Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, News & Updates; Bluetooth 5.0, Iris Scanner, Galaxy Note 7 Y-OCTA Display Technology Onboard? More Features Revealed!

By Danny Smith , Updated Dec 19, 2016 03:15 AM EST

Samsung is doubling its efforts to offset losses after the explosive episodes of Samsung Note 7. And it seems like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 will lead the tech giant's recovery.

Samsung's Vice President for communications, Lee Jae-yong admits that the company is putting extra efforts to recover from the blunder of the Note 7. The tech giant has high hopes for the upcoming release of its latest flagship unit, the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be the first handset that will make use of the latest Bluetooth iteration, the Bluetooth 5.0. The technology's strength include greater bandwidth, wider range and increased speed, which will make it suitable for managing smart homes and smart cities. Bluetooth 5.0 can accelerate speed up to 2Mbps and its reach would allow navigating Bluetooth devices farther without interruptions, Trusted Reviews reported.

Earlier speculations suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will come with an optical fingerprint sensor in the rear. However, recent sources claim that the flagship model will feature an Iris scanner instead. Either way, this will be the first time that Samsung will deviate from the usual home screen-fitted hand phone fingerprint sensor.

Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to feature Y-OCTA display technology, which was initially used in Note 7. This Samsung-owned technology embeds touch sensors within screen panels thAT results in a thinner display. Samsung's recent acquisition of Harman International also suggests the fitting of Harman Stereo Speakers in the anticipated unit.

Sources suggest that the focusing mechanism of Samsung Galaxy S8 front cameras are encoder driven. The focusing actuator will be situated at the side of the lens to enable recognition of people at various camera angles and distances at the same time. This will optimize the unit for group shots.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to feature Exynos 8895 chipset alongside ARM's Mali-G71 graphics chip. Reports also suggest that the recent model will not feature Samsung's regular flat-paneled model. The latest flagship model is expected to be unveiled during next year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

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