Ahead of Samsung Galaxy S8’s unveil on March 29, massive leaks from German tech site WinFuture, prolific leakster Evan Blass and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have given us almost everything we need to know about the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone.
While rumours ahead of official launch events have become commonplace these days, leaks on such a massive scale are unprecedented. By piecing all the leaks and rumours together, we can get a pretty comprehensive understanding of what the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be bringing to the table in two days time.
Samsung needs the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones to be embraced warmly by customers after its reputation took a big dent due to the Galaxy Note 7 debacle and the arrest of their CEO on bribery and embezzlement charges.
Here is everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+:
The Galaxy S8/S8 + will come with IP68 dust and water resistance, Samsung Knox, Samsung Pay, 4G LTE support and earphones tuned by AKG.
Additionally, the smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor – the Snapdragon 835 in the U.S, Japan and China and the 3GHz Exynos 8895 processor in other regions including India alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB).
Both smartphones are set to come with stereo speakers with the earpiece being used as a second speaker,
circa iPhone 7. The Galaxy S8 will come with a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S8+ will feature a bigger 3,500mAh battery. Both smartphones will come with fast charging and wireless charging support.
What should come as a relief to many is the fact that Samsung is retaining the 3.5mm jack in the S8/S8+ inspite of shifting from microUSB to USB Type-C for charging and data transfer.
Rumours pointing to a 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage variant of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ have been doing the rounds of the internet for quite some time now and a now a new rumor claims that the 6GB model will only be available in China.
The Galaxy S8 will come with a 5.8′ Super AMOLED display. The Galaxy S8+ is set to come with the exact same specifications as the S8 but with a much bigger 6.2′ screen. This is a huge bump from the 5.1′ screen on the Galaxy S7 and 5.5′ display on the Galaxy S7 Edge.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will sport a radical near bezel-less design with dual curved edges
Both smartphones will have curved OLED displays with a new ultra-wide 18:5:9 aspect ratio which leads to a resolution of 2960×2400. However, leaks claim that despite the theoretical WQHD+ resolution, both smartphones will ship with 1080p displays in order to conserve battery life.
Bezel less design
Both smartphones will sport a radical near bezel-less design with dual curved edges. Samsung is also ditching its iconic home button in the upcoming smartphones.
The smartphones could also come with a dedicated button for Samsung’s upcoming AI intelligence based voice assistant codenamed ‘Bixby’.
The fingerprint sensor has been relocated to the rear (alongside the rear camera) and will support gesture recognition including programmable gestures for opening applications.
Earlier, a report on The Investor had claimed that due to limitations with the Iris scanning technology, the company has also added facial recognition to the smartphone to aid in faster and more accurate biometric authentication.
Now, a new reports claims that the facial recognition technology will be used for mobile payments as well. The leak claims that the smartphone will use a combination of the fingerprint scanner, Iris scanner as well as facial detection for user verification in services like Samsung Pay.
According to the report, the company is “already working with banks to help them embrace facial recognition systems in coming months.”
This facial recognition technology will work in tandem with the 3.7MP Iris camera sensor which will be placed right next to the S8’s front facing camera.
On the imaging front, both smartphones will come with a 12MP ‘Dual Pixel’ camera at the rear with an aperture of f/1.7, optical image stabilisation and laser autofocus alongside an 8MP front facing camera with an aperture of f/1.7.
A strong rumour doing the rounds is the fact that the Galaxy S8’s rear camera will also come with the ability to shoot super slow motion video at 1000 fps.
What should come as a relief to many is the fact that Samsung is retaining the 3.5mm jack in the Galaxy S8
The iPhone 7 in comparison can record slow motion video at 120fps (1080p) or 240 fps (720p) making Samsung’s slow motion technology up to 8 times faster than the iPhone’s.
A report on Naver claims Samsung has added DRAM as a storage device between the pixel element of the image sensor and the circuit part. This allows the camera to not only shoot super slow motion video but also transmit and store images at a much faster rate than usual.
The Galaxy S8 will set you back 799 Euros (roughly Rs 56,500), while the Galaxy S8+ will retail for 899 Euros (roughly Rs 63,500). Both smartphones will be available in five color options at launch – Gold, Black, Blue, Silver and Orchid Gray.
Samsung will be offering an optional warranty system for both smartphones dubbed ‘Guard S8’ which will offer repairs within two hours, one free screen repair and remote support on the smartphone itself.
Samsung will also be launching an accessory for the Galaxy S8/S8+ called ‘DeX Station’ which will come with full sized ports and active cooling and will allow the Galaxy S8/S8+ to be used as a PC with desktop-friendly applications very much like Windows Phone’s Continuum feature.