If you’ve been following the smartphone rumor mill lately, you know that the next iPhone is not the only mobile gadget that’s generating major buzz.
We’ve been rounding up speculations about the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 as well and it’s looking like Samsung is pulling out all the stops to reclaim any lost esteem due to the 2016 Note 7 fiasco.
While two Korean ads may have inadvertently revealed the Galaxy S8, a recent leak confirms a feature that a certain group of fans will surely appreciate.
A tweet from famed leaker Evan Blass aka @evleaks, as scooped by Venture Beat, shows an alleged picture of the Galaxy S8. And if you look at it closely, you’ll notice what looks like a USB-C port paired with, wait… a headphone jack!
If this is the real deal (which is more than likely) then it confirms that Samsung is not joining the no-headphone jack bandwagon as of yet and should delight traditional headphone fans.
The photo also shows the curved edge-to-edge display and the camera/flash array coupled with a rear fingerprint sensor. This confirms that the Galaxy S8 is ditching all the front physical buttons in favor of an all-screen front.
More S8 rumors:
To recap, here are the other rumors we’ve gathered:
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 will come in 5-inch and 6-inch display versions, the larger of which will be labeled as the Galaxy S8 Plus. Newer AMOLED screen technology might debut on the new Galaxy and the larger version may even have a higher resolution 4K display with astounding pixel density.
Other rumors also suggest that the S8 will also incorporate Samsung’s own version of the iPhone’s 3D Touch.
At least one of the S8 models is rumored to have an Exynos 8895 chip, a Mali-G71 GPU for even better graphical performance over the S7 and a whopping 6GB of RAM.
The bigger model may rock the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and reports are saying that it may have an 8GB RAM upgrade. The 835 processor will be made with Samsung’s 10-nanometer technology, allowing for better power efficiency compared to its predecessor.
Camera-wise, the new smartphones will be similar to what was seen on the Note 7 – a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. The rear camera will have optical image stabilization, a dual-LED flash and phase detection auto-focus.
The S8 may also retain the same elemental water and dust proofing rating of the S7 and S7 Edge at IP68.
Software wise, we may finally see the debut of Samsung’s own AI virtual assistant nicknamed Bixby. It may be powered by VIV (the same company who originally created Apple’s Siri), which was acquired by Samsung last year.
The new software may also include an update to Samsung’s S Health app that allows users to contact doctors via video chat, send photos and pay for medical appointments directly through it.
Another rumor points to a new feature called Samsung DeX, similar to Microsoft Continuum, that allows users to connect the S8 to a monitor via an optional HDMI dock for a large desktop version of Android.
Now here’s another piece of great news – we now have a specific date for a launch.
As we reported earlier, Samsung typically reveals their new Galaxy smartphones at the Mobile World Congress (to be held from February 27 to March 2 in Barcelona this year) but it is speculated that Samsung will be announcing the phones in its own Unpacked event in March.
This Unpacked event, as reported by Venture Beat, will be on March 29 in New York City.
So there you have it, as we move closer and closer to the Samsung Galaxy S8’s impending release, things are getting much clearer. By the looks of it, the phone is poised to grab the smartphone limelight yet again.
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