Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy handset will feature a radical 5.5inch ultra HD display – but no home button, the latest rumours have claimed.
The eagerly anticipated gadget will, the firm hopes, be able to repair some of the damage to the firm’s brand caused by the Galaxy Note 7.
The latest rumours, according to Android Police, point to a 4K display – which will make the handset perfect for VR applications.
Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress 2017 in February next year.
It could also have a revolutionary processor on board, after it was revealed the firm’s system chips business has started mass production of semiconductors using 10 a revolutionary nanometre technology to cram more components on a chip.
The chips are expected to be far more powerful and energy efficient that current designs, and Samsung is the first company in the industry to mass produce them.
Samsung said in a statement a tech product launching early next year will use chips made with its 10-nanometre production technology – as rumours swirl its Galaxy S8 could be the first recipient.
South Korea’s Electronic Times reported this month that Samsung will be the sole contract manufacturer of Qualcomm Inc’s high-end Snapdragon 830 chips using 10-nanometre production technology, and these processors will be used in half of Samsung’s next Galaxy S smartphones expected to launch in early 2017.
‘The industry’s first mass production of 10nm FinFET technology demonstrates our leadership in advanced process technology,’ said Jong Shik Yoon, Executive Vice President, Head of Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics.
‘SoCs with 10nm process technology will be used in digital devices launching early next year and are expected to become more widely available throughout 2017,’ the firm said.
‘We will continue our efforts to innovate scaling technologies and provide differentiated total solutions to our customers.’
The new chips allows ‘up to 30-percent increase in area efficiency with 27-percent higher performance or 40-percent lower power consumption,’ Samsung said in a press release.
The death of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has put huge pressure on the firm for a new flagship device.
And it’s rumored that what could be called the Galaxy S8 will be announced in just a few months with claims it could feature a radical new design with no bezel.
Multiple reports say it will incorporate a dual-lens camera design and remove the home button for an edge-to-edge screen.
The leaked renders were revealed by Vaibhav Jain of Techdroider, who said a report from South Korea predicts the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be designed with a ‘completely bezel-less display’.
It’s also believed that the handset will have sleek, curved side-edges that could extend from the top to the bottom.
As many hope the Galaxy S8 will put the Apple’s 10 year anniversary smartphone to shame, many rumors suggest that the Korean firm will actually follow its lead.
With the removal of the iconic home button, Samsung will have no choice but to design a fingerprint-sensing display or place the feature behind the tempered glass two strategies Apple has been parading around for quite some time.
The renders for what could be the Samsung Galaxy S8 also hint at a smartphone that users have yet to experience and most of the changes will be in the design, reports Yun, Keonil with ET News.
And because levels of concentration will be increased with a ‘full screen’, pictures and videos should be much clearer and even go so far as to produce a 3D effect.
Not only could this device be Samsung’s first bezel-less phone, but it would also be the first to have rear-dual cameras.
‘Currently Samsung Electronics is deciding whether to use all-in-one dual-cameras or separated dual-cameras.’ a representative for a component industry told ET News.
‘It already finalized a decision to use dual-cameras.’
Rumors suggest that pixels of the dual-cameras will support 16 megapixels and 8 megapixels – the iPhone 7 Plus only supports 12 megapixels.
Another new addition to the Galaxy S8 could also be an upgraded Application process (AP) that corresponds to handset’s brain.
According to Samsungs’ DS (Device Solution) System LSI Business Department’s Foundry Business Team, it is going to start mas-producing 10-nano Snapdragon 830s, which will be used for Galaxy S8, at the end of this year at the earliest.
The artist impression also shows the handset in four vibrant shades of red, blue, purple and yellow another feature yet to be seen by Samsung users.
With the nightmare of Note 7 smartphones bursting into flames, many are sure that the Galaxy S8 will make an appearance much earlier.
However, if the South Korean firm is too hasty with the design and manufacture process, they may experience the same blunders.
The firm still has not disclosed what caused the Note 7 to smoke and catch fire — or even whether it knows what the problem was.
Samsung has received at least 92 reports of Note 7 batteries overheating in the United States, with 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, according to information posted by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.