A look at the upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone features with Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus rumours.
A concept rendered by wccftech.com
It’s almost time for another Samsung mobile to sweep the world off their feet like the Galaxy S7 did last year. Except this year, there’s a few twists.
Recently the world-renowned conglomerate themselves let information loose about a larger version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on their website. So now it is almost certain that the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (product code: SM-G955FD) will be released alongside the S8.
Before we move on to more rumours, keep in mind that a lot of these rumours seem to contradict each other. The only way to confirm whether any of these are correct is when Samsung actually releases the product.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 phone will apparently not be launching at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) – which runs from 27th February until 2nd March. Samsung will instead launch the anticipated phone on March 29 and release it for sale around mid-April.
A Larger Screen
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is purported to be 5.7” inches which is larger than its predecessor S7’s 5.1-inch screen. Whereas, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ will feature 6.2” inch screen.
This means that both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will be larger than the Galaxy Note 7. The screens will have 2K AMOLED resolution – tamer than the ambitious 4K in the Note 7.
The ‘Selfie’ Cam
The Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ will feature three cameras: two rear-facing, and one front-facing. The front facing camera (or the ‘selfie camera’) is rumoured to have front actuators, which means autofocusing for your selfie photos.
The two rear cameras may be like those currently seen in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Eliminate the Home Button
Fingerprint sensors has allowed many flagship phones to eliminate the flimsy home button feature. And that is exactly what the Samsung Galaxy S8 has done to the home button that was seen in its previous products such as the S7 and Note series.
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The slim bevelled edged and the larger screen size means retiring the home button from its design entirely. Rumours say there will be a fingerprint sensor integrated into model either on the back of the device or at the front. I know, these are two entirely different places but multiple sources have reported on multiple placements of this elusive Synaptics fingerprint sensor.
It would be a great disadvantage for both your finger and camera experience if the sensor was placed on the back beside the camera, as you could easily mistake the camera for the fingerprint sensor. However, if the scanner is located at the front, beneath the glass, and under the screen, it would be a beneficial feature to the phone. Let’s hope for the latter.
There are also rumours about the S8 featuring an iris scanner – which was first explored in the Samsung Note 7 (now discontinued). The iris recognition feature scans your eyes with an LED light and camera, which adds to your security when using your phone.
S8 will come with the new Samsung Exynos8 processor or a Quadcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Currently there are more rumours pointing to the Quadcomm Snapdragon 835 chip.
Samsung may utilise ‘Bixby’ or ‘Kestra’- their new trademarked names for voice recognition software, AI Voice Assistant – in the S8/S8+.
- 4GB Ram
- 64GB internal storage
- Dual speakers
- 3.5 mm headphone jack (uncertain)
- Android 7 Nougat (uncertain)
- USB type-C charging port
Concluding thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+
The internet has been overrun with rumours and clues and hints and rendered images about this upcoming smartphone. In fact, there’s so much hype that it seems the world has forgotten about the Note 7 incident that occurred only a few months ago. Has the world forgiven Samsung for its mistakes? Only time will tell.
Samsung has already released information on how they are conducting battery checks and what went wrong with their previous phablet. They seem adamant to release a product that is safe and will not be singled out at every airport. So hopefully the next flagship will not sink as badly.