Samsung Galaxy S8 Official Specs & Features So Far

In order for people to immediately forget the troubled Galaxy Note 7, which tainted the Korean company’s brand, Samsung’s next offering, the Galaxy S8, needs to boast of more advanced specs and features that could easily differentiate it from the fire-prone phablet. One of the answers to that is a highly-enhanced AI for the Samsung Galaxy S8.

According to a fresh report from Reuters, The South Korean tech titan announced today that an artificial intelligent digital assistant service will be launched for the Samsung Galaxy S8. If this new service together with other more interesting specs and features Samsung is hopefully cooking will make the Galaxy S8 a huge hit, then it will definitely be a lot faster for the brand to gain back the momentum.

The digital assistant will be based on the work of artificial intelligence company Viv Labs, which was purchased by Samsung last month. Specifics about the AI virtual assistant were not disclosed during the briefing, but Samsung did say that it will allow customers to utilize third-party services effortlessly.

The Samsung logo at MWC 2015
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“Developers can attach and upload services to our agent,” talking about the AI assistant, Rhee Injong, the Samsung Executive Vice President explained.

“Even if Samsung doesn’t do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users with ease.”

In addition to having an AI digital assistant, other confirmed specs and features to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S8 are a “slick design” and an “improved camera,” as said by Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-Yong. Again, exact details for the design and camera of the phone were not divulged yet. But Forbes noted that the Samsung Galaxy S8’s foreseen slick design may include curved edges reaching not only the smartphone’s left and right side but also the top and bottom of the screen.

“That will allow an edge-to-edge OLED display under the glass,” the report noted.

Aside from a bezel-less, full-screen display, prevailing speculations about the Samsung Galaxy S8 are also saying that the 2017 flagship will remove the physical home button — one of the features found in most handsets available today.

Moreover, if Samsung will continue its current trend for the design, metal and glass (used in Galaxy S6 and S7) will most likely be utilized as well for the Samsung Galaxy S8 body. But if Samsung really wants to go further with the Galaxy S8 by equipping it with a non-conventional material, another option provided by UberGizmo is the use of ceramic already found on Xiaomi Mi Mix.

Are you excited to see the official design, features, and specs of the Samsung Galaxy S8? Unfortunately, that won’t happen until the official unveiling expected to take place in February 2017, during an Unpacked event before the Mobile World Congress kicks off. For now, you can feast your eyes on a Samsung Galaxy S8 concept video recently posted by TechConfigurations on YouTube, which shows a wraparound display for the smartphone.

As for the “improved camera,” the current assumptions on the specs and features of the phone right now suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S8 could be the company’s first ever smartphone to have a dual-camera setup. And this is further supported by a patent recently filed by Samsung in September where it shows an improved zoom control. How does improving the zoom control relate to the rumored dual rear camera system for the Galaxy S8? Sam Mobile explains.

“As we’ve seen on Apple’s new iPhone 7 Plus, a dual camera setup can be used to create zoom capabilities better than traditional single-lens digital zoom. A comparable feature would warrant the implementation of an interface with improved zoom control as described in the patent application published today.”

Having a 4K display also pops up when talking about the presumed specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The 2017 flaship may also have two variants depending on the chipset used. Under the hood, geekerati may find either an Exynos processor clocked at 4.0 GHZ or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830, as reported by UberGizmo.

Speaking of Galaxy S8 variants, it is also purported that there will be a smaller model (5.1 inches) and a larger one (5.5 inches) but both will showcase curved edges.

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