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The Galaxy S8 is rumoured to come out in 2017 and with information on Samsung’s Note 7 recall, we expect it to be announced in Q1-Q2. The phone will not launch at MWC 2017, with Samsung’s head of mobile business, Koh Dong-jin telling Reuters that the company has no plans to announce the flagship phone in Barcelona.In this article, we’ve collated the latest rumours, to give you the best possible idea of the Samsung Galaxy S8 UK release date, price, specs and rumoured features. Also see: Our best upcoming smartphones article.
Latest rumours: There will no longer be any physical buttons on the S8 product line.
Samsung S8 design rumours: Will Samsung scrap its flat design?
We will tap into design rumours later in this article, but it’s rumoured that Samsung will no longer offer a “flat” version of its upcoming S8 flagship, whereby both sizes of the phone (5.8″ and 6.2″), will come with an edge-to-edge display.
Reports by SamMobile suggest that the phones will be called the Dream (SM-G950) at 5.8″ and Dream 2 (SM-G955) at 6.2″.
A leaked image (below) was featured on VentureBeat – the image comes from the well-known Evan Blass, who’s often a good source for leaked images, specs and rumours.
Samsung S8 UK release date and price rumours: When will the S8 be released?
At a glance:
Release date: 29 March 2017 (unconfirmed) – based on a delay from the Note 7 recall, we suspect the phone will be released a month after MWC 2017.
Price: around $299 / $300 looking at current flagship phones and previous Samsung flagship release prices, we anticipate the S8 to be expensive.
Samsung S8 UK release date
Currently, there’s no official confirmation from Samsung on the S8’s release date or price.
With information shared by Samsung on the Note 7 recall and information divulged by Koh Dong-jin, Samsung’s head of mobile business, it would seem the phone is tipped for a 29 March 2017 release.
Samsung S8 UK price
We can estimate the S8’s price from the S7’s price point. We can expect a price tag of around $299/$300. Of course, any cheaper would be appreciated, especially as the competition for budget/mid-range smartphones has really cranked up, putting the pressure on “premium” smartphone manufacturers to offer something a little more special.
Brexit has caused a price hike for a lot of imported technology, with a 10-20% price increase on some products. This makes a $299 price tag extremely likely; the S7 was $230 and the S7 Edge was $250 at launch.
Samsung S8 design rumours: How will the S8 look and feel?
As aforementioned, the S8 will most likely have an edge-to-edge display. There are no concrete rumours on its design, but it’s expected that its looks and design will be close to the S7 Edge. This would include a metal ring protecting its edges and a glass or plastic-type design at the back.
A few rumours around the internet suggest a “limitless” display, resulting in a borderless design, whereby the home button will no longer exist. This type of innovation might be groundbreaking and could set the phone out from the rest. An integrated fingerprint sensor found within the display would allow this to become a reality.
Images shared by Ice universe (@UniverseIce), indicate that Chinese protective film manufacturers seem to have their hands on the latest S8 handset – with a further hint that Samsung’s 2017 flagship will no longer have physical buttons and therefore, will move to a more waterproof design. This also seems to indicate that there will be no removable battery.
MobileFun has listed Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases and covers. They come in a variety of colours and designs, where the S8 will seemingly come in two different sizes.
Samsung S8 display rumours: What resolution will the S8 have?
At a glance:
5.8″ and 6.2″ with a 4K (2,160 x 3,840) display – with current market trends, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a high-resolution screen on Samsung’s latest flagship phone.
Samsung is really pushing VR through the Samsung Gear VR headset, and it would make sense for its flagship 2017 smartphones to come with a 4K display. Currently, the S7 and S7 Edge have a WQHD (1,440 x 2,560) resolution, pushing an impressive ~534 to 577ppi.
However, Samsung is looking to push the boundaries, showcasing a 2,160 x 3,840 5.5″ display earlier this year. If the rumours are true, we could expect a high pixel density, resulting in a stunning smartphone for VR.
If the rumours are true, we could see another 4K smartphone on the market – the first being the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which was a disappointment due to its poor battery life. Also see: What is Google Daydream?
There are a few rumours suggesting the screen will have an integrated fingerprint sensor within the display itself.
It will be interesting to see what size Samsung will opt for. Early rumours suggested a 5.1in and 5.5in size, but more recent rumours pointing towards a 5.8in and 6.2in screen, we might see two big 4K smartphones introduced to the market.
Samsung S8 camera rumours: How good is the S8 camera?
At a glance:
Dual-lens 12- to 24-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash – this would be keeping up with current market trends.
8-megapixel front-facing camera – we’re expecting a good selfie camera, as consumers are taking more selfies.
