Samsung may have their hands full with the Galaxy Note 7 ever since it started to blow up due to faulty batteries, but that could also contribute to the OEM pushing its next flagship smartphone ahead of schedule. Whether it will be released earlier this year or not is something that we will just have to wait to find out, but the rumor mill is at it again and here are a few juicy bits of those rumors that you may like.
30-megapixel camera sensor - Although Nokia already did one better by fitting a 41-megapixel sensor on the back of the Lumia 1020 back in 2013, No Android smartphone has ever sported a 30-megapixel camera yet. The Galaxy S8 is rumoured to be the pioneer in this regard by hosting one of these mythical sensors next year.
Self-manufactured Snapdragon 830 SoC - If the latest rumors are to be believed then Samsung could be the sole manufacturer of the SD 830 chipset on a 10nm process next year. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against its own in-house Exynos 8895 chip.
Other rumors around the upcoming flagship include 6GB of RAM, a 4,200 mAh battery and even a projector! We are not quite sure about the projector, but all the other rumors do not seem that farfetched to be honest. However, Samsung values the quality of the lenses and the sensor more than the size of the sensor, so the megapixel count may not go up as high as 30-megapixel yet. But then again, you never know!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)