Latest Galaxy S8 rumors: 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch versions, Harman-branded stereo speakers
Could the Galaxy S8 Edge fill the Note 7-sized gap?By Rob Thubron 11 comments
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.