The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a dark shadow hanging over it:
the Spontaneous Combustion Problems of Note7. With its next flagship Samsung tests its credibility in front of users. The S7 was quite a revolution and we are sure that Samsung can get it back.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Design
Evan Blass has published on Twitter the official rendition of Samsung’s new flagship. Now we can see all the angles of the two models S8 and S8 Plus. In particular they will be available in three colors: black sky, orchid gray and artic silver.
…and finally: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus (left to right) in Black Sky, Orchid Grey, and Arctic Silver (top to bottom). pic.twitter.com/pIUJskyFbK
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 21, 2017
OnLeaks compared the new Samsung devices with the two iPhone 7 to give us an idea of the size, quite large that has the new flagship Samsung and its version Plus. It’s a pretty representative way to see what’s new from Samsung.
— OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) March 9, 2017
This is the first official filtered image of the new Galaxy S8. This is the render that will be used in advertising, for the press and the typical images of the device that you can find on the official Samsung website. Of course there is nothing we do not already know, a Samsung without start button. As a detail on the date that appears on the screen confirms the date of its presentation in New York.
I think this is what you’ve been waiting for. pic.twitter.com/FvYfsLOy0R
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 1, 2017
So far there have been few leaks on the software. We know some special features (see the next section), but details about interface design or icons are unknown. Now thanks to some screenshots we can see the launcher and the application icons.
These captures have appeared thanks to Durim, a SamMobile user who discovered the icons in the APK of the latest version of Samsung Smart Switch application. As for the design we emphasize that Samsung has focused on darker shades in what the background refers. The icons are shown cleaner and simpler following the line of Samsung Experience layer, designed for Android 7.0 Nougat.
The new flagship of Samsung will have a new system of facial recognition with which they hope to increase the security to access the device. A part of the Bloomberg unlock also ensures that payments can be confirmed with the three methods of identification: fingerprint, iris scanner and facial recognition.
IP68 waterproof certificate
Rumors that the Galaxy S8 as well as its biggest competition, the iPhone 8, will have IP68 certificate of water resistance. Currently the Galaxy S7 is the only smartphone with such a feature.
Bixby Voice Assistant
The S8 will have its own digital assistant with artificial intelligence called Bixby. The latest information coming from Korea suggests that it will be much more capable than competitive alternatives. To begin with, Bixby will support seven or eight languages much more than Google Assistant, currently with English, German, Portuguese and Hindi. This list may include Bixby Korean and Chinese. At the moment it is not known if the Spanish will be included in this initial list.
According to Reuters, the Korean manufacturer intends to make this new wizard a complete artificial intelligence platform, and it may be open, unlike Google Assistant.
“Today’s Galaxy smartphones need different applications to order a pizza or a coffee, but with the new platform you can order or do things directly without having to move through different applications,”
said Samsung’s Electronics vice president Rhee In-Jong.
Samsung will abandon S Voice in favor of Bixby in its new flagship and adopt the artificial intelligence of Viv Labs, company recently acquired by Samsung and that previously had worked in the development of Siri with Apple.
The latest news coming from China indicate that the camera will have a slow motion mode to record scenes in slow motion that will be able to reach the 1000 fps. For this the camera has a DRAM memory next to the sensor to be able to store a buffer with all the images.
Samsung has always ridden the best in cameras. The S7 camera has undoubtedly highlighted the rest of smartphones of 2016 and there is much speculation about the camera that will have the S8.
New rumors come from China pointing out that the project to bring a double camera to the S8 has been canceled. So apparently the flagship camera of Samsung’s flagship for 2017 will also be simple. In 2016 devices like the Huawei Mate 9 show off a great dual camera and for a long time has been rumored in Weibo about the possibility of seeing a dual camera on the Galaxy S8 (12 MP Samsung S5K2L2 and 1.3 MP Sony).
For the front camera the rumors point to an 8MP sensor plus another camera dedicated to the iris scanner just as it mounted the Galaxy Note7.
Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to hit the market without a mini-jack. In other words, users will need to connect a USB Type C cable or use Bluetooth headsets. These rumors come to us from the hand of sammobile.com, Samsung has yet to confirm anything.
Another rumor concerns the loudspeakers: according to fonearena, the Galaxy S8 will come with stereo speakers and most likely also with an audio certification.
The new generation of Exynos 9 processors is closer than it seems. Sammobile bet that we will see the new Exynos 9810 chip in the new flagship of the South Korean manufacturer. This processor would also be built with the Samsung technology of 10nm FinFET with which the Snapdragon 835 is manufactured.
Together with this Exynos 9810 processor two possible Mali G71 GPUs of 18 or 20 cores are being shuffled respectively.
As usual we expect that in the North American markets the S8 and S8 Plus come with a processor Snapdragon 835 as well seems to be confirmed and in Europe will land with an Exynos processor. There is still doubt whether it will be 8895 or will give time to ride the new 9810.
The idea is that the S8 and S8 Plus have 6 GB of RAM, but not for the European market. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities commented that in the Asian market, namely China and South Korea, users prefer 6 GB of RAM. In Europe the 4 GB of RAM would be maintained. On the other hand, the version with processor Exynos is the one that will arrive in Europe and Asia, except to China and Japan, where will arrive the version with Qualcomm that also we will see in the United States.
|SAMSUNG GALAXY S8||SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 PLUS|
|DIMENTIONS||140,14 x 72,20 x 7,30 mm||152,38 x 78,51 x 7,94 mm|
|BATTERY||3000 mAh||3500 mAh|
|SCREEN||5,8 pulgadas||6,2 pulgadas|
|TECNOLOGY||Super AMOLED||Super AMOLED|
|RESOLUTIÓN||QHD, 1.440 x 2.560 Pixel||QHD, 1.440 x 2.560 Pixel|
|CÁMERA FRONT||8 MP||8 MP|
|CÁMARA||12 MP||12 MP|
|FLASH||Dual LED||Dual LED|
|VERSIÓN ANDROID||Android 7.x Nougat||Android 7.x Nougat|
|PERSONALIZATIÓN||TouchWiz, Grace UX||TouchWiz, Grace UX|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB|
|MEMORY||64 GB||64 GB|
|MICROSD||Sí, hasta 2TB||Sí, hasta 2TB|
|PROCESOR||Exynos 8895 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Exynos 8895 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|SPEED||2,5 GHz||2,5 GHz|
|CONEXIONS||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB 3.1 Typ-C||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB 3.1 Typ-C|
Release date and price
We all hoped that, following tradition, Samsung will introduce the new Galaxy S8 family during MWC 2017 in Barcelona at the end of February. Specifically, everything indicated that there would be an Unpacked on February 26, but no. Samsung has officially delayed the presentation of its flagship to a separate event that will take place on March 29 in New York at 10:00 local time or 17:00 in Madrid.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will begin their pre-order in South Korea 9 days after its presentation, exactly on April 7. Its definitive sale seems to open on the 21st, according to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, although in some markets the two dates may be delayed until April 10 for pre-sale and April 28 for sale.
As for the price, it seems that the Galaxy S8 will start at € 799 and the Galaxy S8 Plus at € 899
The main reason is that Samsung has increased quality controls above the industry standard in order to bring a completely safe product to the market. At stake is recovering consumer confidence after the disaster of Note7.