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The 10 Things We Know So Far About The Samsung Galaxy S8

By Monica U Santos , Jan 21, 2017 01:44 AM EST

Samsung has unwittingly confirmed the existence of a new smartphone and its Galaxy S8 name is applying to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the new device.

The 10 Things We Know So Far About The Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is said to be announced within the next couple of months, and we have a bunch of good rumors and speculations from reliable sources to share. Check out what I've seen and heard about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8, here are the 10 things we know so far about the smartphone.

The Name Is Samsung Galaxy S8

In fact, there is no official announcement yet from Samsung that the upcoming smartphones will include the name "Galaxy S8." We have no way to confirm if this is the real name of the device we are talking about. But many rumors are claiming that it is the right name because the previous work of Samsung in the Galaxy S series is the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Absent Home Button

As the leaked photo suggests, the Samsung Galaxy S8 won't have a physical home button. The home button of the new smartphone from Samsung may be embedded underneath the front glass panel. If this is true, the Samsung Galaxy S8 could look and work similarly to the new home button of Xiaomi's new Mi 5s smartphones, according to Business Insider.

Two Models With Different Screen Sizes

There are a few conflicting rumors that have been surrounding about the screen size of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8. One set of rumors claims the smaller model will have a 5.1-inch screen while the larger model will have a 5.5-inch screen, according to Korea Herald. The device could also fit a bigger screen into a device that's the same size as the existing Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Dua-Lens Camera

ET News claims the future Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a dual-lens camera, one of which will be the 16 megapixels and the other is 8 megapixels. But the Chinese social site, Weibo, claims that the dual lens of the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have 13- megapixel and 12-megapixel sensors. As of now, it is still unclear what functionality a dual-lens camera will offer on the Galaxy S8.

Powerful Processors

Samsung will use a new chip from Qualcomm called the Snapdragon 830 for the US models. Other international Samsung Galaxy S8 models will use a version of Samsung's own Exynos chip.

Samsung's New AI

According to Galaxy Club, Samsung's smart assistant will be called as "Bixby," and it could join the ranks of other smart assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. In line with this, Samsung bought the AI smart assistant company, Viv, in October 2015, which at least shows some sort of interest from Samsung in the smart assistant space.

Two High-end Dual Speakers

According to GSM Arena, Galaxy S8 may come with dual speakers and they might be made by the high-end audio company, Harman. The rumor lines up nicely with Samsung's recent acquisition of Harman in November 2015. As of now, it's not clear whether both speakers will be facing downwards, of if they'll be on the top and bottom edges of the phone for stereo sound like the Apple iPhone 7.

USB-C Instead Of MicroUSB

Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 with the USB-C. USB-C is the new standard that is slowly replacing the traditional microUSB for charging and data transfers. It can charge devices faster than regular microUSB and it can also be used to transfer data and stream video to external monitors as well.

Absent Headphone Jack

SamMobile claims the Galaxy S8 won't come with a headphone jack. There are many benefits to ditching the headphone jack, like forcing people to go wireless. At the same time, it is potential means buying new wireless headphones or using a dongle adapter for your old wired headphones, which isn't ideal.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Announcement

Rumors claim that Samsung will release the Galaxy S8 earlier than its usual announcement during February's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Korean news site Naver claims that Samsung may host its own event in New York City in March for a release on April 18.

 

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