In past years, Samsung has been the household name for anything Android until the Note 7 explosion and loss. Samsung enthusiasts are now highly anticipating the company’s next move on countering the fiasco and how they can turn their fortune around. There have been rumors that the newest addition to the ultimate crown favorite S-series will be the company’s new flagship phone. It is set to be announced sometime early 2017. There have been talks about Samsung pushing the envelope for more top of the line features, and more capable hardware.
To get the ball rolling on the rumor mill, here are some speculations to look out for:
Speculations have been made that Samsung might go the Apple route and call these new phablets as Galaxy S8 Edge, and Galaxy S8 Plus.
As the bigger and worse smartphone in the S Series, there has been published reports that speak of a 5.7 and 6.2-inch dual edge screens. With the close to bevel less screen from top to bottom, it promises the biggest screen available.
Samsung has been heard stating that the S-series will have the edge displays as trademarks and the users will have differentiated experience through user-friendly applications.
As speculated, even though Samsung is working on a new technological marvel for the camera, it still won’t be available for the 2017 release. What can be expected is a dual-lens camera setup similar to a Huawei P9 model. Samsung might just be mimicking the iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-camera and telephoto zoom lens module.
Samsung is one of the first that successfully launched its waterproof chassis with the Galaxy S7, and Samsung fans are eagerly awaiting the S8 to follow suit with an IP68-certified body. While S6 was not waterproofed like S5 and S7, it is still likely that Samsung will skip this feature for S8 since the S7 waterproofing was a wild success.
It is said to have a 4k screen following the Galaxy S6’s QHD. This is said to be geared towards the improvement of VR applications where the screen is very close to your eyes and where pixel density matters. Another point of interest in the rumor mill is that the optical fingerprint scanner might be placed on the display instead of the physical home button.
There were hints that Samsung is gearing towards eliminating the flat-screen design and replacing everything with the edge model. There was a report that the home button will be removed and integrated on-screen functionality will be put in its place with nothing on the front but all screens.
• Operating System
It is likely to have Nougat since most of the late-2016 phone releases already use Nougat. Consumers are also to expect the inclusion of NFC for contactless payments like the previous models.
The S7 had a Snapdragon 820 r Exynos 8890 depending on the location source of the phone. According to reliable sources, Samsung is working on producing a more efficient 10nm chip which will have much smaller transistors, use much less power demand, and will still be more powerful than the 14nm and 16nm chips of the Galaxy S7
There was a huge speculation that the S7 will be released with the new USB-C.This never happened as Samsung opted for the old Micro USB 2.0. Fans are still expecting that this buzz will happen with the S8 for faster charging and data transfers. With the possibility of having a USB-C, Samsung might also eliminate the 3.55mm audio jack and provide adaptors to convert the USB-C port to similar to the iPhone7 redesign.
There are other things to consider when buying a phone as much as there are other things needed to make a specification for a phone complete.
• Battery Life
Among the things which are seldom discussed is the battery life. Samsung had a bad year in 2016 because it had problems sourcing out the batteries for its phones. By now, it should have decided to make sure that the new phones will not explode. Another series of explosions in 2017 would mean a lot of users opting out of Samsung phones. Concerning battery life, old standards of 8 hours before the need to recharge is no longer enough. It has to be able to run for at least 10 hours or longer to hope to catch up with the leaders. Cell phones which have a long battery life are hitting at 16 hours.
The RAM should be at least 3GB. That is the amount of memory which most of the 2017 releases have inside. That is their base model. To leap ahead, the next generation cell phone has to have at least 4GB or RAM, preferably 6GB.
Secondary storage is another concern. There is a growing trend to have cell phones which cannot be opened. This leads to cellphones which have fixed storage space. Nowadays 64GB is no longer enough for regular users. The next cell phone iteration should have at least 128GB of storage.
One other thing of note is that Samsung has been heavily marketing Gear VR. It is expected that the new cell phone will be supporting Gear VR as well. What is not obvious is if it will also be able to support Dreamview VR. If the cellphone has high-end specifications, supporting the Google VR initiative would be easy.
There are a number or many reasons why people are excited about the next Samsung phone. What is not so obvious is that Samsung is as excited about their phone as users are.