Samsung Galaxy S8: here's why you'll be impressed

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Samsung smartphones are still the most anticipated of the year. Many of the brand’s fans consider the Korean manufacturer’s top of the range devices to be the ultimate benchmarks and they swear by the quality of these phones. One thing about Samsung must be recognized: each year it knows how to surprise us and it will do the same this year.

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Why is it important for the Galaxy S8 to be successful?

Times change, and so does the market. Samsung met the expectations of its users but also had to face an unexpected crisis: the (double) withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7 from the market due to technical issues. The brand’s reputation took a blow but, from another perspective, the results are even more destructive since the Korean firm lost billions of dollars with the two recalls and in the production of new models.

They must make up for these losses (not to mention the shortfall in sales) by introducing a smartphone that, if not revolutionary, must standout from the competition with flawless performance in all areas.

There is also pressure on another level for the company: iPhone’s forthcoming anniversary. Due to a last minute glitch, the new smartphone from Apple marking its 10 year anniversary could well be unsuccessful. Apple had confirmed that major changes would only be implemented every 3 years, and 2017 is their year. In other words, Samsung will have to fight hard to produce a better smartphone than their American competitor.

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How will Samsung compete?

Samsung hasn’t confirmed materials that will be used in their next flagship and some rumors conjure up strange ideas. For example, one of the rumors claims that Samsung could abandon flat screens and opt only for curved displays, a characteristic that we only currently find on their Edge models.

Of course, Samsung will produce a better device than the S7: a better camera, better video quality, design improvements (probably influenced by the Galaxy Note 7), etc. Other than the more “traditional” changes, the device could also surprise us in another way.

A smartphone optimized for VR

That said, we are at the dawn of the VR era and all manufacturers who consider themselves innovators want to advance in this direction. Samsung will optimize their S7 (and perhaps even their S7 Edge) for virtual reality. Certainly, this means that the smartphone will be optimized for this technology but also that the screen technology will be significantly improved. They are counting on compatibility with DayDream and a superior user experience to the Pixel / Pixel XL.

Many people suffer from nausea during or after a VR session and, although this could be due to several factors, it’s obvious that pixelization doesn’t help. Samsung could introduce a 4K screen or a very high definition screen optimized for this technology. The disadvantage of high definition is that it uses a lot of battery power and forces us to recharge our phones more often.

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A Smartphone with an improved battery life

Battery life is one of the major problems for smartphones today. Paradoxically, it’s one of the most important elements at the moment as we are always expecting more from our smartphones: improving performance, access to VR, prolonged usage, watching films/series… It’s the price you pay when you use your smartphone as a replacement for your PC.

In order to overcome this problem, several studies have been carried out to improve battery life. I’m thinking, for example, of the ultra-capacitor what was developed in Florida, but Samsung is also working on a system to improve battery life. The real question is knowing the dimensions, but it’s sure to be a high performance device.

A smartphone with artificial intelligence

Samsung is also interested in this new trend launched by Google and powered by chatbots. Samsung’s Vice President has said it will be an open platform and, according to what we have heard on the subject, it will allow us to manage the chatbots as well as the connected devices. If that’s not really enough to get people excited at the moment, then the concept of chatbots will make things more interesting.

Will Samsung’s AI do other things? It will obviously be integrated in Samsung’s ecosystem and must function with S-Health and other applications.

What do you expect from the Galaxy S8? Do you think it will be enough to win over the public? Let us know!

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  • rick Jan 2, 2017 Link to comment

    make the s8 thick, then a bigger battery can be made to fit. thin phones looknice, but are not practical. a nicely made device on the thicker side is better for battery size, and it lets you know you got something for your money. a battery that lasts 2 days of regular use. skip the glass on the back of the phone, it gets a protective case on it anyway. you don't see it. make it out of metal. less to break. 5.5- 5.7 inch screen is about perfect. no pen, no projector, no nonsense. water proof the dam thing, gorilla glass the screen, put the best chip available, multiple cores. the s8 should be a device that makes up for the note 7. that was a nice device, stupid battery problem ruined it. I don't want to go elsewhere for a great device. I have used only Android, and mostly Samsung S series. and LGs. I like the s7 very much, but already it's being pushed behind by newer technology. so I would like to get a s8. I know there are less expensive Chinese devices that come close to flagship status. but I like the real deal.

