Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are currently taking the smartphone world by storm and booming in the market. That said, the shape is beginning to form around next year’s Galaxy S8, with the latest speculation suggesting that it could be released early to offset the Note 7 fallout. Here is what we know so far about the Galaxy S8 price, release date, specs and features.
The Galaxy S7 had more or less standard specs for flagship devices released in early 2016. The US version came with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (Exynos 8890 in Europe). This top-of-the-range processor was backed with 4 GB RAM and the device performed exceedingly well in our benchmark testing.
The S8 looks set to performance to even greater heights with an Exynos chipset that is said to be capable of up to 4 GHz speeds. The rumored Exynos 8895 would provide an estimated 30 percent performance improvement on the Exynos 8890 found in the Galaxy S7 (in some regions) if the claims are accurate.
While the S7 made improvements upon its design from its predecessor, it had similar specs to the Galaxy Note 5 released six months before then. And this follows previous releases of the Galaxy Note series. So the previous Samsung phablet generation usually gives us a preview of the next Galaxy flagship specs.
The Galaxy Note 7 has been announced and we’ve already had a chance to test it. Suffice it to say, we’re impressed. One thing that’s very clear is that the Note 7 more closely shares design DNA with the Galaxy S series, with the convergence of edges – whether large or small – across all Samsung flagships.
Samsung Galaxy S8 design
A new report suggests that all future Galaxy S phones could come with curved edges, with flat slate phones like the Galaxy S7 potentially being relegated to the tech trash heap. The Korea Herald wrote that Samsung planned to consolidate its flagship lineup, with next year’s phones being honed down to curve-only displays.
As you can see, the front would have the Samsung logo at the bottom along with the front camera at the top. Missing is the physical home button and fingerprint reader. This makes the screen take up far more of the front of the device and a welcome look for those wanting a better screen experience.
To us, the back of the device in the design renders are equally interesting. The back has a brushed steel look. This would be a complete change from the Gorilla Glass back on the Galaxy S7. At the top of the device Steel Drake also included a projector, which is interesting but probably not practical for a smartphone as it could be too taxing on the battery.
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
3G bands HSDPA
4G bands LTE
Speed HSPA, LTE
Announced Not announced yet
Build Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
Size 5.2 inches
Resolution 2160 x 3840 pixels (~847 PPI pixel density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– Always-on display
– TouchWiz UI
OS Android OS, v7.0
Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
Internal 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Primary Dual 12 MP, phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Secondary 8 MP
Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jack Yes
– 24-bit/192kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
– Fast battery charging
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
Non-removable Li-Ion battery
Colors Black, White, Gold, Silver, Pink Gold
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