Samsung has a big mission next year – release a premium phone which will make fans forget about the Galaxy Note7, the phablet that was taken from us too soon.
A lot of Note7 owners still refuse to return the potentially dangerous product, saying they are not looking to “downgrade” to the “older” Galaxy S7. Only the Galaxy S8 will be able to fill that void and Samsung knows it. That’s why it wants to make the Galaxy S8 really interesting.
The most recent rumor related to the Galaxy S8 comes from Fone Arena which claims Samsung’s next-gen flagship will be the first in the S series to take advantage of stereo speakers. According to sources familiar with the matter, the dual speaker tech will have its own branding, in the vein of HTC’s Boomsound.
Given that Samsung has recently acquired audio giant Harman, it shouldn’t be a surprise if the speakers in question will produced by none other than Harman.
There has been a great deal of talk about the Galaxy S8 in recent months. The phone is expected to arrive with an iris scanner, but that’s not all. Word on the street claims the Galaxy S8 is going to be Samsung’s first phone to take advantage of a Siri-like AI assistant. The rumor mill has dubbed it Bixby, but the alternative Kestra name has also been thrown around.
On top of that, the Galaxy S8 might make for a great selfie phone, as the device is expected to be one of the first handsets to feature a front camera with auto focus.
We’ve also heard Samsung is hoping to appease disappointed phablet fans, by launching two Galaxy S8 versions, one with a huge 6.2-inch display and another with a 5.7-inch screen. Last but not least, the Galaxy S8 might be among the first phones to feature a Snapdragon 835. Qualcomm’s latest chip which is based on Samsung’s 10nm FinFET process is expected to make a debut into devices in Q1 2017.
Like always, Samsung should unveil the Galaxy S8 during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but the Korean tech giant has yet to confirm the information.