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Samsung Galaxy S8 All You Should Know

By Avery Pacheco, 25/03/2017, updated on 15/02/2019

Galaxy S8 is an upcoming smartphone by Samsung. With the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung has lost a lot more than just billions of dollars last year. The South Korean giant has spared no effort to fix its reputation. And the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 is its first big bet to make compensation to its user.

Galaxy S8

Release Date

Release  Date by Country

Galaxy  S8 Release Date

Australia

3rd  Week April 2016

Austria

3rd  Week April 2016

Brazil

3rd  Week April 2016

Canada

2nd  Week April 2016

China

1st Week April 2016

Denmark

3rd  Week April 2016

England

2nd  Week April 2016

Finland

4th  Week April 2016

France

3rd  Week April 2016

Germany

3rd  Week April 2016

Greece

3rd  Week April 2016

Hong  Kong

1st Week April 2016

Hungary

4th  Week April 2016

India

2nd  Week April 2016

Indonesia

3rd  Week April 2016

Italy

3rd  Week April 2016

Japan

1st Week April 2016

Nigeria

4th  Week April 2016

Philippines

2nd  Week April 2016

Poland

3rd  Week April 2016

Russia

3rd  Week April 2016

Singapore

3rd  Week April 2016

South  Africa

3rd  Week April 2016

South  Korea

1st Week April 2016

Spain

3rd  Week April 2016

Sweden

3rd  Week April 2016

Switzerland

3rd  Week April 2016

Taiwan

1st  Week April 2016

The  Netherlands

4th  Week April 2016

United  States

2nd  Week April 2016

First of all, let's start with the possible release date of Samsung g Galaxy. Samsung has made it a habit to announce the Galaxy S family at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. This year(2017), the Congress will take place from February 27, meaning that the company will announce Samsung Galaxy S8 on February 26, 2017.

It is also said that the Samsung will push the release date to counter the loss of the Note 7. Samsung has been without a flagship device for a while, and the company wants to see S8 out on the market as early as possible.

According to initial reports, the S8 will hit the market somewhere around March 13. That is two weeks after the announcement at the MWC. But some reports claim we might wait till April.

Full Specs Table

Body

Dimension

140.1 x 72.2 x 7.3 mm (5.52 x 2.84 x 0.29  in)

Build

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

- Samsung Pay (Visa,    MasterCard certified)- IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes

Platform

OS

Android OS, v7.0

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835

CPU

Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo    & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)

GPU

Adreno 540

Memory

Card Slot

microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) - single-SIM model

microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual-SIM model

Internal

64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM

Comms

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

v4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

NFC

Yes

Radio

No

USB

v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sound

Alert types

Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

Yes

- 24-bit/192kHz audio

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Features

Sensor

Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro,  proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS,    Email, Push Mail, IM

Browser

HTML5

- Samsung Desktop Experience support- Fast battery charging- Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)- ANT+ support- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation- MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player- Photo/video editor- Document editor

Big, 'Bzel-less' Dsplays

Display

Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.8  inches (~84.4% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels (~568 ppi  pixel density)

Multitouch

Yes

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

- 3D  Touch display- Always-on display- TouchWiz UI

The Galaxy S8's face could be 85 percent or 90 percent screen. That is to say, it will have a huge screen-to-phone face ratio. It is also said that Samsung will be able to fit a 5.8-inch display into the Galaxy S8 and a 6.2-inch screen on the Galaxy S8 Plus. Both screen sizes are larger than the Note 7's 5.7-inch screen, but the S8 is expected to have a smaller footprint than both the Note 7 and S8 Plus.

It's also expected that Samsung will go ultra-high-def for its next big phone, bumping up the S7's current resolution (2,560x1,440 pixels) to a 4K resolution of 3,840x2,160 pixels.

Price

Country

Galaxy  S8 Plus Price

Australia

1236  Australian Dollar

Austria

820  Euro

Brazil

3090  Brazilian Real

Canada

1182  Canadian Dollar

China

5589  Chinese Yuan

Denmark

6122  Danish Krone

England

576  British Pound Sterling

Finland

820  Euro

France

820  Euro

Germany

820  Euro

Greece

820  Euro

Hong  Kong

6978  Hong Kong Dollar

Hungary

252,272  Hungarian Forint

India

57,591  Indian Rupee

Indonesia

1,2141,450  Indonesian Rupiah

Italy

820  Euro

Japan

111,601  Japanese Yen

Nigeria

179,100  Nigerian Naira

Philippines

41,139  Philippine Peso

Poland

3398  Polish Zloty

Russia

56,404  Russian Ruble

Singapore

1238  Singapore Dollar

South  Africa

11,426  South African Rand

South  Korea

1,051,969  South Korean Won

Spain

820  Euro

Switzerland

870  Swiss Franc

Taiwan

28,498  New Taiwan Dollar

The  Netherlands

820  Euro

United  States

$900

Also disclosed today are the European prices for the Galaxy S8 family (S8, S8 Plus), and some accessories. It is said that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will cost €799(US $863) while the Samsung Galaxy S8+ will carry a higher price tag of €899(US $971).

If you'd like to accessorize your new Galaxy S8, you could be paying €129(US $139) for a Gear VR headset and €229(US $247) for a Gear 360 camera. The DeX accessory, which is rumored to be a dock that'll let you hook up a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to your GS8, will reportedly cost €150(US$ 162).

Battery Life

Regarding the battery, some reports claim we will see a huge 4200 mAh battery. But that is a reach. At the moment, a 3000 mAh battery powers the S7 Edge. Something in the middle between these two numbers is a possibility.

Camera

Camera

Primary

12  MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash

Features

1/2.5"  sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP  image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama

Video

2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, HDR,  dual-video rec.

Secondary

8  MP, f/1.7, dual video call, Auto HDR

Early leaks reveal that there is a dual camera setup at the back of the device – one is a 16-megapixel lens and another is an 8-megapixel lens. However, the latest news discloses that owing to the large display in the front of the phone, a dual camera setup will be hard to cram in. Nevertheless, the camera will see an upgrade and the Samsung Galaxy S8 may finally become the company's first Android phone to feature autofocus functionality on the front camera.