Samsung is poised to launch the Galaxy S8 at the MWC event next year. The Galaxy S7 successor has been creating a buzz even before its launch. Many rumored features of the device have surfaced, including a front camera with autofocus, a pressure-sensitive display, a new 10 nm processor and USB-C headphone jack among others.
From all that has been indicated about the handset it seems to be a big improvement over the current device. Let’s see how they stack up in comparison:
The Galaxy S8 is reportedly coming with 10nm processor architecture. Samsung might follow the tradition of its endowing its flagship devices with a Qualcomm and Exynos version. The company is expected to endow the Samsung Galaxy S8 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 version and an Exynos 8895 processor version with 10nm processor architecture.
In comparison to the 14nm architecture on the current device, 10nm architecture would make the device work 30 percent faster.
Many rumors have been circulating about the Samsung Galaxy S7 display. In September, Samsung reportedly acquired an exclusive license for a “superhydrophobic” display, which will come with a coating that will make the display smudge and fingerprint proof.
Other display rumors include:
Going by the rumors, the S8 might feature advancements in terms of display technology.
Samsung needs a USP for Galaxy S8 following its Note 7 debacle. Rumors surfacing Thursday indicated that the device might come with a front camera autofocus. The company is expected to use a new encoder for S8’s selfie camera. The current iteration of the device features a 5-megapixel front cam with fixed focus.
No Headphone Jack or Home Button
The S8 is expected to follow the trend set by Google Pixel and iPhone 7 and ditch the 3.5mm audio jack for a USB-C audio jack cum charging port.
But an even bigger change is expected to come with the handset — Samsung might abandon its proprietary home button design and go for an onscreen button instead. This would mark a big change for the Galaxy S flagship series — the home button has been there since the first Galaxy device debuted in 2009.
AI Assistant and Always-On Display
The next-generation Samsung Galaxy S device is expected to come with a new voice-based assistant to compete with the Google AI and Apple Siri voice assistants. Samsung’s previous attempts at popularizing its S-Voice have failed and the company might phase it out in exchange for a new, more responsive artificial intelligence-based voice assistant.
Also, Note 7’s loss might be S8’s gain — Samsung might endow the device with an Always-On Display feature, which has been available only with Note series handsets up till now.
256GB Variant with 6GB RAM
In terms of market share, the S8 would be going head-to-head with the iPhone 7. Apple has introduced a 256GB iPhone variant this year and Samsung is expected to do the same with the next iteration of its device.