Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 +: everything we know about them before their presentation
Are we talking about the biggest leak in history? This is difficult to know, but of course the Galaxy S8 accumulate a number of rumors and leaks that will enter the history of the best-known phones before its presentation. It is clear that unless confirmed by Samsung there is nothing assured, but as of today and shortly to know them we can make a good compilation of everything that is known of Galaxy S8.
This year the Koreans have made us wait for something more and we have not been able to know the new flagships in the MWC as we were accustomed. Instead they introduced the Galaxy Tab S3 and the Galaxy Book, announcing as a final touch the date of presentation of smartphones, on March 29, which will celebrate in New York and London as the app of the event. Again we expect two but perhaps less distinct among them, let’s see what is expected to be in line with all the leaked.
Two sizes, two curves
Samsung has been betting on the pair since the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and seems to have worked well on that occasion as the next, because it also did with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. One with a flat front and the other with a curvature on the screen and from there that last name that began with that “essay” of the Note Edge, but that loses the sense if now they are going to be equal also in this.
The surname “Edge” is lost, it does not make sense if now they are going to be the same also in this.
To speak of rumors is to speak almost always of Evan Blass and this time also has given us different contributions (which we will see). With respect to this Blass leaked that the big brother would be called S8 +, replacing that of Edge and giving sense to the speculation that Samsung would have chosen to apply the curvature of the screen in both terminals (both would have the Edge).
Another common in the field of leaks is @OnLeaks, which contributed its grain of sand in terms of size differences showing part of the dimensions (width and height) and a comparison of sizes between Galaxy S8 and other top of the range From Samsung. We saw that the Galaxy S8 + exceeds in height to Note 7 with its 159 millimeters (the Note measures 153.5) and that Galaxy S8 is between Note 7 and S7 with 148.9 millimeters of height, although about 2 millimeters more narrow Than the S7.
In these dimensions the terminals would include screens of 5.8 and 6.2 inches with a resolution QHD and not 4K as rumored, being here more conservative and probably betting to meet before in autonomy and to evolve towards a resolution 4K that at the moment We saw in that Sony Xperia Z5 Premium (perhaps too soon, like that 2K of LG G3). Here Samsung would have marked an abandonment of the format 16: 9 to be placed in 18.5: 9, like the G6.
Another gift from Blass was his confirmation that the screen of the S8 would be pressure sensitive, in the style of the 3D Touch screen of iPhones. It seems that different options and contextual menus are displayed in different applications and in different areas of the interface, although later information indicated that the function would be limited to the virtual start button. Because yes, with the S8 apparently will break with this tradition in the Galaxy as we will now see.
Goodbye, front physical button
These screens would be integrated in a frontal better advantage than the one of its predecessors, since we also have filtration of the ratio screen / frontal and will be of 83%. And what also confirms renders and images is a curved panel and robbing the maximum upper and lower edges to the point that there is no physical front button.
The card reader is still included (for now we will not see any technology that implements it on the screen), but on the back like the LG G6, so what will be on the front is a virtual button (probably programmable). Victory for those who want the maximum use of the front by the screen, not so much for those who prefer the fingerprint reading in that position or if the location chosen is not so comfortable.
By eliminating the front-end button, Samsung ends up with one of the hallmarks of not only its flagships, but many of its terminals.
In this way Samsung ends up with one of the hallmarks of not only its flagships, but of many of its terminals that in the latest models have still integrated it as those of the line A. In addition, in terms of buttons confirm the Suspicions and Bixby, confirmed just yesterday, will have its own physical button (an extra under the volume).
In addition, changes in the interaction will come from the accessories. Good news for those who lack Note 7 are expecting this S8, since the S8 would have an S-Pen as an optional accessory, which unlike the Note would not have a hole for insertion into the phone.
The exclusivity of the power
At the time we echoed that relative exclusivity of Samsung with the latest Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 835. Leaving before Samsung flagships had a relatively high price in this regard, having to resort to an “old” And smaller as the Snapdragon 821 and we saw materialized in LG G6.
As usual in the manufacturer, there will again be versions with two processors according to markets, talking about this Snapdragon and the Exynos 8895. Een Xataka Mobile have a detailed comparison of both and what will change from S7 to S8 At this level, as is the case of the Mali G71 Exynos that apparently will offer a 1.8 times greater performance to the Mali T880 MP12 of the S7 with the Exynos 8890.
