Galaxy S8 might get the Edge’s double dose of curves
Two phones: Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus?
Galaxy S8s could launch March 29
Big, “bezel-less” displays
The Galaxy S8’s face could be 85 percent or 90 percent screen, according to various reports like this one. That isn’t just conjecture.
5.8- and 6.2-inch screens
One rumor says that Samsung will be able to fit a 5.8-inch display into the S8 and a 6.2-inch screen on the S8 Edge/Plus. Both screen sizes are larger than the Note 7’s 5.7-inch screen real estate, but the S8 is expected to have a smaller footprint than both the Note 7 and S8 Edge/Plus.
It could have an AI assistant named Bixby
Filing a patent for a digital assistant named Bixby is a pretty good indicator that the Galaxy S8 will have the rumored Bixby assistant and maybe a female voice variant named Kestra. (Samsung bought AI startup Viv late last year.) Riding on the back of Samsung apparently trademarking the name Bixby Vision is the latest rumor that points to AI use in the camera.
Bixby is expected to:
Control native apps.
Identify object and text through the camera app.
Feature its own launch button (on the phone’s right side).
Launch in seven or eight languages (that’s more than Google Assistant).
Bye-bye, home button?
Fingerprint reader on the back?
Two rear cameras and better selfies on the way
Batteries could some from three suppliers
Bigger batteries on board
Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus should be water-resistant
What to expect in the Galaxy Note 8
If the battery is truly the main issue that caused the Note 7 problems, Samsung fans should be happy to hear that the Korean firm is planning to use batteries made by some of its competitors for the Galaxy Note 8. However, if the IDC researcher is also correct and the company didn’t leave enough space for the battery, then Samsung should be able to easily remedy this in the Note 8.
Aside from fixing the problems encountered in the Note 7, another suggestion that has been floated for the Galaxy Note 8 is a foldable display, but I would place this in the doubtful pile. Smartphones with foldable displays are probably coming sooner than we think, given that Apple, Samsung and now Microsoft have all received patents for the technology, among others. It would be surprising if the tech were ready in time for the Note 8, but if there is any phone on the market that could really use a foldable display in a useful way and not offer it simply as a gimmick, it’s the Note line.
Samsung has also been reported to be working on a new digital assistant called Bixby, although this is expected to debut in the Galaxy S8 earlier this year. The Galaxy Note 8 could also feature a 4K display for the first time, bringing it in line with phones made by less popular competitors, and an increase in RAM to 6GB. The amount of internal storage could double, and hopefully the iris scanner that debuted in the Note 7 will make a reappearance, but this time in a safe phone. IP68 water resistance is also expected, as are updates to the S Pen and camera.