Samsung Galaxy S8: The Next in the Flagship Series

The SamsungGalaxy S8 is a next generation S series high-end smartphone from the Korean company. Flagship phone launch is always talk of the town. These are the phones by which any company demonstrates its new technology by making the phone superior to its predecessor in terms of design, speed, and display. The new SamsungGalaxy S8 is expected to arrive in the Indian market in April 2017.Now we shall have a look on its key specification and what’s new one can expect from the device.


Design and display:

Galaxy S8 is metal frame and glass covered front with dual edge screen, and it is expected to lose its physical homebutton. Samsung is somewhat following the footstep of Apple by swapping the microUSB port with USB-C which supports digital audio. So, no more 3.5mm audio jack. The displays in the Galaxy S8 are expected to touch the new height, which is perhaps not surprising given the growing interest in mobile VR. The phone is expected to come with a 5.5/5.7inch quad –HD Super AMOLED with 4K display, on bezel-less display with a dual curved edge with a 4096×2160 screen resolution. The bezel-less design offers more viewing real estate. One can expect the up gradation of optical finger scanner under the display on which the company is said to be working for some time. Placing finger scanner under display provides its own advantage in terms of damage protection.


The phoneis expected to equip with QUALCOMMSnapdragon 835.This chipset is manufactured by using a 10nm process and integrated with adreno540 GPU.This is the first QUALCOMM processor to be made with a 10nm process, which improves the performance, efficiency, and battery life all overall. There are rumoursthat company might have another variant of processor like SamsungExynos 8895 chip with ARM Mali-G71 GPU. This is one the most powerful graphics chip in the market which is paired with 4K making VR more real. It will come with 6 GB of RAM although many devices are available with 8GB of RAM yet, according to sources,Samsunghas said it is introducing a new set of DRAM which is better equipped to deal with mobile VR.

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The Galaxy S8 will come running on Android 7.1 nougat with the TouchWiz UI and Samsung’s usual customizations. Samsung also confirmed that it would integrate Viv’s artificial intelligence assistant in Galaxy smartphones and expand voice –assistant services to home appliances and wearable technology devices. There are rumours that Galaxy S8 might be dual boot android and windows which is unlikely according to standard followed by flagship phones.


The SamsungGalaxy S8 will have a primary camera with Dual 12 MP, phase detection auto-focus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash. The features include Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama. The camera will be capable of recording video at 2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec.


There has been arumour to suggest that the company is working on a new ½.3 –inch sensor that will be combined with a f/1.4 aperture. This would deliver even better low light capabilities than the current flagship phone but whether it will appear in the Galaxy S8 is unclear yet. According to sources,the company is trying to deliver a 1/1.7 –inch sensor eventually,suggesting that company is determined to provide the best camera in this segment.

Audio and sensors:

According to some news,Samsung is trying to acquire car audio maker Harman. The brand is known for its Harman Kardon audio label which can enhance its sound quality. The phone is expected to have various sensors like Iris scanner which will enhance its security feature given the importance of the security of the personal data nowadays, fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2.

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Connectivity andBattery:

One of most important features offered by the device is its connectivity. SamsungGalaxy S8 is 4G unable and provides WLAN connectivity asWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX. GPS features like A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS. Considering the problem of battery catching fire in Note 7 models according to some sources, the company is trying to utilize the supply from LG Chem for its Galaxy S8 model. The data on the capacity of the battery is unavailable right now. Looking at the capacity of the company, one is assured that the issue ossf the battery must have been resolved. But it is likely that company has significantly reduced the time of charging with its wire charging technology.


What will appear on the final phone is unclear as no formal announcement is made by the company. We have months of waiting ahead of us but, looking at the reputation of the company, one expect there would be an interesting change in the design, more improvements in the camera capabilities and software refinement.The Samsung Galaxy S8 price in India is expected to be at Rs.54000. For more such mobile spec details, visit

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