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The New Samsung S8 is coming with what features and when?

Posted by Rich on 1/24/2017

A new Samsung S8 is coming this year and there are a plethora of reports and rumors. 

Samsung has a traditional schedule with the Galaxy S line, introducing new phones on or around each year’s Mobile World Congress. The 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona runs from February 27 to March 2, 2017. However this year the Galaxy S introduction will not be at that event.  No date can be confirmed but April is the most common prediction by the Samsung watchers.  

Koh Dong-jin, Samsung mobile chief, told reporters in Korea that Samsung will not announce its Galaxy S8 at MWC and did not say when the handset, which is expected to come with several new features, might make its way to store shelves.

According to Reuters, which reported on Koh's comments, Samsung wants to ensure the same troubles it experienced with last year's Galaxy Note 7 don't happen again with the Galaxy S8.

Koh's comments came on the sidelines of a press event in Korea on Monday, during which Samsung announced the results of an investigation into the Galaxy Note 7's troubles. The company said that its investigation revealed battery defects and design flaws in the batteries it had used with its Galaxy Note 7.  In a statement to reporters, Koh said his company "will be working hard to regain consumer trust."

What will the new Samsung S8 bring?

Looking to lessen its reliance on Google and further differentiate itself among a crowded field of Android handsets, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone will feature a brand new intelligent personal assistant, superior to Apple’s Siri on the iPhone.

Dubbed “Bixby”, Samsung’s AI assistant will be based on technology from the acquisition of Viv last October. What makes Bixby so intriguing is that Viv’s AI software was designed to answer layered questions that competing AI services are either unable to answer or struggle to process. For instance, Viv CEO Dag Kittlaus, a codeveloper of Siri, explained that Viv technology can answer complex queries like, “Find me a flight to Dallas with a seat that Shaq could fit in.”  Even more impressive is Viv was designed to learn how to handle queries that it wasn’t originally programmed to process. It learns and creates its own code.

While it remains to be seen just how extensive Bixby’s feature set will be once the Galaxy S8 hits store shelves, expectations are rather high. Indeed, we’ve already seen reports that Bixby will allow users to use voice commands to send money to friends and family.  Bixby will be integrated into the S8 camera and will be able to process text via optical character recognition (OCR) and even search for and identify objects.

The most recent rumor involving Bixby centers on how users might call the feature into action. According to newly surfaced Galaxy S8 case renders, it appears that the Galaxy S8 may come with a fourth physical button. This had led some to speculate that this mysterious fourth button might be used as a way for users to quickly activate Bixby.  In addition to using Bixby on your S8 rumors have Bixby coming to many Samsung appliances. Soon you may be having a conversation with your refrigerator and TV. 

As for other notable specs, the Galaxy S8 will likely feature an edgeless display, improved camera technology, 32GB of storage (with a 256GB model available), and an improved Super AMOLED display. Underneath the hood, the S8 will likely be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 S0C. There have also been unverifiable rumors from China social media that the device could come with 6GB of RAM.