Tech Columnist Gordon Kelly published an article on the massive Galaxy S8.
In three days Samsung will hold a press conference to announce the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, but after this latest motherload of a leak well – quite frankly – it might as well not bother…
Following on from a huge leak by acclaimed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this month which left little to the imagination, German tech site WinFuture has obtained even more information and even Samsung’s official press images of both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
So here is a complete list of all the details WinFuture has obtained. There so much here I have had to split it into appropriate sections:
Design and Displays
- The Galaxy S8 has a greatly enlarged 5.8-inch display, compared to the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7
- Galaxy S8 dimensions are 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm and 151g, impressive given this is one gram lighter than the Galaxy S7
- The Galaxy S8 Plus has a huge 6.2-inch display vs the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge which it succeeds, but no dimensions for it were revealed
- Both phones have new ultra-wide 18.5:9 aspect ratios which lead to 2960 x 2400 native resolutions (WQHD+)
- Despite this both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are likely to ship with Full HD (1080p) as their default resolution to save battery life
- Curved OLED displays (similar to the gentle curvature of the Galaxy Note 7) will be used on both Galaxy S models for the first time
- Wave goodbye to the physical home button, but IP68 water and dust resistance will remain
- Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will improve on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge’s weak mono audio with stereo external speakers. They will work akin to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus which amplified the earpiece to create a second channel
- Samsung will keep RAM at 4GB and there is no mention of a larger 6GB model for Korea and China, which is still thought to be in the works
- Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will ship with Samsung’s Exynos 8895 chipset globally with the exception of the US, Japan and China which will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835.
- On both models the fingerprint scanner will support gesture recognition for the first time, including programmable gestures to open specific apps
- The fingerprint scanner position will divide opinion as it moves alongside the camera making it a greater stretch and risking accidental fingerprints on the camera lens
- An iris scanner will be added to the front of both phones like the Galaxy Note 7 to add a new layer of security and reduce reliance on the fingerprint scanner
- Both phones get upgraded 8MP front facing cameras (up from 5MP last year), the f/1.7 aperture is unchanged
- Rear cameras stay at 12MP again with an f1/7 aperture and OIS but laser autofocus has been added to Dual Pixel focus “to capture highly dynamic situations” (expect these cameras to be fast)
Battery Life and Charging
- Battery life is a potential concern with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus sporting 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries respectively which is no larger than the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge batteries, despite their bigger displays
- Faster wireless charging (though no word on how it compares directly to fast wall charging)
Connectivity And Storage
- 64GB of UFS 2.0 storage on both models, up from 32GB last year and the microSD slot remains (supporting up to 256GB cards)
- Dual-band gigabit WiFi support, alongside Bluetooth 4.2 (with apt-X and LE)
- MicroUSB has been replaced by USB Type-C, a move all flagship smartphones are making
- The 3.5mm jack remains, after initial fears Samsung would copy Apple AAPL -0.19% and ditch the port
Pricing and Accessories
- European pricing will be €799 for the Galaxy S8 and €899 for the Galaxy S8 Plus (so expect $799/849 and $899/949 tags in the US)
- Black, Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray and Silver colour options will be available at launch (pink/rose gold was previously rumoured but is excluded here)
- ‘Guard S8’ is an optional warranty system for both phones where Samsung promises to repair owners phones within two hours (expect some regional restrictions) and you’ll get one free screen repair and ‘remote support’ on the phone itself (like Google Pixel) for quick, live support chats
- The ‘DeX Station’ will be an official Samsung dock for both phones with active cooling and full-sized ports that transforms the phones into desktop-friendly operating systems when connected to a monitor (much like Windows 10 Continuum)
Meanwhile WinFuture has also obtained a slew of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus press images, some of which are scattered throughout this article. They show that the front of the phones is where the biggest design change has happened while the rear (fingerprint sensor aside) looks familiar with its glass back and almost flush camera module.
So what else is there to know?
Well Kuo’s leaks also said Samsung would make slightly more Galaxy S8 than Galaxy S8 Plus models and is expecting to ship 40-45M units in 2017. This is down on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge shipments but they were aided by the recall of the Galaxy Note 7, with many Note owners buying one of these two models as replacements. Target also recently leaked the release date.
As such the only area it seems where Samsung could still surprise us is software. TouchWiz has improved dramatically in recent years (though I still much prefer stock Android) and little is known about new functionality to work with features like the larger displays and the new ‘desktop mode’.
That said it seems there’s little else where Samsung can get our pulses racing as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus exposures have truly set a new bar in the leaking community.