Citing “well-placed” sources, The Guardianjust unleashed several details about Samsung’s next big smartphone, the Galaxy S8, that reinforce the majority of rumors surrounding Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone.
Check out the latest report on what the Galaxy S8 will look like and what it’ll feature:
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The Guardian’s report claims Samsung will release two Galaxy S8 models with different screens between five and six inches, which is similar to the screen dimensions on the Galaxy S7 (5.1 inches) and S7 Edge (5.5 inches). Both models will have curved screens like the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Previous rumors point to two sets of screen sizes, including 5.1- and 5.5-inch displays and 5.7- and 6.2-inch displays. It’s still unclear from The Guardian’s report which set is accurate.
While both Galaxy S8 models will have screen sizes similar to the Galaxy S7 models, The Guardian expects that both S8 devices will generally be smaller.
Apparently, Samsung will achieve this by reducing the sizes of the top and bottom borders, so the screen will cover a larger part of the front-facing panel. The top and bottom borders will be so narrow that Samsung won’t have room to place its own logo on them.
The top and bottom borders will be narrow that Samsung will also move the fingerprint scanner to the back of the devices, according to The Guardian. They had been found on the front bottom border.
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The Galaxy S8 will have slightly better cameras than the class-leading Galaxy S7 cameras, according to The Guardian, with improved photo quality, low-light performance, and general speed.
An iris scanner with object recognition, powered by a new AI called Bixby
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The iris scanner will be similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note 7, which was discontinued toward the end of 2016 because of battery issues. We can expect the Galaxy S8’s iris scanner to have similar functions as the Note 7’s. It might let you unlock the S8 using your iris and make purchases, as well as add extra security to specific folders stored on the S8.
It’ll also feature object recognition, which could be linked to Samsung rumored inclusion of artificial intelligence that’s supposedly called Bixby. This would apparently let you search the web for information about objects seen through the Galaxy S8’s camera — similar to Amazon’s Firefly technology.
A headphone jack!
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The Guardian also says that both Galaxy S8 devices will have headphone ports, unlike the iPhone 7.
All these details are rumors until we see Samsung reveal the final product, reportedly in late March.
Samsung says it’s delaying the Galaxy S8’s launch from its traditional announcement, during Mobile World Congress in February, to ensure the device’s quality after the exploding-Galaxy Note 7 debacle.
The Guardian says the Galaxy S8 will go on sale on or around April 21.