Drowning in controversies, Samsung has confirmed that it won’t give up on its plans to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 next year. Traditionally, Samsung launched its ‘S’ series flagship at MWC in Barcelona, and if that is the case this time as well, then work on the Galaxy S8 should have already begun. There have been quite a few leaks testifying this, and the latest hints that the smartphone will sport optical fingerprint recognition that will enable reading thumb print through the display as well.
This leaks comes out of Weibo, and is first spotted by Sammobile. It hints that the company will not embed the fingerprint scanner in the home button, and will instead have it under the rumoured 4K screen. The smartphone is also expected to sport a bezel-less design, with no home button, and a curved display on the top and bottom edges as well.
If this leak is accurate, then the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to sport an optical fingerprint technology. This new tech is pegged to be much faster and more accurate than the ultrasonic fingerprint recognition found on several top-end smartphones today.
Previous leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.5-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) Super Amoled display and will boast of an impressive pixel density of 806ppi. It will be powered by the company’s in-house Exynos 8895 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM. It is said to sport a 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel dual camera setup. It is expected to launch on February 26 next year.
For now, it has been reported that work on the Galaxy S8 has been delayed as all focus is on finding the fault in the Galaxy Note 7. If you have been living under a rock, the Galaxy Note 7 is now a dead affair and Samsung is replacing the units with a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. It is also giving full refunds or letting users be a part of the S8 or Note 8 update program if they so prefer. Several Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units have caught fire while on charge, and the cause of it is still a mystery, with some theorizing that the fault lies in the SDI and Amperex-made batteries, while others claim that the fault is in the speeding up of chipset to enable fast charging.
Whatever the case may be, Samsung needs to ensure that it leaves no stones unturned to ensure that the Galaxy S8 is explosion-free.