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Galaxy S8 rumor roundup

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Galaxy Note 7 soon to be well and truly dead, it’s time to turn our attention toward the Galaxy S8, Samsung’s next flagship device. We’re not likely to find out any official details until sometime in February at the earliest, but as always, the rumor mill has been churning and pumping out plenty of snippets in the meantime.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 specs.

Galaxy S8 is said to have a Snapdragon 835 processor running the show – or an octa-core Samsung Exynos X processor in some models. That could be working in tandem with as much as 6GB of RAM, with a 3,000mAh battery powering it all. Samsung may ultimately opt to go with a larger battery, depending on what kind of display we see on the phone (but more on that later). Expect to see fingerprint scanners and iris scanners make a return as well.

Galaxy S8’s fingerprint scanner, two of the most recent reports are conflicting. One says that the incoming flagship could use an optical fingerprint scanner, while another claims that the fingerprint scanner will be moved around to the backside of the device.

Galaxy S8 might grow in size over the Galaxy S7 to make up for the fact that Samsung’s phablet offering for 2016 turned out to be a bust. Two models of the Galaxy S8 will be offered: one with a 5.7-inch display and another with a 6.2-inch display. With the standard Galaxy S7 sporting a 5.1-inch display and S7 Edge coming in at 5.5-inches, such an increase would be noticeable, and perhaps a turn off for those who lament this slow trend toward larger smartphones.

Some say it will be a 4K AMOLED display, while more recently, we’ve been hearing that it will have a 2K display. Either way, the resolution we get with the Galaxy S8 will be suitable for both regular use and GearVR use.

Samsung may be looking to beat Apple to market with a borderless phone all its own in an attempt to snag some folks who felt underwhelmed by the iPhone 7 and don’t mind switching to Android.

Samsung Galaxy S8 camera

Rumors claim that the Galaxy S8 could come with a dual rear-facing camera, challenging not only devices like the iPhone 7 Plus, but also LG’s V20 on the Android side of things. Hearing this makes a lot of sense, because with not only Apple but now other Android manufacturers going the dual camera route.

Jumping over to the front of the device, we might be able to expect a front-facing camera with autofocus. That would be an interesting addition – front-facing cameras on smartphones don’t usually come equipped with autofocus in an effort to save space.

Samsung will remove the headphone jack in the Galaxy S8, pushing its users into an increasingly wireless future. It may not be a bad idea to start considering a Bluetooth headset if you haven’t already.

If we somehow found ourselves in a timeline where Apple hadn’t dropped the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, that doesn’t necessarily mean it would remain on the Galaxy S8. There is already a precedent for removing the headphone jack in Android phones

 

 

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