An extensive amount of details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 have leaked. Multiple sources spoke to The Guardian newspaper, detailing a substantial number of specifications for the Galaxy S8; as well as some of the ideas that Samsung will be trying out with it. They reveal a device that has a substantial number of changes, although consumers will be relieved to hear that the audio jack has survived the upgrades intact.
As expected, the Galaxy S8 will ship in two sizes; both will have displays in the 5- and 6-inch range. Venture Beat is reporting that these will be 5.8- and 6.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED screens; with an unusual aspect ratio of 18.5:9.
They will also sport the “infinity display”, which apparently maximises the amount of space that the screen takes up on the front of the phone. Sources say that so much space has been squeezed out that there was no place to put a logo on the front, and that the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back.
Interestingly, both of the phones will have curved displays like the Galaxy S7 edge. It looks like Samsung is just going all in with its most popular design choice.
The Galaxy S8 will have two processor variants – unnamed Snapdragon and Exynos chips – although one of those will certainly be limited to the US markets. In any case, the processors are all being manufactured by Samsung itself.
Internal storage will be capped at 64GB, but will also support microSD cards up to 256GB. RAM is similar to that of the Galaxy S7, standing at 4GB. This is surprising considering that Samsung has traditionally tried to push the envelope with each device iteration.
Battery capacity is kept minimal this time, with the two sizes receiving 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries. This might be a little small for consumers, and could affect the overall performance of the device. Charging will be achieved through a USB Type-C port on the bottom of the Galaxy S8.
The rear camera looks to be the same 12MP as the one found on the Galaxy S7, while the front selfie camera has been bumped up to 8MP. According to VentureBeat there might still be some smaller adjustments made to the rear shooter as well.
Samsung will be trying out two new technologies with the Galaxy S8 this year. The first is a new AI similar to that of the Google Assistant. Purportedly called Bixby, the assistant will be able to understand contextual instructions and is launched by a dedicated button.
The other is something called Samsung DeX. It’s a smartphone dock that allows the device to be hooked up to a monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals to act like a PC. People are calling it Samsung’s answer to Continuum, but few details are available at the moment.
Samsung will not be unveiling the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress next month. Instead, it has scheduled its Unpacked event for 29 March in New York. This is a departure from the traditional timing of keeping the two events closer together; but it could be due to the company’s new QC requirements.