Samsung Galaxy S8: More in store
The leaks and rumors just keep on coming!
With just around a week left before the unveiling of Samsung’s new flagship phone, lots of rumors and leaks again surfaced in the web!
Read below as we give you the latest info on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus:
Any updates from Samsung?
Recently, the Korean giant launched a TV ad for the Galaxy S8 in their home country.
Other than that, the launch is still a go on March 29 at 11am EDT in New York.
What’s new from the web?
It’s said the TV ad is one of the ways to keep buyers interested in waiting for Samsung’s new phone after LG G6 was launched in South Korea.
A new investor note from Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities also predicts the line will have 2 sizes: one will have a 5.8-inch display and the larger a 6.2-inch display as previously rumored. Both will have OLED screens with WQHD+ resolutions of 2960x2400.
He adds processors for phone sold in the U.S., Japan and China will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor while those in Europe and rest of Asia will contain Samsung’s Exynos 8895 processor.
While The Investor reported Samsung had to forego the plans of fingerprint scanning for the Galaxy S8. Its partner Synaptics ran out of time to develop the technology for the phones.
This feature was one of the much awaited from the company especially with the large screen the new phones have. It was then a last minute decision of the Korean giant to place a fingerprint scanner on the back---near the camera.
For Apple, this can be a good news as they’re also aiming for a fingerprint scanner for the iPhone 8.
To compensate for the last minute change, it’s expected the Galaxy S8 will also have an iris scanner to give users another way to unlock their phones with a quick eye scan.
New leaked screenshots of the launcher and app icons have recently been published too.
The photos show the latest version of Samsung’s Smart Switch application. Claims of an all screen display may be confirmed with the lower buttons shown. It’s also predicted the phones will run on Android 7.0 Nougat.
A photo leak of the battery for the Galaxy 8 recently came up as well. This may be designed by Samsung SDI and assembled in Vietnam. It’s expected they would also source batteries from Murata Manufacturing Works in Japan.
More colors are now in the loop for the Samsung Galaxy S8! Another photo shows the range of new possible colors for the phone: White, Blue, Silver, Gold, Glossy and Regular Black. Previously rumored colors were: Black, Silver and Violet.
One of the other notable features that can come with the phone is being able to connect it with a monitor--to use it like a computer.
When launched, it will likely be the most expensive smartphone to date. Latest rumored prices posted in the web are for the UK with the Galaxy S8 selling at £799 or $971.34 USD and £899 or $1,092.91 for Galaxy 8 Plus.
HELP! How can I protect my future new phone?
GOOD NEWS! Tech Armor’s got you covered!
We’ve got just the screen protectors to suit your lifestyle. Our team is hard at work to make sure they’re all set when the phones are released.
As Samsung’s flagship phones are curved screen, we decided the best solution is to have FULL edge-to-edge coverage for maximum protection. Especially the bigger the screen, the larger the possible cracks. (Yikes!)
One is the 3D Curved Ballistic Glass Screen Protector. Using heat-bending technology, we’ve curved our flagship screen, the Ballistic Glass, to make it a perfect fit- making it easy to install too!
Another is the FlexiClear Film! This was originally named as the HD Clear Film, Edge-to-Edge Screen Protector in our previous Galaxy S8 blogs. Its elastic nature will help absorb the falls and prevent those scratches. Another bright side is you get to enjoy a high definition view every time you use the device!
So far that’s the latest on Samsung’s upcoming flagship phones. Just as everyone, we’re excited for the announcement! Stay tuned as we give you the newest details on the phone and we can help you protect it! ;)
Samsung Galaxy S8: Leaks and updates
More leaks have come up as the launch date grows near
Just a few more weeks before the Galaxy S8 (and so far the Galaxy S8 Plus) is officially introduced to the world! And with it, more rumors and even leaks about the flagship phone are found all over the web!
Not to worry! We’ve got them here to help you out:
What we know for sure:
New Leaks and Rumors from the web:
One leak floating around the web is about the global release date. The expected sale or release date that is still in the running is April 21. Although it’s now suggested it may likely be pushed a week later to April 28. No specific reason was given for the move but Samsung has been known to be cautious after the Galaxy Note 7 disaster.
