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Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, Specs, Price

The latest leaks on the Galaxy S8 suggest that the device will benefit from the slimmest bezels of any Samsung release to date.

This suggestion has been derived from what is deemed to be an official Galaxy S8 event poster, presented on Twitter by the frequent tipster @UniverseIce.

Leaked image

This poster features an image of what is purported to be the forthcoming Galaxy S8, although our glimpse of this handset is limited to a partial silhouette. Also notable is the mixture of English and Korean on the promotional material, suggesting that it is intended for the East Asian marketplace.

The handset is depicted horizontally in the image, with slim portions of the bezels of the device visible at the top and bottom extremities of the smartphone, and it is from this that one can confirm that the bezels are indeed extremely slim.

Samsung has declined to comment on these rumors, indicating that its policy is to remain silent on rumor and speculation. But the view of the analyst and Samsung-following community is that the image certainly appears to be legitimate.

Aside from its authenticity, the image also confirms several leaks that have been linked with the Galaxy S8 previously. Above all else, it is noticeable that the poster depicts a Galaxy S8 with an all-screen visage. This has been rumored for some time, with the Korean manufacturer expected to remove the Home button from its next generation flagship.

If this is the case then the button’s functionality will instead be included within the display, with embedded virtual buttons expected to take over the functions of the Home button. It is also certain that Samsung will move the fingerprint scanner if this design parameter materializes, as this was also previously mounted in the Home button. Analysts have suggested that it could instead be placed on the rear of the mobile.
April release date

The poster also makes reference to April as a possible release date for the Galaxy S8, which would push back its arrival in the stores even further than was anticipated. Already it was widely believed that the Galaxy S8 would be release at a later date than previous versions of the smartphone, but late March had been floated by most sources. This new poster now suggests that the release date may slip back further still, although this does at least confirm that Samsung will be taking this device extremely seriously; certainly advisable after the disaster of the Galaxy note 7.

It’s also worth noting that the April release date may only apply to the country from which it is intended. But considering the Korean language is included in the poster, it would seem natural to conclude that this promotional material will ultimately be resident in Samsung’s native Korea. If so, then we can quite forcibly pencil in April as a release date for the smartphone, as Samsung is certain to launching in Korea from day one.

Some earlier rumors had suggested that the Galaxy S8 would would be available for preorder on either April 7 or April 10, with a possible release date of April 21. It seems that this particular suggestion now has credibility.
Iris scanner

Elsewhere this week, there have been reports emerging on the iris scanner that Samsung is strongly expected to include in the Galaxy S8. Industry officials close to the consumer electronics giant have suggested that this will be delivered in a separate 3.7-megapixel camera. This would then be located alongside the standard snapper in the Galaxy S8, with the same source suggesting that the main camera will embrace an autofocus function in this generation.

The same rumor also corroborates the idea that the fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S8 will be moved to the rear of the device. These are all suggestions that have been rumored previously, and it seems increasingly likely that Samsung is ready to beef up the security in the Galaxy S8.
Face scanning payments

Samsung may also enable users of the Galaxy S8 to make payments via a revolutionary face recognition system. Bloomberg reported this week on the idea that the Korean corporation will utilize the latest facial recognition software in order to help the Galaxy S8 verify mobile payments.

Bloomberg quoted “people familiar with the matter,” thought to be sources close to the Samsung Supply chain, who suggest that the face-reading technology will be implemented within months of the phone going live, but probably will not be available at the time of its retail launch.

With increasing pressure on the major mobile manufacturers to deliver more intensive security features, it is believed that the Galaxy S8 will utilize a triple-layer of identification verification, with fingerprint, iris and facial identification all used to complete transactions. This would ensure that Samsung Pay becomes an extremely safe system, and would arguably result in the Galaxy S8 being the most secure device available to send mobile payments. This would undoubtedly be welcome, as there is no doubt that Android-driven devices face more challenges in this area than their iOS counterparts.

Price reports

Reports from Britain this week have also confirmed the potential pricing of the Galaxy S8, with the smartphone version expected to retail at £799. This will mean that the Galaxy S8+ is priced at £899, meaning that these are two of the priciest mobile is available on the market. US consumers will benefit from a low dollar-pound exchange rate and the usually favorable American consumer electronics market place, meaning that the Galaxy S8 should retail for under $1,000, while even the S8+ may come in under this psychologically important price tag.
4K resolution

There is still some debate on whether Samsung will include 4K resolution technology in the Galaxy S8, or instead opt to retain the quad HD resolution that has been present in previous releases. Reports this week tend to suggest that the Korean company will decide against upgrading the resolution, and that we should expect a very similar display in the Galaxy S8 to previous generations, albeit a slightly larger screen will be included.

