The next generation of Samsung’s flagship smartphone, called the Galaxy S8, is due for release in the coming months.
Samsung will be hoping to regain consumer trust after the botched release of the Note 7 phone last year with the S8. As part of its bid, it will bring some of the standout features of the recalled Note 7 to the S8, as well as safe batteries and a new AI assistant.
What features and specs will it have?
Samsung is expected to ditch the home button on the upcoming Galaxy S8 to make way for a larger screen that fills the front of the device. It will come in two sizes, with 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved edge screens. The large display will take up 83pc of the front of the phone, save for a strip at the top containing an 8MP selfie camera and iris scanning sensor that lets users unlock their phone by looking at it.
The screen will be AMOLED, have Always On technology and, for the first time, be pressure sensitive – following Apple’s lead with 3D Touch, according to rumours. It is possible that it will be 4K, although Samsung may hold this update for the S9.
Leaked pictures appear to have dispelled any suggestions that Samsung is planning to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Another standout feature could be Bixby, Samsung’s first AI assistant designed to rival Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.
It will probably run Android’s Nougat software and debut Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chip. Indications suggest the S8 will come in 64GB and 128GB storage capacities, with a possible 256GB version as well. It will most likely be water resistant to IP68.
The home button and fingerprint scanner will be moved to the back of the device, reports say, next to a 12MP camera. The main camera could have a new augmented image search that lets users search the web for items they point it at. For example, it could take them to a shopping website for a product in the frame.The Galaxy S8 will probably use batteries from the same manufacturersas those who made the faulty ones for the Note 7, but Samsung assured customers it has dramatically improved safety. The phones are said to be 11pc faster and 20pc more energy efficient than the Galaxy S7 thanks to improved microchip and graphics technology. And they could come with the ability to connect to a monitor so to control the phone with a keyboard and mouse, the Guardian reports.
When will it be released?
The phone’s release was delayed following the debacle with the faulty Note 7. Where Samsung normally unveils its flagship Galaxy S phones at Mobile World Congress in February, it will instead hold an event for the Galaxy S8 on March 29 in New York, according to Venture Beat.
How much will it cost?
It has been reported that both Galaxy S8 models will cost €100 (£85) more than the S7. That means in Europe the 5.8-inch version will be €799 and the 6.2-inch €899. It is not clear how the UK prices will change, but they could increase due to recent currency fluctuations.
When can I buy it?
The Galaxy S7 will go on sale on April 21, according to Venture Beat.