Samsung Galaxy S8: all that is known about the flagship on the eve of the announcement
A few days left before the announcement of Samsung Galaxy S8. The sad (and funny, to be honest) the failure of the Galaxy Note 7 did not affect the mood of the fans of the brand, the hype over the Galaxy S8/S8+ unthinkable. It is therefore not surprising that many important and interesting details were leaked before the announcement. We decided to gather all the rumors in one material to make it easier to get an idea of what awaits you next week.
The first thing you need to know, Samsung will introduce not one, but two smartphone, Galaxy Galaxy S8 and S8+. The differences between them are only in the screen size – apparently, so Samsung decided to replace the outside of the race Note 7. The Galaxy Note series is likely to be continued, but a little later.
The design and construction
As you can see, the Galaxy S8 side frame on the body almost disappeared, and the display itself is curved just like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note edge 7. In addition, the device is completely lost the hardware buttons on the front panel, the management will be carried out only on-screen buttons. Someone don’t like it, but, well, it’s just a matter of habit, with its attendant advantages, such as increasing the usable area of the display when working in applications.
Because of these manipulations, the fingerprint scanner will move to the rear panel and located near the camera lens. And it just seems like a very controversial decision, because the finger intuitively will first get the lens and then the sensor. Small differences in shape on the touch are almost indistinguishable. However, it is possible that Samsung seriously expects that the fingerprint reader replaces the scanner of the iris.
They say that in the first test samples of the smartphone sensor was trying to place under the bottom of the screen, but his presence made the color distortion in the display area.
Displays all of the flagship Samsung smartphones were exceptionally good. Objectively – one of the best on the market. In the same way as the previous flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be equipped with Super AMOLED display size of 5.7 inches and the Galaxy S8+ – 6.2 per inch. To resolution differences between them, most likely, will not. Samsung itself calls the new screen Infinity Display. But perhaps the most important innovation will be the new aspect ratio is 18.5:9. So LG G6, presented in Barcelona, no longer unique.
Waiver of physical buttons on the front allowed the display to occupy more space on the front panel – now the ratio of the area of the display to the size of the front panel is 84.4 per cent. But the case dimensions will not change, Galaxy S8 will be at hand exactly the same as the Galaxy S7 edge.
Standard screen resolution is 2960 × 1440 pixels (WQHD+). But the menu has the ability to change permissions in the lower side: up to FHD+ (2220 × 1080 pixels) and HD+ (1480 × 720 pixels). The aspect ratio is retained. In General, it is quite useful and functional feature that until recently was only available to enthusiasts and fans of alternative firmware.
Several sources talk about the possibility of video recording at up to 1000 frames per second. And if all this proves true, then Sony Xperia XZ Premium will be the first (and extremely dangerous) competitor. Sensor resolution is not increased, it is still 12 MP, but the module itself will be different. The most fundamental difference will be the layer with the DRAM memory, which greatly speeds up the read speed. Actually, the same could boast of the recent flagship of Sony, and it seems that another way to achieve such a rate of fire at the moment impossible.
Dual cameras — similar to the iPhone, as well as in the flagship from Huawei and LG in Galaxy S8 will not. Samsung doesn’t see much point in fancy blur effect and double the optical zoom. And, judging by the comments on Western news resources, many users share this attitude. I wonder what would be better from the point of view of our readers – take the time to write in the comments what you prefer: dual camera in Huawei P10 or single like the Galaxy S8, assuming that the latter will shoot a little better.
The front camera has a resolution of 8 MP, but the autofocus data sources differ. Some say that the focus will be, others say no. I am inclined to believe that the auto focus on front camera. And there will be iris scanner eye, this has already been mentioned above. It will work exactly the same as in the Galaxy Note 7 (this is Alexander Babulin told in detail in the review), only slightly more accurate and slightly faster at the expense of a scanner with a higher resolution.
As you know, Samsung Galaxy S8 was to be the first smartphone based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. But maybe he will be the first smartphone in the sale, because the first announced was the already mentioned Sony Xperia XZ Premium. However, this is not so important. What is more important: again Samsung will release smartphones on the two platforms, and in addition to the Snapdragon processor will be Exynos 835 8895. They even say that the Qualcomm version will be sold only in the United States, and the rest of the world, including Europe and Russia, will be content with devices on its own platform Samsung.
RAM in all cases is 4 GB, only the Chinese market will be available model with 6 GB of RAM. Most likely, this will not be an ordinary Galaxy S8 model S8+ with a larger screen. The amount of built-in storage is 64 GB and it can be expanded microSD card up to 2 TB.
Interestingly, the Exynos 8895 already lighted in some benchmarks. And it so happened that at the performance he even walked a bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. I should add that the characteristics of the chips are similar in many ways. Exynos 8895 contains 8 cores, which are divided into 2 groups: the 4 cores of its own design Samsung and 4 less powerful cores Cortex-A53. As a graphics accelerator in the processor uses an ARM Mali-G71. Compared with the predecessor in the face of Mali-T880, which is the number of components of the processor Exynos 8890 in the Galaxy S7 is expected to increase performance by almost two times. In addition, the new graphics accelerator supports OpenGL ES 3,2, Vulkan API, RenderScript, and can also take some of the load from the CPU. The technology is called GPU Compute, with the support from the apps it will allow to distribute the load between CPU and GPU.
Continuing the conversation about performance, you should cite the recently published GeekBench results. In single-core mode Exynos 8895 1978 gaining points, and in multi-core – 6375. In turn, the Galaxy S8+ on the basis of the Snapdragon 835 showed in the same test 1929 and 6084 points, respectively. However, the difference is difficult to name a critical.
Galaxy S8 will get the battery, 3000 mAh, Galaxy S8+ – 3500 mA ·h Will be added the new algorithms of power-saving modes, but in General this should give a maximum of six days of Autonomous operation in standard mode. For video playback the claimed 17 hours of battery life, and it’s a little higher than in previous Samsung flagships. Well, I hope own tests we can conduct very soon.
Other “iron”, rumors of which in one form or another surfaced in the Network, it is necessary to highlight USB 3.0 support (USB-C), and Bluetooth 5.0, support wireless charging and fast wired charging.
Interface and software
As the graphic shell, the novelty will receive a Samsung Experience with the user interface, Clean UI. The updated version looks austere and intuitive, modern font and rounded icons to match the overall design of the body of the smartphone is very aesthetically pleasing look.
One of the most interesting pieces Galaxy S8 can be updated the voice assistant Samsung Bixby (the logical development of S Voice), which “hanged” on a dedicated button on the side of the case. With Bixby you can use the applications to make instant notes and references completely with voice commands. Will be available the translation of inscriptions in different languages and the recognition of real world objects through the camera, allowing, for example, to make a quick purchase at online stores. Now that’s very intriguing, and I hope that the presentation will tell about it in more detail.
When and how much?
It is already clear that the new flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be accepted on hurrah and will be a big seller. Samsung makes a reference device for Android that are never compared with Chinese smartphones under the pretext of “the same features for less money”.
The launch date is likely to be different for different regions. First and foremost, obviously, the device will be sold in South Korea, and the United States. This must happen at the end of April. Most of the sources said on April 21, but there is also information on April 28. In Europe and in Russia, to buy a Galaxy S8 and S8+, is likely in may, and the price is the most affordable version of the smartphone for sure will exceed 50 thousand rubles. However, accurate Russian prices do not yet know, even in the most Samsung.
That’s all, the material can be updated as new confirmed details. And I remind you that on March 29 will take place the official presentation of the Galaxy S8, so we’ll soon know all the details officially.