Samsung Galaxy S8: Leaks, features, pricing and release date

Samsung is expected to launch Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge flagship phones at Mobile World Congress early next year. Here's a round-up of all we know about these new flagships and if they'll help Samsung bury the ghost of the Galaxy Note 7 in the coming days.

Samsung is yet to find out the exact cause of Galaxy Note 7 fires even as it gears up to launch the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge early next year.

New update: Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Edge to feature up to 6GB of RAM, 256GB of storage

The latest revelation coming in from China concerning the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge handsets is that they may feature up to 6GB of RAMs along with 256GB of internal storage. If this turns out to be true, the upcoming handsets will equal the OnePlus 3T in terms of RAM capacity and the latest iPhones in terms of installed storage space. This way, Samsung will be offering you the best of both which will make your choices easier after the next line of flagship phones are launched at MWC in February.

While 256GB of internal storage will save you from sending your confidential folders to the cloud, 6GB of RAM could offer enough fluidity to your phone to enable it to handle multiple operations at the same time without freezing up on you. While we are not sure if the rumour is correct, if it does turn out to be correct, then it would mean Samsung doesn't want to leave any stone unturned to offer the best phone that can be and also to banish the ghost of the Galaxy Note 7 forever. 

Samsung Galaxy S8 will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chip

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship phone will feature Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 processor, says a recent leak from China.

Qualcomm recently unveiled it's latest 10nm FinFET-based Snapdragon 835 processor which the company said will power a number of flagship phones from next year. The processor was developed in partnership with Samsung and is the direct descendant of the Snapdragon 820 chip.

As per a new leak which first appeared on Chinese social media website Weibo, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor, but the leak doesn't mention if all Galaxy S8 handsets will be powered by the processor or whether only some regional variants will feature them. Samsung has used both Exynos and Snapdragon processors in it's flagship phones so we'll assume the same in the meanwhile until we get confirmed reports on the Snapdragon 835 powering all Galaxy S8 handsets.

The new 10nm FinFET technology from Samsung arrives with  30% increase in area efficiency, 27% higher performance and up to 40% lower power consumption compared to 14nm-based chipsets like Exynos 8890 or Snapdragon 820. It's low footprint will allow manufacturers to add larger batteries or to make their phones even thinner than they are now. It's low power consumption, combined with Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 4.0 technology, will ensure longer battery life and quick replenishment of your upcoming phones, letting you use them for longer hours while travelling.

The new Snapdragon 835 chip will also feature an Adreno 540 GPU, Qualcomm's X16 modem which can support download speeds of up to 1Gbps and will work with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0 technology which will be cooler than its predecessor and will offer up to 20% faster charging, letting you charge your phone from zero to 50 percent in about 15 minutes. Qualcomm also claims that thanks to Quick Charge 4, five minutes of charging will add five hours of battery life in your phone.

Thanks to the new processor, Samsung's Galaxy S8 will not only field a larger battery, but will also arrive it with better processing power and power efficiency compared to existing phones. We are awaiting an official confirmation from Samsung in this regard but there's a chance that it may not arrive until Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February of next year.

Galaxy S8, S8 Edge to feature dual curved displays

The latest news coming from Korea is that Samsung's upcoming flagship phones will arrive with a number of features that we're accustomed to experience in Apple's iPhones.

According to a new report in the Korea Herald, Samsung will introduce both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge with dual-curved displays, unlike existing models where only the larger one features dual curved display screens. Given that dual-curved displays have a major part to play in the popularity of the Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung believes that launching both new phones with such displays will create additional demand early next year.

While Samsung has taken the lead on the 'cuurved screen' front, it is reportedly following Apple's footsteps when it comes to software. We had previously reported that Samsung will be launching a new digital assistant named Viv with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge. Viv is expected to behave a lot like Siri in Apple's iPhones and will offer answers to a range of complex questions thrown at it by users of Samsung's Galaxy phones. However, until we get to try out Viv first-hand, we won't be able to gauge how effective and helpful it is compared to other digital assistants like Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana or Google Now.

Samsung is also reportedly planning on introducing pressure-sensitive displays with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge phones, which, like Apple's 3D Touch displays, will respond to different levels of touch and will offer new options to users to help them perform more tasks. However, third party app developers will have to fine-tune their apps to respond to pressure for the technology to work smoothly.

Galaxy S8, S8 Edge to feature 5.7" and 6.2" displays

We heard recently from a rumour that Samsung's next flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge, will not feature any bezels thanks to edge-to-edge displays which will cover the entirety of the phones' faces. The Investor, a Korean news site, has now shed more light on the displays in Samsung's future phones. The report says that while the shapes and sizes of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge will be quite similar to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones, the displays will be markedly larger at 5.7-inches and 6.2-inches instead of 5.1 and 5.7 inches.

