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Even though it's a bit early to be throwing around comparisons as both the phones are far from being unveiled or even cited at a benchmarking app or two, here are a few things we can intelligently guess about them.


Safety issue



It would be particularly hard to recommend someone a Samsung smartphone after the embarrassing episode that Samsung just had with the Note 7. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that the number one name in the smartphone business will bounce back with the S8. Having said so, the iPhone 8 will still win in this respect as they do not have any proven cases of multiple exploding phones yet.


The power



It is always hard to predict just how powerful Apple's next chip is going to be and in spite of having seemingly less resources on pen and paper, the Apple iPhone 7 did blow the S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 out of the water in benchmarking tests like AnTuTu and Geekbench. Therefore, the iPhone 8 might just have an edge here over the S8.


Camera



This is a tough one as both the manufacturers usually endow their flagship smartphones with awesome cameras. However, the S7 did sport a slightly better rear camera this year when compared to the iPhone 7, so we will give this one to the S8.


Design



The iPhone 7 is a beautiful device and many Android smartphones have been and continue to be "inspired" by the Apple iPhones. Samsung flagship grade smartphones on the other hand have recently been producing beautiful smartphones with curved displays. The preference will depend largely on the individual, so we will refrain from a judgement on this one.



The Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming for sure and the Galaxy Note 7 debacle has actually made people more interested in the device than ever before as everybody is waiting to see what Samsung does in order to redeem themselves after the embarrassing Note 7 saga. Although it's still quite a few months away, here's what we know/heard about it so far.


Release date


Since Samsung confirmed officially that the S8 won't see an early launch in 2017, it is almost certain that the smartphone will be unveiled a day prior to the MWC 2017, on February 26. This has been the tradition with Samsung's S-series so far and they don't seem eager to break it.


Specifications


Display: 5.5-inch 4K/2K Super AMOLED dual curved panel
SoC: Snapdragon 830/Exynos 8895
RAM: 6GB
Camera: Dual-Lens sensors of 16-megapixels each with f/1.4 aperture and an 8-megapixel front camera
Others: Iris scanner, USB Type-C, support for Google Daydream VR project and according to an official statement by Samsung, "enhanced artificial intelligence service."


Unique Design


The Galaxy S8 could feature a Full-screen dual curved display without any physical buttons in front; although they won't be the first to do so anymore.


We will keep you informed as more concrete support for (or against) these specs are revealed in the course of the next few months leading to February 26.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


 

It has hardly been a month and a half since the Galaxy S7 started to reach customers around the world and there's already new rumors spreading about the Galaxy S8. However, if you just bought the S7 or S7 Edge, fret not, for the S8 is still almost a year away from being released. There have been no indications or even rumors about the next Galaxy flagship from Samsung being released prior to the Mobile World Congress 2017, in February-March.

 

Although it is just too early to comment on what changes Samsung will bring with their next flagship, one would expect them to focus on the audio quality a bit more; especially since the HTC 10 and the LG G5 have amped up their audio department significantly. A change to USB Type-C is also expected, but we will have to wait and see how popular it becomes in the coming months.

 

The only smartphone in the market right now with a 4K panel is the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, but the S8 may be set to change that. This impression was brought on by the fact that virtual reality is rising in popularity and Samsung is already quite involved in it. As VR becomes an integral part of their future smartphones, the display will gain even more importance and that may result in Samsung opting for a 4K panel instead of the Quad HD ones that they are using right now.

 

Rumors suggest that a ½.3" sensor with aperture f/1.4 might be used in the camera of the S8. If it is true, then low-light photography on the S8 will possibly be better than not only the S7 series, but also any other smartphone in the market right now. This concludes more or less everything that is out there about the Samsung Galaxy S8 till date and if interested, you can also check out the recently released S8 concept video.

 

Author: Saikat Kar.



