Samsung is all set to launch the base model of its Galaxy S8. Only a year since the launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and the market is already getting antsy for the next edition of the same flagship. The yet-to-be-announced smartphone has been carefully dissected by the retail analysts giving way to a whole bunch of leaked reports and unofficial teasers that give us an insight into the potential features of the upcoming Samsung handsets.
Similar to the previous model in the S series, the S8 is also expected to launch in two variants. The base variant will be called ‘Samsung Galaxy S8’ with a price range of €800. The other variant – the more hyped edition will be called ‘Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus’ with the approximate price range of €900. Even so, the new models are not expected to make their way into the Indian market until later into mid-April, this year.
Based on the most reliable sources, it is fairly certain that both the models of S8 will have a curved display edge, bezel-free display, and no home button. To enhance extra accommodation on the display and to ensure better performance, Samsung is attempting a ditch on the all-time Home button. Also expected along these lines is a high-end fingerprint scanner, seated at the rear panel, under the camera. Leaked images indicate a 3.5mm headphone jack at the lower edge.
The leaks hint on a 5.7-5.8-inches display for the base version, whilst the S8 Plus is expected to feature a 6.2-inch screen. Both front and back panel will be lined by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. More than 550 ppi pixel density will flow off the curved Super AMOLED displays coupled with Quad HD or 4K resolution. Enhanced with extra display features like the 3D Touch, Always-on screen and TouchWiz UI – Samsung’s upcoming phones are undoubtedly estimated to be a game changer for the South Korean Multinational.
Features and Specs
The Galaxy S8, much like its predecessors, will be waterproof. Samsung is expected to attain new levels with its new devices, especially since the S7 was an IP68-certified model with the ability to stay 1.5m underwater for 30 minutes. Under the hood, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be equipped by the most recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and is expected to deliver flawless performance to its users. With the Octa-core chip clocked at the speed of up to 2.4Ghz, both variants will offer better performance than the Snapdragon 820.
According to the reports, the new handsets will come into the market with two RAMs- 4GB and 6GB. The phone will come up with two ROM variants like 6$ GB and 128GB with an expandable storage option to 256GB via microSD card. On the storage front, the new Galaxy phones will pack no less than 64GB of onboard storage.
The latest Android Nougat 8 will bless the software arena. Samsung’s homespun AI-based virtual assistant, ‘Bixby’ along with the new TouchWiz OS is speculated to make this an iconic venture.
This is the most exciting aspect of Samsung phones – its camera. Equipped with a dual 12-mp snapper and a dual-camera setup at the back panel, Samsung is not aiming to disappoint. The front will accommodate an 8-mp shooter for selfies. Additional features include Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, live 4K video, 9MP image recording, Auto HDR and panorama.
For solid power backup, a non-removable 3500mAh is present with a USB Type C for faster charging.
A wide range is expected in terms of colour in the following shades – Black, White, Gold, Silver and Pink Gold.
Although Samsung has maintained a tight lip regarding the pricing, a tentative follow up of its previous handsets give us an idea – the 6GB RAM+64GB model to tag with CNY 6,088 (INR 59,000 approximately) while the 128GB unit will price nearly CNY 6,488 (INR 63,000 approximately).
There you have it, folks! The game changer is coming and we couldn’t be more excited about it!