Following a massive leak by acclaimed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this March which left a little to the imagination, another technology news website WinFuture has acquired even more details and even Samsung’s official press images of both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus cellular devices.
Design and Display
According to the report, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a greatly enlarged 5.8-inch screen display panel, compared to the 5.1-inch of its predecessor. The Samsung Galaxy S8 dimensions are 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm and 151g, which is quite impressive given this is one gram lighter than the Galaxy S7.
The Galaxy S8 Plus, on the other hand, has a massive 6.2-inch display, which is quite larger than the the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge which it succeeds. Both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones sports new ultra-wide 18.5:9 aspect ratios which lead to 2960 x 2400 native resolutions (WQHD+).
Despite both the impending Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are likely to ship with Full HD (1080p) as their respective default resolution to save battery juices.
The curved OLED displays — the similar curvature displays found on the Galaxy Note 7 — will be used on both Galaxy S models for the first time.
According to the leaks, Samsung will be ditching the physical home button, but IP68 water and dust resistance will remain on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Both devices will improve on the the predecessors’ weak mono audio with stereo external speakers.
The South Korean electronics titan will keep its 4GB RAM and there is no mention of a larger 6GB RAM model for the Korean and Chinese markets, but is still thought to be in the plans.
Both smartphones will be shipped with Samsung’s in-house Exynos 8895 CPU globally with the exception of the United States, Japan and China which will be packed with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835.
Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ received an upgraded 8MP front facing camera sensors with f/1.7 aperture. The rear-facing main cameras stays at 12MP again with an f1/7 aperture and OIS but comes with a laser autofocus to Dual Pixel focus “to capture highly dynamic situations.”
Both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus’ fingerprint scanners will support gesture recognition for the first time on the S models, including programmable gestures to launch a specific apps.
Additionally, Samsung will be adding an iris scanner to the front of both smartphones like the Galaxy Note 7 to add a an additional layer of security and decrease dependence on the fingerprint scanner.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus base models starts at 64GB of UFS 2.0 on-board storage, up from 32GB from its predecessors which can be expanded through microSD slot, supporting up to 256GB cards.
Moreover, both devices will have dual-band gigabit WiFi support, alongside Bluetooth 4.2 (with apt-X and LE). The microUSB has been replaced by USB Type-C. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus sports 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries respectively.
Release Date & Pricing
Samsung is expected to formally launch the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on Wednesday (29 March) in New York City (11am EDT) and London (4pm BST). The Samsung Unpacked 2017 event will be live streamed online here, and of course, The Cetureon will be covering and bring you the latest.
As for Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, it’s expected that customers will be able to get their hands on the smartphone not long after, usually within weeks based on previous launches.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 starts at €799 ($799/849) and €899 ($899/949) for the Galaxy S8 Plus, and will be available in
Black, Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray and Silver color preferences.