Samsung's last handset may have ended in fiery explosions and a recall, but that hasn't dampened intrigue or appetite for the Korean company's next big smartphone release. Rumors about the Galaxy S8 are already starting to circulate, and things look very interesting.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Samsung's Galaxy S8 will feature an "all-screen" design. That is, it will have a bezel-free, wraparound OLED display that takes up the entire front of the device. That also means Samsung would be eliminating a physical home button. (Instead, a virtual button will take up a portion of the lower part of the display.) You can expect the phone to follow a similar sizing scheme as to what we saw this year: 5.1-inches for the S8, and a larger 5.5-inches for the S8 Edge.
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It's also possible that the S8—or a new yet-to-be-announced phone model— could have a bendable display capable of folding in half, an earlier Bloomberg report noted. Flexible display technology has been steadily improving for several years now, but it's still uncommon in consumer devices.
In early December, GSMArena reported that the phone could also include Harman-built speakers, a logical conclusion given Samsung's recent acquisition of Harman International Industries, which owns audio brands JBL and Harman Kardon.
With all this in mind, it sounds like Samsung's doubling down on making its smartphones suitable for entertainment. According to data from Ooyala, 46 percent of video plays come from mobile devices (as of Q4 2015). With Apple updating its iPhone with stereo speakers this time around, and Android phones such as the LG V20 doubling down on audio performance, amping up its speaker quality in conjunction with a bigger, brighter, less power-hungry display could make Samsung's phone more attractive to buyers who basically live on their phones.
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Following in the footsteps of the iPhone 7, SamMobile reports that the Galaxy S8 will not include a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. The move would allow the phone to be thinner and potentially include a large battery. Instead, the phone will utilize the USB Type-C port introduced with Galaxy Note 7. That means you'll potentially need to invest either in an adapter or some Bluetooth headphones.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to debut in March, but could it launch as late as April, Bloomberg's sources say.
We'll continue to update this post as we hear more about the upcoming Galaxy S8.