What will the Samsung Galaxy S8 be like? It’s very soon to be speculating about Samsung’s next flagship phone to leap off the conveyor belt… but everybody’s already wondering, and the rumours have been nothing short of compelling. With months to go until we’re likely to get any real information about what we can expect, the best we can do in the meantime is make some educated guesses, based on our existing knowledge of mobile phone processors, modems, etc.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have only just made their way into people’s pockets, and were vast improvements on their aesthetically-similar predecessors, but already we’re clambering for more. Rumour has it that there could be as many as five new models being released in Samsung’s next wave, and one of them, the Galaxy X, is to be foldable. As mind-blowing as that of course is, what could be in store for the next generation of regulars, i.e. the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge?
New Features for the S8
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were pretty groundbreaking in a lot of ways, and despite offering many technical overhauls, the overall plastic/metal design of the phone was relatively unchanged. It is not likely that Samsung will pull this same stunt a second time, so a reworked design is expected.
Onwards and upwards is the direction being taken, for focuses like screen quality, memory and battery life have been settled on again. One of the biggest rumoured additions is that of the Snapdragon 830 chip, which could bring the formerly fantastic 4GB of RAM up to 6GB or even 8GB, making downloading movies and the like quicker and clearer than ever.
Another hot topic surrounding the S8 is the possibility of a 4K screen. It would seem that this feature is being built around the emerging virtual reality trend that Samsung helped on its way with the Gear VR accessory, hoping to deliver a really eye-popping virtual reality experience. However, the other Galaxy feature that’s all the buzz, threatens to throw the Samsung VR into a bit of a tailspin.
USB-C, a far quicker and more efficient method of charging and transferring data, was anticipated to be used for the S7 and S7 Edge, and signal the phasing out of the mini USB. However, this didn’t come to fruition, and Samsung’s popular VR headsets require mini USB connection. With the USB-C looking certain to make its debut with the S8, there may be a new generation of accessories coming along for the ride too.
Will the Galaxy S8 Be Worth Having?
It’s early days, but if there’s one thing that Samsung have established, it’s that they make top-quality products and listen carefully to the demands of the market. It’s almost guaranteed that the S8, which is expected to make an appearance by March or April of 2017, will be a really cracking piece of technology, and well worth having. Along Samsung’s usual lines, it will probably cost somewhere in the region of £600, and ultimately, will rival whatever Apple and Nexus turn out as the Next Big Thing.
So whilst we don’t yet know exactly what the Galaxy S8 will be like, either way, we have a good five or six months of pondering time to get good and excited about the release, and for rumours to be disproven, or not.