There are many exciting smartphones due to become available in 2017, but the Galaxy S8 will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the calendar year. This device is particularly anticipated owing to the fact that Samsung must attempts to recover from the disastrous Galaxy Note 7. It is a necessity for this handset to be impressive and, naturally, significantly more stable than Samsung’s last release.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, Specs, Price, Features

The latest leaks on the Galaxy S8 suggest that the device will benefit from the slimmest bezels of any Samsung release to date. This suggestion has been derived from what is deemed to be an official Galaxy S8 event poster, presented on Twitter by the frequent tipster @UniverseIce.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Image Source: Samsung Philippines (screenshot)
Leaked image

This poster features an image of what is purported to be the forthcoming Galaxy S8, although our glimpse of this handset is limited to a partial silhouette. Also notable is the mixture of English and Korean on the promotional material, suggesting that it is intended for the East Asian marketplace.

The handset is depicted horizontally in the image, with slim portions of the bezels of the device visible at the top and bottom extremities of the smartphone, and it is from this that one can confirm that the bezels are indeed extremely slim.

Samsung has declined to comment on these rumors, indicating that its policy is to remain silent on rumor and speculation. But the view of the analyst and Samsung-following community is that the image certainly appears to be legitimate.

Aside from its authenticity, the image also confirms several leaks that have been linked with the Galaxy S8 previously. Above all else, it is noticeable that the poster depicts a Galaxy S8 with an all-screen visage. This has been rumored for some time, with the Korean manufacturer expected to remove the Home button from its next generation flagship.

If this is the case then the button’s functionality will instead be included within the display, with embedded virtual buttons expected to take over the functions of the Home button. It is also certain that Samsung will move the fingerprint scanner if this design parameter materializes, as this was also previously mounted in the Home button. Analysts have suggested that it could instead be placed on the rear of the mobile.
April release date

The poster also makes reference to April as a possible release date for the Galaxy S8, which would push back its arrival in the stores even further than was anticipated. Already it was widely believed that the Galaxy S8 would be release at a later date than previous versions of the smartphone, but late March had been floated by most sources. This new poster now suggests that the release date may slip back further still, although this does at least confirm that Samsung will be taking this device extremely seriously; certainly advisable after the disaster of the Galaxy note 7.

It’s also worth noting that the April release date may only apply to the country from which it is intended. But considering the Korean language is included in the poster, it would seem natural to conclude that this promotional material will ultimately be resident in Samsung’s native Korea. If so, then we can quite forcibly pencil in April as a release date for the smartphone, as Samsung is certain to launching in Korea from day one.

Some earlier rumors had suggested that the Galaxy S8 would would be available for preorder on either April 7 or April 10, with a possible release date of April 21. It seems that this particular suggestion now has credibility.
Iris scanner

Elsewhere this week, there have been reports emerging on the iris scanner that Samsung is strongly expected to include in the Galaxy S8. Industry officials close to the consumer electronics giant have suggested that this will be delivered in a separate 3.7-megapixel camera. This would then be located alongside the standard snapper in the Galaxy S8, with the same source suggesting that the main camera will embrace an autofocus function in this generation.

The same rumor also corroborates the idea that the fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S8 will be moved to the rear of the device. These are all suggestions that have been rumored previously, and it seems increasingly likely that Samsung is ready to beef up the security in the Galaxy S8.
Face scanning payments

Samsung may also enable users of the Galaxy S8 to make payments via a revolutionary face recognition system. Bloomberg reported this week on the idea that the Korean corporation will utilize the latest facial recognition software in order to help the Galaxy S8 verify mobile payments.

Bloomberg quoted “people familiar with the matter,” thought to be sources close to the Samsung Supply chain, who suggest that the face-reading technology will be implemented within months of the phone going live, but probably will not be available at the time of its retail launch.

With increasing pressure on the major mobile manufacturers to deliver more intensive security features, it is believed that the Galaxy S8 will utilize a triple-layer of identification verification, with fingerprint, iris and facial identification all used to complete transactions. This would ensure that Samsung Pay becomes an extremely safe system, and would arguably result in the Galaxy S8 being the most secure device available to send mobile payments. This would undoubtedly be welcome, as there is no doubt that Android-driven devices face more challenges in this area than their iOS counterparts.
Price reports

Reports from Britain this week have also confirmed the potential pricing of the Galaxy S8, with the smartphone version expected to retail at £799. This will mean that the Galaxy S8+ is priced at £899, meaning that these are two of the priciest mobile is available on the market. US consumers will benefit from a low dollar-pound exchange rate and the usually favorable American consumer electronics market place, meaning that the Galaxy S8 should retail for under $1,000, while even the S8+ may come in under this psychologically important price tag.
4K resolution

There is still some debate on whether Samsung will include 4K resolution technology in the Galaxy S8, or instead opt to retain the quad HD resolution that has been present in previous releases. Reports this week tend to suggest that the Korean company will decide against upgrading the resolution, and that we should expect a very similar display in the Galaxy S8 to previous generations, albeit a slightly larger screen will be included.

