Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge are just months away from launch and in fact, latest reports indicate that the company has already begun working on the handsets.
With the Galaxy Note 7 no longer on shelves and online stores after Samsung halted the production of the phablet, the company may reportedly consider changing a few aspects of the design language of the forthcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge. Apparently, the removal of the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack will be the first thing the company may consider, especially now that several other companies including Apple and Motorola have already taken down this route with their latest iPhone 7 and Moto Z flagships, respectively.
There is no arguing against the fact that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a nicely-built phone, probably meeting your desired need of a slim, powerful phone that packs a monster battery and all the latest technology. However, it is only after the phone has begun exploding and catching fire that many have started getting a picture of what it really takes to meet these desires.
When you want a phone that comes will all these things and is less than 7mm thin, it means Samsung engineers have to squeeze every bit inside the phone so as to meet your needs. Still, the Galaxy Note 7 could only manage 7.9mm thick and 73.9mm wide. As for the height, you get 153.5mm.
Now, apparently, top industry analysts believe that one certain way Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge can help solve the Note 7 crisis is by getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. When a phone is razor-thin, there will always be limits to internal space for housing the necessary hardware, availability of power and even the ability of the device to properly cool as it powers the huge list of features that we want our flagship smartphones to offer. With the removal of the jack pin, Samsung will create more internal space inside the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge, something that should help a lot with solving the Note 7 battery issues.
The huge space freed by dropping 3.5mm headphone jack can help, especially since many are adamant that the Galaxy Note 7 crisis was due to an unstable battery – something that is as a result of the compact nature of the flagship.
In trying to find out what really happened to the Galaxy Note 7, the South Korean government found fault with the Lithium-ion battery used on the phone. Apparently, these batteries have positively and negatively charged plates that also packed closely. In any occurrence that these plates come in contact with each other, a chemical reaction can be triggered, resulting in the battery to blow up. Due to the compact design of the Note 7, it was concluded that the charged plates must have touched each other around the phone’s edges.
Of course, this is not the end of the story as the tech giant is still digging deeper into the matter. But assuming this is a primary cause, having more internal space inside the phone would allow for the battery to be designed with more space between the plates. Now that the 3.5mm headphone jack has already been ditched by Samsung’s major competitor – Apple – it could be an easy decision for the former to take the same direction with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge, just for a start. After all, it has always been argued that Samsung copies almost everything from Apple as far as the iPhone is concerned.
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