Samsung's vice president of mobile Lee Kyeong-tae revealed some new Galaxy S8 details months ahead of the smartphone's February 2017 launch. The handset will feature a "slick design," improved high-end camera and an enhanced AI (artificial intelligence) from its acquisition of the company that created Siri.
Over the last couple of years, Samsung has become the biggest smartphone maker in the world, and its flagship smartphones are considered to be the top among most Android fans. The company is known for using top-of-the-line specs, superior camera capabilities and the best smartphone displays on the market.
Samsung's most recent flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, was predicted to be the best smartphone of 2016 and easily fend off Apple's new iPhone 7 Plus. What was supposed to happen didn't, and Apple's iPhone 7 Plus has been a a bigger success thanks to the Galaxy Note 7's absence, and Apple is now expected to sell an additional 8 million iPhones in 2016 due to the Note 7 recall.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Damage
Samsung's Q3 earnings report shows how much of a disaster the Note 7 recall has been on the smartphone maker, whose mobile division earnings are down 95 percent from the same time last year. The company is plotting its comeback and its vice president of mobile revealed some details of the smartphone it believes will help regain its footing in the smartphone world.
Samsung Galaxy S8 "Slick Design" And Improved Dual Rear Camera
The Wall Street Journal is reporting Samsung's vice president of mobile Lee Kyeong-tae told analysts during a conference call that its upcoming Galaxy S8 would feature a "slick design." The smartphone would also gain an improved camera system, which could confirm a report from August that claimed the Galaxy S8 would include the iPhone 7 Plus' dual-rear camera setup, consisting of 12- and 13-megapixel cameras on the rear of the handset.
Enhanced Artificial Intelligence
Just like Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, which feature an exclusive Google Assistant feature that uses enhanced artificial intelligence, Samsung says the Galaxy S8 will also up its assistant game. The company recently acquired Viv Labs, whose cofounders actually created iOS' favorite assistant, Siri, but Samsung wouldn't state that the company's technology would be used in the Galaxy S8. It is highly likely Samsung will use the technology to compete with Google and Apple.
Samsung's Smartphone Future
It will be interesting to see whether the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle will have a long-term effect on the company, but the launch and release of the Galaxy S8 should provide a glimpse of the answer.