Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8 Release Date, News & Update: Foldable Galaxy S8, Note 8 Coming In 2017? 3 Other Incredible Features Revealed!

By Jackie Villegas , Updated Dec 12, 2016 09:20 AM EST

Samsung is expected to go all out with its upcoming 2017 product offerings and this apparently means that consumers will finally get the foldable smartphone and phablet the company has been teasing for years.

The South Korean multinational is reportedly gearing up for a major redesign of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone and its Note range of phablets in the wake of the disastrous exploding Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 handsets of 2016. The recalls that were issued after consumers reported that their Samsung devices were spontaneously bursting into flames resulted in a major financial blow to the company. As such, Samsung is aiming to come out with a Galaxy S8 and a Galaxy Note 8 that will make fans forget about their controversial predecessors. The expected profits from a radical redesign will also hopefully boost the corporation's finances.

Foldable displays

Now, reports are saying that this redesign may include making the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 flexible and foldable. While the company has previously released phones, such as the Galaxy Round, with curved displays, the foldability of the upcoming Galaxy handsets will reportedly be on a much larger scale and may be an answer to the flexible displays being developed by Oppo and Lenovo.

Korean website ET News reports that sources with ties to Samsung have confirmed that the company will finally launch Galaxy handsets with the flexible technology that has been in development for the last several years. This groundbreaking technology was reportedly unveiled during a 2008 trade show but tech pundits now believe that it is finally ready for mass production. The outlet reports that two variants of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will be foldable. One will have a bendable OLED screen while the other will be foldable through its midsection. The second variant will reportedly resemble a tablet computer and will have displays on both the front and the back. After experimenting with these two Galaxy Note 8 models, Samsung is expected to roll out its foldable tech for its other smartphones and phablets as well.

No more home button

The rumored folding aspect of the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 coincides with reports that these two Samsung devices will be without physical home buttons. Sources also suggest that these handsets will have all-screen, bezel-less displays.

256 GB internal storage

According to Forbes, the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 leak indicates that the company will "go big" and will finally increase the internal storage options for its upcoming devices to as much as 256 GB. This is reportedly a move to get the built-in storage of its flagship devices in line with those of Apple's.

Virtual reality

Sources expect virtual reality tie-ins for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 after the company introduces 4K resolution to these devices in 2017. 4K resolution is steadily becoming a mainstream feature of mobile devices and virtual reality support will make Samsung's devices that much more exciting -- all of these translate to increased sales and a better financial standing for the company.

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