First Live Photo of the Galaxy S8 Leaks: Two Models With 5.8″ and 6.2″ Screens to Launch on March 29th
Courtesy of VentureBeat‘s Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks, we now have our first live photograph of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 as well as some new details on the devices. With its release date now pegged at March 29th, nearly a month after MWC 2017, it will be some time before these leaks can be verified. Nevertheless, they are worth examining in detail.
Most importantly, of course, are earlier reports from insiders alleging that the S8 series would feature displays with nearly an 85% screen to body ratio. Rather than the 5.1 and 5.5 inch displays of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge respectively, the Galaxy S8 series may sport displays of 5.8 and 6.2 inches. For those already beginning to gawk at those figures, it is important to note that the unusual aspect ratio of 18.5:9 means that the Galaxy S8 devices will result in effectively the same dimensions as their S7 siblings.
One possible downside of this fact, though, is that due to the slim bezels it appears the home button/fingerprint scanner was moved to an upper corner of the back of the two devices. If this is indeed how it will appear on the final released devices, it may be rather controversial given the potential consequences it may pose for ease of use. However, given earlier reports of an iris scanner being included, this may explain Samsung’s willingness to make such a seemingly odd design choice.
In a rather welcome addition, Samsung is also reported to have upgraded the base storage level of each device to 64GBs. Consumers should also anticipate the return of the S7 series’ microSD slot, allowing storage to be expanded by up to 256GBs. As we previously reported, the S8 series may also feature some interesting AI additions ranging from image and text recognition in-camera to high-end AI assistance, courtesy of Samsung’s acquisition of the AI platform Viv.
The Galaxy S8 devices are expected to be the first devices to launch with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. As Mr. Blass puts it, they will likely need the efficiency improvements the S835 is expected to bring, given an alleged decision to include 3,000 and 3500 mAh batteries to power the 5.8 and 6.2 inch devices. As the photos also demonstrate, the devices are expected to include a USB Type-C port and a headphone jack.
Interestingly, Samsung is reported to introduce DeX alongside the S8 series. DeX will allow for the S8 devices to be docked with a display to provide a desktop Android experience with keyboard and mouse support. This initiative has been tried many times in the past with little to show for, so it will be intriguing to see how Samsung markets DeX.