Samsung has been having some bad luck to put it lightly. The Note 7 literally blew up in their faces twice last year and then their CEO and Vice President were both arrested by the South Korean authorities. And though the Samsung stock has been steadily rising, Samsung needs a win soon. Enter the Samsung Galaxy S8. The phone has been hyped ever since the failure of the Note 7 and the success of the S7 and S7 Edge will probably bring in a lot of old fans. Here’s what the rumour mill and leaks have revealed:
There have been conflicting reports about the smartphones but this much is clear, the S8 will have a 5.1-inch screen and run Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.
All the leaked pictures show a more bezel less design than before with curved displays now part of both phones. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were already knockouts in the design department so reducing the chins and foreheads further and curving both displays is a step in the right direction. Whether that will effect gripping and overall feel of the phone remains to be seen.
Evan Blass, leaker extraordinare, annouced the S8+ specs on his twitter so we can probably extrapolate from that. Here are his predictions:
The whopping 6.2-inch display on the S8+ is an attention grabber more than anything else, like the Xiaomi Mi Mix and it’s incredible bezel less design. The spec sheet shoots down previous rumours that predicted 6 GB of RAM, and a 20 MP camera for the S8 which clearly won’t be the case. Whether there will be a 128 GB variant for both phones as well as a 4000 mAh battery also remains to be seen.
Forbes reports that the S8 will be unveiled at an event in New York on March 29 which means its unveiling at the upcoming Mobile World Congress is out. The phone will officially go on sale on April 21st.
The rumours at the beginning of the year said that the phone maybe released in February however, it makes sense that Samsung held out and didn’t rush their release. It would’ve been the impulsive thing to do to revive consumer confidence but it looks like they learnt their lesson with the Note 7, which was apparently rushed to be competitive with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Samsung also put out a video about thorough battery tests to ensure consumers that they’ve learned their lesson from battery fires.