The Samsung Galaxy S8 is in the works for a 2017 debut, and recent reports indicate that the device will overthrow the current S7 in processing power.

If a recent leak is to be believed, Samsung's upcoming top-shelf handset will be packing an Exynos 8895 processor, and the CPU is clocked at no less than 3 GHz.

To put it in perspective, know that most Samsung Galaxy S7s and Samsung Galaxy Note 7s come carrying an Exynos 8890 clocked at a mere 2.3 GHz. What is more, the U.S. variants of these phones are loaded with Snapdragon 820 CPUs that run at 2.15 GHz, tops.

At the time of the writing, it is unclear whether the U.S. models will be equipped with a Snapdragon or Exynos chip, but the rest of the markets will definitely tap into the power of the Exynos 8895.

WCCFTech reports that Samsung will optimize the Exynos chip for a longer battery life and that further tweaking could lead to improving image processing performance by 70 or even 80 percent.

This might mean that Samsung is focusing more on perfecting its new camera that will join the beastly processor on the S8 flagship. Seeing how Apple put a lot of effort into its dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, it is logical for Samsung to offer a solid alternative. Some even hinted at the possibility of seeing a dual-lens camera on the Galaxy S8.

Insiders familiar with the matter note that the chip ranked a score of 2,301 in single-core Geekbench testing, with the multi-core peaking at 7,019. Previous testing showed that Galaxy S7s loaded with the Exynos chipsets ranked a multi-core score of 6,542.

We have to urge readers to take these rumors with a grain of salt, as there are currently very few pieces of information to back them up.

According to the Korea Herald, confirmation about the Galaxy S8 could land sooner than expected. Samsung might rush the launch of the flagship phone to counter the significant impact caused by calling back the highly flammable Galaxy Note 7.

This might well be just speculation, but the company might decide that February is a bit too far away to roll out its next flagship. What we know for sure is that this year will also bring another two Android flagship handsets, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

Will this make the Samsung Galaxy S8 a surprise entry in the holiday shopping season? Only time will tell, but you can make sure we will keep you posted.

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