Samsung’s having a really bad year. After getting great buzz and major acclaim for its flagships S7 and S7 Edge, the company blew it, quite literally, with the Galaxy Note 7. Around 70 cases of the phone exploding have been reported in the US alone and to make things worse, the recall plan is costing the South Korean company a billion dollars. Samsung’s stock has also fallen and they’ve lost $26 billion in value. That’s some serious damage. So it only makes sense that the big company move up their timetable to release their next flagship early.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 isn’t really being anticipated yet because the world is just getting over the recent iPhone 7 buzz but there’s no denying that the S8 is not really an option that Samsung can ignore right now. Until pictures of the burnt phones were being put online, the only thing the internet saw was another exploding phone. It was something they’d seen before. But the incident where a jeep caught fire and basically got trashed when the Note 7 was charging in it put Samsung in even more trouble. It put a human face on the issue. What if there had been someone in that car?
So the rumour mill has started churning out the specs for the next Samsung Flagship. Starting off is the 5.5-inch AMOLED 4K display with 806 pixels per inch. It’ll of course feature a fingerprint scanner and an iris scanner following the Note 7 specs. The phone will have a 5.1-inch variant. The latter will be the S8 with the 5.5-incher being the S8 Edge.
There will be a dual rear camera with a 12 megapixel S5K2L2 sensor and a 13 megapixel sensor designed by Sony. The front facing camera will be 8 megapixels. Oh, and both phones are expected to have the curved edges that only the Edge models sported before. It will of course run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and hopefully won’t have an explosive battery.
As for the headphone jack, Computerworld claims that Samsung is working on its own version of the Apple move. It’s not using USB-C as a standard though. The article goes on to claim that the headphone jack Samsung is designing will leave Apple’s lightning headphones in the dirt.
Also, the phones are codenamed SM-G955 and SM-G950 after the S7 Edge and S7 were first named SM-G940 and SM-G945 last year.
The phone will probably be released in February of 2017 right before the Mobile World Congress. Prices are estimated to be between $649 and $699 for the S8 and between $749 and $799 for the S8 Edge.