Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 image leak shows off on-screen keys, desktop dock

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors and image leaks continue to flood the internet ahead of its official reveal, which man not even happen for over a month. Today we have yet another leak, which claims a system dump from the still unannounced Galaxy Tab S3 tablet has uncovered some clip art showing some of the features in the Galaxy S8.

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The story, from Android Police, shows the S8’s on-screen soft keys, with the multitasking key getting some special attention, along with its square home key and back key. The image also seems to once again confirm that the Galaxy S8 itself will have a tiny bezel. The second clip image shows what looks like the heart rate sensor on the left of the rear camera of the Galaxy S8, along with its fingerprint sensor that’s place on the right of the camera.

Samsung Galaxy S8 image leak shows off on-screen keys, desktop dock

The final clip art image clearly shows the rumored DeX dock for the Galaxy S8, complete with logo. As previously reported, this unconfirmed accessory is supposed to allow the phone to be used more like a desktop computer. The image shows the dock hooked up to a PC monitor. The rumors about DeX claim the dock will also allow the phone to be hooked up to a standard keyboard and mouse so that owners can use it more like a Windows PC, in a way similar to Windows 10 Mobile’s Continuum feature.

While it’s unknown why clip art showing the Galaxy S8 would be found inside the files of a Tab S3, it’s possible that both products could be used together in some way to sync data or for some other purpose. Samsung is expected to officially reveal the Tab S3 on Sunday, February 26 at its 2017 Mobile World Congress press event in Barcelona, Spain. Rumors claim it may also release a brief video preview of the Galaxy S8 during that event, but the actual reveal of the phone is rumored to take place in late March at its own dedicated media conference, followed by its launch in mid-April.

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Leaked images of Samsung Galaxy S8 leave little to the imagination

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New images of the Galaxy S8 that show the device in all its glory have leaked. The pictures are consistent with the rumors that are going around about Samsung’s flagship devices. As you can see, the smartphone doesn’t have a physical button on the front, which means that the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back.

It also features a curved screen and extremely thin bezels, as expected. If you look closely at the images below, you’ll also see that the Galaxy S8 sports a USB Type-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the bottom, along with a speaker.

The device is really easy on the eyes and looks quite different from the Galaxy S7 series. The curved screen and the small bezels on the top and at the bottom give it a unique look that a lot of consumers will probably like.

There’s still no official word on when Samsung will announce the devices. We’ll know more details on February 26, when the company will share the launch date with the public during its MWC event as well as a short teaser trailer.

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As you may know, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will be the first Snapdragon 835-powered smartphones on the market. Unfortunately, they might also be more expensive than their predecessors, based on prices revealed by a Ukrainian retailer a few days ago. If you want to learn more about the upcoming smartphones, check out our Galaxy S8 rumor roundup post.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus look to be very promising devices, especially considering their almost bezel-less design. But Samsung won’t be the first company to announce a bezel-less smartphone this year. LG will also opt for a similar design language for its upcoming G6, which will be announced on February 26.

Samsung teases Exynos 9 series chipset for the Galaxy S8

The Samsung Exynos Twitter account just tweeted a teaser that seems to indicate the company is on the verge of releasing the Exynos 9 series of chipsets. Considering the timing of teaser, the new Exynos SoCs are likely set for inclusion in the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

As always, Samsung’s flagship will be powered by both Qualcomm chips and its homegrown Exynos chips, depending on market. Until now, the general assumption was that it would be the Exynos 8895 inside the S8 family, but the image accompanying the tweet includes the telling line, “discover cloud 9 with Exynos”.

While this doesn’t absolutely guarantee an Exynos 9 in the Galaxy S8, it certainly seems likely. We’re hoping to get a glimpse of the S8 during MWC at the end of the month, where Samsung is expected to show a one-minute trailer and announce the device’s official release date. We’ll be sure to ask more questions about the Exynos 9 at that time too if it isn’t officially unveiled at the show.

The new Exynos chipset currently in production is being fabricated on the 10nm node, allowing for higher performance with lower power consumption. While Samsung hasn’t detailed specifics on its own 10 nm SoCs yet, it has previously stated that its 10nm process offers “up to 30 percent increase in area efficiency with 27 percent higher performance or 30 percent lower energy consumption”. Samsung is also manufacturing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset.

Samsung Galaxy S8 price and color options leak, Sony to supply some batteries

We have already seen a few images of Samsung’s upcoming flagship devices, so we have a good idea of how they will look. But now we also know three colors the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will come in and what they will retail for, thanks to a Ukranian retailer that recently divulged the info.

