A picture supposedly showing Samsung’s upcoming smartphone, the Galaxy S8, was posted on Venture Beat by reliable gadgets leaker Even Blass.
In his report, Blass also reinforces several claims and rumours from a report by The Guardian posted on Tuesday.
Below is the image posted on Blass’ Twitter account, @evleaks:
If the image is accurate, it shows that the Galaxy S8 will have a somewhat similar design to the Galaxy S7 Edge. Blass also claims the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back of the phone, to the right of the camera.
Unfortunately, the display isn’t powered on in the image, so we can’t see the extent of the Galaxy S8’s rumoured ultra-narrow borders, which are said to give the front of the phone a “full-face” display. Supposedly, the display will occupy a larger area of the phone’s surface than the Galaxy Note 7, as well as most phones available.
Blass claims the two variants of the Galaxy S8 will have a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays, both of which are larger than the Galaxy S7 (5.1 inches) and S7 Edge (5.5). Both variants will allegedly have curved edges, like the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Additionally, the Galaxy S8 models are said to have new processors that give them an 11 per cent overall performance boost over the Galaxy S7 while also being 20 per cent more power efficient.
Despite better power efficient processors, Blass notes the battery life isn’t expected to improve, as the larger screens on the Galaxy S8 will draw more power than the Galaxy S7 models’ smaller screens.
The Galaxy S8 will allegedly have 4GB of RAM, which should help with speedy performance, and the base model will start with 64GB of storage compared to the 32GB base Galaxy S7 model.
Both Galaxy S8 models will apparently sport USB-C for charging and data transfers, as well as a headphone jack. (The silver model on the right in Blass’s image leak appears to have the older micro-USB port, but Blass noted in a tweet that it is indeed USB-C). Using USB-C would allow the Galaxy S8 phones to connect to a desktop setup with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, like Microsoft’s Continuum feature, which The Guardian rumoured on Tuesday.
For the Galaxy S8, Samsung isn’t expected to make improvements on the Galaxy S7’s camera, which is touted as the best smartphone camera available. Instead, Samsung is adding a visual search feature, which uses the Galaxy S8’s camera to recognise an object to search for on the web.
The iris-scanning feature from the Galaxy Note 7’s front-facing camera is also expected to make its way to the Galaxy S8. If it has similar functionality as the Note 7, it’s likely to be used to unlock the Galaxy S8, as well as adding extra security for certain folders and files stores on the device.
Blass supports an earlier report from The Guardian that the Galaxy S8 phones will have Samsung’s own virtual assistant, apparently called “Bixby.” Supposedly, it will be smarter and handle more “complex” commands than Google’s Assistant or Apple’s Siri. Bixby will potentially have its own button on one of the Galaxy S8 sides.
Samsung is also said to include a feature similar to the iPhone’s Force Touch, which displays contextual shortcuts to useful features with a hard press on the screen. For example, with Force Touch on the iPhone, I can start hard-press the Messages app to show me shortcuts my favourite contacts.
Price-wise, Blass notes an €100 increase in price over the Galaxy S7 phones (around €700) for Europe, specifically. There’s no mention whether or not the price will be increased in the US.
As reliable and reputable as Evan Blass is, all the information here should be considered as rumours until Samsung actually makes an announcement. According to Blass, Samsung will make such an announcement on March 29, but even that’s still a rumour at this point.