Friday, 10 March 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 – what to expect – update

Credit: Samsung

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is expected to be revealed at the Galaxy UNPACKED 2017 event on 29 March, starting at 11 am (US) EDT.

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There is much speculation about the new Samsung Galaxy S8, but more revealing than most, is this image from an advertisement for an, “Olixar Ultra-Thin Case - 100% Clear”. Judging from the name of the case & the image, this is essentially how the phone looks without a case.

Samsung Galaxy S8 in Olixar Ultra-Thin Case - 100% Clear
Credit: Olixar/Samsung/Mobile Fun

It supports two of the most popular rumours about the S8 – no physical home button, & a fingerprint sensor on the back.

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Samsung Galaxy S8
Credit: GSMArena

Screen is rumoured to be 5.8" (6.2" for the S8 Plus). This won't make the phone as big as you might first think. Notice a few things in the image above:

● screen is edge-to-edge – no bezel at the sides

● the top & bottom bezels are small – in part due to the absence of a home button

Taken together, this makes for a smaller phone than a 5.8" screen would suggest. Comparing with the Samsung s7, as quoted by GSMArena:

S7 dimensions 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)1
S8 dimensions 140.1 x 72.2 x 7.3 mm (5.52 x 2.84 x 0.29 in)2
This makes the S8 2.3 mm shorter & only 2.6 mm wider than the S7 .

Update 30 March – GSMArena have updated the dimensions of the S8
S8 dimensions 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in)2

This makes the S8 6.5 mm taller & 1.5 mm narrower than the S7.
On these numbers, S8 buyers will get a Galaxy Note size screen in a Galaxy S size phone.


C|net – “Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything we know about Samsung's 2017 rebound phone, launching March 29”

GSMArena – “Samsung Galaxy S8

Trusted Reviews – “Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs, rumours, & price explained”

Forbes – “Galaxy S8 Release Date Revealed By Samsung?”

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