Latest Galaxy S8 rumors: 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch versions, Harman-branded stereo speakers

midian182

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Another day, another Galaxy S8 rumor. As we get ever closer to the unveiling of the smartphone, which Samsung hopes will make people forget about the Note 7, speculation is arriving thick and fast. The latest predictions are that the device will be available in 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch variants and pack a set of Harman-branded stereo speakers.

Like the S7, its successor will come in two different sizes: a standard and Edge version. But where the S7 has a 5.1-inch screen and the S7 Edge boasts a 5.5-inch display, the S8 is rumored to measure 5.7-inches, while the S8 Edge is said to feature a massive 6.2-inch touchscreen.

A phablet-sized S8 Edge isn’t complete fantasy; many fans of extra-large phones were disappointed to miss out on the Note 7, so a new Samsung smartphone with similar proportions could fill the gap it left. However, the company confirmed via its upgrade program that there would be a Note 8 released sometime in 2017. It’s unlikely that the Korean giant would release two phablets in the same year, even if one does come with a stylus, so take this with a grain of salt. Plus, it does go against previous rumors that the S8 would ship with a 5.2-inch display.

The second rumor is that the S8 will feature a vastly improved audio system compared to its predecessor. Specifically, it may come with Harman-branded stereo speakers – supposedly a result of Samsung’s Harman acquisition last month.

There is a strong possibility that the S8 will have stereo speakers, though it’s unclear whether they would be front-facing or use a different type of setup. What is unlikely, however, is that they will be Harman-powered. At a press conference two weeks ago, chief of Samsung's automotive division, Park Jong-hwan, said: “If we are to adopt Harman’s high-end audio technology for the Galaxy S series phone, the first model could come in 2018.”

Expect more Galaxy S8 rumors to arrive before the device is (hopefully) unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February. 

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Greg S

TS Evangelist
I don't want larger than 5.5" max. I have a galaxy S6 now and it's big enough with 5.1" of screen.
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
I certainly hope those screen size rumours are just that, rumours. If 5.7" is the smallest size I can get in the S series I'll have to turn my back on it but the problem being, there isn't many alternatives around, even in mid range devices and the push to promote that VR nonsense isn't helping my cause.
 

MonsterZero

TS Evangelist
I heard on another site that there would not be enough time since the acquisition to put in improved sound and speakers. I would expect to see the stereo speakers on the Note8 sometime this next year, it likely won't make it to the S8 or S8 Plus line.

Also I totally agree this is not a note replacement, galaxy S devices lack more features than Sammy actually lets on.
- Always on display notifications
- Blue light filter
- Camera features
 

ghostf1re

TS Guru
I heard on another site that there would not be enough time since the acquisition to put in improved sound and speakers. I would expect to see the stereo speakers on the Note8 sometime this next year, it likely won't make it to the S8 or S8 Plus line.

Also I totally agree this is not a note replacement, galaxy S devices lack more features than Sammy actually lets on.
- Always on display notifications
- Blue light filter
- Camera features
Actually on the 7.0 Nougat beta, these feature are available. I have them on my S7 Edge.
 

USNUSPS

TS Rookie
LOL!!QUOTE="DaveBG, post: 1577685, member: 363349"]
I don't want larger than 5.5" max. I have a galaxy S6 now and it's big enough with 5.1" of screen.
There are plenty of small phones. Stop whining. We need some bigger phones ASAP. Those small screens are terrible.[/QUOTE]