Itching to know what’s in store for Samsung’s next flagship handset? Here’s everything we know so far
There’s a lot to like about Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones, but what’s in store for Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8? Well, you can rest assured that it will include everything we know and love about the S7, along with a handful of new, shiny improvements. Of course, Samsung’s yet to announce any concrete details on the S8 and its inevitably curvy companion, the S8 Edge, but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill hasn’t already started creaking into life.
To save you time, we’ve collected every last rumour into one handy article, aiming to give you the best idea possible about what to expect come launch day next year. We’ll be regularly updating this article as new information comes in, too, so be sure to check back regularly for all the latest details.
Release date and price
We don’t know yet when Samsung will launch the S8 and S8 Edge, but considering it’s used the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona to launch its latest smartphones for the last several years, we can make a fairly educated guess that it will do the same again next year.
With that in mind, it’s highly likely the S8 and S8 Edge will launch at the end of February 2017. In previous years, Samsung’s held its big Samsung Unpacked press conference the day before MWC normally starts, so we could see it as early as the 26th February. It’s unlikely to go on sale, then, though, as it normally appears in shops around a month later, so mark down the end of March/beginning of April in your calendars.
According to the Korea Herald, the S8 will have a 4K resolution spread across a 5.5in display. This would be quite a dramatic departure for the S8, as Samsung’s traditionally stuck to a 5.1in display for most of its recent S phones. The S7 Edge has a larger 5.5in display, of course, but it seems odd that Samsung would give people less choice next year by offering two smartphones that are exactly the same size.
Still, a 4K resolution is welcome news indeed, especially as it’s likely to be designed to work with Google’s Daydream VR headset as well as the inevitable next generation Samsung Gear VR. A higher resolution means a more realistic and immersive virtual reality experience, but Samsung will have to make sure it doesn’t pose too much of a threat to the phone’s battery life, as we saw with the ill-fated Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, the world’s first smartphone to have a 4K resolution.
The latest information from WCCFTech suggests that Samsung might use a dual lens camera for the Galaxy S8, bringing it in line with current speculation about the iPhone 7. According to its Chinese source, the dual camera sensor is probably going to be produced by Samsung Motors (Semco), so it sounds like it won’t be using another sensor made by a different manufacturer.
This one’s a little harder to predict, as Samsung has often released two different variations of its S series smartphones – one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and another with one of Samsung’s Exynos processors.
If it follows the same pattern next year, the Qualcomm one is likely to have a Snapdragon 830 inside it – the next generation successor to the blindingly quick Snapdragon 820 – but the rumours about what Exynos chip Samsung will use are currently much thinner on the ground.
As for RAM, expect them to have at least 4GB, as this is what the S7 and S7 Edge had, if not 6GB. We’ll bring you more information as soon as we can.