A fresh report out of VentureBeat has leaked what is said to be our first official look at Samsung’s Galaxy S8 smartphone, reportedly set to be unveiled March 29th. The above image suggests that the back of the S8 will appear similar to the Galaxy S7, however that’s nearly the only similarity between the two handsets.
To be more specific, the front of the phone will consist of a 5.8-inch display on the standard S8 and a massive 6.2-inch display on an upgraded model. These screens will reportedly take up 83% of the front of the device, leaving no room for the traditional navigation buttons and fingerprint sensor, the latter of which has been moved to the back of the phone next to the camera.
In regards to the rest of the hardware, VentureBeat claims that the S8 will sport both a Snapdragon 835 chipset in some markets and a Samsung Exynos in others. 4GB of RAM will be loaded on each handset, while a 3000mAh and 3500mAh battery will come installed, respectively, while a USB-C port (that’ll sit next to…wait for it…a headphone jack) will be present for charging, presumably via some type of Quick Charge technology. In addition, 64GB of storage will come inside with an option to pop in a 256GB microSD card, an accessory hopefully capable of communication with Android’s adoptable storage feature first introduced in Marshmallow and has since been improved in Nougat, the OS that’ll come on Samsung’s next Galaxy S smartphones.
In terms of the cameras, VentureBeat says the S8 will arrive with a 12MP rear and 8MP front camera setup, with each featuring an f/1.7 aperture. A new visual search feature will reportedly allow users to scan text, web searches, and more for an instant function execution, while an iris scanner will also be present for iris recognition, similar to the Galaxy Note 7.
As some final tidbits, the publication notes a new desktop accessory for the S8 will be offered to allow users to plug their phone into a monitor via a special HDMI-enabled dock and use their phone just like a desktop PC. It’s similar to how Microsoft’s Continuum works on the Lumia 950 and HP Elite x3. A dedicated personal assistant named Bixby with AI capabilities will also reportedly be featured on the handset alongside pressure sensitivity to distinguish which parts of the screen are being pressed, a possible solution to the lack of hardware navigation keys.
Regarding the launch of the S8, VentureBeat claims an event in New York City will take place on March 29th which will showcase the new handsets. Additionally, it’s said that the smaller S8 will cost €799 (~$852.40) while the bigger model will go for €899 (~$959.01). Each phone will go on sale April 21st.
- SOURCE: VentureBeat
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