Although it has not even been a month since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was unveiled, leakstars are already giving us titbits about the Galaxy S8, which is to be released in 2017. As reported earlier, the S8 is quite likely to sport a 4K display, mainly for VR content consumption. However, we have details from a Chinese source on Weibo today that indicates a dual rear camera setup for the S8. According to the report, one of the camera modules will be supplied by Sony, while the S5K2L2 module will be manufactured by Samsung themselves. Although the resolutions of the sensors are said to be 12mp and 13mp, which of these resolutions the S5K2L2 module will sport is unclear as of now.


The front camera will be a bumped up 8mp sensor next year, unlike the 5-megapixel sensors that we are now used to seeing even on Samsung flagship devices. Expectedly, the iris scanner that we are just getting used to with the Note 7, should also be there. In spite of the Galaxy S8 being far from coming into existence at this moment, we are quite sure that the rumors will keep coming as they always do. Nevertheless, going by how the "6GB RAM" theory turned out to be untrue in case of the Galaxy Note 7, we would not buy into anything too soon.


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We had heard previously that the Samsung Galaxy S8 may sport a 30-mp camera on its back, but it didn't seem that realistic, given that the S7 (12-mp) actually sported a lower sensor size than the S6 (16-mp), albeit a better one. The latest rumors are once again blowing the 30-megapixel rear camera rumor away as they hint towards a dual rear camera setup for the upcoming flagship.


If these rumors have it right then the Galaxy S8 could feature either a single module with two camera sensors or two totally different modules accompanying each of the sensors. Whichever it turns out to be, the two sensors will have a resolution of 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel respectively. It will be interesting to see what other changes they bring into the new camera modules.


Samsung could also remove the physical Home button completely in favour of an "all screen" or "full screen" design. Alternate theories propose a less radical move by suggesting that Samsung might replace the clickable Home button with a fixed capacitive button instead of removing it completely. As Samsung might also be manufacturing the SD 830 SoC for Qualcomm exclusively this year, the 10nm processor is sure to make an appearance in at least the US version of the S8. That being said, this will close the gaps in performance between its in-house Exynos 8895 (10nm) processor (which will likely power the international versions) and the Snapdragon 830.


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In spite of Samsung's best efforts to keep things silent, rumors about the upcoming Galaxy S8 are plenty. In fact, you can almost make a complete specifications chart based on what the rumors are providing. However, they are only rumors and therefore, are perfectly capable of being absolutely wrong. We had heard previously that the S8 will feature a 4K display to make VR more enjoyable on the device, but the latest ones are reporting that the S8 will continue to use a Quad High Definition or 2K display just as its predecessors before it. This might actually be a good decision as a 4K display can put tremendous strain on the battery.


We have now heard it multiple times that the S8 will feature a full-screen dual curved display without any physical Home buttons whatsoever. In confirmation to that rumor, new reports are suggesting that none of the Samsung's suppliers have received orders yet for supplying the parts that would be necessary to construct the iconic Samsung Home button. This leaves us to speculate that the fingerprint scanner which has so far been embedded into the Home button will be replaced with an optical fingerprint sensor or may be an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. We will keep you updated as we hear more.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It seems just yesterday when the Galaxy Note 7 was released and eventually discontinued, but we are now inching closer to the release date of the Galaxy S8. Granted that no date has yet been set in stone, it cannot be more than just a few months away at this point. Today, we have a new report/rumor for you, straight out of China (Weibo) and reported by TechTastic. It states that the S8 will sport 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, along with the upcoming Samsung-manufactured Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.


Some of the other rumors surrounding the S8 include a dual rear camera module, an edge-to-edge pressure-sensitive 2K/4K curved display, a brand new AI virtual assistant and Quick Charge 4.0. It will be interesting to see whether Samsung launches a separate Exynos version of the Galaxy S8 as well, since the Korean giant itself is producing the SD 835 chip for Qualcomm this year. Some reports are also suggesting that there might even be a 6.2-inch version of the S8 next year, but I am not so sure about that!


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There's still a few months in-between now and the time of the S8's release, but the rumors are already out and about. In case you have not been following on what's going on, here's a recent rumor roundup just for you.


No headphone jack - Much to our dismay, recent reports are strongly indicating that the S8 won't feature the good old 3.5mm headphone jack.


