Samsung Galaxy S8

Manje od tri mjeseca je ostalo do službenog predstavljanja Samsunga Galaxy S8 na MWC sajmu u Barceloni, barem ako se vodimo iskustvom iz prethodnih godina. Povremeno su se mogle čuti glasine da će Samsung zbog problema s Noteom 7 odgoditi ovo predstavljanje, no novih informacija po tom pitanju nema.

Ono što se može čuti su nove glasine vezane uz druge detalje. Tako Sammobile danas javlja da bi Galaxy S8 mogao izbaciti 3.5 mm audio priključak i za povezivanje slušalica koristiti USB-C. Ovo nimalo ne čudi, budući da su i drugi proizvođači već ranije krenuli s ovom praksom.

Druga novost je ugradnja čitača otisaka prstiju ispod ekrana, zbog čega bi istovremeno nestala potreba za fizičkim Home dugmetom. Ovo se nekima možda neće svidjeti, ali kad je Samsung u pitanju, svakako možemo očekivati da se taj prostor iskoristi za dodatno povećavanje zaslona u odnosu na okvir, što je i do sada bila praksa.

Manje bitna, ali također zanimljiva novost bi mogao biti i konačni raskid s PenTile matricom, umjesto koje bi S8 koristio RGB, a to bi na kraju trebalo donijeti još veću oštrinu ekrana.

Proteklih mjesec, dva, špekulisalo se i o rezoluciji. Prema nekima, ona bi se ovoga puta mogla popeti na 4K, što je samo po sebi nepotrebno, no vrlo korisno u VR uređajima. S obzirom da Samsung u ponudi ima svoj Gear VR, ovakav razvoj događaja nije isključen.

Samsung Galaxy S8 price

Hottest leaks:

More expensive than the Galaxy S7
....or the same price as the S7
The earliest cost rumors claim an $850 (roughly £655/AU$1120) SIM-free price for the Samsung Galaxy S8.

This comes from a Weibo post with no evidence to back it up, so we'd take it with a pinch of salt, but if true the Galaxy S8 would be slightly more expensive in most regions than the £569/AU$1149 (around $750) launch price of the Galaxy S7.

On the other hand, a similarly evidence-free claim has been made more recently that while the materials will apparently cost 28% more than the S7, the cost to consumers will be the same.

TechRadar's take: It's very possible that the S8 will cost the same as the S7, especially as Samsung will want to make up for the Note 7 debacle. But if construction costs rise, as is likely, then that would mean making less profit on each unit, which it may not be prepared to do.

Samsung Galaxy S8 OS and power

Hottest leaks:

A 3GHz Exynos 8895 processor in some regions
A 3.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 830 chip in the US
6GB of RAM
The Snapdragon 830 isn't official yet, but it has been rumored and is the likely name for the next major flagship smartphone chip from Qualcomm. It's likely to be faster, smaller and more efficient than the Snapdragon 820 – or at least those are all areas Qualcomm will probably try and improve.

In fact, a leak suggests the Galaxy S8 could have a 3.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor, which certainly sounds fast.

That said, Samsung also makes its own Exynos chips and with the Galaxy S7 some regions got those and others got the Snapdragon 820, so the same is likely to happen with the Galaxy S8.

More specifically, the US will probably get a Snapdragon chip, while most of the rest of the world will likely get an Exynos one. Rumors suggest it will be the Exynos 8895, which is apparently clocked at up to 3GHz (up from 2.3GHz on the Exynos 8890 in the S7), and is supposedly also optimized for low power usage, as well as improving image processing performance by over 70%.

We've also heard rumors from SamMobile that not only is Samsung working on new mobile processors, but that it's in talks with both Nvidia and AMD to build the GPUs (in place of ARM, which currently builds them).

With Nvidia behind some of the most powerful processors around and AMD's architecture at the heart of the PS4 Pro, a move to either of these companies could give flagship Exynos chips a performance boost.

That extra power will really come in handy if Samsung plans to put a 4K screen on the Galaxy S8 or use it for high-end VR content - our betting is that both Samsung's and Qualcomm's chips will be heavily focused around making VR the best experience it can possibly be, which will be a boon for Gear VR wearers.

As for RAM, early rumors point to 6GB, and with the mid-range Samsung Galaxy C9 also rumored to have 6GB of RAM that's probably the least we can expect. But the S8 might have even more, as Samsung has created an 8GB RAM chip compatible with smartphones, though it hasn't been specifically linked to the S8.

TechRadar's take: Samsung is sure to dial up the power in the Galaxy S8, but will probably stick a Snapdragon 830 chip in the US version, with an Exynos processor available elsewhere. RAM is sure to be at least 4GB, but it's likely that Samsung will up it to 6GB. We doubt it will reach 8GB.

Samsung Galaxy S8 other features

Hottest leaks:

An iris scanner and AI assistant
No headphone jack
A fingerprint scanner in the screen
Dual stereo speakers
Rumor has it the Samsung Galaxy S8 is set to lose the 3.5mm headphone jack. The rumor doesn't say why it's dropping the legacy tech, but does suggest the phone will instead feature a USB-C port and come with an adapter in the box.

One area that Samsung could easily improve for the S8 is the speakers, and it just might, with rumors that we'll get dual stereo speakers for the first time on a Samsung flagship. They could also use Harman technology, which would make sense, since Samsung has purchased the brand.

We could see an iris scanner on the phone, as the company has stuck one on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the feature has since been rumored for the Galaxy S8 more than once.

But its inclusion isn't guaranteed, as it doesn't really add a lot beyond a 'hyper' level of security that some people would need on the Note 7, given it's part enterprise device. That said, the scanner never got much of an outing with the Note 7 being killed, so Samsung is likely to want to give it a chance.

Samsung Galaxy S8

And another source has also suggested we'll see an iris scanner, along with 64GB and 128GB storage capacities, a microSD card slot and, oddly, a mini projector. Another rumor points to up to 256GB of storage, which would be a huge jump on the maximum of 64GB that's built into the Galaxy S7.

One feature that's been confirmed by Samsung is the Viv AI assistant. It's a bit like Siri, and in fact some of the makers of Siri created it, but Samsung bought the company and is planning to build Viv into the S8.

While there's stiff competition in this space, Viv will apparently work seamlessly with a large number of apps, potentially giving it an advantage over the likes of Siri. It's also rumored to come with both male and female voices, dubbed Bixby and Kestra.

Samsung is seemingly making Viv a focus of the S8, with one prototype apparently even featuring a dedicated button to launch the assistant.

Samsung might also build a fingerprint scanner right into the S8's display, according to a Weibo source, allowing it to eliminate the home button entirely. The tech exists, but would be a smartphone first if Samsung does use it.

Samsung's 'Smart Glow' feature - so far only available on the Galaxy J2, has also popped up again, with additional functions such as heart rate readings and the ability to light up in different colors to represent different weather conditions apparently likely to be added to later versions of it.

Other than those features, a reversible USB Type-C connector is likely now it's appeared in the Galaxy Note 7, and Samsung is likely to continue offering the features its flagships are known for, like an always-on screen (with enhancements), a microSD card slot and a waterproof body.

TechRadar's take: We wouldn't count on seeing Smart Glow in the S8, given that the Note 7 didn't have it despite the feature already being available on a lower end handset. A mini projector also sounds like a long shot, but an iris scanner and stereo speakers are likely, while USB-C is all but guaranteed.

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