At this point, there’s not much tipsters, insiders and “people with direct knowledge of the matter” can add to the Samsung Galaxy S8 speculation bonanza. Everything that the next-gen Android flagship could realistically (and unrealistically) incorporate has been rumored or leaked at least once in the past couple of months.
What’s left to do now is wait and try to filter out the technologies and features that are just too groundbreaking, immature or risky for the GS8 to integrate on a large scale. As one financial analyst puts it speaking to Bloomberg, “how safe the phones turn out to be is more important than any hardware innovation.”
Hence, while Samsung is still “targeting” a March release, April feels like the much safer ETA bet. “Tougher testing procedures in the wake of the Note 7 debacle”, as well as potentially “higher manufacturing costs”, may also force a delay in dual camera setup adoption, just like it was recently rumored on Weibo.
But the Galaxy S8 does need a killer selling point… or two, and so “all-screen front” plans remain very much in place. It’s unclear if we’re talking altogether bezel-less displays, though it’s certainly nice to hear flat-screen versions are out, and a “virtual home button” will indeed “be buried in the glass.” If Bloomberg’s sources are correct, of course, which is so very often the case.
With both Snapdragon 835 and Exynos… 8895 (?) processing power in tow (depending on your region), the Samsung Galaxy S8 is also tipped to mimic the sizes of its predecessor (5.1 and 5.5-inch). But sans borders, that could mean “viewing real estate” of around 5.7 and 6.2 inches respectively.