Samsung Galaxy S8 Rumors – UHD Screen, No 3.5mm Port and More

Samsung Galaxy S8

Even though the smartphone talk is currently dominated by the likes of Google Pixel and Pixel XL, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and even the Galaxy Note 7, rumors of what to expect on the 2017 Galaxy S8 have been building up slowly over the recent past.

Once the Google Pixel phones are out, the shift will turn to what these major names have in store for 2017. With Samsung notorious for releasing its flagships early in the year, the Galaxy S8 has been in many rumor mills recently. This has even been helped by the fact that Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was expected to carry the company up until the Galaxy S8 is unveiled, is experiencing grave issues.

Samsung is said to be readying a Galaxy S8 that will make up for the faulty Note 7, which got popular for all the wrong reasons. According to the latest reports, the South Korean tech giant will include wholesale changes to the phone, including the design and display, among other areas.

UHD Resolution

Earlier this year Samsung showcased a 5.5-inch 4K resolution screen that many thought would be used on the Galaxy Note 7. However, this did not materialize, leaving the only option as the 2017 Galaxy S8 Edge. With this in mind, it is also expected that the smaller 5.1-inch Galaxy S8 will also come with a UHD resolution screen to match its Edge counterpart, just like the previous cases.

The main reason for this shift to 4K resolution is virtual reality. In order to take advantage of Google’s Daydream VR and the growing VR world, Samsung knows that it needs to come in with screens that are ready to support this development by giving users the best experiences possible. The problem with a UHD resolution is the battery consumption levels, but the company is expected to find a workaround for this.

No 3.5mm headphone port

Another major change that we can expect with Samsung Galaxy S8 is dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack like Apple did with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Call it copying or whatever you may, but this might not go down well with Samsung. Still, the company hopes to make use of its own proprietary audio connector, just like Apple uses its own Lightning Connector. However, Samsung has plans to pull in more OEMs so that they also use its audio connectivity technology on their handsets.

Galaxy S8 4K Display

It is also possible that the newly introduced USB Type-C port can be utilized for the same audio connectivity purpose, just like it is already happening with a number of Android flagships. Wireless connectivity is also another option, similar to Apple’s case.

Iris scanner

Samsung usually uses the Galaxy Note series to introduce new technology and features. According to reports, the iris scanner that made its debut with the Galaxy Note 7 will now move to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge as a standard authentication feature for the flagships.

This should be a welcome move, especially since it will be an improved version of what is currently available on the Note 7.

Dual-Lens camera

The iPhone 7 Plus joined the LG V20 and LG G5 in coming in with dual-lens cameras, but this did not materialize on the Galaxy Note 7 despite heavy links. Apparently, this feature could make its way to the Galaxy S8, but as for now, little is known about the specs and features of the cameras.

Curved display

Another change that was brought into play by the Galaxy Note 7 and is expected to feature on the Galaxy S8 is the curved dual-edge design of the screen. This is the same design that is expected with the 2017 phone, both the standard and 5.5-inch model.

There are also reports that an Exynos 8895 is being made ready for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge, which should deliver enhanced performance considering that it will be based on the 10nm process as opposed to the 14nm process used on the current Exynos 8890.

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