Rumours: Samsung Galaxy S8

Consumers could be disappointed this year as it is said that the rear camera will have the same specifications (12MP) as its predecessor.

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Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S series were hands down the best Android smartphones in the market. This is why everyone is extremely excited to see what they have up their sleeves for the Samsung Galaxy S8 that is slated to be launched in April this year. There are a lot of rumours flying around as we lead up to the official announcement.So here are what we at Tech Coffee House believe matter the most to consumers who are considering getting one.

Exterior

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is said to have a 5.8-inch 2K (1440 x 2960 pixels) resolution super AMOLED display. It should weigh a little heavier than the S7 Edge at approximately 160grams but a tad slimmer than the predecessor measuring at about 7.3mm. This time around, the S8 would not have a physical home button but a digital one instead. Hence, it is possible that they will be using the Optical Fingerprint Sensor.

Interestingly, the S8 is likely to go with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 than the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. This is probably because they want to keep the cost low. Anyway, does it matter? No matter how tough the glass is, it still cracks.

Hardware

The S8 could be running on the Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core CPU and Adreno 540 GPU. According to ZDNet, “The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is 27 percent faster while consuming 40 percent less energy, with the overall size being 30 percent smaller than the previous generation Snapdragon 821.” So we should see slightly improved battery life this time around.

It is possible that the S8 will run on 6GB of RAM (similar to OPPO R9s) and will have an internal storage of 64GB that is expandable up to 256GB.

Camera

This is the most highly anticipated part of any smartphone – the camera. Consumers could be disappointed this year as it is said that the rear camera will have the same specifications (12MP) as its predecessor. This time, the focus could be on the front-facing camera instead. No pun intended. The front-facing camera will be rocking an 8MP sensor and auto-focus. Yes. Pun unintendedly intended.

Battery

The S8 could be running on a 3,000 mAh battery, which should be sufficient to last you a day since it will be running on the energy efficient Snapdragon 835 chipset. But we will never know until we get the real thing to test it out.

Headphone Jack

Remember earlier in this article we mentioned that the S8 will be slimmer than its predecessor? Well, the reason is because the S8 does not come with a headphone jack. You heard it right? Yes. The people who were mocking the iPhone can now eat their own words. No headphone jack. I can almost guarantee that this will happen. So get ready for the wireless world.

Verdict

There is no verdict at the moment for the Samsung Galaxy S8 since we do not have the real thing to review yet. BUT if we based on the rumoured specifications, I have to say it is a little disappointing and it seems like innovation has hit a wall at Samsung. Then again, we could be wrong.

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