Samsung is all set to take the covers off the Galaxy S8 tomorrow. The Unpacked event can be watched live here by Android users and here by iOS users. It will be the first high-end device after the Note 7 fiasco. There have been a string of leaks and rumours around the device, and we've seen some conflicting features. Here's everything we know about the device, so far.
Samsung is likely to launch two new devices - Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Needless to say, the S8+ will be a larger variant with a bigger display, and one could also expect a slightly better battery. The larger variant is expected to come with a 3600mAH battery while the smaller with 3000mAh battery. Samsung is also believed to have trademarked the term 'Beast mode'. Under this mode, the phone will offer a performance to its maximum capability. .
The Galaxy S8 is likely to sport a 5.8-inch display with QuadHD+ resolution, while the S8+ will come with a bigger 6.8-inch display with similar resolution.
The design is expected to be similar to the edge variant. This means dual edge displays are in the offing. One of the strong rumours have been about the missing front button. With the front button gone, the fingerprint scanner would most likely move to the rear side below the camera sensor. It plans to bring in the 3D Touch technology that will help the display work as a home button with long presses.
The camera are expected to not come with much changes, as per reports. So, a 12MP camera with Dual Pixel technology with 4K shooting ability can be expected. There have been reports claiming the S8 can shoot 1000fps videos.
Just like the previous models, the company will maintain the IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.
Chipset and OS
An Exynos 9 is rumoured to come fitted into the Galaxy S8, while the Snapdragon 835 will be left for the Note 8. However, there is no concrete report confirming this. It will be coupled with 4GB RAM, contrary to the previous reports alleging 6GB and 8GB RAM. It will run Android Nougat along with Samsung Knox security, S-Pay and other Samsung apps.
Virtual Assistant - Bixby
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will come with Bixby, the new virtual assistant that Samsung is said to be working on. There would be a direct launch button for Bixby, but Google Assistant will also come built-in with the device.
Price and availability
The highly anticipated smartphone is slated for a launch on 29 March in New York city. It will be further hitting stores by 15 April. The device are speculated to carry almost similar price tags to the Galaxy S7. It should be noted that the Galaxy S7 was introduced in India at a price of ₹48,900 while the S7 edge is at ₹56,900 for the 32GB model.