Rumours suggest that Samsung wants to up its camera game, with competitors such as the LG G5, Huawei P9 and even the iPhone 7 Plus, that already have dual-lens cameras.
It wouldn’t come to us as a shock to see a dual-camera lens on the latest flagship Samsung S8. Furthermore, it might even come with a higher 12 to 24-megapixel shooter that’ll have a slightly larger sensor than other smartphones out there.
^ Image of the Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge
Samsung S8 specs rumours: S8 key specifications
At a glance:
3-4GHz Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895
4-6GB of DDR4 RAM
3,000mAh removable battery
Potentially no headphone jack
64-128GB internal storage with microSD card expansion slot
This one’s a little harder to predict, as Samsung has often released two different variations of its S series smartphones – one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and another with one of Samsung’s Exynos processors. If it follows the same pattern next year, the Qualcomm one is likely to have a Snapdragon 835 inside it – the next-generation successor to the blindingly quick Snapdragon 820 – but the rumours about what Exynos chip Samsung will use are currently much thinner on the ground.
The only information we have to go on at the moment comes from the Weibo user and renowned China-based mobile informer “IceUniverse”, who claims the Korean tech giant is running trials on its next-generation Exynos processor – alleged to be the Exynos 8895. The chip is said to be built using a 10nm manufacturing process, which if true will be a first for Samsung (the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 both feature chips made using a 14nm process). According to the report, Samsung has been able to achieve peak clock speeds of 4GHz with the new processor, which marks a 30% increase in clock speed for the Exynos 8890 at its peak during tests.
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Of course, a higher clock speed doesn’t necessarily mean the Exynos 8895 will perform better than its predecessor, and there hasn’t yet been confirmation that the new chipset will feature in S8. More details and specs will inevitably emerge the closer we get to the Galaxy S8’s likely launch around Mobile World Congress in 2017.
One thing’s for sure, though – if the new Exynos chip is indeed capable of achieving this sort of speed, it could be considerably faster than the iPhone 7, giving Samsung a big advantage when it comes to overall performance power. Indeed, Samsung’s current S7 handsets can achieve much faster Geekbench 3 multi-core scores than the iPhone 6s, but its single core scores still lag behind. If the Exynos 8895’s clock speed is considerably higher, this might give the S8 the final push it needs to beat the iPhone on both counts.
As for RAM, expect them to have at least 4GB, as this is what the S7 and S7 Edge had – if not 6GB, potentially giving it up to three times as much RAM as the iPhone 7.
Samsung S8 battery
Battery life is extremely important these days, and with Samsung having an abrupt end to its Note 7 series due to exploding batteries – I’m sure the latest Samsung S8 will have an impressive battery capacity and life.
Expect at least 3,000mAh capacity within the S8. I do hope we see a fast-charging battery that can last a full day of use.
Samsung also lost its removable battery functionality through the inability to remove the battery from its phones. This much-wanted feature is a tradeoff for waterproofing. I can’t be sure that Samsung will bring back the removable battery, but with the Note 7 battery problems, we could see a return of the removable battery.
Samsung S8 headphone jack
With Apple’s stance of removing the headphone jack, Samsung might also opt to go for a USB Type-C connection alone. The iPhone 7 received a lot of flack for its removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple kept its proprietary jack for convenience.
Nevertheless, it’s a feature that most might miss, and the last thing Samsung wants to do is get more people annoyed about a smartphone.
^Image of the Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung S8 ports
I expect the Samsung S8 to include a USB Type-C port for charging and transferring files. USB Type-C has become a norm in the mobile industry, where a micro-USB port will seem outdated. As noted above, we might also see a removal of the headphone jack – although that would be a risky call from Samsung.
Samsung S8 storage
I would expect a minimum storage option of 32GB, although some sources claim the base model of the phone will be 64GB. The larger storage option will provide 128GB of space.
We might also see the recall of the microSD expansion slot, whereby storage can be further increased, granting you an extra 128GB storage space.
Samsung S8 waterproof
It would come as no surprise to see the S8 being water resistant. However, this does conflict with a removable battery – it’ll have to be one or the other unless Samsung can conjure up a plan to combine the two.
Samsung S8 speakers
It would be nice to see dual-stereo front-facing speakers included on the S8, but it’s a long shot. Samsung hasn’t made a flagship product with front-facing speakers – having them included would be beneficial to watch films, but we can see the limitations that this might have on the S8’s bezels.
Samsung S8 software
It is to be expected to run the latest version of Android Marshmallow and have TouchWiz integrated. Many, might feel that a pure, stock Android, would result in a better experience – but that’s simply wishful thinking.
One thing we did notice is the removal of the IR blaster, it might make a comeback, but that all depends on Samsung’s priorities and customer feedback from their 7-series product line.