With MWC 2017 behind us, the biggest launch in terms of mobile phones this spring will come from Samsung. The highly anticipated Galaxy S8 is expected to make a debut on March 29.
And with less than a month to go, leaks surrounding the Galaxy S8 have been flowing in from all sides. Some of these tidbits have been confirmed, some have not but if you want to be up to date with what the rumor mill is saying about the Galaxy S8, we’ve made a compilation of everything that (we think) we know about Samsung’s upcoming „hero” product – the phone that will make everybody forget about the Galaxy Note7 fiasco.
- no physical home button
- multiple variants, all with curved screen
- edge-to-edge display
For the past few years, Samsung released a standard Galaxy S flagship alongside an Edge model. Well this year, the Korean tech giant is expected to do things a little bit differently. According to word on the street, both models of the Galaxy S8 will feature a double curved screen in the vein of the Galaxy S7 edge.
On top of that, Samsung is expected to slim down the side bezels in order to give the appearance of an edge-to-edge display. Bezeless screens are the trend this year and products such as the Xiaomi Mi MIX are already in circulation.
According to recent renders, we also know the Galaxy S8 duo will be a bit smaller than its predecessor. The Galaxy S8 will measure 140.14 x 72.20 x 7.3mm which is a bit shorter, thinner and wider than the current Galaxy S7 which stands at 150.9 X 72.6 X 7.7 mm. As for the second variant, dubbed the Galaxy S8 Plus – it should measure 152.38 x 78.51 x 7.94mm. Compared to the current Galaxy S7 edge (150.9 X 72.6 X 7.7 mm), the S8 Plus will be taller and wider.
With the Galaxy S8, Samsung is expected to ditch its iconic home button for the first time. As for the fingerprint display, it will be embedded into the display itself this time around.
Update 01/19/2017: The alleged front panels of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have leaked today. As you can see, the image confirms earlier information claiming there won’t be a flat Galaxy S8 version this year. On top of that we remark the very thin side bezels.
Update 01/27/2017: Want to take a look at the Galaxy S8 in real-life? Check the image below. According to Venture Beat this is indeed the Galaxy S8 in the flesh. We can spot a fingerprint scanner located on the back right next to the camera. An 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port and water-resistance have also been confirmed.
02/01/2017 Update: A new Galaxy S8 schematics popped up showing fingerprint sensor and home button on the back of the device, on screen buttons for navigation (soft keys) and 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C port.
The drawing makes reference to 5.7-inch and 6.1-inch screen sizes, although it is widely believed the larger Galaxy S8 Plus will come boasting a 6.2-inch display.
02/07/2017 Update: Checkout the latest Galaxy S8 renders based on CAD designs + video below:
02/22/2017 Update : A photo showing the Galaxy S8’s on-screen Home button have surfaced.
03/08/2017 Update: More pics of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ have surfaced on Twitter:
03/13/2017 Update : Check out the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ side by side:
03/20/2017 Update: Check out the LG G6 vs Galaxy S8+ vs Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7 edge frames:
03/21/2017 Update: See a live video of the Galaxy S8 below:
03/28/2017 Update: See how the Galaxy S8 compares to the Galaxy S7 edge:
- WQHD+ display
- Larger screen sizes
With the Galaxy S8, Samsung is obviously trying to make up for the Galaxy Note7 fiasco. So this year, the company is migrating its S8 flagship into phablet territory. As the renders showed, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will come with 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch displays. Older rumors would have us believe the S8 Plus variant might take advantage of a 6-inch display instead. Whichever variant turns out to be true the Galaxy S8 is going to be the largest S flagship to date.
It is also believed at least one of the two phones will feature a 4K resolution, which will certainly come in handy for VR viewing. The standard S8 model might feature a QHD panel just like the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge.
Other reports claim the Galaxy S8 duo will stick to 1440p displays instead, while the Galaxy Note8 will be getting the 4K treatment.
Samsung recently teased one of its newest Super AMOLED display which features really slim bezels, in a few videos. So naturally the current speculation is that it will land in the upcoming Galaxy S8.
Update 01/25/2017: According to the latest The Guardian report, the Galaxy S8 will feature an edge-to-edge “infinity” display and an iris scanner. The two versions of the phone are codenamed “Dream 1” and “Dream 2” – the former being the Galaxy S8 while the latter is the Galaxy S8 Plus.
The “infinity” display will cover most of the front of the device, with extremely skinny top and bottom bezels. Sources familiar with the matter say we’re not going to see the Samsung logo on the front of the devices this year.
Update 02/07/2017: Could this be a real-life image of the Galaxy S8? We can see the bottom of the phone houses a 3.5mm earphone jack, Type-C USB port and a speaker grille.
03/13/2017 Update: Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts (emphasis on predicts) the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ with 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch display respectively with feature a WQHD+ (2,960 x 2,400-pixel resolution).
03/20/2017 Update: More live images of the Galaxy S8 probably with screen protectors on board.