  • Glostermeteor Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Not at all encouraged by the rumour of them getting rid of the headphone jack. I dont want to have yet another adapter or yet another thing to charge (BT headphones). Like the microSD headphone jack is a pre-condition of me buying Samsung

  • Dobriy Her Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Love the "would you agree" sections. Questions are intriguing.

    The ware is wet. Would you agree?
    Yes - No

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    Deactivated Account Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

    I would say after the fiasco with the note 7, why not add the S-pen to the S-series, thus the S8? The S8 will be different from any other competitor it has, you merge the two models thus less devices per year that will have to be designed etc. and more time can be spent on testing for example. Except for adding a better long-life battery it might be the only option for samsung to regain what it might have lost with the note 7... If not now it might be something to consider for the future.

    • Francesco V. Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

      Just as an example, I'd never buy a smartphone with pen, as I don't like having spare parts that I could lose or ruin. The addition of a pen is just for a niche, while the space it would take could be used for a battery for serious users.

  • ljhaye Dec 29, 2016 Link to comment

    Android: if the S8 isn't a success it damages Android market share since Samsung carries Android (proof Android Wear)

    VR: Samsung has been in partnership with Oculus for two years.

    AI: Samsung cannot incorporate its virtual assistant, Bixby, on the S8 because of a non compete they signed with Google in 2014.

  • Hilko R. Dec 29, 2016 Link to comment

    if they sell a high-end version for max 500 euros with 5" screen max I'll be game. Else : no thanks. No more Samsung (and not due to Note 7 bs, but due to no proper updates after 1 year already. Only updates with so many bugs that they just try to force you to buy a new phone...... no more.)

  • Andrew Burgin Dec 29, 2016 Link to comment

    There is going to be rumours galour on what Samsung will be offereing on the future Galaxy S8 models, Samsung put more pressure on themselves by rushing out the Note 7 and the battery saga that went on, Samsung now have to offer some top class features plus make the batterylife really outstanding, so people forget about the Note 7 saga, but can Samsung please every phone user with the future phones, its going to be hard, as removing the 3.5 headphone jack could back fire on Samsung, it might be o. K trying to make the phone slim but with people so use to using earphones on Galaxy phones

  • Francesco V. Dec 29, 2016 Link to comment

    VR is overestimated. Not even a gimmick, it just requires higher performances and more pixels, thus diverting the manufacturers from improving features more criticality important to users (battery life, waterproofing, reception, sound, UI simplicity, etc.)

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    • Alex Simpson Dec 29, 2016 Link to comment

      on pc with enough power i think vr is wonderfull. but on a smartphone with little power in comparison it cant be good

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    Deactivated Account Dec 29, 2016 Link to comment

    Nothing on the Android platform will top the S8EDGE or S8EDGEPLUS till the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Note Fold in September 2017. Samsung is Android Nothing else matters period.

    • Nickname303 Dec 29, 2016 Link to comment

      Tell me, where did you get your crystal ball? How come your crystal ball didn't foresee the Note 7 being an utter failure and getting discontinued this year?

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      • itprolonden Dec 31, 2016 Link to comment

        Where in history have you seen any different?

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    Deactivated Account Dec 29, 2016 Link to comment

    I will not be impressed if Samsung does away with the flat display. I do not like the look or feel of the curved displays. Only when a battery will last a week and has a minimum 5 year life span, will I buy a phone with a non removable battery.

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      Deactivated Account Dec 29, 2016 Link to comment

      Oh well you'll be walking around with a worthless handset years from now if that's the case. All manufacturers will move away from removable batteries LG will in 2017 as well for it's G6.

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        Deactivated Account Dec 29, 2016 Link to comment

        To bad the Note 4 out performs the 5 in everyway except a slight processor speed increase. The removable battery is staying in the G6 according to the latest rumors. The Note 4 still is the best of all the Note series. You should try it, get an external charge 2 extra batteries and never be low bat again. I will be using my Note 4 after your Note 5 is in the trash can because of the battery.

      • itprolonden Dec 31, 2016 Link to comment

        That's debatable. When the Note 4 gets Samsung Pay let us know

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