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.