However, Samsung will give us just a little taste of what to expect with the Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017. Kim Dong-jin, Samsung Chief Executive for the wireless division, says that the company will confirm launch details for the Galaxy S8 on February 26th, and it’s quite possible that we could even get a quick teaser of the smartphone itself. That’s still better than nothing when it comes to what will likely be one of the best-selling smartphones for all of 2017.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to feature a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S8+ will bump that up to 6.2 inches. Both will retain the QHD screen resolution, which has become commonplace for today’s flagship smartphones (well, with the exception of the iPhone). Both smartphone feature bezel-less Infinity Edge displays that are unbroken by a home button. Instead, the Galaxy S8 family will use a “soft” home button in its place. The removal of the physical home button means that the fingerprint sensor has been relocated to the back of the device, positioned beside the rear camera.
When it comes to the SoC powering the Galaxy S8, Samsung has chosen Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, which is manufactured on the latest 10nm FinFET process. The Snapdragon 835 promises better performance with lower power consumption (compared to the Snapdragon 830/821), and incorporates the Adreno 540 GPU and gigabit-class Snapdragon x16 LTE modem. Samsung has reportedly cornered early production of the Snapdragon 835, which is leaving competitors like LG having to stick with the Snapdragon 821 for its early 2017 flagships.
Other features on tap for the Galaxy S8 family include 4GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage (with a microSD slot for added expansion), a USB-C port, and up to a 3,500 mAh battery (Galaxy S8+).