But there’s also another rumor that pre order for the phone will be available on April 10.
Another recent leak published on BGR displays the blueprint / renders of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. You can see that the sizes of these phones are compared to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The Samsung flagship phones are almost the same size as Apple’s flagship phones. The former will just be a bit slimmer in width and wider in height.
However, one important characteristic from the leaked image is the display sizes of the phones. The Galaxy S8 will have a 5.8-inch display and the Galaxy S8 Plus a massive 6.2-inch display. This is compared to the 4.7-inch screen of the iPhone 7 and the 5.5 screen of the iPhone 7 Plus. It in a way strengthens/confirms the previously rumored Galaxy display sizes and Samsung pushing through with the all-screen front plan.
The “infinity display” may also be here to stay! Samsung has a trademark filing for it and may now be the name for its new low-bezel screen.
What’s more interesting is the actual phones may already have been leaked out to the web! It can be seen in the photo and video from SlashLeaks showing the big screen display of the phone in the sleek color black.
Yes, the colors black and silver are still in the running for Samsung’s new flagship phone, but now there's a rumored third color: Violet, replacing the Orchid Grey. New rumored prices are now HIGHER with the Galaxy S8 at $972(USD) and the Galaxy S8 Plus at a whopping $1,0964(USD)!
Update/development on how Tech Armor plans to protect the phone:
With the higher rumored prices, it’s definitely time to think about how you can protect your investment!
We’ll be releasing two screen protectors to arm your Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Since it’s a curved screen, we aimed to cover the entire screen for maximum protection.
First is our HD Clear Film, Edge-to-Edge Screen Protector to cover the entire screen display while giving you a high definition view. The elastic nature of this protector will also help it absorb shock and wrap around the curved edges of the display.
Another is the 3D Curved Ballistic Glass Screen Protector. We’ve used heat-bending technology on our top-rated Ballistic Glass to match the round display of the Samsung Galaxy S8 for seamless installation and impact protection for your phone.
Our engineers are currently in the process of testing out these screen protectors (as shown in the leading image above). Everything from screen fit and adherence to touch response and clarity is being tested and initial results are excellent! Samsung has baked in several pulldown menus/features on the edges of the display and we've experienced zero interference when swiping laterally from the curved edges. Up next: drop tests!!!
And that’s the recap of most of the latest leaks from the web! Stay tuned for more updates on Samsung’s flagship phone and our screen protectors to help you protect it! ;)
Samsung Galaxy S8: Rising from the Ashes
The latest news, rumors, reports on Samsung’s newest flagship device
After the fiasco with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung’s hopefully on its way to making a return with the Galaxy S8. With the excitement and even great expectations to their flagship phone, lots of rumors have come up.
So we’ve compiled here the rumors to help you get on track:
When would it be released?
Launch is said to be on March 29 in New York with the release date on April 21. Another possible release date floating around is on April 18. UPDATE: Samsung just officially released a statement that their new flagship phone will be launched at 11am EDT in New York on March 29.
It was originally believed that Samsung will launch the phone during the Mobile World Congress. But according to The Korea Herald the company will be launching the new Galaxy Tab S3. While we can expect the glimpse of the new Galaxy S8 with a video clip. Unveiling of tablet can be confirmed by the teaser tweet Samsung Mobile posted.
Rumor has it that the launch delay of the smartphone is due to safety issues from the Note 7 explosions.
What is/are sizes of the phone(s)?
It’s speculated that the phone will have 2 sizes just like the previous flagship phones released: namely the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus.
GSM Arena currently released these dimensions for the phones:
Screen size/shape of the phone?
The rumored screen size for the Galaxy S8 measures 5.8 inches while the Galaxy 8 “Plus” will be 6.2 inches (larger than the iPhone 7 Plus). What’s new and possibly an awesome feature is it will have an “infinity display” covering the majority of the front panel. There wouldn’t even be room for a home button or maybe even Samsung’s logo!