Harman speakers - Samsung has recently acquired internationally acclaimed car audio equipment manufacturer Harman Internationals and the Galaxy S8 might sport stereo speakers made by the brand.


6.2-inch bezel-less dual curved 2K display - Much like the Xiaomi Mi Mix, the Galaxy S8 (Plus) will probably sport a curved display without any bezels and a screen-to-body ratio above 90%. The 6.2-inch variant seems quite unlikely to us, but reports are insisting that it actually is coming.


Removal of the Physical Home button - The capacitive Home button will be placed under the glass which will replace the iconic Samsung Home button. Do you like the idea?


Force Touch or Pressure sensitivity - We have contrasting reports regarding this but at least some of those reports mention that the display of the S8 will support pressure sensitive gestures just like the iPhones.


For more rumors and leaks as they happen, stay tuned.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



As far as rumors and leaks are concerned, everything is pointing towards Samsung shutting down the traditional flat screen variants of their flagship smartphones with the Galaxy S8. However, these rumors have sparked quite a bit of controversy among fans and experts alike. Some of the customers are of the opinion that a phone sporting a curved display is inconvenient as unintentional inputs from touching the curved sides of the display can be irritating. Some industry veterans agree to this point and even go on to add that a bezel-less display isn't actually that remarkable on a phone as the size of the panel can never be big enough to matter.


In spite of the truth in these arguments, one cannot deny that the dual curved S7 Edge does look a lot better than the regular S7 and that aesthetic appeal is going to reach new heights when Samsung couples that with the rumoured bezel-less or all-screen design. If the Korean giant can improve upon the palm rejection tech for the "Edges," there's very little that one can say against the design. Are you excited about the rumoured 6.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED bezel-less dual curved display on the S8 Plus? Or would you prefer if Samsung stuck with a traditional flat screen for the regular Galaxy S8?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



By now, almost everyone knows about the rumors and expects the Galaxy S8 to come without the iconic Home button. A new rumor is even suggesting that the virtual Home button and navigation keys on the Galaxy S8's display will be pressure-sensitive in nature. What this means is that the soft keys will react differently to varying levels of pressure, much like the "3D Touch" or "Force Touch" technology which made its smartphone debut on the iPhone 6s. Additionally, the soft buttons will also be completely configurable.


As one can probably imagine, the physical Home button will be removed from the front of the Galaxy S8 in order to make room for the rumored bezel-less display. If you are wondering where the fingerprint scanner would end up, as it had traditionally been placed inside the Home button in Samsung phones, we are not exactly sure. There are two theories regarding this. One suggests that the fingerprint scanner will simply be moved to the back of the device, while the other disagrees. Some of the leaksters are of the opinion that the S8 will sport the waterproof, optic fingerprint scanner from Synaptics which will be placed behind the front glass of the phone's display. Which one would you like to see?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Galaxy S8 may be delayed, but the rumors keep coming. Check out the latest ones.


Launch date


Now that Samsung has officially disclosed that it won't be revealing the Galaxy 8 at the MWC this year, a new rumor is pointing towards a launch date which is set on April 21, instead of the previously rumoured date of April 18.


Size and display


Curved QHD Super AMOLED displays on both variants are almost confirmed by every rumor yet, along with the fact both might be sporting a very high bezel-to-body ratio.


Rear mounted fingerprint scanner


As the bezels are almost non-existent, the fingerprint scanner may move to the back. However, contrasting reports point towards an optical fingerprint scanner below the glass.


Processor


There is no doubt that the Galaxy S8 will indeed be sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset in the US, but whether or not there will also be an Exynos variant for the international market, remains to be seen.


Other rumors surrounding the biggest Android device to be launched in the first half of 2017 promise an iris scanner, a 3.5mm audio jack, water resistance, expandable storage, 6GB of RAM and dual camera for the S8 Plus.


