Consumers who are looking forward to the Galaxy S8 smartphones can expect the screen sizes to increase significantly.
According to Korean news outlet The Bell, an analyst claimed that Samsung decided to equip the Galaxy S8 models with bigger screens so as to attract former Galaxy Note7 customers. The Galaxy S8 is said to come in 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch curved screen variants.
Despite the increase in screen size, the form factor of the phone is unlikely to be changed as Samsung is aiming for a bezel-less design with no physical home button.
This is in line with the numerous reports we've heard so far on the Galaxy S8; there might not be a flat-screen model and the fingerprint sensor could be embedded in the display to achieve a "full-screen" design. Testing is expected to begin in January with full volume supplies starting in February and a possible launch in March.
yes. im still getting samsung.
Contrary to an earlier report by Wall Street Journal, The Investor believes that Samsung could be launching the Galaxy S8 in March.
Multiple sources told The Investor that key suppliers have to deliver an initial batch of components for the Galaxy S8 from January with full volume supplies starting in February. This could mean that we are looking at a launch in March.
The Investor - “Considering the parts supplies, the phone launch could come in March as usual, unlike an earlier report by the Wall Street Journal,” said a source from another supplier who also wished to be unnamed.
A high-ranking Samsung official reportedly told ETNews that the company would not rush to launch the Galaxy S8 and it is expected to debut at Mobile World Congress 2016 in February with global availability in March.
The Galaxy S8 is confirmed to come with a new AI assistant which enables consumers to use third-party services "seamlessly". It is said to come only in a curved screen model, a 4K display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, VR-related features, no physical home button and a dual-camera module. The success of the Galaxy S8 is critical as Samsung fights to regain consumer confidence in its products after the Galaxy Note7 saga.
Samsung S8 might ditch headphone jack and home button
More leaks have been incoming about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and it looks like the phone will definitely be one to watch.
UPDATE 8/12/2016: The latest rumours seem to confirm that Samsung is following in Apple's lead to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack. One rationale behind that is that it will create a slimmer profile and allow for a larger battery.
Samsung might even attempt to drop the home button and use a virtual one, beating Apple to it. The latter has been rumoured to be working on a virtual home button for the next iPhone.
UPDATE 5/12/2016: Samsung has apparently been working on dual-cam tech, but it appears that tech will not appear on the Samsung Galaxy S8. Mobile leaker Ice Universe shared the news which will likely be disappointing to people who were hoping for a Samsung alternative to Huawei's popular P9.
Yet it is also possible that Samsung is saving the tech for another phone - possibly the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, likely in a bid to make the phone an upgrade to customers who were disappointed by the Galaxy Note 7 debacle of 2016. Still, it does look like the front selfie cam will probably have autofocus. Good news for the selfie lovers out there and still a decent upgrade for the Galaxy S8.
VIV IN SAMSUNG'S FUTURE
UPDATE 29/11/2016: The latest leaks indicate the Galaxy S8 will have 6GB of RAM and at least 256GB of storage. What is uncertain is if Samsung will bother with a microSD, or instead follow the Apple model of high-storage, but no external storage.
As to why 6GB of RAM and not more than that, it's likely it was the best hardware gain possible without causing too much issues where heating is concerned.
In the meantime, Samsung will also be offering a glossy black version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 just in time for Christmas.
Samsung acquired Viv, an AI created by the same people who helped make Siri. Viv has shown promise as an AI assistant, using natural language technology and even has the ability to create its own programming. Think of it as an AI that actually works.
The AI will be a star attraction of the Galaxy S8, and offer a new dimension to AI unseen so far on commercial smartphones.
With the bad rep created by the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung will need some positive buzz which is why for the first time the company is confirming features before the phone's actual launch.
There are rumours the phone might be delayed as Samsung wants to figure out the cause of the exploding Galaxy Note 7s and also wants to try and figure out how not to repeat its past mistakes with the new flagship.
Could Viv be the killer AI we have all been waiting for and must we prepare for our phones to be our new overlords? It looks like things could be looking up for Samsung.
Surprise, Samsung's been surprisingly forthcoming about a feature on a future Galaxy smartphone - in this case the Galaxy S8.
UPDATE 9/11/2016: According to GSMArena, Samsung is planning to order parts in January for assembly and testing of the first Galaxy S8 prototypes. More orders will be coming in February, with mass production due in March - if the April launch date rumoured is true.
As for the specs, the latest rumour is that the Galaxy S8 will have dual cameras, with 12MP and 13MP sensors. As for the screen, it will likely be a 5.1in QHD screen, as well as an iris scanner.
It's unclear whether one of the cameras will be monochrome for better low-light or whether the second camera will be used for better depth sensing or instead allowing for different focal lengths for better zoom. Will Samsung ape Apple or will it go for either Huawei or HTC's take on the dual-lens? Expect more news as January nears.