The Galaxy S8 (SM-G950) and Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955) will be available in Black, Gold and Orchid Gray options, at least in the Ukraine, and will retail for UAH 25,999 and UAH 28,999, which is around $950 and $1050. If true, these prices mean the S8 range will be significantly more expensive than the Ukrainian prices for the S7 family, which sat around the UAH18-20,000 mark for a 32 GB model.

Samsung Galaxy S8 price and color options leak, Sony to supply some batteries

However, it is worth mentioning that in general smartphones are more expensive in Europe than they are in the US, mainly because of higher taxes, so we wouldn’t advise placing too much emphasis on the US conversions for these figures. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will more affordable in the US, but will likely still be $100 more expensive than the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

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In other Galaxy S8 related news, Samsung will also use batteries manufactured by Sony in its upcoming smartphones. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the tech giant selected Sony as the third battery supplier for the Galaxy S8. The other two are Murata Manufacturing, which is also based in Japan, and of course Samsung SDI.

It appears that Samsung wants to diversify its supply chain in order to reduce the risk of battery related problems like the ones the Galaxy Note 7 experienced. The company also wants to make sure it can get its hands on enough batteries so that production of the Galaxy S8 will go ahead as planned.

As you may know by now, the Galaxy S8 series won’t be announced at Mobile World Congress. The tech giant is rumored to announce the flagship devices at a separate event in March, while sales will probably begin in mid-April. We’ll know more on February 26, when Samsung will share the launch date of the smartphones with the public during its MWC press event.

Demand for dual-camera smartphones growing: when will Samsung join in?

Dual-camera smartphones have been adopted by many manufacturers including LG, Apple and Huawei and recent news from the Korea Herald suggests that camera components suppliers, namely LG Innotek and Samsung Electro-Mechanics, are seeing significant revenues.

This much could be guessed, based on the number of major handsets now integrating a dual-camera setup, but LG Innotek in particular seems to achieving unprecedented numbers. It made a record-breaking $103 million in profit in Q4, 2016, thanks in part to the success of the Apple iPhone 7, which it supplied the camera parts for.

LG Innotek’s profits are expected to continue to grow — and “beat market expectations,” says one analyst — with the launch of its upcoming LG G6 flagship likely to make use of dual-camera tech.

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Meanwhile, Samsung Electro-Mechanics is also said to achieve a large sales increase, thanks to partnerships with Xiaomi and LeEco (formed in Q3, 2016) and potentially Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, who it is said to be in talks with. However, according to reports, the soon-to-be-released Galaxy S8 will not have a dual-camera setup.

Though it might seem strange that Samsung wouldn’t use a dual-camera setup on the Galaxy S8, when it’s clearly on-trend, it may be because it’s too expensive to integrate. That said, many of the other major manufacturers have been able to adopt the tech without radically exceeding the expected price of their handsets

What could be more likely, then, is that Samsung simply doesn’t believe in the overall benefit that the dual-camera setup provides right now. But as more manufacturers adopt it, the pressure is likely to build, and come the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung might have changed its mind.

What’s your take on dual-camera tech? Let us know in the comments.

Inside Samsung’s new quality assurance tests

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Because of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung is trying really hard to convince consumers that its upcoming smartphones won’t catch fire and explode in their hands. The company wants you to know that it takes the quality of its devices very seriously, which is why it recently posted a video on YouTube titled “Quality Assurance: Extensive Tests.” Set to the tune of The O’Jays’ “Give The People What They Want”

The video shows various tests Samsung’s smartphones have to complete before they can hit the market. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which appear in the short video, are dropped, bent, submerged in water, and exposed to hot as well as cold temperatures. You can check out the video below and get your groove on.

Samsung’s reputation really took a beating because of the Galaxy Note 7. The tech giant is now trying to regain consumers’ trust before it releases the Galaxy S8 by letting them know that quality is a major priority for the company. It wants to do everything it can to close the Note 7 chapter and send a strong message that its devices are well built and won’t cause any problems to users.

In addition to the newly released video, Samsung also announced new quality assurance measures a few weeks ago, including an 8-step battery safety check that features a number of improved safety tests.

Samsung to announce Galaxy S8 launch date at MWC

We already know that Samsung won’t announce the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: the tech giant will take the wraps off its flagship device at a separate event that is rumored to take place in NYC on March 29. However, it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer to find out exactly when that launch will happen. According to a report from Hankyung, Samsung will announce the official launch date of the Galaxy S8 at MWC.

The company will share the news with the public during its press event on February 26, where it will announce the Galaxy Tab S3. Additionally, Samsung may also give us a glimpse of the upcoming flagship by playing a one minute trailer, although this hasn’t been confirmed yet.

