galaxy S8 one featuring a 5.1-inch or 5.5-inch display, and the other one with6-inch display called ‘Galaxy S8 Plus’ to replace the Galaxy Note series. This time around, Samsung is also likely to drop the flat panelvariant, and go with dual edge curved display instead. The Galaxy S8 Plus is also to come with an external S Pen like accessory. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 leak hints at 6-inch display, 8GB of RAM
Under the hood, the Galaxy S8 variants are expected to be powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 835 SoC or Exynos 8895 chipset built on 10nm process, paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the Galaxy S8 could be offered in 128GB and 256GB variants. ALSO READ: Samsung s Exynos 8895 SoC detailed in new leaks, could power Galaxy S8
For shutterbugs, the smartphone is likely to feature dual rear camera modules one RGB sensor with 16-megapixel resolution, and the other 8-megapixel module with monochrome sensor. For selfies, a camera with auto focus capabilities is likely to be in tow. Fuelled with a 4,200mAh battery and wireless charging capabilities, connectivity options such as 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS are expected. On the software front, the Galaxy S8 could run Android Nougat 7.1.1 out-of-the-box.
Just like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, the Galaxy S8 is also likely to come with water and dust resistance capabilities, a heart rate sensor and an always-on display. Samsung recently acquired Viv Labs the creators behind Apple’s Siri, and the Galaxy S8 is likely to come with a personal digital assistant to take on Google Assistant. While ‘power saver’ modes have become common on smartphones to extend battery life, the Galaxy S8 could feature a ‘beast mode’ that could offer a performance boost while gaming and using VR applications. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 could include Beast Mode feature, trademark filing reveals
Samsung is likely to unveil the Galaxy S8 sometime in April next year at an event in New York, however, Samsung hasn t officially confirmed it yet.