Korea’s ETNews reported that the company wanted to remove the home button and have it virtually integrated like the rumored iPhone 8/X. It was also released Samsung wanted to have an all-screen front.
The trend of a curved-edge display will be seen in the Galaxy 8 and combined with the next-gen organic light-emitting diode (OLED). The phone in the YouTube video published by Samsung Display may already be a glimpse of the new smartphone.
There may also be an upgrade to 4K display especially with virtual reality currently trending. In addition this will also help Samsung if it has plans to push for their Gear VR. This updated screen will give an enhanced and less pixelated view.
Possible new features to the phone/s?
After the blast they had with the batteries of Note 7, Samsung made changes to make sure it won’t happen again. The new flagship phones’ batteries are tested with the company’s eight-point battery testing procedure and manufactured by a different company.
In Galaxy 8, you might say hello to Bixby. This is said to be the AI assistant they’d be using for the phone which may also have its own button. The Viv Labs Technology-based assistant will likely replace the S Voice.
Another unique component that Samsung’s new flagship phone might have is about their fingerprint sensor. A photo released by Cnet Korea shows that it will be on the back of the phone beside the camera.
Galaxy 8 may have a better back camera too. We’ve seen an impressive one with the Galaxy S7 where they used “Dual Pixel” Technology plus a large f/1.7 lens aperture and 1/2.6-inch sensor. Right now, Samsung is in the works to perfect a 1/1.7-inch sensor for smartphones. Though no confirmation of this can be used in time for the Galaxy 8.
There have been talks that the Galaxy 8 will be using USB-C instead of the Micro USB. It will be following suit from the Galaxy Note 7 and can be the best path since Samsung’s new Gear VR supports USB-C (originally paired up with Note 7). Fortunately, we have developed several Type C Accessories that are already available in case this rumor is true!
To lose or not to lose the 3.5mm headset jack? One of the questions is if will see this in Samsung’s new flagship phone. There was a rumor that the headjack will be removed and Bluetooth headphones will be used, maximizing the USB-C port. Although a more recent rumor suggest the headset jack will stay.
How Tech Armor plans to protect the phone?
There is no doubt that we will support the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus with our flagship Ballistic Glass and we are currently in development as this article is released. The questions we are currently wrestling with are how to most effectively protect the curved edges with other materials as well. We are also currently looking into a completely clear 3D glass option (as opposed to the colored glass seen in many rumor sites) that would work on ALL device options. With such an extremely curved phone (similar to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge), our flat glass solution (although cost effective and case-friendly) does present some challenges.
How much will the phone cost?
So far that’s the recap of most that’s been circulating all about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus up to date. Stay tuned for more updates on the phone and how we can help you protect it! ;)
Skipping ahead a bit (as anticipated) from 5 to 7, Samsung has announced its latest addition to the Note family with the Galaxy Note 7. Check out the latest specs below and read the complete press release HERE. Watch the official video release HERE.
Are you curious how the Galaxy Note 7 will stack up to the Galaxy Note 5?
The good folks at Samsung have prepared a useful infographic to help differentiate the specs on each. Check that out HERE.
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Now the game has changed with recent device launches as manufacturers have embraced the curved screen. Our once simple problem has expanded to include a 3rd, curved dimension! In order to provide a low-cost solution using flat glass or film, we MUST now account for this curve to avoid installation issues.
With the recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7, we’ve received some complaints from loyal Tech Armor fans who claim our HD Clear and Ballistic Glass screen protectors were improperly cut and thus do not fit. At first glance, their imagery seems to lend validity to that assumption, however our product was deliberately designed to avoid the increased curve of the new S7 screen.
Look at the comparison below… On the LEFT, you can see how the glass rests on the flat areas of the glass- providing a perfect seal to protect the flat areas of the screen. On the RIGHT, we’ve created this image to illustrate what would happen if we extended our screen to “perfectly fit” the device.
