Many have touted the Galaxy S7 Edge as the best phone currently available on the market, though many ardent iPhone fans would disagree with this.
Even if you do consider the Galaxy to be the device which reigns king, there are always improvements that can be made to these new technologies and there is hope that the new Galaxy 8 (or as some suspect it will be called, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus) will be the jewel in the industry crown.
If rumours are to be believed we can expect a statement from the tech-giant at the end of the month. They have already sent out the invitations to a press release in New York, a strong indicator that this is when we can expect more information. So if you’re interested in the Galaxy brand, keep your eyes open for the latest information.
Those who are eagerly awaiting the phone will most likely be able to get the device sometime in the spring. Pre-orders are suspected to commence from early April so you can ensure that you’re one of the first to get your hands on the Galaxy 8.
However, some have speculated that the phone’s release date has been pushed back over recent months so that they can finalise the new features on the prototype devices. As yet we have no reassurance that this will not happen again.
It is also expected to cost more than the latest iPhone model – those who want to get their hands on the new model will be looking at well over £600 to purchase the model outright.
It is speculated that the phone itself will be around the same size and the previous model. However, the physical home button is said to be on the back, thus extending the length of the screen. The screen will be known as an infinity display and will likely be the model’s flagship feature. There have been several leaked images which seem to confirm this.
Pressure sensitive keys are also said to be making an appearance. These would be located in place of the traditional home key but would be invisible. They would perform a different function depending on how much pressure you apply to them. The user would also have the feel of a more traditional key but it would be invisible.
The fingerprint reader, which is now a standard feature on most phones, is being taken a step further with the Galaxy 8. Security will be ramped up with its new iris scanner, though some fear this will actually be a more cumbersome procedure than the current process and is more of a vanity feature than an effort to add to the user experience.
There is a great deal of emphasis being put on the screen in this new release and it seems that the company want to make it their unique selling point. In fact, the president of Samsung Mobile recently confirmed that the future identity of their products is the screen. He said: “Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup.”
This statement has led some to question if the ‘Edge’ will be a variant of the newer models at all. It is a distinct possibility that the Edge feature will be applicable to all.
Interestingly, the decision about whether or not the phones have a curved screen will not be dictated by demand but supply. If rumours are to be believed then Samsung are currently trying to source as many curved screens as possible, and if they can’t find enough then they may also opt for a flat version too.
Two outlets are currently offering early registration for the phone – Mobiles.co.uk and the Carphone Warehouse. EE has also announced that they plan to stock the phone when it comes out. It is likely that most retailers will want to sell the device given the popularity of the previous Samsung models.