After the hit from the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, Samsung is finally looking to get back with a hit, and for now, the chosen vehicle is the Galaxy 8. As confirmed Samsung’s mobile communication vice-president, the S8 will come with a slick design and an improved camera. Samsung’s S series has always been the most popular smartphone line ups along with now (in)famous Note series.
Lee further confirmed that the new S8 will come with an Artificial Intelligence service integrated to the device. Doing a quick catch up with Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. Interestingly, Samsung recently revealed its plans to acquire Viv labs, a startup launched by Siri creators. So this AI integration might well be something related to this acquisition.
Previously, reports from Weibo suggested that the new Galaxy S8 will come with an optical fingerprint scanner which would be embedded in the display. Integrating an optical fingerprint scanner would allow Samsung to include a digital Home button instead of a physical home button. Which supports other rumours suggesting that Samsung might go for an four sided edged display. However, later reports on Android Authority have denied it and revealed that the S8 will come with an ultrasonic fingerprint recognition manufactured by Qualcomm.
There were also stories going around that Samsung might dump the Note series altogether and bring the edged screen to regular S series as well which means the S Edge series might replace the Note lineup entirely. For now, it does seem that the stories might be an exaggeration, and the Note series retains enough brand strength to survive and fight another day.
Thus, to cut to the chase, based on the specifications heard on the grapevine, the S8 will come with a 4K resolution screen, 6GB of RAM, a dual lens improved rear facing camera, Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 chipsets and USB-C audio instead of a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Note: Image is of Samsung Galaxy S7