Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will be unveiled at an Unpacked event in New York and Lond on March 29, also at a separate event in Korea on 30 March. You can watch this Samsung Upacked live event using the Samsung Unpacked app from Google Play now for a free live stream of the event. According to Forbes, the small print in the Target ad reveals that customers will be able to pre-order the Galaxy S8 (and presumably the larger Galaxy S8 Plus), from April 2nd. This ties in nicely with Samsung’s confirmed March 29th press conference in which it will unveil the new phones. The phones are subsequently expected to hit stores between April 21st and April 28th.
Samsung Galaxy S8 pricing
According o reports, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ prices will be a bit higher that the Samsung Galaxy S7. Goldman Sachs predicts that the smartphone will see a rise in prices by up to 15 to 20 percent compared to its predecessor. The S8’s price in Euroupe will be €799 while the Galaxy S8 Plus will cost € 949. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus prices for UK are rumoured to be £720 and £879.
Galaxy S8 Price
Galaxy S8 Plus Price
745 British Pound Sterling
876 British Pound Sterling
6590 Hong Kong Dollar
6978 Hong Kong Dollar
54,387 Indian Rupee
57,591 Indian Rupee
105,431 Japanese Yen
111,601 Japanese Yen
170,150 Nigerian Naira
180,100 Nigerian Naira
38,869 Philippine Peso
41,139 Philippine Peso
53,376 Russian Ruble
56,404 Russian Ruble
9,990 South African Rand
11,426 South African Rand
992,868 South Korean Won
1,051,969 South Korean Won
822 Swiss Franc
870 Swiss Franc
26,928 New Taiwan Dollar
28,498 New Taiwan Dollar
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ Specs
Samsung Galaxy S8 Variants
Specculations has it that Samsung Galaxy S8 will come in two variants: Samsung could launch its next smartphone in two screen size variants – 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch. The larger variant is expected to be called the Galaxy S8 Plus, which is said to have the model number SM-G9550/SM-G9550X; the smaller Galaxy S8 variant, on the other hand, is said to have the model number SM-G9500/SM-G9500X. More recently however, screen sizes of 5-inch and 6-inch were tipped for the same models.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ Display
Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to feature a 5.5-inch 4K (2160×4 pixels) Super AMOLED display and will boast of an impressive pixel density of 806ppi. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S8+ is said to have a 6.2-inch display with QHD resolution.
Samsung Galaxy S8 is pegged to have a dual-edged curved display with almost negligible bezel and 18:9 aspect ratio; the display may be named ‘Infinity Display’. There was an early report that pegged the screen-to-body ratio at 90 percent. The recent photo leak shows that the display takes up all the space, and only the top and bottom bezel are seen; a promotional video by Samsung that is said to feature the upcoming Galaxy S8 also shows that the smartphone has thin bezels on the sides, and that the display takes up most of the front panel.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Fingerprint scanner And iris scanner
Samsung is expected to place an optical fingerprint scanner under the Galaxy S8’s display, which means the phone won’t need the lower bezel to house the Home button that previously integrated the fingerprint scanner, but the most recent photos suggest it has gone for the easier option and may reside on the rear next to the camera. Samsung Galaxy S8 will encoporate an iris scanner, which will provide exclusive privacy and allow users to unlock the smartphone just by looking at it.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Processor
Qualcomm has confirmed to PC Advisor that Samsung was working with it not on the Snapdragon 830 but on the Snapdragon 835. This chip is manufactured using the 10nm process and integrates the Adreno 540 GPU. With a release date of early 2017 it’s very likely that this is the processor the Galaxy S8 will receive.
It’s the first Qualcomm processor to be made with a 10nm process, which will bring various improvements including performance (up to 27 percent higher) and efficiency (up to 40 percent lower power consumption) and lead to better battery life for devices. Read more about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor here.
According to Evan Blass, the Galaxy S8 will be “11 percent faster than the Galaxy S7 overall, with 23 percent faster graphics processing, but still 20 percent more energy efficient”.
Modems aren’t particularly exciting to most people, but the Galaxy S8 will come with Qualcomm’s X16 via the Snapdragon 835. It’s significantly quicker than the S7’s X12 modem and can support up to 1Gbps download speeds – that’s Cat 16 LTE. When we have the networks to support it, you’ll be able to theoretically stream a VR event live or download films in a matter of seconds.
Samsung Galaxy S8 storage
The Galaxy S8 is also rumoured to have a 256GB storage variant. It is unclear whether this will be the only storage option, or one of the storage variants made available in the market.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 camera
Early leaks point at a dual camera setup at the back – one 16-megapixel lens and another 8-megapixel lens. However, the latest leaks hint that due to the large display in the front, a dual camera setup will be hard to cram in. The camera, however, will see and upgrade and the Samsung Galaxy S8 may finally become the company’s first smartphone to feature autofocus functionality on the front camera.
A report on wccf tech says the Galaxy S8 will feature dual-camera lens modules likely to be manufactured by Samsung Motors (Semco). However, a Weibo tipster says only the S8 Plus will get a dual-camera, while the standard S8 will stick with a single camera at the rear.
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