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Now that we already have a pretty good idea about what the Galaxy S8 will look like, leakster @mmdj_china has just leaked the RAM details and the exact release date set for the two smartphones in US and China. Both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ will be sporting 6GB of RAM, at least in China. We think that this will be the same in all regions though, given that the Galaxy C9 Pro recently came out with 6 gigs of RAM. Both devices will have a 64GB and a 128GB variant along with expandable memory card slots.


As far as the release date is concerned, according to the leakster, the S8 series will go on sale in the US on April 14. It was mentioned that in China, the S8 and the S8+ will see release in the 15th week of the year. It is a rather strange way to say that the two devices will be available for purchase form the third week of April. These are the latest developments regarding the Galaxy S8, if you want to see the rest of the specs and rumors, check it out here.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Evan Blass has leaked another image of the Galaxy S8 today on Twitter, which could be the upcoming press release render for the smartphone. The render even has the date on the phone displaying March 29, Wednesday; the official launch date for the two smartphones. From what we can see, it seems that this time around Samsung may launch the Pearl Black color variant right from the start, instead of waiting like it did with the S7 Edge last year. Whether this is the S8 or the S8+, is a bit hard to discern since both devices look essentially the same this year with their curved edge-to-edge displays.


Additionally, we have a leaked video for you as well from Slashleaks on YouTube, which clearly shows the S8 and the S8+ in action. However, the quality of the video is quite bad, as is the camerawork itself. Nevertheless, they do give us a look at the two devices and is worth checking out. If you want a much shorter but high quality video showing off the S8, check it here.



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After a series of leaks, images and videos revealed almost everything about the upcoming S8 and S8+, the situation has become kind of boring now. While we are sure that there will be more leaks as we approach March 29, not much is really left to leak in all honesty. Having said that, we do have news for you today which points to two very unique leaks!


We had reported earlier that the S8 series may get a violet version and it seems that we were not wrong after all. Samsung India has opened up a sign up page for its users which lets you choose the color in which you would like to experience your Galaxy S8. The color options include Black, Silver and the brand new Amethyst.


In other news, the Always On virtual Home button we have already seen a few times by now is rumoured to be pressure sensitive in nature. At this point, it is hard to predict how it will be implemented, but we are guessing that the button will sense different levels of pressure and perform different actions accordingly.


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The unveiling date of the Galaxy S8 is now just about a week away, but as things stand, nothing much is left to the imagination. We now have a pretty good idea about how the two phones will look and what specifications they will sport. Nevertheless, today's leak confirms the color options and the pricing details in Europe for us. As the leaks are brought in by Evan Blass, we would say that the information is pretty reliable.
Take a look at the images leaked by the leakster which shows the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in three color variations. The colors according to the leak will be called Black Sky, Orchid Grey and Arctic Silver. In the renders that we see here, It would be almost impossible to distinguish between the S8 and the S8+, had it not been mentioned by @evleaks.


He also leaked the pricing details of the two flagship handsets in a separate Tweet. Although we must admit that the pricing doesn't come as much of a surprise to us since we have heard and reported about these alleged price tags earlier also. The Galaxy S8 will be priced at €799 and the Galaxy S8+ will be priced at €899 in Europe. Additionally, he also revealed the prices of the DeX Station (€150), the GearVR (€129) and the Gear 360 (€229).


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We posted Evan Blass's renders of the Galaxy S8 in Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver and Black Sky just a while ago and now we have live images of the color variants for you. However, we do not see the Black Sky color in any of these images. Instead, we are treated to a blue Galaxy S8 in one of the three images. Take a look yourself and see what Samsung has in store for his customers next month.



There has also been talk about a gold variant, putting the total number of color options to six at this point. The colors known so far are black, blue, silver, gold, grey and violet. There might be more colors, but we don't know about them yet. However, what we are almost sure of is the fact that Samsung won't be releasing all of them in any one region. They might even wait a while before releasing some of the colors. Which color would you get? Are you considering the Galaxy S8 or the S8+ in the first place? Let us now in the comments.




Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



As we have now seen enough leaks, renders and live images to know what to expect on March 29 in the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event which is to be held simultaneously in London and New York, it's time to let you know a few other less known details.


