The current generation Galaxy S7 is an outstanding smartphone. However, there is still a room for improvement. For instance, the phone fails to outperform the iPhone 7 in terms of pace. But the next-gen model, the Samsung Galaxy S8, will come with all the improvement that you are looking for. With the stylish design, super-fast processor and the powerful dual lens shooter, it will become one of the most successful smartphones in the history.
In this article, you will find the release date of the Samsung Galaxy S8, along with the latest information about the most possible specs and the price tag.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Confirmed Release Date
Samsung had revealed the Galaxy S7 at MWC 2016. So, most of the people believed that the Galaxy S8 would be revealed at the same event in 2017. However, in January, Samsung confirmed to pull the device out from the big event. It needed more time to ensure the best safety feature for the upcoming phone. The move was very logical, as the battery burning issue of the deceased Galaxy Note 7 raised questions about the safety features.
Last month, several reports claimed that the device would be revealed in late March and hit the market in the following month. The claim looked very logical, as the predecessors of the Galaxy S7 went on sale in April. And now, it has become official. Samsung has announced to reveal the Galaxy S8 at a special event in New York on March 29. In a new video teaser, the company has invited all the tech enthusiasts to join there.
Samsung hasn’t announced the on-sale date of the Galaxy S8 officially. However, according to the recent reports, the device will definitely enter into the market on April 21. The pre-order will begin on April 10. Samsung traditionally releases its new flagship phone after a month of revealing it. So, the claim sounds quite believable.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Specs
You must have been heard rumors about the inclusion of a large number of new features, along with a major overhaul of the design. Will the Galaxy S8 have a 4K display and a significantly faster processor? Will the physical home button be replaced? Well, some of the rumors are really true. You will find the most believable ones right here.
Display – 4K Resolution?
The three predecessors, the Galaxy S7, S6 and S5, came with a display size of 5.1-inch. However, this time, Samsung is planning to incorporate a much larger display in the Galaxy S8. According to Venture Beat, the next-gen smartphone will arrive in two screen sizes – 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch. The first one will be the standard Galaxy S8. The second one will be called the Galaxy S8 Plus. Both of them will have curved displays. However, they will not be foldable. Samsung was rumored to introduce a foldable smartphone in 2017.
A large number of reports are expecting to see the display resolution raised to 4K. It will translate into an incredibly high pixel density of 806 ppi. It will enable the users to play VR games in it. With Samsung trying to give the Gear VR headset a big push, there is a strong possibility of happening so. Moreover, one of the major competitors, Sony, has launched Xperia XZ Premium with the 4K display. The company might try to outperform the flagship phone screen of its Japanese rivals.
However, we, along with numerous leading websites, including GSMArena, believe that the Galaxy S8 display will retain the resolution of 1440 x 2590 pixels. We think that Samsung is not ready to incorporate the 4K display in its flagship smartphone.
Design – Complete Renovation
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will come with a major design overhaul. According to ETNews, the physical home button will be gone. Instead, there will be an on-screen button. Another big change will be the application of the minimal amount of bezels to fill the entire front with just the display. In January, Samsung filed a patent, entitled “Infinity Display,” which envisions such screen that will massively increase the screen-to-body ratio.
The fingerprint scanner will be relocated under the glass. That means, it might be integrated with the display. The move will transform the Galaxy S8 into an edge-to-edge smartphone.
Similar to the Galaxy S7, the next-gen smartphone will be IP68 certified. So, it will be dust and water resistant.
Camera – 12-MP Dual Primary Shooter and 8-MP Front Shooter
The Galaxy S8 rear shooter will retain the same megapixel range of its predecessor (12-MP). However, there will be some improvements, perhaps in the form of the dual camera setup. Samsung has recently filed a patent for enhanced zoom functionality for smartphones, which has strengthened the possibility about the inclusion of the specific feature.
The front shooter will also come with a major improvement. It has been claimed that the mega pixel range of the secondary camera will be increased from 5-MP to 8-MP. Moreover, the front facing shooter will support autofocus, a feature which is only supported by the primary cameras of the existing smartphones on the market.
Hardware – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Exclusive
Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 835, will see its debut in the Galaxy S8. Samsung had struck the deal earlier than any other smartphone manufacturers. As a result, it has earned the exclusive right to use the specific processor for the very first time. The Snapdragon 835 is 30% faster than its predecessor. So, it will transform the Galaxy S8 into the fastest smartphone of the recent history.
There has been a debate going on about the RAM capacity. Some reports are claiming about the inclusion of the massive 6 GB RAM. The other ones claim that the Galaxy S8 will retain the 4 GB RAM. The latter one sounds more logical at this stage. The Snapdragon 835 processor has enough power to run everything with a blazing pace. It doesn’t need to be coupled with the 6 GB RAM.
Samsung will once again use an Adreno GPU. This time, it will be Adreno 540, which is 25% faster than the GPU of Galaxy S7. So, you will get an amazing performance while playing graphics intensive games.
Battery – Increased Capacity
According to ITCLE, a Korean website, the Galaxy S8 will sport a 3,250 mAh battery, which is slightly larger than its predecessor. The larger counterpart, the Galaxy S8 Plus, will have a 3,750 mAh battery. Due to the high capacity, the batteries will last significantly longer than the current generation models. Moreover, the Snapdragon 835 is 40% more power efficient. So, the batteries will be able to make at least two days pretty comfortably. They might even last up to three days!
Other Features – Iris Scanner, Dual Stereo Speakers, Beast Mode and Viv AI
The abandoned Galaxy Note 7 created a massive buzz with the iris scanner. The component will see its return in Samsung’s smartphone lineup with the Galaxy S8. It will allow you to authenticate the phone with your eyes. Being much difficult to be bypassed, the iris scanner will give the hackers with a very tough time.
The Galaxy S8 will be the very first Samsung flagship phone to incorporate the dual stereo speakers. They might include the technology of Harman, a leading name in the industry of lifestyle audio innovations. Samsung has recently acquired the company. So, there is a strong possibility for the application of the technology.
The new smartphone will support Beast Mode, a technology that will allow the users to boost the performance of the device. The specific feature will be very effective for running graphics intensive games and high-end software.
A new AI assistant will be introduced in the Galaxy S8. It will be called the Viv. It will perform functions quite similar to Siri and Cortana. However, the new voice assistant app will be compatible with a large number of apps, a feature which will give it an edge over the competitors. It will support both male and female voices. The first one will be called Bixby. The second one will be known as Kestra.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Price
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be more expensive than its predecessor. According to a leaked screenshot from a Ukrainian retailer, the Galaxy S8 will cost you UAH 25,999, which is equivalent to $950. It is significantly higher than the price of the Galaxy S7 ($850). The Galaxy S8 Plus will be even more expensive. It will cost you $961.71.
However, there is still a possibility for Samsung Galaxy S8 retaining the price tag of its predecessor. The Korean tech giant is desperate to regain its lost market share following the highly controversial battery burning issue of the Galaxy Note 7. The company may not increase the price. Instead, it might focus on generating more sales.