Contrary to earlier rumors claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is expected to be unveiled on Feb. 26, 2017, a new report is saying that the S7 successor is going to debut with a 2K screen.
PhoneArena cited a supply chain that leaked new information via Chinese microblogging site, Weibo, that Samsung is opting to manufacture its next flagship device with a 2K resolution screen.
Should Samsung stick with 2K display, it would ruin the hopes of fans who were looking forward to have a new smartphone with 2160 x 3840 UHD resolution and gamers who were wishing to have a phone that would be great for VR games.
Nonetheless, choosing a screen with 1440 x 2560 over 4K seems to be more reasonable since the latter would certainly put a strain on the battery, unless the South Korean company would consider increasing the battery size for the handset.
In addition to the 2K display, the supply chain also leaked that Samsung has not ordered parts for a home button. This seems to corroborate previous reports stating that Samsung is ditching the physical home button to come up with a new device with an all-glass front that has Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner underneath.
This new report comes amid Samsung’s confirmation that its upcoming Galaxy S handsets will come with an advanced artificial intelligence service in response to Apple’s Siri and Google’s Google Assistant.
“We are developing a key major interface which will bring about a totally new paradigm; an open AI platform,” Samsung Electronics VP Rhee In-jong said. “The current Galaxy smartphones need separate applications for users, for instance, to order pizza or coffee. But, the new AI platform will enable them to order (or do) things directly without going through separate applications.”
According to GSM Arena, Samsung’s AI could be named Bixby. The phone news website also noted that this new assistant is expected to have third-party service support.
“Developers can attach and upload services to our agent,” Rhee added. “Even if Samsung doesn’t do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users with ease.”
Samsung is building hype over its upcoming Galaxy S8 handset, since the flagship is expected to have a strong launch following the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7. Engadget reports Samsung is eager to move past the fiasco of the Note 7 and re-establish its reputation and its finances.