The first rumor suggests that the Galaxy S8 will go on sale via pre-order, right from March 29 in Netherlands. This report is in line with Samsung's previous track record which has historically seen the Korean company putting its flagship handsets on pre-order right from the launch date.
In case you are wondering about when the S8 and the S8+ will actually be reaching customers, we have news on that too. In South Korea at least, reports are suggesting that the two handsets will go on sale starting from April 21. Pre-orders in the region will begin from April 7. If a customer in the country pre-orders either of the handsets, he/she will receive it on April 18.


As far as release dates in other countries are concerned, we are pretty sure that it will range from April 21 - April 28. Are you waiting for the Galaxy S8 or the S8+? Let us know in the comments.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



For the first time ever, Samsung has removed its iconic physical Home button from the bottom of a smartphone manufactured by them, i.e. the Galaxy S8 (and the S8+). What does that mean for you as a user?


No Fingerprint Scanner in Front


The rather awkward position of the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on the two S8 smartphones is a result of the physical Home button being replaced by the virtual on-screen one. While Samsung should have definitely placed the fingerprint scanner in the middle of the back, it would have been better if they simply opted for an under-the-screen ultrasonic scanner instead.


Less Screen Real Estate


For the first time ever, the display on the smartphones will have to sacrifice a bit of screen space at the bottom to make room for the on-screen buttons. Although, given the extra-long nature of the two displays, that shouldn't really be a problem.


Pressure Sensitivity


The Home button, capacitive as it maybe, is pressure sensitive by nature. What it means is that you can now touch it to feel a vibration or tactile feedback, not unlike what we are used to seeing on the latest iPhones. Also, a bit more pressure or "hard pressing" as Samsung calls it may bring up more options.


The move was made to make way for the near bezel-less design that Samsung is going for with the S8 and the S8+ and it seems like a good one, even though there might be a few problems here and there. Even the Samsung logo was moved to the back, which actually makes the infinity display look even better.


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Apart from the Snapdragon 835 and Adreno 540 powered versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ that have been launched in the US, Canada, China and Japan, the two smartphones also have an international version for all other countries, which is being powered by Samsung's in-house chip, the Exynos 8895 CPU and the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. According to multiple test results made public by GSMArena, it seems that the Mali-G71 GPU is quite a bit more powerful than the Adreno 540 as the former manages to beat the latter in almost all benchmarking tests. It should be noted that both the SoCs are made by Samsung on their own 10nm FinFET process and have almost identical features and capabilities.



You will find the following screenshots of the test results to be self-explanatory, but it was a bit surprising to find that just like last year, the Exynos CPU is faster than the Snapdragon 835 this year around as well; at least in most tests that is. The Qualcomm chip managed to win back a few as well. The most interesting observation according to me is how the iPhone 7 plus still manages to mop the floor with all Android handsets when it comes to single-core performance in both GeekBench 3 and 4. When it comes to AnTuTu, the iPhone 7 Plus was beaten by the Galaxy S8+ Exynos version, but not even by a 1000 points! The SD 835 powered S8+ on the other hand, lost to both its Exynos counterpart and the iPhone 7 Plus significantly. Check out GSM Arena for the rest of the test results in detail.



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The title of this article is probably one of the most searched keywords in the world right now and there's good reason for it. While it is impossible to compare the two without stretching this article well beyond its limits, it is possible to tell you all about the most significant things that matter more than the others.


In short, the Galaxy S8's 12-mp rear shooter is a better camera and that's just something you have to deal with if you are an OnePlus fan. That is not to say that the 16-mp + 20-mp camera can't stand up to Samsung's single 12-mp sensor in broad daylight, because it can in most cases. However, when the lights dim down, the S8 mops the floor with the OnePlus 5 on account of better image processing, excellent OIS and an overall better sensor. The front camera is neck and neck though, but the higher (16-mp) resolution on the OnePlus 5 might just give you a bit of an edge but that's only when you zoom in. Also, the Samsung selfie shooter has a wider angle lens which enables you to include more people in your group selfies.


Check out the full comparison at Android Authority


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