Samsung Galaxy S8: iPhone killer or barbecue fire lighter?

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Samsung are expected to release their flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone on 29 March 2017. We envisage that Samsung will pack it full of features and to take the fight to Apple's iPhone 7.

Will this new phone be worth upgrading to if you are a Galaxy S7 owner and will it be a safe buy when compared to the Note 7?

SPECIFICATIONS

Here's a summary of all the leaked specifications and information we gathered for the new S8:

There will be two versions of the Galaxy S8: a 5,8" screen for the regular S8 and a 6,2" screen for the S8 Plus. However, the overall size of the phones will be similar to the S7 since Samsung will be using a different (much longer) aspect ratio screen and tinier bezels.

Samsung will use their superb AMOLED display with some sort of 3D touch-style function and will still continue with their Edge (curved) style models.

Battery life should improve with better efficiency of the chipset with a 3000 mAh battery for the smaller phone and 3500mAH for the larger device.

RAM will remain at 4GB but onboard storage will be increased to 64GB for the base model. The camera will be largely unchanged and a USB Type-C port will take care of charging duties. Samsung have chosen to keep the 3,5mm audio jack and the new S8 is expected to be fully waterproof.

Android 7.1 Nougat will be installed as default and should guarantee snappy performance.

CONCLUSION

Based on all the specifications we've found so far, we don't think that the Galaxy S8 is a must-have upgrade for current Galaxy S7 owners.

However the new S8 Plus should be perfect for former Note 7 owners that still want a large format, high performance Samsung device. We also highly doubt that the S8 will experience any of the issues that plagued the Note 7 and are confident that Samsung has made a flagship phone that's just as good as the Apple iPhone 7.

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Vinodh Moodley

Author and tech addict. Vinodh loves new software, hardware and technology but he enjoys writing about it even more. Vinodh is an avid sim racer and captain's an indoor cricket team.

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