These SoC would come accompanied by a minimum of 6 GB of RAM putting itself at the height of rivals like the Huawei Mate 9 Pro or the One Plus 3T. Although there are many ballots that occur as with the G6 and the maximum configuration depends on the country, since the 6 GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage would only reach China and in the S8 standard.
Not even two cameras
Apple applied it in its last terminal, it applied LG in its last two flagships, it applies Huawei in several lines and we are even seeing it in smaller ranges, but Samsung seems at the moment not to include double camera in its terminals more powerful of the year, According to the great amount of images and renders that have been leaving in which we see a back with a single camera.
Everything points to the S8 will not include dual camera, but Samsung wanted to show that they are working on it.
But what about that tweet about the Exynos 8895 and a double camera? Perhaps it is simply a teaser or a clearing that the manufacturer is already working on integrating this into us phones, talking about two processors, helping the secondary in tasks such as color, autofocus, HDR or noise reduction.
This anticipates a better capacity to obtain both photographs and videos, for example to be able to take 4K video at 120 images per second. But again we can not forget that for the moment the information points to a single camera, so we may see this in a (also highly expected after confirming its existence) future Note 8.
As for the sensors, the cameras aim to experience improvements only at software level while maintaining the 12 and 8 megapixels with f1,7 aperture. The front camera would incorporate an iris scanner as Note 7, while the rear camera would feature the object detection and visual search function.
Neither delete the audio jack, but USB type-C
This is not the time to talk about whether Apple creates trend or not, but when the brand incorporates something flashy in its terminals always expect some effect on its rivals and even market level. This is currently not seen in general with the 3.5 mm jack and the S8 also would not join the car to remove it, seeing in images and renders that is placed on the bottom edge, on the other side of the speaker.
As far as this is spoken of double stereo speaker (in this bottom of the device) and we see that the USB will be type-C (unlike the S7). This connection would also serve the function Samsung Desktop Experience, analogous to Microsoft’s Continuum allowing the phone to work in a similar way to a computer when plugged into a dock or base, the Samsung DeX, which without official announcement we have known in depth in A last leak.
We have not commented anything about the construction and materials, but both photos and renders show that these will be similar to the previous, especially the S7 Edge by the incorporation of the curve in both terminals. They are also expected to have IP68 water and dust resistance, one degree more than their predecessors the S7.
Changes in the battery: the main thing is not to repeat errors
Sometimes it is forgiven but not forgotten and what happened with the batteries of Note 7 is a drag that Samsung will have to drag for years, in fact already noticed in sales. The company said that the quality controls would be strengthened, including in its advertising, and according to the WSJ last February Samsung would have chosen to change Sony’s battery supplier for the S8 when it was rumored to be just the opposite.
In terms of capacity, there is talk of 3,000 and 3,500 mAh batteries for the S8 and S8 +, respectively, with a predictable fast charge, since the S7 already included it (perhaps with some improvement in numbers here).
Software has also seen the face
In case we did not have enough to know the aspect of the terminals in terms of its design and construction, we also know what the software will be like. The new TouchWiz was shown thanks to some captures found in the APK of the latest version of Samsung Smart Switch, allowing you to see its most minimalist appearance at least in icons and interface, failing to see the manufacturer’s notification bar customization.
These images fit into what you see in this Slashleaks video posted a few hours ago, which sees a supposed (and very likely) S8 running, appearing the home screen, the lock screen and a second desktop screen, coinciding All with the renders and filtered captures, as well as the physical of the terminal (in this case black).
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 +: features, colors and expected prices
With everything filtered or rumored we can assemble an advance (and unconfirmed save details) datasheet of both terminals. On this occasion, as we have seen, something less different in design and performance, although size and weight will be differential factors as well as apparently RAM and storage.
The colors have also been filtered in different renders and are expected to be available in black, gray, silver (Black Sky, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver) and as we met recently, gold. In addition, Evan Blass again leaked the prices and not just the terminals, since in the same tweet spoke of 150 euros for the Samsung DeX station, 129 for the new GearVR and 229 for the Gear 360.
About the launch dates we spoke recently of April 21 in Korea and a week later for the rest of countries, on April 28. The booking period would start in the country of the manufacturer on April 7 until April 17, holding a pre-launch at some local operators on the 18th before the official launch of 21.