Despite the exploding Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung is pushing forward with the next version of its flagship, the Galaxy S8, that is expected early next year. The South Korean tech giant is expected to come up with revolutionary changes for the Galaxy S8 in order to lure back its customers. Rumors and speculations are rife about the possible new changes to the device ranging from the 4K display, to the pressure sensitive touchscreen, and to the dual-camera setup.
Here?s everything we know so far about the 2017 Galaxy S8 model:
The face of next year?s Samsung Galaxy S8 could be 90 percent screen, up from the average of 80 percent screen to bezels ratio. Park Won-sang, an engineer for Samsung’s display manufacturing unit, confirmed this adding that the company is targeting a 99 percent screen ratio.
In order to accomplish this, Galaxy S8 could toss out its whole home button, including the fingerprint reader. Instead, it is expected to use an optical sensor that lives beneath the display. The future Galaxy S8 could turn to have a nearly bezel-less screen.
Edge to Edge 4K Display
Samsung will reportedly go ultra-high-def for its Galaxy S8 phone. The company is said to be ditching the S7’s current resolution (2,560×1,440 pixels) for a 4K resolution of 3,840×2,160 pixels.
Recent reports also claim Galaxy S8 may launch with two screen size variants–the 5.7-inch and the 6.2-inch. Noted tipster, Evan Blass, even revealed the model numbers SM-G950 and SM-G955 for the 5.7-inch and the 6.2-inch screen sizes, respectively.
Unlike the past releases, the 2017 flagship is said to support the Edge to Edge display for both its models. The larger screen model is being targeted to lure the Galaxy Note 7 customers.
The Galaxy S8 is also tipped to be the first Samsung phone to have the pressure-sensitive Force Touch technology. It is expected to work similar to Apple’s 3D Touch seen on its latest iPhones.
An industry insider told The Investor that ?Samsung is mulling to adopt the force touch technology partially from the S8 but the full adoption will come in one or two years.? The report further claimed that the company will use its own force touch tech, developed by Samsung Display, which also supplies force touch displays to Huawei.
A report out of Korea points to dual camera sensors in the back. Just like with the iPhone 7 Plus, Huawei P9 and Huawei Mate 9. According to the details, the dual-camera sensor will be engineered by Samsung Motors aka SEMCO, so the firm will be producing its own imaging tech this time round.
A reliable Weibo tipster confirmed the same adding that the sensor will feature both a Samsung-made 12MP sensor and a Sony 13MP sensor. Meanwhile, the front camera is said to be an 8MP setup. The source also said to expect a Galaxy Note 7 style iris scanner.
New Samsung Digital Assistant
One of the key aspects of the Galaxy S8 will be a brand new digital assistant called Viv, according to KnowYourMobile. Viv is the brainchild of the original creators of Apple assistant Siri. Viv will debut on board the Galaxy S8. ?Also it’ll work with other Samsung devices, including tablets, smartwatches and Smart TVs.
As usual, Samsung will launch two chipset variants for the Galaxy S8, a Qualcomm and an Exynos device. The company said in a statement that a tech product launching early next year will use chips made with its 10-nanometre production technology. The S8 will launch with Qualcomm Inc.’s high-end Snapdragon 830 chips using 10-nanometre production technology.
Also, the Galaxy S8 will come with a powerful Exynos 9 chipsets. The tech giant is supposedly developing a powerful Exynos 9 chipset that will include the so-called Shannon 359 modem. With this, the Galaxy S8 will support just about all the network basebands in the world.
The battery of a Galaxy S8 is of significant concern after the Note 7 fiasco. Samsung is trying to cut its dependence on Samsung SDI for mobile batteries. The South Korean manufacturer is in talks with LG Chem for supplying batteries. The S8 would support even higher battery life with options of wireless charging according to reports.