Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs: upcoming flagship designed for gaming?


For the most part, rumors about the upcoming replacement of Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, have been about the possible 4K display and the collection of superior hardware specs, bannered by the fancied Exynos 8895 processor. But if the most recent report is to be based on, then consumers might be looking at a device that’s optimized for gaming.

According to Sammobile, the South Korean electronics giant is contemplating on using the latest graphics processing unit (GPU) from ARM named Mali-G71. The report mentioned that the GPU is actually built inside the Exynos chip and will immediately give the next flagship, the Galaxy S8, unprecedented graphics and gaming capability that’s absent in the current Galaxy S7.

Per Trusted Reviews, the Mali-G71 is ARM’s top-end mobile GPU and is based on the new Bifrost architecture. The Galaxy S7’s Mali-T880 GPU is said to be outperformed by this one by up to 40 percent. Productivity-wise, the Mali-G71, as claimed by ARM, is about twenty percent more efficient. And if this GPU is combined with the alleged 6 GB of random access memory (RAM), it certainly looks like the Samsung Galaxy S8 is poised to become the most powerful gaming smartphone once it is released.

So barring any major hoax, the latest development in building the new Samsung flagship will definitely give the recently announced Apple iPhone 7 its biggest competition yet.

Samsung feels the pressure of releasing the Galaxy S8 earlier than expected since the South Korean company would want to do everything it can to minimize the damage done by the exploding batteries of the Galaxy Note 7 and its subsequent recall.

As rumors have it, the upcoming smartphone could be scheduled for a special launch event in the first couple of months in 2017. There were suggestions that it could be launched at next year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but that remains unconfirmed for the moment.