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Is this the first public photo of the Samsung Galaxy S8?

By Shawn Knight · 12 replies
Jan 26, 2017
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  1. With the Galaxy Note 7 gaining distance in the rear view mirror, both Samsung and mobile enthusiasts alike have turned their attention to “the next big thing.” Barring an unforeseen catastrophe of similar proportion, Samsung’s next major release will be the Galaxy S8.

    Leaks and rumors regarding the upcoming smartphone have topped headlines in recent weeks. In retrospect, they all culminated to a Twitter post earlier today from serial product leaker Evan Blass which allegedly showcases the Galaxy S8 in all its glory.

    This isn’t the first time we’ve seen purported images of the Galaxy S8 although given Blass’ incredible track record, most (myself included) would place their bets on the device shown in the shared photo as being the real deal.

    The most notable takeaway here – which aligns with earlier rumors – is the “infinity” display on the front of the smartphone. The rumor mill suggests there will be two sizes to choose from – 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch – although unfortunately, there’s no way to gauge the size of the screen in the leaked image without something to reference it by (a dollar bill, for example).

    The latest scuttlebutt on the matter suggests that in addition to the aforementioned screen size options, the phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 (or Samsung’s own Exynos chip in select markets) with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage that’s expandable via microSD card slot.

    Other goodies reportedly include a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture lens, an 8-megapixel shooter with the same aperture on the front, a USB Type-C connector, a 3.5mm headphone jack (earlier rumors suggested Samsung would eliminate the jack), water resistance and either a 3,000mAh or 3,500mAh battery depending on which screen size you go with.

    Samsung confirmed earlier this month that it will not unveil its latest Galaxy S phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona late next month, breaking its long-running tradition and leaving the door open for another handset manufacturer to steal the show. That said, most believe the S8 will arrive sometime in mid-April although Blass says it'll launch a bit earlier on March 29.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,576   +2,289

    Oh wow, its...its...another slab of glass and metal with marginally improved specs from last year! As a bonus, it has the garbage Samdroid UI!
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,991   +3,404

    Can't be ..... I don't see any smoke!
    dms96960 and Skidmarksdeluxe like this.
  4. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,526   +416

    I hope not, I am hoping for a similar sized phone to the GS7 (which is about the same size of my HTC One M7).
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,285

    That feature was exclusive to the Note 7 only. I could be wrong but I don't think many users or buyers found it very helpful and useful so Samsung has decided to ditch it this time around. It could be a smart move on their part but only time will tell but maybe they'll reintroduce it at a later stage.
    dms96960 likes this.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,576   +3,752

    Samsung, to its great detriment, was never able to harness and utilize the great energy potential of the Note 7's exhaust.

    By incorporating gimbaled nozzles into the design thus:

    They missed a golden opportunity to market a "guided missile flying phone".

    Then, designing an airfoil shape into the phone's case, along with a "smart watch" equipped with a homing beacon, the phone could have been remotely triggered to fly right to its owners hand.

    Tripping the phone's launch sequence, could have very easily been accomplished by licensing already available technology built into "The Clapper".

    Also, I think asbestos has gotten a bad rap over the years. It might be due for a resurgence as the material of choice for pants pockets. *nerd*(y)
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,285

    Maybe Apple will pick up on that idea and claim it's their innovation without giving Samsung any credit.
    MonsterZero likes this.
  8. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,093   +1,259

    The Galaxy's IMO have always been their best lineup of phones. The S4 and S5 have removable battery's/Micro SD's with superb specs, are still both insanely popular/good reliable phones and now both incredibly affordable. The S6 and S7 upped the build quality/both built very well, run the best VR in the business/support wireless charging and have arguably the best displays available.
    If you know what your doing the Android OS is the best IMO, iOS is good but very limited.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2017
    Hexic likes this.
  9. Thannos

    Thannos TS Booster Posts: 31   +17

    Unfortunately from the pic posted above we cannot see the top edge of the device, but from the look so far where is the stylus...
  10. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 455   +277

    The picture above is of the supposed S8, not Note 8.
    hopgop1 likes this.
  11. meric

    meric TS Addict Posts: 181   +107

    Looks similar to my xiaomi mi5
  12. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 546   +297

    So I see the fingerprint reader was moved to the rear there.

    Keep hating Apple fanbois, your next device will not even be on par with the current Galaxy S line.
  13. Hexic

    Hexic TS Evangelist Posts: 471   +300

    Very limited indeed. I miss my Android so much.. this IPhone 7 Plus is an overpriced paperweight that can make calls.

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