Samsung’s Galaxy S8 isn’t expected to launch until late March. But a slew of new rumours suggest that by the time launch comes around, there’ll be little left to learn about the Korean company’s new flagship phone.
Read on and we’ll detail all the latest inside information.
1. Rear fingerprint scanner confirmed
Leaked images of Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 smartphone have confirmed what was rumoured for some time: the new device will feature a rear fingerprint scanner, just like rival models from LG.
It had previously been thought that Samsung was priming a special scanner which would sit behind the display, but that plan now appears to be on hold. The scanner sits below the Galaxy S8’s camera, where a user’s index finger naturally falls when holding the phone one–handed.
2. Huge screens, both curved
Recent leaks suggest Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will come with a 5.8–inch display, while the larger Galaxy S8 Plus will feature a 6.2–inch screen.
Interestingly, it appears that both phones will have a curved display, marking the first time that Samsung has done away with a flatscreen in its flagship products. Seeing as the Galaxy S7 Edge was a huge success, this is not a surprise.
The display on both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will feature a new aspect ratio. This 18.5: 9 effort will make both phones look narrower and taller than previous models, something LG is also planning to do with its new G6.
And there are good reasons for this. First up, it will improve split-screen app viewing with Google’s Android Nougat software. And secondly it will make watching shows even better, as Netflix is now shooting all of its original programming in this widescreen view.
4. A new release date
Evan Blass, the tech watcher known by his @evleaks Twitter handle, has had word from an inside source at Samsung that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be unveiled at a special event in New York on 29th March. This is a week later than had previously been thought.
The device will then apparently hit shelves around 21st April, giving Samsung a clear run at upgrading smartphone users over the summer. Rival devices from Apple are not expected to be on sale until September at the earliest.
5. A headphone slot and USB–C smarts
Blass also claims that Samsung will include a feature which has been dismissed by Apple, HTC and LG: a 3.5mm headphone slot. Despite attempts to characterise this tech as out–of–date, millions of users still have headphones that require the traditional jack.
The slot will apparently sit alongside a USB–C port for fast charging, allowing owners to power up their phones and listen to audio privately at the same time, something Apple’s iPhone 7 cannot do.