Samsung was riding high when the Galaxy S7 officially outsold the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and even more so when the Galaxy Note 7 came along and impressed everyone — until it went out with a bang. It’s, therefore, likely to be thrilled to leave 2016 behind and turn its attention to this year’s flagship, which we know as the Galaxy S8.
Lee Jae-yong, Samsung’s mobile communications vice president, has noted that, for starters, the Galaxy S8 will “feature slick design and an improved camera, as well as an enhanced artificial intelligence service.” Rumors say there may even be two — here’s everything you need to know.
Processor and specs: Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 9810
The Galaxy smartphones have traditionally been among Samsung’s most powerful in terms of hardware, and the Galaxy S8 looks likely to continue that tradition.
The latest leak pertaining to the Samsung Galaxy S8+ comes in the form of a spec list that offers a number of details about the phone — including that it will come with an iris scanner, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, a 12MP rear-facing camera, and an 8MP front-facing camera. Check out the full spec list below. Especially when it comes to RAM, this list refutes previous rumors, which suggested the phone would come with 6GB of RAM. The leak comes from Twitter leaker Evan Blass.
Rumors suggest it will use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 processor (which Samsung will build for Qualcomm), meaning it’ll deliver more processing power while consuming less energy than its predecessors. But like some previous Galaxy S phones, the Snapdragon-equipped version may not be the only model.
Initial rumors also suggested that Samsung would use the Exynos 8895 processor, but an invitation to the company’s Mobile World Congress press conference suggests otherwise.
“Discover cloud 9 with Exynos,” the graphic reads, with the subtitle “coming soon.”
It’s reportedly a powerful chip. Leaks suggest that the first Exynos series 9 chip, tentatively dubbed the Exynos 9810, is manufactured on a 10nm FinFET process. It packs two sets of four cores for a total of eight, four of Samsung’s power-efficient 2.5GHz Mongoose M2 cores (compared to the outgoing Exynos M1 CPU cores) and four of ARM’s 1.7GHz Cortex A53 cores.
That is not all the Exynos 9810’s packing. It boasts ARM’s new Mali-G71 GPU, which is nearly twice as powerful (1.8 times, to be exact) as the Mali-T880 MP12 GPU found in the Exynos 8890-powered Galaxy S7 and makes use of ARM’s Bifrost architecture, which allows for high-end 4K and VR experiences. It’s compatible with Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.2, GPU Compute, and Android RenderScript APIs. It’s paired with a networking chip that supports speeds up to 1 Gbps.
Information from China suggests that the S8’s internal RAM will be pushed up to 6GB and that the phone’s maximum internal storage will be an impressive 256GB, however that report contradicts the latest spec sheet that has been leaked.