Samsung Galaxy S8: What We Know So Far

By Michael Augustin , Updated Dec 19, 2016 02:22 AM EST
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As the year draws to close, consumers continue to speculate about the Samsung Galaxy S8. After Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 meltdown, people are waiting for the company's next flagship phone. While the company has not issued any official statement about their upcoming handset, websites have continued to leak its supposed design and hardware specifications. Let's take a look at what seems to be the most probable components.

Samsung Galaxy S8 fingerprint reader and iris scanner

The latest speculations appear to indicate that the handset will now sport a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, as reported by xdadevelopers. Samsung has always integrated their sensor with the home button up front. The new scanner is reported to use Synaptic's new technology which claims scan fingerprints through a 1mm glass cover. The iris scanner feature was previously included on their Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and is rumored to make a comeback on the S8.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Bluetooth 5.0

The latest Bluetooth version was just recently approved by the Bluetooth SIG. According to Gamenguide, it is reported to have 2x better speed, 4x the range, and 8x the broadcast message capacity over Bluetooth 4.0. The new wireless technology is expected to further improve connectivity within a smart-enabled home.

Samsung Galaxy S8 audio performance

The company's recent acquisition of Harman, have led experts to speculate that their incoming flagship phone will feature much-improved audio. Samsung is also rumored to be installing a stereo-speaker setup for the S8. However, it is not yet confirmed if the speakers would be front-facing, rear-mounted or even positioned along its borders. Harman Kardon audio-enhancement would also seem to be a logical component to include.

Samsung Galaxy S8 display

Its display will allegedly cover close to 90% of its front panel, which sounds like an almost-bezel-less design akin to the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Morover, the phone is speculated to use Samsung's Y-OCTA display technology, which is the same one used on their Galaxy Note 7. Unlike its previous models that introduced a regular and edge variant, the company might go with a curved display design only for the S8.

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