Inside secret conference rooms at Samsung’s Suwon Headquarters in South Korea, their next flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is being passed around.
Following the fiery disaster that was the Note 7, the team of engineers working on the Galaxy S8 are hard at work to ensure the phone becomes a runaway success, nothing less is demanded.
Initially slated for a February 26 launch in Barcelona, the Galaxy S8 launch is said to have been pushed back to sometime in late March – giving the company two extra months to dot all their I’s and cross all their T’s.
If you are a fan of the Note 7’s design, good news, we expect the S8 to take Samsung’s curved form factor even further.
Industry sources tell GadgetMatch, the next Samsung phone will come in two sizes. One that’s as big as this year’s S7 and the other as large as the S7 Edge. This means that while you’re not getting bigger phones both S8 models will have larger displays.
The display on the Galaxy S8 will be 5.8-inches, the larger model the Galaxy S8 Plus will have a 6.2-inch display (instead of 5.1 and 5.5 on the S7 and S7 Edge).
How? Like many 2017 flagships are expected to deliver, the Galaxy S8 will be completely bezel-less with a display that hugs the edges of the phone on all sides.
The front of the phone will be all display, with just a tiny shin on both its top and bottom. Our source tells us the top bezel will house a selfie camera, headpiece, and an iris scanner for added security.
The bottom chin has room for a logo but in the current version that is being passed around, the logo is not present.
GadgetMatch worked together with Plethora Creatives to imagine the Galaxy S8. Below is our artist’s 3D rendering of how it might look like. These 3D models are based on the descriptions of our source.
There is no physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. All buttons will be on screen. We’re told the fingerprint sensor will be underneath the display, possibly using the just announced optical fingerprint sensor by Synaptics that can read fingerprints under a 1mm glass display.
NOTE 7 REBORN
The S8 will share the same front and back dual edge curves of the Note 7. In fact, apart from its size differences. The S8 looks almost identical to the Note 7 from behind.
While it was initially a planned feature on the larger model, Samsung is reported to have made a last minute decision to ship the S8 with only one main camera, not two. The model being passed around only has one.
Samsung retains its choice of materials – Gorilla Glass and high strength aluminum. The S8 will come in an assortment of colors Black, Grey, Rose Gold and Blue. Our renders imagines a blue and black model. The phone will mostly likely still have a headphone jack and will still be water resistant.
Software-wise the S8 may take a page from Google’s playbook with a virtual assistant of its own, making it the smartest Galaxy phone ever. If it materializes the company will use technology from its acquisition of Artificial Intelligence firm Viv.
Samsung’s decision to give itself more time is both good and bad news.
Two extra months gives them more time to change their mind about certain features, which given their track record wouldn’t come as a surprise. But inside Samsung, there is greater pressure to get it right and that means finishing early and spending the extra time testing for and ironing out kinks.
A lot is at stake, how the Samsung Galaxy S8 is received will greatly affect the future of Samsung’s smartphone business. Here’s to hoping they succeed.
Update: This post was updated on January 27th to reflect the new launch date (from April to late March)