Samsung Galaxy S8 is the phone that will succeed the highly successful Samsung Galaxy S7 – a flagship that was announced at the MWC 2016 event.
Like this year’s model, the Galaxy S8 is also expected to debut at about the same time next year, during the same MWC 2017 event. Of course, this event is still some five months away, but with the Galaxy Note 7 already out, we definitely have an idea of what the next Galaxy S8 will look like, be it in terms of specs or features.
Over the years, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has acted as a test-bed for the changes that will show up on the next Galaxy S flagship. This year’s Note 7 debuted a special feature – an iris scanner. This feature lets users log into the phone by scanning their eyes instead of depending on passwords or even the fingerprint scanner. According to Samsung, your data is 100 times more secure when protected using an iris scanner as opposed to using a fingerprint scanner. With the launch of the Galaxy S8, this iris scanning technology is expected to make its official debut on the Galaxy S series.
In addition to packing an iris scanning feature, the Galaxy Note 7 was also rumored to be coming in with a dual-lens camera. However, the latter feature never made it to the final product. As a result, a Weibo tipster claims that the 2017 Samsung Galaxy S8 will now take advantage of this technology in order to compete fairly with the iPhone 7 Plus, which is also rumored to be ready to debut with a dual-lens camera on the back.
Apparently, the Galaxy S8 will come with a 13MP lens and a 12MP lens on the back. Reports claim that the 12MP lens will be a product of Samsung while Sony will supply the 13MP snapper. As for the selfie camera, you can also expect Samsung Galaxy S8 to take on the likes of Google Nexus 2016 Marlin, which is set to debut with an 8MP selfie camera, by ditching the 5MP front snapper.
Even though these details are not confirmed just yet, more rumors are claiming that the Galaxy S8 will pack a 4K display panel, which will also be compatible with Google Daydream. A few months ago, Samsung showcased a 4K display panel of 5.5 inches in size – a screen that is expected to feature on the Galaxy S8 Edge. Things like upgraded processor, more RAM, a larger battery unit and a new design language are also expected when the phone is unveiled next year.