Samsung Galaxt S8 : Leaks and Rumors
Samsung’s big Galaxy S8 event on March 29th is fast approaching, and we’re excited to see how the company will follow up on one of the best smartphones of 2016, the Galaxy S7.
We’ve heard a bunch of rumors surrounding the Galaxy S8 by this point, so we went ahead and rounded up the most credible leaks and rumors in one place, cutting out the rumors that seem like a long shot.
Check out what we think Samsung has in store for us with the Galaxy S8:
So what does it look like? This is allegedly the Galaxy S8.
It’ll have narrower borders than previous Galaxy S phones.
According to Bloomberg, the Galaxy S8 phones will have narrower borders than the Galaxy S7 phones. A slew of photo and video leaks, like Blass’ photo leak in the first rumor of this list, appear to support this rumor, too.
The display will have rounded corners instead of sharp corners.
Two YouTube videos allegedly show Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone with rounded corners instead of the sharp corners we’ve seen on previous Galaxy S smartphones.
Samsung’s own press invitation for the Galaxy S8 launch event alludes to the rounded corners, too.
The recently announced LG G6 has similarly rounded corners. LG claims they help make the screen more durable against cracks, and they match the rounded corners of the phone’s design.
There will be two models with different screen sizes.
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We expect Samsung to release two differently sized models of the Galaxy S8, just like it did with the Galaxy S7.
To further fuel our own speculation, Korean news site The Investor, citing local news outlet The Bell, claimed in a report that Samsung will come out with two models of the Galaxy S8 with different screen sizes. The larger model is said to be called the Galaxy S8 “Plus.”
The two Galaxy S8 models will have bigger screens than the Galaxy S7 phones.
It claims the regular Galaxy S8 will have a 5.7-inch screen, and the larger model will have a 6.2-inch screen.
To compare, the regular Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch screen and the Galaxy S7 Edge clocks in at 5.7 inches.
Both Galaxy S8 models might have curved screens.
Both new models will be fairly large.
Gadgets leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known from his Twitter handle @OnLeaks, posted an image on Twitter that compares the rumored size of the Galaxy S8 against other popular smartphones.
From the looks of it, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will be larger than their predecessors, and fairly large overall.
The fingerprint scanner will be on the back of the phones.
A short video was posted on Slashleaks’ YouTube channel that shows the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint scanner located on the back of the phone.
Samsung has traditionally put the fingerprint scanner on the home button of previous Galaxy S smartphones.
The front-facing camera could potentially be the best out of any smartphone.
According to ET News, Samsung will add the Galaxy S7’s incredibly fast auto-focus feature to the front camera of the Galaxy S8.
If so, it means no tapping on faces to make sure the camera focuses correctly. That means you can take faster selfies, and they’ll be better photos overall.
They will have powerful processors.
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According to Forbes, the Galaxy S8 will use a new chip from Qualcomm called the Snapdragon 835. Certain models destined for certain countries could use a version of Samsung’s own Exynos chip.
Apparently, other smartphone makers like LG were unable to obtain the Snapdragon 835 because Samsung placed such large orders of the chips for the Galaxy S8.
The Galaxy S8 will come with an AI voice assistant that’s similar to Siri.
Samsung itself confirmed that its smart voice assistant, called Bixby, will feature in the Galaxy S8. In its announcement, Samsung claims that Bixby will let you control everything on your phone and Bixby-powered apps with your voice.
The new AI assistant “Bixby” could use the Galaxy S8’s camera for search results.
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One rumor from SamMobile that Samsung didn’t specifically mention in its Bixby announcement is that the virtual assistant will have its own set of eyes by tapping into the phone’s camera.
Instead of asking Bixby about something, you could potentially show it what you want to search for with the S8’s camera. It’s an interesting prospect, as neither Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant are tied into any cameras or camera technology.
There are conflicting rumors about the headphone jack.
It’s a tough one to call, even when we’re so close to the Galaxy S8’s launch. So far, only the iPhone, Motorola Moto Z, and HTC’s U Ultra phones have ditched headphone jacks to a mixed reception.
We’re inclined to think that Samsung will keep the headphone jack on the Galaxy S8.
Yes, there are benefits to ditching the headphone jack, like forcing people to go wireless (which is a good thing). At the same time, it potentially means buying new wireless headphones or using a dongle adapter for your old wired headphones, which isn’t ideal.
It’ll likely use USB-C instead of microUSB.
Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 with USB-C, which could indicate that the company is transitioning from microUSB to USB-C, at least with its flagship devices.
USB-C is the new standard that is slowly replacing microUSB for charging and data transfers. It can charge mobile devices faster than regular microUSB (without Quick Charge technology), but it can also be used to transfer data and stream video to external monitors as well.
It’s expected to come with the same features that made the Galaxy S7 one the best smartphones of 2016.
While this is speculation that’s not based on rumors, we’re expecting that Samsung will include the water resistance that helped make the Galaxy S7 one of the best smartphones of 2016.
We’re also expecting the Galaxy S8 to come with an excellent camera.
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Again, this is pure speculation, but we’d be surprised if Samsung deviates too far from the Galaxy S7’s camera, which is considered one of the best cameras you can find on a smartphone.
The Galaxy S7’s camera even beat the newer iPhone 7’s camera in our tests.
You might be able to connect the Galaxy S8 to a monitor to use it like a computer.
There’s talk about the Galaxy S8 coming with a feature that’s similar to Microsoft’s Continuum, which lets you plug in a Windows Phone to a monitor to use a light version of Windows 10 with a keyboard and mouse. The first hints of this came from allaboutwindowsphone.com, where the concept was seen during a Samsung presentation.
If the Galaxy S8 really does support USB-C, the ability to connect the phone to an external monitor could be a very real possibility.
You’ll be able to unlock it with your eyes and your face.
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According to ET News, Samsung will include an eye scanner in the Galaxy S8 similar to the one found in the Galaxy Note 7.
Another report from The Korea Economic Daily also claims that the Galaxy S8 will have a facial recognition feature to unlock the phone, too. Apparently, it will be so fast-acting that it’ll unlock your phone in 0.01 seconds, according to South Korean news outlet, The Investor.
With the Galaxy Note 7, the eye scanner allowed you to unlock your phone as well as certain apps and folders, for extra security.
It’ll be announced in March.
Samsung sent out press invitations for an event on March 29 in New York City, where there’s little doubt that the company will announce the Galaxy S8. We’ll be at the event, which starts at 11am ET on Wednesday, so make sure to tune into BI.