The official release date is set to: 29 March 2017.
That day can’t come soon enough for the troubled company, which has endured a series of public relations fiascos over the past year. Samsung’s de facto leader, Jay Y. Lee, is currently standing trial on charges of embezzlement and of bribing South Korea’s embattled president. And, of course, there was the company’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 scandal — one of 2016’s biggest tech stories. Given all of this, it’s difficult to overstate the importance of the followup to its flagship Galaxy S7, released last March.
What should you know about it?
The headline features point towards a larger 5.8-inch display with an elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio, but with a similar body size to the S7 with Samsung opting to reduce the bezels above and below the screen.
The new Galaxy S8 may even pack an iris scanner, providing another secure way of unlocking the handset and potentially authorizing payments – we fear it won’t be as speedy or user friendly as the trusty digit reader though.
- A much narrower bezel and bigger, dual-curved display
- Ultra-high-def 4K resolution
- A revamped home button that’s virtual or located on the rear of the phone
- Facial recognition and/or iris scanning
- A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 9 processor (depending on the region)
- Dual rear cameras
- Headphone jack
- USB-C port
- SIM card or microSD slot
- Color options including black, white, blue, gold and silver