Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs: What’s new?

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The most notable change is that we’re expecting a bump in screen sizes. Apparently, the two new Galaxy handsets will feature larger 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays, up from 5.1-inches and 5.7-inches on the old phones. But importantly, the new ‘Infinity Display’ aesthetic means we’re expecting that the rough body dimensions of the phones will stay the same as before. A higher resolution panel is also tipped – specifically, 2,960 x 1,440 pixels compared to 2,560 x 1,440, creating an 18:9(-ish) aspect ratio.

It’s also likely that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be available with different processors in different markets, as has been the case previously. Some units will almost certainly feature Samsung’s custom-built Exynos 8895 chip, while others seem certain to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 processor – which Samsung manufactures.

What’s important about both chips is that they’re built on a new 10nm FinFET manufacturing process. That means that the transistors can be more densely packed, offering more power (up to 27% improved performance) or better efficiency (up to 40% lower power consumption) compared to older 14nm chips.

The Exynos 8895 chip features ARM’s latest Mali-G71 GPU, which promises to bring 60% improved gaming performance. The Snapdragon 835, meanwhile, uses Qualcomm’s Adreno 540 GPU. Qualcomm says this GPU brings a 25% increase in 3D rendering performance, compared to the Adreno 530 inside the Galaxy S7’s Snapdragon 820 chip.

Both chips are also capable of 1Gbps download speeds, thanks to their built-in modems. That means a 4K movie – estimated at 100GB average file size – could be downloaded in just over 13 minutes. And a Blu-ray movie, which averages at around 20GB, could arrive in a quarter of that time. But no UK carrier currently offers such blistering speeds, so this is overkill for now.

Not much else is new. The Galaxy S8 looks certain to carry over a couple of Galaxy Note 7 features like the Iris Scanner and USB-C charging, and it also seems likely that we’ll see waterproofing retained from the Galaxy S7. Rumoured battery sizes (3,000mAh/3,500mAh), RAM (4GB), and storage (64GB) are all par for the course these days, and it doesn’t sound like there’ll be significant camera improvements lined up – at least not in terms of megapixels or focal ratio.

Finally, it’s almost guaranteed that the Galaxy S8 will come running on Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. The Galaxy S7 has already received the update, so there’s no reason why the Galaxy S8 shouldn’t launch with the new software right off the bat. Of course, expect the usual Samsung TouchWiz overlay, with some custom-built features – including a new AI assistant called 'Bixby'.

So, based on all of the leaks so far, here’s what we think we’ll see from the Galaxy S8:

  Samsung Galaxy S7



Samsung Galaxy S8



Samsung Galaxy S8+



Screen 5.1 inches



5.8 inches 6.2 inches



Display Resolution



1,440 x 2,560 pixels



1,440 x 2,960



1,440 x 2,960
Aspect Ratio



16:9 ~18:9 ~18:9
Chipset Snapdragon 820 OR Exynos 8890



Snapdragon 835 OR Exynos 8895



Snapdragon 835 OR Exynos 8895
Memory 4GB 4GB



Storage 32GB 64GB 64GB
Main Camera



12-megapixel (DualPixel) – f/1.7



12-megapixel (DualPixel) – f/1.7 12-megapixel (DualPixel) – f/1.7
Front Camera



5-megapixel – f/1.7 8-megapixel – f/1.7



8-megapixel – f/1.7
Battery Size



3,000mAh 3,000mAh 3,500mAh
Charging Micro USB



USB Type C



USB Type C
Headphone Jack



Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint Scanner



Yes Yes Yes
Iris Scanner



No Yes Yes
Waterproofing Yes (IP68 Certified)



Yes (IP68 Certified) Yes (IP68 Certified)

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