Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 Both Set For February 26 Release?

The tech industry could witness two new smartphones from Korean competitors in February. According to reports, LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 could have a simultaneous release.

Following the release pattern for the Galaxy S series, Samsung’s 2017 flag bearer is expected to have its grand unveiling on February 26, during an Unpacked event slated to happen a day before the 2017 Mobile World Congress begins. But aside from the Samsung Galaxy S8’s launch early next year, the geekerati can also look forward to the release of the LG G5’s successor. A post from Trusted Reviews noted that LG G6 is expected to come out on February 26 as well.

LG's G Flex 2 is on display.

Aside from a feasible release date, more specs and features news about Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are circulating online. The latest development from LG’s upcoming smartphone revealed that it could be waterproof, especially since the demand for phones with this feature is increasing. An LG Electronics official reportedly said the following to ETNews, Android Authority noted.

“The climate of Japan is humid and rainy, and the hot spring culture has developed and demand for waterproof phones has been high.”

GSM Arena noted that LG’s V series offer waterproof and shockproof capabilities. In Japan, LG released the LG V34, a V20 descendant, which is a water-resistant smartphone.

The waterproof rumor also served as a hint that LG G6 would be dropping the “Friends” modular system, which was introduced in the LG G5 allowing users to upgrade the device’s camera and audio functions, The Investor explained, citing local news website ETnews. Killing the modular capabilities could also mean that the LG G6 will not come with a removable battery.

Unlike Samsung Galaxy S7 and Note 7 that use tapes, LG G6 is expected to utilize waterproofing adhesives, which, according to the report, is “cheaper but production is trickier.” The iPhone 7, equipped with LG Display’s LCD panel, also used the adhesive type for its waterproof body.

As for other release and specs news about the G6, LG is reportedly going to introduce an iris scanner to its upcoming handset. GSM Arena also noted that the LG G6 is also purported to have wireless charging capability.

Moreover, the release of LG’s new phone could also see the debut of LG Pay, which is the Korean company’s take on mobile payments service. The top tech giants Samsung, Google and Apple each have their own respective mobile payment and digital wallet service already.

Here’s a concept video made by YouTube channel TechConfigurations for the LG G6 a month ago:

Moving on to Samsung’s next smartphone release, the Galaxy S8 is confirmed to feature an “improved camera,” a “slick design” and a digital assistant service with enhanced AI. The freshest mumblings about the Galaxy S8’s specs also noted that Harman-powered stereo speakers could be featured by the forthcoming device. Even though Samsung has recently bought the $8-billion-worth Harman, a separate report from GSM Arena explained why the Galaxy S8 will not likely be equipped with it.

“Samsung’s rep previously confirmed the Galaxies will make use of Harman’s tech, but not before 2018, so the last report might be unreasonably stretching.”

Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to arrive with two size-based variants, a 6.2-inch phablet with bezel-less display and a 5.7-inch Edge model with a curved screen, as the Korean conglomerate targets both the demand for the S series and the Note brand.

A sign is posted in front of a Samsung Electronics office.

If assumptions will pan out, the Galaxy S8 will also have 6GB RAM and native storage options of up to 256GB. A dual camera setup was initially rumored for the smartphone but new reports revealed that Samsung’s idea of this camera system “fell through,” as noted by a previous Inquisitr report.

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