Samsung Galaxy S8 Update: S-Pen Compatibility, Snapdragon Processor & An April Reveal

After the dark stain on Samsung's 2016 track record, the tech giant is undoubtedly putting everything it can on its upcoming handheld, the Galaxy S8. And while the unit will sport the best and most modern specs currently available in the market, the company has another trick up its sleeve. That is, to offer an external S-Pen, which will open up several new features.

According to IBTimes, Samsung will be offering the S-Pen as an added accessory, which means that it will not come with every purchase of the Galaxy S8. The S-Pen has been a fixture in the company's Note series but has not been introduced into the S series until now. This added compatibility alone will add a slew of features to the device.

Currently, the S-Pen allows users to write directly onto the screen of the smartphone. It also allows easy access to certain services, such as Notes. Scribbles can also be quickly translated into text for those times that need to be jotted down quickly. It also allows easy access to information, thanks to Smart Select.

The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to arrive in the market in two variants, one which will be a standard 5.1 inches and another - the Galaxy Note 8 Plus - which will be 5.5 inches. The screen itself is estimated to be a Super AMOLED display and the entire device will be powered either by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 or the 835 chipset.

The unit should be running on Android 7.1 Nougat straight out of the box. As much as 6GB of RAM is also expected. The publication also goes on to say that Samsung might drop the 3.5mm audio jack in the upcoming Galaxy S8. It could be that, like with the infamous Galaxy Note 7, the upcoming S generation will feature a USB Type-C port.

According to SamMobile, the Galaxy S8 will be announced in April, during a solo event in New York. This is in contrast to earlier reports that claimed the unveiling would happen at the Consumer Electronic Show 2017 in January. And while this means some more months of waiting, it would also mean that the public's attention will be focused on Samsung's upcoming flagship.

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