The large screen sizes would entail that Samsung needs to keep screen-to-body ratios in excess of 90% in both phones which will feel like phones but work like phablets, offering you the comfort of a large screen and a not-so-large body at the same time. Would you prefer a phone like Samsung's Galaxy S7 with a home button or a Galaxy S8 with its screen covering the phone's entire face?

Galaxy Note 7 successor in the works

Evan Blass, who recently broke the news about an upcoming Windows phones, which many claim to be the first Surface Phone, today revealed that Samsung is working on a new phone with a model number SM-950 aside from two other SM-G950 and SM-G955 models. While 'SM-G' models are usually Galaxy S series phones, the 'SM-N' models are always assigned to Galaxy Note series phones. The Galaxy Note 7 was assigned the model number SM-N930 while the Galaxy Note 5 was named SM-N920 during its developmental phase.

So does this mean that Samsung is set to release the next Galaxy Note series phone? Probably. But it is also possible that due to the severe loss of face that the Note series recently faced, the company may launch SM-N950 in a different name but with very similar features as the Galaxy Note 7 but with some modifications. This is the first time that we've heard about a follow-on model to the Galaxy Note 7 and if Blass is correct, we will surely hear a lot more about it in the coming months and whenever we do, we'll let you know.

Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature end-to-end display and no home button

According to a new rumour, Samsung is going to say goodbye to bezels forever with the introduction of the Galaxy S8. The Korean Electronic Times reports that the Galaxy S8 may arrive with a end-to-end display which will leave no room for any bezels in the top and bottom ends of the flagship, aside from the curved glass edges on both ends.

What this implies is that the Galaxy S8 will certainly not feature the home button and it is being rumoured that the fingerprint sensors, which is embedded in the home button in Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones, may be embedded inside the display screen in the upcoming flagship. However, the technology behind this is quite complicated and it will thus be interesting to see if Samsung would want to take any more chances after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco this year.

Samsung's design concept for the Galaxy S8 is also being said to be so fluent that there may not be any buttons whatsoever on either the front or the sides of the phone. The volume and power controls could be touch-based which could mean that users will indeed get to try out a revolutionary design that is polished and smooth from end to end. The display screen will also be made of an advanced OLED material that will be more efficient and will last longer than existing M7-grade display screens.

Samsung Galaxy S8 to launch in February

Back in September, the Korean Herald reported that the recent global recall of Galaxy Note 7 handsets by Samsung may force the company to launch the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge ahead of their scheduled launch dates to perk up sales and cover up losses suffered in the last few weeks. The company has reportedly suffered a loss of $10 billion in its market value ever since the issue of faulty battery cells in Note 7 handsets came to light.

Samsung Galaxy S8: Rumours, leaks, specs & launch

A new report in the Wall Street Journal has quoted an unnamed member of the Samsung development team to state that the development of the Galaxy S8 has been delayed by two weeks. This has been done to find out the root cause of the Galaxy Note 7 fires before starting work on the Galaxy S8. This makes a lot of sense given that a repeat of the issue with Samsung's other flagship phones may tarnish Samsung's image for good. However, given that Samsung has been trying to figure out the exact cause of the issue for the last couple of months, we wonder if a couple of weeks will be enough for Samsung's Galaxy S8 development team to find out the cause that has stumped the company and made them lose billions in share price.

Despite the two-week hiatus, there are no indications on Samsung delaying the launch of Galaxy S8 beyond the Mobile World Congress which will take place in February of next year. However, if Samsung decides that it won't begin work on the Galaxy S8 until it unearths the issues that haunted the Note 7, then it is possible that the launch of Galaxy S8 may get delayed if Samsung's engineers don't come up with an answer in the next two weeks.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 discontinued: timeline

While an early launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge phones may give Samsung a head start over the likes of LG, Huawei and HTC who are also expected to launch their next-gen flagship phones at Mobile World Congress, launching the phone without taking care of existing issues won't make much sense. Reportedly, Samsung is planning on sweetening its Galaxy S8 offering by including a new accessory named the Gear 360 Pro, a modified version of the Gear 360 camera which launched earlier this year along with Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones. But the average Galaxy S8 buyer will surely ask if the company can guarantee that the same issues  that haunted the Note 7 won't haunt the Galaxy S8 before taking a call on buying it.

As of now, Samsung is compensating for the loss of the Galaxy Note 7 in the UK by offering the Galaxy S7 Edge with a range of goodies. Last month, the company offered a free Gear VR headset for free to those who purchased the Galaxy S7 Edge from either Samsung's E-store or from participating retailers like Carphone Warehouse, EE, O2, Three, Vodafone, Curry’s PC World, Tesco, John Lewis, Argos, Shop Direct, Sainsbury’s, Forum VDI and TDM. The offer was applicable between 14th September and 5th October and was clearly another way for Samsung to boost device sales following the global recall of Galaxy Note 7 phones.

Source: WSJ

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  1. Guest
    Guest29th Nov 2016

    J5 had 8gb refused to do a Facebook update as there wasn'the enough space.Gave it away Apple said 32gb upwards is now better to have for their phones....

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