Samsung Galaxy S8: Rumours, leaks, specs & launch date

Samsung has turned into an industry leader when it comes to manufacturing smartphone processors, and now it has become highly likely that the company may use next-gen 10mm chips in the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge phones launching early next year.

Samsung's next-gen 10nm Exynos processor will be armed with an advanced Mali-G71 GPU from ARM.

New Update: Samsung's own version of Siri to debut with the Galaxy S8

In an interview given to The Wall Street Journal, Lee Kyeong-tae, Samsung's vice president of mobile communications, said that with the upcoming flagship phone, Samsung will bring in 'an enhanced artificial-intelligence service' which, we presume, will be very much like existing services like Siri, Cortana and Google Now and may replace the latter as the default digital assistant in Galaxy S series phones. As of now, there's no official word on what Samsung's upcoming AI assistant will be called and what its capabilities will be like, expect for the usual kind like offering weather and traffic updates, playing music for you, reading out e-mails and notifications and responding to voice commands.

Aside from the AI service, Lee Kyeong-tae also said that the next flagship from Samsung will rock a better camera compared to the one in the Galaxy S7 and will also arrive featuring a slick design, by which we believe that the phone may feature more curves, a more shiny appearance and will be more grip-able when operated one-handed.

Samsung teases the Galaxy S8 via an image on Chinese Weibo.

Samsung today released a teaser image on Weibo for a smartphone which it says is coming soon. Samsung has termed the smartphone in question as 'the next big thing' which we generally attribute to flagship phones. One end of the phone is slightly visible over a black background and alll we can see is a curved edge, prominent antenna lines just below the top corner and a power button on the side.  The Galaxy S8 is expected to launch in February and it seems Samsung wants to create some buzz on social media well in advance of the launch event.

Samsung Galaxy S8 may arrive wiith dual rear cameras and added zooming capabilities.

According to Sammobile, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship phone may arrive with two rear cameras with added zooming capabilities. The same came to light after Samsung filed a patent in South Korea on a camera technology involving advanced zoom control.

Phones with two rear cameras usually utilize one of them to zoom in distant objects without impacting resolution or clarity and if Samsung is patenting suh a technology, it may possibly be working on a dual rear camera setup in its upcoming flagship. However, major phone makers and technology companies file hundreds of patent applications each year and it is not necessary that all of them will make it to the market. Despite this, with phones like iPhone 7 Plus, LG G5, Huawei P9 and Honor 8 arriving with dual rear cameras, we wouldn't be really surprised if Samung does the same.

Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge phones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next year as per the usual cycle of the company's flagship device launches. While it is no surprise that the two phones will feature processors more powerful that the Exynos 8890 which powers Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7 phones, the next-gen processors in them will also tread new paths as far as power-efficiency and performance output are concerned.

Samsung Galaxy S8: All you need to know

The fact that Samsung's next flagship devices will feature 10nm processors came to light when South Korean police apprehended a Samsung executive who was trying to sell confidential company documents to unnamed Chinese phone makers. While the Chinese couldn't get their hands on the documents, the press did and it didn't take long for us to find out that the documents in question detailed out the fabrication processes of Samsung's 14nm and 10nm Exynos processors.

What we've heard so far is that Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge phones may arrive next year featuring Exynos 8895 processors, which sound like minor upgrades to the Exynos 8890 but are in fact an entire new generation which may finally leave Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips in the dust. However, Qualcomm's next Snapdragon mobile processor may also be based on a 10nm FinFET process so it is likely that Samsung may use both sets of chips in the upcoming flagships and combine them with its new 10-nanometer LPDDR4 6GB smartphone RAM to offer the best performance and power efficiency a smartphone can offer.

Samsung Galaxy S8 to launch with VR-capable 4K UHD display

What we've also heard is that Samsung may launch the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge phones with 4K Ultra HD display with a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels. While they're as good as it gets, the phones will need to house very powerful batteries to sustain them for an entire day of standard usage as 4K displays will usually consume many times the power consumed by a standard HD display. With advanced battery-saving and quick-charging technologies in vogue, it isn't an impossible task for Samsung but it will be interesting to see if the company will go for a spectacular display or rather a decent Quad HD one which will be compatible with Google's Daydream VR system.


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