The Galaxy S8 is nearly here and while Samsung is determined to keep the radically redesigned handset a secret, the biggest leak yet has just revealed almost every detail of the new smartphone and its larger sibling the Galaxy S8 Plus.Massive Galaxy S8 Leak
The news comes from none other than acclaimed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and this is something of a surprise given his reputation has been built specifically on his insider knowledge of Apple. That said Kuo has delivered a lorry load of information about Samsungs Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones, both confirming existing rumours and delivering new information.
Exactly how the Galaxy S8 should look according to multiple sources in recent weeks. Image credit: Benjamin Geskin
Heres a full breakdown of the report obtained by 9to5Google:
The Galaxy S8 will have a 5.8-inch display, 0.7-inches larger than the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7
The Galaxy S8 Plus will have a 6.2-inch display, also up 0.7-inches on the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge which it replaces
A change to wider aspect ratios means both phones will have increased resolutions of 2960 x 2400 pixels (WQHD+)
Both models will feature curved OLED displays for the first time
In addition Kuo expects a 6:4 shipment split in favour of the Galaxy S8 with 40-45 million handsets sold during 2017. This is slightly lower than the 52M Galaxy S7 units shipped in 2016, but Kuo says this is no reason for Samsung to be disappointed. Instead he points out Galaxy S7 shipments were unusually high due to the recalled Galaxy Note 7 which pushed potential Note customers back to this handset.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will have minimal top and bottom bezels to fit a larger display into a compact chassis. Image credit: Benjamin Geskin
So is there anything else left to know?
Well Kuo didnt touch on the asking price for either the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus, though it is expected to be significantly higher than last year. Theres also still a lack of solid information on the upgrades Samsung is making to its cameras, in particular to tackle new smartphone camera champs the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
Either way though, after 2016s incremental upgrade, it looks like Samsung is once again pulling out all the stops with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. With Apples radically redesigned iPhone 8 coming later this year, that was essential.
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