Samsung has trademarked the Bixby Reminder, all but confirming that the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+ will ship with an AI-based digital assistant known as Bixby.
A few weeks ago, the South Korean company also trademarked Bixby Vision, a feature that is believed to responsible for Bixby’s image recognition capabilities. With the latest development, it seems Samsung is gearing itself for a tough war in the world of digital assistants. This new trademark has been filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
From what Samsung has submitted, it appears that Bixby will be able to recognize voice and process it, organize schedules as well as remind users about them, among other things like entertaining you with games and puzzles.
Following the massive losses made through the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is making sure that every step it takes is careful enough to prevent any repeat with the Galaxy S8. There have been reports of a possible change in battery suppliers, with claims that Samsung will outsource batteries from a Japanese supplier instead of China. While the report mentioned Murata Manufacturing as the battery supplier for the S8, it is now emerging that Sony will also be providing Samsung with battery units for the upcoming flagship.
This cannot be confirmed at the moment, but given the loss that Samsung suffered courtesy of the Galaxy Note 7 and the fact that batteries were discovered to be the causal issue, it is likely that the South Korean company will be using batteries from multiple sources when it comes to the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
In another set of leaks, it seems we have our eyes on the possible colors that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will come donning. Apparently, a Ukrainian retailer has given out details of the color variants of the two S8 phones alongside their model numbers. Like in the rumors, the smaller Galaxy S8 has model number SM-G950 while the Galaxy S8+ has model number SM-G955, skipping number SM-G940.
If all goes according to the retailer’s listing, we’ll have three color variants of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. These are black, gold and orchid gray. In addition to the color variants, the retailer had the prices of the two phones listed on the website as well. Apparently, the 5.8-inch S8 will come with a price tag of $950 while the Galaxy S8+ will be valued at $1050. This means that Samsung will be hiking the price of its phones by at least $100.
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