There are several reports stating different announcement dates for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the latest rumor adds further confusion.
Tipster @Ricciolo1, who has reportedly provided some reliable leaks in the past, claims that the Galaxy S8 would be announced on 29 March. However, Samsung is likely to showcase the device behind closed doors at Mobile World Congress 2017. The Galaxy S8 is said to be launched in the week of 24 April with prices starting from US$849 (~S$1,204).
Samsung is rumored to be preparing 10 million units of the Galaxy S8 for launch in April. Korean publication Naver believes the Galaxy S8 will be available earlier on 18 April while The Investor claims a release date in mid April. Do check out our roundup article on the Galaxy S8 for the latest leaks and rumors!
You can rest assured that the next Samsung device will be subjected to more scrutiny than ever; from rabid phone fans, media types like us and, most importantly, from Samsung itself.
Samsung's President of Mobile Communications Business, DJ Koh, took to the stage over the weekend to explain what caused the Note 7 to catch fire (it was all the battery's fault apparently), to apologise and (hopefully) close this rather damaging chapter in Samsung's history.
But this press conference was also about moving on and reassuring phone buyers that the next Galaxy will be super hot without being a fire hazard, and a few little tidbits eeked out.
1) THE GALAXY S8 WILL ARRIVE LATER THAN EXPECTED
Samsung has typically headlined Mobile World Congress with the release of its new flagship phones, but that will not happen this year.
Presumably all of the literal and figurative fire-fighting the company has had to do around the Note 7 has pushed development of the S8 beyond MWC's 27 February start date. All Mr Koh would say on the matter was that his team is currently working on a release schedule.
2) THE SAMSUNG PHONE YOU'VE ALREADY GOT IS GOING TO BE JUST FINE
The Note 7 was an unfortunate incident that’s fortunately isolated. Koh kept emphasizing the fact that every device’s battery is customised for that specific device, from the design to the manufacturing process.
As such, the rest of the Samsung line-up definitely isn't affected. So you can stop eyeing your other Samsung devices with suspicion.
3) YOUR NEXT SAMSUNG PHONE WON'T CATCH FIRE
This entire debacle has been enormously embarrassing for Samsung, so it comes as no surprise that making sure it doesn't happen again is very much the priority.
To that end, the batteries of all future devices will be subject to far more thorough quality checks. Samsung has introduced what it's calling the 8-Point Battery Safety Check, which includes everything from disassembly inspections to x-ray tests and large-scale charging and discharging tests to replicate real world usage.
In short, there should be no more nasty surprises.
4) The new checks go beyond batteries
Everything from software algorithms to hardware design will be examined more closely to prevent any other potential problems.
And if you think a company policing itself sounds like a bad idea, Samsung's going a step further and is introducing a panel of external experts from the likes of the universities of Cambridge and Stanford, who will consult on future projects to help make sure nothing goes horribly wrong (again).
5) The Galaxy S8 will benefit from all of these new measures
When asked if the time between now and the next phone is too short for these new-fangled measures to be put in place, Koh clarified that they’re already implementing what they’ve learned, and will continue to improve on processes.
He shared that internal analysis was completed by the end of November (external investigations were concluded later) and as a result of it, they have the expertise and even facilities in place to make sure mistakes are never repeated. In fact, he says they'll make the next phone even better.
Of course, time will tell whether that will actually be the case, but Samsung sure as heck wants to make sure its next phone is so good that it banishes the Note 7 from memory, and that could be great for us phone fans.
But what did we already know about the Galaxy S8?
Little bits of information about the Galaxy S8 have been leaking onto the internet for months now, and they point towards a phone that's going to be worth getting excited about.
For a start, we're expecting every Galaxy S8 to be curved, with no flat version being offered this year. We also hear that it will have no bezel at all, so the entire front face of the thing will be screen. Nice. That screen will apparently be 5.5in on the diagonal and have a 4K resolution, which would equate to a monstrous pixel density of 800 pixels-per-inch (ppi). Overkill? Probably. Awesome nonetheless? You betcha.
It'll be more powerful than the S7, of course, with a SnapDragon 835 rumoured to be humming under the hood, but we're also expecting Samsung to follow the path laid by Apple by ditching the headphone socket.
We'll have to wait until the phone's officially unveiled (which, as mentioned, won't happen at MWC) before we get the full, confirmed specs, but if you want to be kept up to date between now and then, bookmark our Samsung Galaxy S8 preview.
Samsung may source batteries from Japan's Murata for the Galaxy S8
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone may be powered by batteries from Japan's Murata Manufacturing.
According to Reuters, the Nikkei business daily claims that Samsung is currently discussing a deal with Murata to get batteries for the Galaxy S8 phones. If a deal is reached, Murata may replace Amperex as one of the two battery suppliers.
