Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs rumors: Next-gen flagship to have over 90 percent screen, four camera sensors, enhanced AI service?


Rumors have it that Samsung’s next-generation flagship device, the Galaxy S8, could eliminate its bezel, expanding the display to be full screen.

According to South Korean publication, The Investor, following the iMiD 2016 display exhibition in Seoul last week, the smartphone is deemed to feature the largest screen ever seen in the series. Apparently, Park Won-sang, a principal engineer for Samsung’s display manufacturing unit, shared that the front of the device will have over 90 percent screen space. In comparison, the display area ratio of the current flagship model is around 80 percent.

The engineer also teased that Samsung could up their game and even make future renders feature up to 99 percent screen as it is an upcoming trend in the smartphone market. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is also believed to feature an OLED screen while the remaining 10 percent will give way to the metal body.

Other specifications deemed to be included are dual-curved edges, a 5.5-inch 4K display with a 2,160 x 3,840-pixel resolution and 806 pixels per inch density. It may also have an optical fingerprint sensor which enables the display to read prints and eliminates the need for a home button.

Under the hood, it is expected to be powered by the homegrown Exynos 8895 chipset with some models equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830 processor. This is coupled with a powerful 6 GB of random access memory (RAM). Meanwhile, the rear camera may come with a 16-megapixel lens and the front-facing shooter with 8 megapixels.

WCCFtech shares that according to the company’s vice chairman and heir apparent, Lee Jae-Yong, the Galaxy S8 will have a “slick design” and an “improved camera.” Although he did not divulge specific technical details, it is predicted that the phone will be the first one in history to have four camera sensors and an iris scanner similar to the Galaxy Note 7. It is also touted to have an enhanced artificial intelligence service.

Samsung has yet to comment on any of the speculations. As such, available information regarding the Galaxy S8 should be taken with a grain of salt.