03/28/2017 Update: More Galaxy S8 press renders leak into the wild:
- Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835
- Up to
8GB of RAM6GB of RAM
- 64GB or 128GB or 256GB storage options
- microSD card slot (allowing memory expansion up to 256GB)
Like it’s customary, Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8 duo with a choice between two processors, depending on the market. Some Galaxy S8 units will run on Samsung’s in-house Exynos 8895 chipset with Mali-G71 GPU, while others will feature the new Snapdragon 835 beast with Adreno 540 GPU.
The Exynos 8895 is expected to deliver up to 1.8 times more computing power than the S7 on top of optimizations for 4K and VR. As for the Snapdragon 835, you can check out a detailed view of the chipset by following this link.
ASUS just unveiled the 3.world’s first 8GB of RAM smartphone at CES 2017, so we expect Samsung to follow suit. The standard Galaxy S8 should feature 6GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S8 Plus will get the 8GB of RAM treatment. As for storage options, we see Samsung offering the devices with either 128GB or 256GB on board.
Like last year, Samsung might bundle the phones with a dual SIM hybrid setup which would allow customers to use two SIM cards at once or a SIM card and a microSD card slot.
Update 01/25/2017: Looks like the Galaxy S8 will also have a 64GB storage option.
Update 02/23/2017: The full spec lists of the Galaxy S8+ has leaked in all of its glory:
Update 03/06/2017: Crystal clear images showcasing the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S+ have appeared online. Give them a go:
Update 03/17/2017: The Galaxy S8 will have a 6GB of RAM variant that will go on sale only in China.
Update 03/28/2017: The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ showed up in AnTuTu revealing 64GB storage option.
- dual main camera
- selfie snapper with autofocus
With dual cameras becoming the norm even for middle-range smartphones, it’s no wonder Samsung is expected to join the trend in 2017 as well. If we are to listen to the rumor mill, the Korean tech giant might opt for a setup consisting of a 16MP RGB sensor plus an 8MP monochrome sensor.
Other reports indicate a main single sensor 30MP camera, but this is pretty unlikely if you ask us.
As for the selfie snapper, we expect to see an 8MP self-portrait companion with autofocus capabilities.
Update 01/23/2017: We’re all familiar with the camera bumps on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7, but according to the latest leak that comes to us via Weibo the Galaxy S8 might arrive without one. However, when we checked the numbers in the image we realized the leak got the numbers wrong. The camera bump on the Galaxy S6 is actually 1.7mm and not 1.3mm, while the one on the Galaxy S7 is 0.7mm. So be sure to take this info with a grain of salt, although its sure would be nice to have a Galaxy S8 with a smooth back.
Update 01/27/2017: Venture Beat claims the main camera on the Galaxy S8 will be of 12MP variety with f/1.7 focal ratios.
Update 03/13/2017 : Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts (emphasis on predicts) the Galaxy S8 will feature a single-lens 12MP camera on the back plus an 8MP selfie snapper up in front.
Update 03/16/2017: A Korean source revealed that while the Galaxy S8 will come with 12MP, it will be able to shoot 1000fps videos just like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.
Update 03/28/2017: Tipster reveals that the Galaxy S8 might come bundling a camera sensor Sony is yet to introduce – the Sony IMX333.
- virtual assistant Bixby
- 3.5 mm headphone jack (maybe)
- Qi charging
- S Pen
- Water resistance (IP68 certification)
- DeX extension
- facial recognition+iris scanner+fingerprint sensor
- available in at least seven colors at launch
Apple has Siri on its iPhones, Google offers up its Assistant on the Pixels and Microsoft has Cortana. Samsung might be arriving late to the virtual assistant table, but better late than never right?
The Galaxy S8 duo will mark another first – they will bundle Samsung’s new virtual assistant called Bixby. The AI-driven companion will be more powerful than the schematic S Voice and is expected to integrate with most native Samsung apps.
Moving along, it has long been speculated that the Galaxy S8 will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack. Well not according to the latest leaked images which seem to suggest the phone will keep the jack onboard after all.
On top of that, it seems that Samsung will be opting for Qi charging as the standard charging method for the two phones. This means no microUSB or USB Type-C port, which honestly seems a bit bizarre.
The images also show the phone will apparently come with an S Pen accessory just like the Note7. If that the case, it will be interesting to see how Samsung plans to differentiate the Galaxy S8 from the Note8 this year.
Update 01/27/2017: Samsung plans a new range of accessories for the Galaxy S8. The most intriguing one seems to be the DeX. In a Continuum-like move, Samsung will allow users to connect their smartphone to a monitor, keyboard and other peripherals in order to turn it into an Android desktop computer.
On a different note, a new video showcasing two purported Galaxy S8 cases compares them to the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 egde and a Galaxy Note7 dummy to outline the differences. Check it out below.
Update 01/27/2017: Venture Beat leak confirms presence of 3.5 mm headphone jack. Great news!
Update 03/10/2017: Due to limits of iris scanning such as speed and accuracy, Samsung has opted for face recognition to go inside the Galaxy S8. According to a report from The Investor, it takes less than 0.01 seconds to unlock the phone. Thus the company is adding an extra layer of biometric security.