UPDATE 03-10-2017: There are many exciting smartphones due to become available in 2017, but the Galaxy S8 will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the calendar year. This device is particularly anticipated owing to the fact that Samsung must attempts to recover from the disastrous Galaxy Note 7. It is a necessity for this handset to be impressive and, naturally, significantly more stable than Samsung’s last release.
Galaxy S8 Concept wrap around display
Image Source: DBS Design – YouTube.com
Leaked images

Ahead of the anticipated emergence of the Galaxy S8, rumors are now accelerating regarding the next generation smartphone. A few concepts images have been released recently, while Slashleaks has also showcased a few possible leaked photos. A user by the name of ‘Leakspinner’ is responsible for one such picture, and although the consensus of opinion is that it is not legitimate, it still gives us some clues regarding the makeup of the Galaxy S8.

However, a second user has also leaked images to Slashleaks, namely ‘Seanmirza23’, and it seems that this particular source of information is far more
solid. This leaker is known to have delivered pretty substantial information in the past, and it seems that his latest attempt to reveal the Galaxy S8 could be equally valid.

Images emanating from Seanmirza23 suggest that the Galaxy S8 features a screen protector produced by an unknown manufacturer. It also implies that the Samsung flagship will feature a particularly large display, in which the design of the screen takes over pretty much the entirety of the smartphone. The sides of the mobile in this leaked image curve downwards, in common with other recent Samsung releases, with the bezels above and below the screen extremely slim indeed.

This leak is particularly credible as it tallies with many of the rumors related to the Galaxy S8, along with general trends in the industry.

With only weeks to go until the Galaxy S8 is launched, the list of rumored specs for the device is solidifying rapidly. Top of the list is the display in the unit, and in accordance with the previous images, it seems that we can expect a rather large screen.

4K screen

The latest suggestion is that Samsung will produce both 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch versions of the Galaxy S8, and that there could even be a surprise in the resolution department. It has been reported in the last couple of days that Samsung may arm the Galaxy S8 with 4K resolution, resulting in the first ever Super AMOLED curved display from the corporation. This would arguably be a risk for Samsung, but there is an onus on the company to deliver something outstanding with this handset.

Android 7.0 Nougat and IP68 certification

It is also expected that the Galaxy S8 will feature Android 7.0 Nougat as its operating system, while the Korean manufacturer will also deliver IP68 certification. This would keep the Samsung device ahead of the Apple iPhone range in this department, although Apple is expected to improve the durability of the iPhone range when the iPhone 8 is released.

Processor

The Galaxy S8 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip in the United States and an Exynos 8895 in international markets. The clock speed of these devices has yet to be released, but fans of the range will be hoping for a genuine octa-core unit.

Memory

It is believed that the Galaxy S8 may feature 6GB of memory, although other reports suggest that Samsung will only include 4GB. There is still some debate over this figure, with the final amount perhaps dependent on the screen resolution of the device. If the Galaxy S8 turns out to be a 4K resolution handset, as has been suggested this week, it could be that the corporation will opt for the 6GB figure.

Battery

The two versions of the Galaxy S8 will feature 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh batteries. The Galaxy S8+ will naturally benefit from the larger unit, the Samsung will be looking to extend its lead over the iPhone range in this department. The Apple handset has been continually criticized for delivering a rather paltry battery life.

Cameras

A 12-megapixel main camera and 8-megapixel front-facing snapper are anticipated for the Galaxy S8, although a range of new features may also be included within its photographic capabilities. Both versions of the Galaxy S8 will also benefit from dual-lens cameras.

Built-in AI assistant

Bixby will be unveiled when the Galaxy S8 emerges, with the Viv Labs Team that worked on initial versions of Siri having been beavering away on the first ever Samsung AI assistant. It will be interesting to find out what functionality Samsung has been able to include in this first Bixby release, but it will certainly be challenging for the company to produce a piece of software that is the equal of the established Apple assistant.

USB-C

USB-C charging will be included in the Galaxy S8, with users benefiting from this sophisticated, reversible form of connection.
Storage

There is still some debate on the amount of storage to be included with the Galaxy S8, but sources close to Samsung have suggested this week that 64GB and 128GB models will be made available. This will be backed up by micro SD, enabling fans of the Android-driven device to boost storage up to 256GB.
Optional Samsung DeX HDMI dock

Another interesting suggestion for the Galaxy S8 is that it will feature an optional Samsung DeX HDMI dock. This smart dock has been linked with the next generation smartphone for a couple of months, since a patent for the technology emerged. Whether this is really a realistic prospect for the Galaxy S8 remains to be seen, but it would certainly find favor with consumers should Samsung find this to be technically plausible.
Bluetooth 5.0

Finally, it is widely believed that Bluetooth 5.0 functionality will be included with the Galaxy S8 when it arrives on the market.
Release date

Samsung confirmed during its Mobile World Congress press conference that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will launch at a standalone event in New York City on March 29.

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