Samsung’s chance at redemption.
Samsung’s portfolio of smartphones is large and diverse and it holds a market share of around 20% of total global smartphone sales. Samsung came under scrutiny after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco when Note 7’s across the globe started exploding because of a battery issue. Samsung’s smartphone market share plummeted after the global recall of Note 7.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are set to release on 29 March, 2017. Now that it’s just weeks away from releasing its flagship for the year, Samsung has dropped a teaser of the device which has us all excited, here’s what you should expect from the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+.
Samsung now has to go big with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, so they decided to not unveil the phone at MWC 2017 and will unveil it at an independent event in New York on 29 March, 2017.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be built out of metal and curved glass just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge variant. Since the Galaxy S8 itself is going to get curved display there aren’t going to be any Edge variants this time.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ should come in two varients one with Qualcomm’s newest silicon the Snapdragon 835 and another with its in-house Exynos chip with about 4 GB of RAM. A massive 5.5 inch super AMOLED QHD display and a BIG 6.2 inch super AMOLED QHD display for its bigger brother the Galaxy S8+, despite the large screen size the phone should have a relatively smaller footprint because the phone looks a lot like LG’s G6. Both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will have an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, which will make the phones tall. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are going to have 80% screen to body ratio.
Samsung’s camera game has always been strong, with their flagships Samsung brings new technology regularly to the smartphone arena. With the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ we might see some improvements to the already good cameras on the Note 7. The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ might have 12 MP rear facing dual pixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and 8 MP with f/1.7 aperture.
The phones are going to get Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The S8’s are going to have their own digital assistants.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a 3000mAh battery and a 3500mAh battery on the Galaxy S8+ with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The two phones will have wireless charging. Samsung is keeping the batteries smaller this time, the last time they tried to cram in big batteries into phones it exploded in their face quite literally.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will have 64 GB storage on the base model which will be expandable through a micro SD card.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are going to be IP68 certified. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are going to have a headphone jack with a new improved DAC and the S8’s will come with AKG earphones bundled in the box that will further enhance the sound.
Samsung is bring back the Iris Scanner from the Note 7 into the new devices and pushing back the fingerprint reader on the back for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are going to have similar specifications, the only difference between the two will be SIZE, the size of battery and screen will be different depending on which you choose.
With the event on 29 March, 2017, Samsung is going to unveil both the S8 and the S8+ but the phones will start retailing by the end of April 2017. The phones should start retailing at a base price of $850.
Samsung and Apple have been pioneers in the smartphone world, the products and features they unveil are usually followed by a round of manufacturers and OEM’s producing similar features. Samsung is desperate for a win after the Note 7 debacle. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ might be their chance at redemption.
Samsung is known to make good quality smartphones and follow a simple strategy give the users what they want. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ has piqued everyone’s interest. The Samsung Galaxy S8 looks spectacular! If it’s any indication to the past these phones are going to create a hype and Samsung is going to earn big bucks with these phones.
It seems that rounded screen edges are the next big thing!
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