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As you may have heard, there are tons of rumors going around regarding the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. They will be two of the first Snapdragon 835-powered smartphones on the market and will both feature a dual-curved Super AMOLED display.

They are also expected to ditch the home button, come with Samsung’s own digital assistant called Bixby, and sport thinner bezels as well as larger screens when compared with their predecessors.

Leaked logo suggests the larger Samsung Galaxy S8 will be dubbed S8+

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is perhaps the most anticipated Android phone of 2017, for many reasons. One of the reaons is that the phone is expected to be released with curved displays for both the standard and larger versions. Today, a reported leaked logo seems to confirm that the larger model of the Galaxy S8 will be officially called the S8+.

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The logo for the phone was posted by noted gadget leaker Evan “@evleaks” Blass on his Twitter feed:

The logo would seem to confirm that Samsung will not be releasing a version of the Galaxy S8 with an “Edge” branding, as it did last year with the flat Galaxy S7 and the curved Galaxy S7 Edge. It would also strongly suggest that the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ will both have curved displays, as recent photo leaks of the phones, as well as their display shells, seem to show.

Of course, Samsung did release a phone called the Galaxy S6 Edge+ in 2015, around the time of the Note 5 launch. That phone was basically a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge. So it would seem the “+” label is reserved for phones that are simply bigger than the standard version.

Of course, this begs the question,”Has Samsung decided to retire the Edge branding altogether?”. It would seem like that’s the case for the Galaxy S8, if both phones do indeed have curved displays. However, it’s possible that the company may keep the Edge name in reserve for something else. Perhaps the Galaxy Note 8 will have a flat screen, and Samsung could release a curved version with the Edge label.

Do you like the fact that the Galaxy S8 is looking like it will have a curved screen, even in its larger model? Do you prefer a flat screen on your smartphone? Let us know where you stand in the comments!

Galaxy S8’s Bixby assistant to be based on S Voice, not Viv Labs tech

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Samsung Bixby, the digital assistant said to be arriving with the Galaxy S8 flagship phone, will be based on S Voice, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The Bixby software was previously speculated to be built by Viv Labs, an AI specialist Samsung purchased last year. Samsung mobile division chief technology officer Injong Rhee revealed in November that the S8’s AI would house functionality delivered by Viv Labs and that this would “significantly” differentiate it from competitors.

Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal says that the virtual assistant has instead been upgraded from S Voice by Samsung engineers over the past few months. Samsung’s S Voice is the personal assistant preloaded on its devices since the Galaxy S3; the software hasn’t been able to stay toe-to-toe with the likes of Siri and Google Now in recent years (if it ever could) and Samsung is expected to deliver a more competitive assistant with Bixby.

Bixby would be capable of “answering voiced questions from users,” says The Wall Street Journal and may come with a dedicated button on the device — something also suggested by a recent 3D render video of the S8. Whether the assistant would feature machine learning to grow based on user habits and behavior wasn’t commented on.

The Wall Street Journal‘s sources also confirmed a number of previously speculated ideas about the S8, namely: the inclusion of headphone jack, the lack of a home button, a rear fingerprint scanner, curved display models only, and that it would be in consumers’ hands in two months.

These are still just rumors at this point but it feels like we know a lot about what to expect from the Galaxy S8 at this. For me, the changes sound positive — though long-time fans might be sad to lose the home button. I just hope there are still some surprises come the device’s launch.

What are your thoughts on the Galaxy S8’s developments? Let us know in the comments.

Samsung may have made final decision on Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus battery sizes

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus may have the same 3,500 mAh battery capacity as the Galaxy Note 7, according to a new report from The Investor.

This battery capacity was first suggested by leaker Evan Blass, before speculation from South Korea indicated that the S8 Plus would have a 3,750 mAh capacity battery and the S8’s would come in at 3,250 mAh.

Now, we’re back to the original theory — which also points to a 3,000 mAh battery for the smaller Galaxy S8.

The Investor cites a Samsung official who spoke to Korean news outlet News 1; the source reportedly stated that Samsung had recently reached a “final decision” regarding the battery capacities following a number of tests.

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Battery capacities are constrained by the physical dimensions of the device and, as such, the news suggests that Samsung would also have finalized the S8 and S8 Plus dimensions.

The battery cells themselves are said to be being manufactured by Samsung’s SDI department and a Japanese company Samsung recently partnered with, Murata Manufacturing.

All told, it seems at this point that 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh batteries for the upcoming Galaxy S8 phones are a safe bet. For an early glimpse at how the Galaxy S8 and S8 plus might look, check out this 3D render video.