Despite rumors claiming that Samsung is likely to launch the Galaxy S8 earlier than planned due to the setbacks the Galaxy Note 7 is suffering at the moment, the South Korea giant is still poised to launch its Galaxy S7 successor on time.
According to GSM Arena, consumers can still expect Samsung to unveil its Galaxy S8 smartphone during its Unpacked event in February — specifically a day prior to the opening of the Mobile World Congress. If this rumor is to be believed, then Samsung fans can expect to see the Galaxy S8 in the flesh on Feb. 26 in Barcelona, Spain.
Although the Unpacked event is months away from taking place, Samsung’s PR team may have already prepared an invite for the event this early. An Italian mobile tipster even leaked the invite on Twitter that also appears to confirm and highlight the inclusion of a mobile iris scanner.
CNET says the Italian leakster (@Ricciolo1) has previously predicted the correct launch dates for the Sony Xperia X Compact and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Despite this, the consumer electronics website still cautioned readers that nothing is set in stone as of late, so the tipster’s tweet should be taken with a grain of salt.
Though Samsung is scrambling to contain the problem with its Galaxy Note 7, it seems more consumers are now still anticipating what the South Korea giant is preparing for its next release. Rumors are running amok that the S8 could be sporting a dual-lens camera system that is up to par with DSLR cameras, as per PhoneArena. Should this rumor turn out to be true, it’s clear that Samsung wants to penetrate the market where the iPhone 7 Plus is reigning supreme at the moment.
The S8 is also rumored to come equipped with either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 or Samsung's in-house processor, the Exynos 8895. Rumor has it that both chips will be designed to be smaller yet more power-efficient than their predecessors.
Citing The Korea Herald, BGR reports the Galaxy S8 could come with more premium components, since Samsung is said to be making orders for more expensive components from its part suppliers. The report from the South Korean publication also corroborates the aforementioned rumor about the dual-lens cameras.