Old industry insider shares everything there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

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We are used to a lot of the Galaxy S rumors this time of year, but there is always a report that stands out, and it comes from a source that often has extensive previews of the unreleased Samsung devices. Well what do you think, Android fans: Christmas came early this year.

Eldar Murtazin, a Russian blogger and a Samsung insider who regularly scores as the first access to the latest phones, gave us a comprehensive Galaxy S8 preview over on Mobile-Review. According to him, the Galaxy S8 was shown to be important carrier partners in December, in preparation for the launch.

Just as the recent leaks have suggested, the Galaxy S8 will come in two versions, and the second model has a larger screen than something seen on a Galaxy S smartphone. The phones are not bigger than last year with the Galaxy S7 versions, but the screen-to-front ratio will be increased.

The Galaxy S8 might also sport a fingerprint sensor under the display, although Murtazin can not yet say with certainty. Apparently, Samsung is also looking to the placing of the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Of note, recent Galaxy S8 case showed a phone that does not have a fingerprint scanner on the back.

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Murtazin has also said that the design of the Galaxy S8 under the impression carrier partners that have participated in the personal interviews with Samsung. The phone will be released in the second half of April, a source familiar with a mobile operator on the plans listed. This unnamed executive also said that, while demand is expected to be high, the offer can be limited at launch.

The phone is supposed to come in 5.7-inch and a 6.2-inch flavors, sporting the new AMOLED display technology that should result in a greater color range, better brightness, improved color accuracy and a higher energy efficiency. Murtazin says the phone shown in the Samsung Display promo videos a few days ago is not the Galaxy S8, but rather a demo of this new OLED tech.

The capacity of the battery will be similar to what is found on the current Galaxy S7 models. The phone is also expected for the packaging of a standard 3.5 mm audio jack and USB-C connector. An Iris scanner will also be found on the front of the handset, just like on the Galaxy Note 7.

Murtazin says both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos 8895 will be built on 10nm process technology, with Samsung’s own chip is expected to power most of the Galaxy S8 units, as usual. The phone will pack a new GPU, the Mali-G71, and the ship with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on the base model. That is faster UFS 2.1 memory, Murtazin notes, and microSD support is still in the cards.

Apart from the size of the screen and the battery life, the two Galaxy S8 phones are expected to offer the exact same features. Murtazin there not more about camera details, although improvements can be expected. Oddly enough, however, a dual rear camera on the back of the larger Galaxy S8 is not listed.

Murtazin also says the phone comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board, sporting various Samsung software features in the top of it. That includes the Samsung UX, Samsung Cloud (complete with new cloud-purchase of options), Samsung Pay, and the long-awaited Bixby voice assistant that will compete with Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

The phone will also have a special Game Mode (this is the rumored Beast mode?) that allows users to get the most out of the hardware. One of the Galaxy S8, the most surprising rumor was apparently confirmed by Murtazin. The Galaxy S8 will let users connect the phone to a larger screen, and use Android on the larger screen in desktop mode. The Samsung Continuum rival no name at this point.

The pricing is expected to start at $700 up to $750 for the Galaxy S8, and about $850 for the Galaxy S8 Plus — it is unclear what Samsung will call the larger model, although the rumors have suggested may be called the Galaxy S8 edge or Galaxy S8 Plus.

Murtazin the full report is available at this link.

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