With the Mobile World Congress or MWC coming to an end, there seems to be something not quite right. Sure, we saw the rebirth of a classic with the Nokia 3310 and the flagship Huawei P10 as well. We also saw Motorola redefining budget smart phones as well (in case you didn’t see any of these, you can click here to see it). So what’s missing? Well, what about Samsung? Where is the rumored Galaxy S8?
The mobile phone manufacturer has always had a thing for unveiling their flagship devices at MWC. But this year, they’ve been oddly quiet. Factor in the mess they had with their previous flagship, the Galaxy Note 7 and you have people worried about why Samsung is quiet.
In fact, Samsung has been working on their flagship. It’s just that they’re not ready to unveil it yet. That will all happen soon. But till then, here’s what we know about Samsung’s latest flagship.
Kicking things off, Samsung’s latest flagship will come in two variants; the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. They both have Quad HD displays and feature Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 along with a 3D touch display and also an always on display, first seen (literally) in the Galaxy S7. Whilst the Galaxy S8 will sport a 5.8” Super AMOLED display with an 18:9 (basically a 2:1) aspect ratio, the Galaxy S8+ will sport a larger 6.2” display. It’s pretty obvious that both these devices stray off the path of smartphones and are now considered phablets.
Both flagships will be powered either by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor or Samsung’s own Exynos 9 series 8895 processor backed by 4GB of DDR4 RAM. If the leaked images are accurate, then the first thing you would notice is that Samsung has done away with the physical home button at the bottom of the display, choosing rather to go with an on-screen navigation bar. You’re probably wondering where the home button and fingerprint sensor are, right? Well, there is no home button per se and the fingerprint sensor has been relocated to the back of the phone near the rear camera.
This actually helps with the screen real estate and gives you the ability to actually use the display in its entirety rather than be limited by hardware capacitive buttons. They both sport slim bezels and rounded corners as well meaning that they are easier to grasp and also look rather stylish. Both devices are pretty similar to the previous Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in size.
In terms of storage, both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will have 64GB of onboard storage. If you need more storage, they also feature a microSD card slot that supports upto 2TB in size. Granted there are no 2TB microSD cards commercially available yet, but if they do become available, then you can add one as well.
For juice, the Galaxy S8 will pack a 3000mAH non-removable battery whilst the Galaxy S8+ will have a 3500mAh battery. They are also not likely to blow up either. In addition, both devices will also feature a USB type C port and before you ask, yes, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can listen to your favorite tunes on your favorite earphones or cans without worry.
Take a lot of photos? The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ both have a 12MP Dual Pixel camera rear camera and also the 8MP front facing camera if you like to indulge in a bit of selfie-graphy. If you’re into travel, then you can rest assured knowing that both devices are IP68 rated for water and dust resistance.
Well, you will have to wait for Samsung to unveil them during a press conference. Luckily, that date is not too far off. The press conference will actually take place on the 29th of March 2017. From there, following the unveiling, both devices will be launched globally on the 21st of April 2017. No pricing has been given yet, but we can estimate that it would be around the $680 range for the Galaxy S8 and the $800 for the Galaxy S8+.
We will know more about the device when it’s actually unveiled on the 29th of March so till then, stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed that we may get a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ for review.
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