Amperex and Samsung SDI were the two suppliers for the faulty batteries in the Galaxy Note7 last year, which resulted in two recalls and the eventual demise of the product. In a press conference held on 23 January, Samsung assured consumers that it has implemented several internal quality and safety processes to further enhance product safety for its upcoming products.
Samsung faces ‘biggest test’ with Galaxy S8 launch
The world’s biggest smartphone maker, Samsung, will unveil its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, on Wednesday (March 29) in New York as it seeks to move on from last year’s humiliating recall crisis.
Samsung Electronics was forced to discontinue the Galaxy Note 7, originally intended to compete with Apple’s iPhone, after a chaotic recall that saw replacement devices also catching fire.
The debacle cost the South Korean company billions in lost profit and hammered its global reputation and credibility, during a torrid period when it has also been embroiled in a corruption scandal.
Its vice-chairman Mr Lee Jae-Yong, heir to the parent Samsung group, has since been arrested and indicted for bribery, along with four other senior executives, in connection with the graft scandal that saw ex-president Ms Park Geun-Hye impeached.
Samsung blamed the Galaxy Note 7 crisis on faulty batteries, apologised to consumers for causing concern and was forced to postpone the S8 launch.
The Verge, a US-based online news network specialising on technology, described the new device as Samsung’s “biggest test ever”.
“It now needs to reassert its reliability while also rebooting its technological advantage,” it said.
On its website, Samsung says the latest addition to the Galaxy lineup represents “the start of a new era”, but has offered little information about its new hardware features.
Some leaked images of the new phone suggest the Galaxy S8 will sport a larger curved display than its predecessor the S7, at 5.8 inches, while maintaining a similar body size.
The home button on the front of the phone appears to have been replaced by a fingerprint scanner on the rear, while it is also speculated to have an iris scanner, most likely used for unlocking the handset and authorising payments.
Samsung announced last week that its new voice-powered digital assistant Bixby will debut with the phone, which will have a set of pre-installed applications that will work with the interface.
The South Korean electronics giant late last year bought Viv, an artificial intelligence startup with co-founders who were part of the team that built virtual assistant Siri, which Apple bought some seven years ago.
While Samsung has yet to confirm a release date and pricing, the Galaxy S8 is expected to be available in late April with a price range of around US$900 (S$1,257) to US$1,000. AFP
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be available in Singapore from 29 April 2017 onwards. The Galaxy S8 will retail at S$1,148, while the Galaxy S8+ will retail at S$1,298. They are available in four colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Maple Gold.
The devices will be available at all local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores, authorized mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and Lazada Singapore.
Registration of interest and pre-order for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will commence from 7 April 2017 at all telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores’ websites, Lazada Singapore and Samsung Experience Stores. Pre-order for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will also be available at the Galaxy Studio at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City during opening hours from 14 April 2017.
Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ summarized in 1 minute
In a nutshell, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones. Their key features include an almost bezel-less Infinity Display, a smart assistant named Bixby, and an improved front and rear camera. You can read about their Infinity Display and Bixby software here.
Despite the perceived vastness of the Infinity Display panel with 83% screen-to-body ratio, the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 (at 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm) is actually physically smaller than the 5.5-inch S7 Edge (at 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm). The massive 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ (159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm) is only slightly larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm). To accommodate such a huge front panel, Samsung removed the physical Home button, while providing a haptic, on-screen Home button instead. The fingerprint sensor now resides on the rear of the device.
The S8 and S8+ also debut a new phone-locking option - facial recognition. This security/privacy alternative is provided along with existing fingerprint unlock and iris unlock methods (just like the short lived Note7).
The two phones are rather identical in hardware. While the specifications sheet below does not specify the processors by name, Singapore will (most likely) be receiving the Exynos 9 Series 8895 octa-core chipset, which also shares the 10nm manufacturing process used for Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform.
Samsung also prides itself for having the first pair of smartphones to come with the Mobile HDR Premium certification, which means that these devices are compatible with HDR content found on Amazon Prime and Netflix. This also means that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are officially one of the first few phones to support HDR, alongside the Sony Xperia XZ Premium with 4K HDR display, and the LG G6 with support for the HDR10 standard.
For a more detailed rundown of the phone, we've a four-page hands-on article here to fill you in with all the details!
Below are the specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. Will you be getting one?
Update: If you pre-ordered the S8 or S8+ from M1, you can apparently collect it as early as this weekend! (22nd April)
M1 is the first telco to release its price plans for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Check them out:
For more info on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, check out our hands-on with the phones from the launch event in New York!
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ contract price plans from Singtel, M1 and Starhub released http://gds.sg/2oNB8O1
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