Samsung is dusting off after the explosive scandal involving its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and is focusing on the future. The company is working hard to make the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 a flawless, slick, powerful and well-featured handset.
Here are the most important rumors that we know so far about the S8.
Design And Display
Sources from the manufacturing line note that Samsung will pack two models of the Galaxy S8 next year, and both will sport curved screens. The purported devices will be called Dream and Dream 2 and will holster a QHD 5.1-inch screen and 4K 5.5-inch display, respectively.
"Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup," says Dong-jin Koh, president of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business.
When design is concerned, Samsung's vice president of mobile Lee Kyeong-tae announced that the upcoming Galaxy S8 will feature a "slick design."
The Galaxy S8's processing power will surely be impressive, and it is very probable that a Snapdragon 830 CPU will power up the U.S. version of the device. Meanwhile, an Exynos SoC is touted to run Galaxy S8 devices in other markets. At least 4 GB of RAM is expected, but the Dream 2 variant of the device could pack up to 6 GB RAM.
Camera And Battery
Samsung is purportedly looking to have a strong camera in its S8, with a resolution between 18 and 24 megapixels, and a wide f/1.4 aperture well-fitted for low-light scenes. A dual-lens camera could also be in tow, according to reports from June.
As the Galaxy S7 packs a 3,000 mAh power source, it is likely that the S8 will up the ante and carry an even heftier one. This would square out with the bumped-up resolution that the manufacturer wants to deliver on its new flagships.
Samsung touts that its AI virtual assistant will make the Galaxy S8 a game changer, as the integration of Viv will open up rather large opportunities for users of the device.
"Viv is an ideal candidate to integrate with Samsung home appliances, wearables and more," Samsung affirms.
Samsung might take the lead and become the first manufacturer to have an optical fingerprint scanner in its Galaxy S8 line. As the physical button seems to be history in the new line of devices, the sensor will be directly embedded into the display. Reports from earlier this year claim that an iris scanner could also be in tow.
Price And Availability
Rumors surfaced that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will land at the beginning of 2017 during the Mobile World Congress. Its price was not officially announced, but experts estimate it to reach $850.