Samsung Galaxy S8 To Feature Harman Kardon Stereo Speakers And An Auto-Focus Selfie Camera

By Michael Augustin , Updated Dec 07, 2016 01:52 AM EST

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is still a long way from its official announcement, but sources have begun speculating about its hardware and features. After Samsung's Note 7 disaster, the company badly needs to change how the consumers perceive and feel about their smartphones. The S8 will definitely require awesome hardware and innovative features to take back its glory.

The latest rumors have focused on the Samsung Galaxy S8 front camera and reported stereo speakers. According to PhoneArena, the future flagship will be carrying a front-facing selfie shooter with their newly trademarked "Smart AF" technology. The company's trademark is expected to apply to almost their entire product lineup that uses a camera. It also apparently mentions "facial recognition software for smartphones," which further confirms the recent speculation regarding the S8's selfie camera technology.

Samsung has also recently acquired Harman International Industries, which gives the company access to brands like AKG, Mark Levinson, JBL, Infinity, Lexicon, Revel, Bowers & Wilkins, Bang & Olufsen and Harman Kardon. These labels are all well-known in the audio industry and should obviously give the company an edge in the Samsung Galaxy S8 sound department. The Korean tech giant has previously collaborated with Bang & Olufsen for some of its smartphones and audio products.

Techradar also notes that its only logical for Samsung to take advantage of their audio acquisition. It is not yet confirmed how the Samsung Galaxy S8 speaker configuration will play out. They could take an inspiration from HTC and put front-firing speakers on the top and bottom edges of the phone.

The final specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S8 have been speculated for a while now. Sources have claimed the device would have two variants like its predecessor, which had the regular and the edge version. Screen sizes are rumored to start from 5.1 inches and go up as large as 6.2 inches. The display would still use their Super AMOLED technology but could sport a 4K resolution. Its RAM is speculated between 6GB or 8GB. The Note 7's iris scanner feature would most likely make a comeback as well.

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