Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs: Samsung reportedly tests button for new AI feature

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Samsung is said to be working on its upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S8, as it tries to move on from the disaster that was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. As the South Korean company tries to redeem itself with its upcoming handset, rumors are starting to trickle in regarding the device, and a new report indicates that the phone could have a new feature that has never been seen in previous Samsung devices.

According to the Wall Street Journal, sources said that Samsung is considering a hardware revamp for the Galaxy S8 that could add a dedicated button for an improved artificial intelligence feature. Insiders said that the latest internal prototypes of the upcoming flagship include a button on the side edge of the device, which would be used to launch a new virtual assistant touted to rival Apple’s Siri. Sources said that the prototypes aren’t final and could change.

It was previously claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 could be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Berlin in February 2017, as the current device, the Galaxy S7, was unveiled at the tech event just nine months ago. But WSJ reports that executives are now looking to delay the phone’s announcement until after the MWC 2017. A source said that Samsung could delay the Galaxy S8’s unveiling until April. A spokesman for Samsung has declined to comment on the phone’s release date.

Apart from a new button for the phone’s virtual assistant feature, the Galaxy S8 is tipped to have a 5.1-inch Quad HD display, and it was reported that the phone could have an Ultra HD edge-to-edge display. It is expected that the flagship will have an iris scanner, as well as a dual camera setup consisting of a 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel sensors. The phone is also rumored to have an optical fingerprint scanner built right into the display.

With these specs and features, it appears that Samsung is looking straight ahead to bigger and better things and that the rivalry between Samsung and Apple is still on, as Apple is also set to unveil a massively upgraded version of the iPhone next year. Stay tuned for more news about the Samsung Galaxy S8.