The flat shape of our screen protectors would create a gap between the device and allow air, dirt and debris to creep under. Every time you pulled the device out of your pocket or purse, the potential for peeling would drastically increase!
At Tech Armor, we pride ourselves on seamless installation with a bubble-free guarantee and we take great care in the design of our products to ensure this promise. While the competition scrambles to redesign their glass and film options (we’ve heard rumors of some manufacturers recalling product), we’re standing by our designs to avoid the curve.
Check out this video demonstration below for a live look at how our Ballistic Glass (at 60mm width) provides seamless coverage vs. a Zagg screen protector (at 64mm) which produces the less-desirable halo effect.
That being said, what about those customers who are willing to pay a little bit more for a COMPLETE edge-to-edge solution? Tech Armor recognizes that a flat glass or film solution offers the lowest possible price, but some customers are willing to invest more… we have not ignored this demand!
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The official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is going to be on February 21st, but in the lead-up to the main event itself a lot of information about it has been “leaked” as a way to drive up buzz. The following tidbits are currently floating around the technology pressrooms (and keep in mind that all these facts map prove untrue):
- 1. The Micro USB Remains
While the new Type C USB cables were all the buzz at CES in January, it seems that Samsung has decided not to incorporate this new universal standard as a recently leaked image shows the phone with the same standard connection as the GS6 model.
- 2. Water Proof?
With the debate still ongoing as to whether the S7 Edge+ will remain available or if the S7 Edge will stand alone, one interesting feature seems to be included on the new models: water resistance! It appear someone "accidentally" leaked this video, on an unlisted Samsung Indonesia channel showing "The Next Galaxy" with no actual mention of the phone model. The sustained shots of the phone in the rain could confirm the rumor that this new model is water proof (or at least resistant).
- 3. The Price Is Lower
According to a European rumor mill, the Galaxy S7 is going to retail at 699 euros, and the S7 Edge will add 100 to that for a total of 799. This is roughly 50 euros less than how much the Galaxy S6 cost when it was first introduced, and it undercuts the iPhone S6 by about the same as well. Thus, unless Apple plans on cutting its own prices for the iPhone S7 by the same mount, the Galaxy is going to be seriously cheaper. The exact numbers in American dollars aren’t out just yet, perhaps in part due to the way every carrier has a slightly different price, but it’s expected to follow Europe’s example.
- 4. The Battery Is Bigger
This one we’ve got a pretty good grasp on since it’s a government agency disclosing some official information. While previous models of the Samsung Galaxy were content with 2600 mAh, the new S7 is going to jump up to 3600 mAh. This means the S7 can provide 6 more hours of calls, 5 more hours of video playback, or 19 more hours of audio playback than the S6,
- 5. The Glass Animal Is Different
Instead of sticking with the industry standard Gorilla Glass, the Galaxy S7 may be using a new variety called Turtle Glass, a name which Samsung registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office back in September of 2015. According to some rumors, Turtle Glass may even be a real contender for the toughest mobile device glass available and not just a way for Samsung to insource its glass production.
- 6. The Camera Size Is Changing
Physically, the Galaxy S7’s camera is going to be smaller and flush with the back of the phone instead of sticking out the way it does with the S6. However, this smaller size may have led to a smaller resolution – unless it hasn’t. The current Galaxy S6 uses a 16 megapixel resolution, and while some rumors expect this to grow to 20 megapixels, others claim it will drop to 12 instead. Either way, it’s expected that the color depth and light balance technology will be taking a step forward.
Something else you can expect to be coming out soon is Tech Armor’s Galaxy S7 screen protectors and accessories. While Turtle Glass may turn out to be tougher than the original Gorilla, the fact is that glass is still glass and a bad drop onto concrete or a sandy beach will likely mean an expensive repair or replacement, and even if it’s covered under your warranty it’ll mean having to wait days as the phone goes through a round trip for its repairs. But if a screen protector takes the damage instead, you’re only out a few dollars while your phone is still good to go.
Statement: Samsung is leaking like a faucet as the Galaxy S7 prepares for primetime.