Update 03/13/2017: The Galaxy S8 will be available in at least seven colors at launch including gold, silver, bright black, matte black, blue, orchid and pink.
Update 03/13/2017: Popular custom skin maker, dbrand has unveiled two collection of vinyl skins for the Galaxy S8. Check them out below.
03/14/2017 Update: Here’s the Galaxy S8 in gold color. Also it seems like an Amethyst version will also be available.
03/16/2017 Update: Here’s the Galaxy S8 in Black. Also Samsung confirms the name of the Galaxy S8 virtual assistant – Bixby.
03/17/2017 Update: Turns out the Galaxy S8 will have an iris scanner, and facial recognition tech and a fingerprint scanner. What’s more , according to Bloomberg the facial recognition tech will be used to authenticate mobile payments via Samsung Pay.
03/20/2017 Update: Check out the new pretty colors on the Galaxy S8:
03/20/2017 Update: Earbuds for the Galaxy S8 leak:
03/20/2017 Update: A report from Korea media claims the Galaxy S8 will have a Bixby button without Bixby AI functionality at launch. This will be added later via a software update.
03/22/2017 Update: The DeX desktop dock specifications and pricing info make an appearance. Also check out the Galaxy S8’s power bank:
03/27/2017 Update: Samsung’s official Galaxy S8 accessories have leaked, complete with pricing information.
- Samsung Clearview Standing Cover – $65.18
- Samsung LED View Cover – $65.18
- Samsung Keyboard Cover – $65.18
- Samsung Alcantara Cover – $48.88
- Samsung Silicone Cover – $32.58
- Samsung Clear Cover – $21.72
- Samsung 2-Pieces Cover – $21.72
- Samsung Screen Protector – $14.11
- Samsung Wireless Charger Convertible – $86.91
- Samsung DeX Station – $157.53
- Samsung Battery Pack (Fast Charging) – $76.04
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- Grace UX.
Samsung’s debuted an alternative to TouchWiz on the now defunct Galaxy Note7 and called it Grace UX. Since the new software is in the process of making its way to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge via the new Nougat update, we can speculate the new S8 and S8 Plus will also take advantage of it.
The new UI features a much cleaner interface and overall design, slick background blur when viewing folders and widgets, new swipe features and more.
03/14/2017 Update: Here’s the first look at the Galaxy S8’s Samsung Experience UI, as provided by Sam Mobile:
03/27/2017 Update: Mexican Galaxy S8+ leaked showcasing more software details:
Battery is a very tricky subject for Samsung after the Galaxy Note7 debacle. Next week we’re waiting to hear the results of Samsung’s investigation into what caused the fires, but according to sources we expect the blame to fall on the batteries.
We hope and pray the Galaxy S8 won’t be plagued by the same issues, especially since rumors revealed the phone might come with Samsung SDI batteries, the same that were initially held responsible for the Galaxy Note7 debacle.
As for battery capacity, some rumors say the Galaxy S8’s battery is going to be the same as on last year’s phone. Meaning we might see a 3,000 power house inside the S8 and a 3,600 mAh one under the hood of the S8 Plus. Which doesn’t really make sense, since we expect the panels on this year’s models to be larger.
Other whispers claim the Galaxy S8 will be kept alive by a chunkier 4,200 mAh batter with fast charging. We hope this will be indeed the case.
01/31/2017 Update: A report coming out of South Korea indicates that the Galaxy S8 will feature a 3,250 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S8 Plus will be powered by a 3,750 mAh one. The soon to be previous-gen Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have a 3,000 mAh and 3,600 mAh one consecutively.
03/10/2017 Update: Since we are on the topic of battery, here’s how’s the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Note7 compare against each other.
When will I be able to get it and for how much?
Samsung is yet to confirm any Galaxy S8 launching plans, but word on the street has it the company will unveil the phone a day prior to MWC 2017 kicking off.
Another rumor says that due to extensive testing, the Galaxy S8 might be unveiled sometimes in late March with an April release date attached to it. As for pricing, we’ve heard customers might have to take around $850 out of their pockets to purchase the phone. Better start saving now!
Update 01/23/2017: Chief of Samsung Mobile Koh Dong-jin claimed the Galaxy S8 won’t be unveiled at MWC 2017, although he did not provide an alternative date.
Update 01/27/2017: A report by Venture Beat claims the phone will be unveiled on March 29. The phone should become available for purchase on April 21.
Update 03/07/2017: New information coming from Venture Beat indicates that the Galaxy S8’s availability is going to be delayed with one week. So instead of hitting the market on April 21, the phone will make it out on April 28.
Update 03/13/2017: Worried that LG G6 is getting more prime-time than anticipated, Samsung ran an early Galaxy S8 TV ad in South Korean, to remind customers the flagship will be upon us soon:
Update 03/21/2017: Samsung Galaxy S8 print teaser surfaces:
Also, according to a report coming out of The Investor the Galaxy S8 pre-orders might arrive earlier than in-store units. The phone is scheduled to go on pre-sale on April 7 in South Korea and now it seems those initial orders will start shipping to customers on April 18. Store units are expected to drop or April 28.