Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 woes in 2016 are well documented as exploding phones, a massive recall and the eventual final "bricking" of the troubled handset dominated the tech news headlines throughout the latter part of the year.
Will 2017 usher in a new era for Samsung and rebuild any of its damaged reputation wrought about by the Note 7 fiasco? With a couple of reveals they dropped, it looks like Samsung is primed to excite the smartphone crowd yet again and leave its past troubles behind.
Two new Korean video advertisements posted on YouTube recently demonstrating Samsung's new generation AMOLED displays may have revealed the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8. The S8 will be the first major Samsung smartphone released after the Galaxy Note 7.
Reports indicate that 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.
Judging by the images of the new phone, the new S8 won't have the old physical buttons of the old Galaxy phones, allowing for thinner bezels and an almost all-display front. Due to this design change, the fingerprint scanner will be relocated to the back. Other rumors also suggest that the S8 will also incorporate Samsung's own version of the iPhone's 3D Touch.
With the new AMOLED screen technology debuting on the new Galaxy, the larger version may even have a higher resolution 4K display with astounding pixel density.
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.
It's still up in the air, but to the delight of traditional headphone fans, the new S8s might retain the 3.5 mm audio jack but looking at a few upcoming flagship Android smartphones coming this year, the no-headphone jack bandwagon is gaining steam.
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.
Excited yet? While there is no official release date, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 may go on sale by April 18.
Samsung typically reveals their new Galaxy smartphones at the Mobile World Congress (to be held on February 27 to March 2 in Barcelona this year) but it is speculated that Samsung will be announcing the phones in its own Unpacking event in March. Either way, an April release date seems to be more than likely.
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