We’re inching closer to the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is destined to be one for the best-selling smartphones of 2017 if we go by the performance of its predecessors. Leading up the launch, Samsung has filed for a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seeking protection for the name, Galaxy S8.
The trademark was officially applied for on January 12th, 2017. It is widely expected that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, and launch it shortly after.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been getting what we confidently feel is the best look yet at the upcoming Android flagship. Samsung has removed the dominant home button at the bottom of the device, which has allowed the top and bottom bezels to shrink. There are rumors that Samsung will only release a curved screen version of the Galaxy S8, given that sales of Galaxy S7 Edge have begun to rapidly outpace that of the standard Galaxy S7. In addition, there are additional rumors that Samsung will launch a 6-inch class Galaxy S8 Plus.
Other rumors suggest that the Galaxy S8 will come with its own AI assistant named Bixby. It’s recently been reported that Bixby will be able to use the smartphone’s camera to identify images, objects and text in the real world using a web search. While the Galaxy S8 is losing its home button, it’s said to gain a new hardware button along its side that will offer dedicated access to Bixby.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is said to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, a 2560x1440 display, up to 256GB of onboard storage and a USB-C port. There are also conflicting reports that the smartphone will ditch its 3.5mm headphone jack. We’ll just have to wait until next month to find out if this is indeed the case.