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What AndroidPIT editors really think of the Galaxy S8 rumors

What AndroidPIT editors really think of the Galaxy S8 rumors

In just a couple of days, Samsung will unveil the highly anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones to the world. Leading up to the big reveal though, there have been non-stop rumors, leaked specs and images. To help our readers make sense of all the noise, I've enlisted some of my brilliant colleagues to share their assessment of the S8 thus far.

What can we expect from the Galaxy S8?

We have a good idea of what specs and features the S8 and S8 Plus will have thanks to constant leaks, which have only become more consistent as we get closer to the big reveal on March 29. The S8 will likely have a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display and 3,000 mAh battery, while the S8 Plus will have a larger 3,500 mAh battery to support its 6.2-inch display. The devices are all but confirmed to have the new octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 12 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera. Both will almost certainly run Android Nougat and are likely to feature Bixby, Samsung's new AI assistant.

That's a lot of information to process, so our editors weighed in on the S8 rumors and gave their opinions below:

Pierre Vitré - AndroidPIT France

Sadly, it's not the revolution I was expecting

"The Galaxy S8 (and S8 Plus) will be a beautiful smartphone with a nice bezel-less design and a great Super AMOLED screen. It represents what Samsung is able to offer to consumers in 2017 in terms of technology (iris scanner, the new virtual assistant Bixby, fingerprint scanner, stereo audio, IP68 certification...) and what consumers probably want to buy. But, sadly, it's not the revolution I was expecting, especially with the upcoming iPhone 8. It seems this year the focus for Samsung was on design and not messing things up again like with the Note7."

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The leaked Orchid Grey and Black Sky variants of the S8.  / © Evan Blass

Steffen Herget - AndroidPIT Germany

High performance and a great camera are mandatory

"Most of the latest rumors and leaks about the Galaxy S8 sound quite plausible to me. Thin bezels and curved screens are what many people want at the moment, so it makes sense for Samsung to stick with that. High performance and a great camera are mandatory for a flagship, so we can expect to be impressed with these aspects. I'm excited about the dock with active cooling and the PC-like features the Galaxy S8 is rumored to have."

Luis Ortega - AndroidPIT Spain

The phone probably won't have adequate battery life, but it will put an end to the explosion debacle for good

"The Galaxy S8 is going to be the smartphone that will put Samsung to the test. The Korean manufacturer has never spent so much time developing a phone. I feel certain that it will be the safest smartphone Samsung has ever made. Given the size of the screen (5.8 inches) and the relatively small 3,000 mAh battery, I think the phone probably won't have adequate battery life, but it will put an end to the explosion debacle for good and preserve Samsung's prestige."


While the rumors about the Galaxy S8 may not point to the smartphone being completely revolutionary, it should still be impressive in terms of specs. We're expecting Samsung to play it safe with the battery, by giving it a capacity of just 3,000 mAh to avoid another Note 7 disaster. Once the device is unveiled and we have the chance to get our hands on it, we will test these assumptions and let you know our thoughts.

What do you think of the S8 rumors so far? Are you pleased with the specs, or were you hoping for something more? Let us know in the comments!

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  • My gosh, I can't get into this post. There are so many people, pro or con, that are off the mark on this one. I could debunk a lot of this with facts and numbers, but why? It's just foolish fanboyism on both sides. Samsung makes great phones, but it's not even close to the end all in android, if you think so, your a fanboy, and don't come here often to learn.

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      Deactivated Account Mar 29, 2017 Link to comment

      "I could debunk a lot of this with facts and numbers"

      please do! if you don't agree with something back it up. By constructively adding your opinion, you enhance the overall quality of the discussion and add value for the other readers. Im curious what you have to say.

  • Karl E Mar 28, 2017 Link to comment

    If Pierre Vitré asks for a revolution, what kind of revolution should that be? foldable display and battery? Maybe we will see this in near future.... but is a revolution in the mobile handset market in any way possible or should it be more like a evolution, step by step? Sometimes with a bigger step, sometimes with smaller ones. So, is the S8 as far as we jet know a bigger step or not? I don´t think so, its a good (smaller) step forward in a soft evolution way ..... only my thoughts :)

    • Pierre Vitré
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      Mar 29, 2017 Link to comment

      I was just expecting something more than just a S7 updated with a borderless design. When the first iPhone has been unveiled, it was a revolution. I wanted to live again the same emotion ;)

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    Deactivated Account Mar 28, 2017 Link to comment

    Far as android goes these will be the BEST HANDSETS in 2017 till the Note8 and NoteFold arrives in September.

    Easily Samsung will sell 60 to 70 million S8 handsets with no problem.

    S6, S6EdgePlus y and Note5 users who didn't get an opportunity to get the Note7 will buy the S8 and S8Plus gladly.

    At the end of the day 60% Samsung users buy both brands yearly which is exactly what I do.

    S8Plus for me day one of launch then Note8 in September.

    The surprise handsets people are sleeping on are the S8Active and the new NoteFold.

    Nothing made by anyone else on the Android platform will matter market share wise or revenue wise.

    Whatever table scraps Samsung leaves behind is exactly what Google's dull handsets, Sony, HTC, LG, and Huawei, as well as Motorola are all fighting for.

  • It might be o.k making a phone that stands out from the rest,but it's going to durability and the cost of the phone that will distract or attract buyers to the phone,people who have experienced a broken glass on the Galaxy S7 Edge phones will define try be not interested in buying another Edge screen phone if the S8 models do not offer stronger glass,Samsung are acting like the competitor Apple now by overpricing there Premium phones,so overpricing there future phones will or could end up back firing on themselves,Samsung could end up with people buying there budget phones more than there Premium ones,it's seems so wrong overpricing a phone when one of there last Premium phone was banned from being sold

  • Mark
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    Mar 28, 2017 Link to comment

    "Galaxy S8 may not point to the smartphone being completely revolutionary" Is major under statement, it is not revolutionary at all. Samsung is becoming more like and as boring Apple with every phone looking like the last, except for size.

    • ljhaye Mar 28, 2017 Link to comment

      Samsung has been the only successful android OEM in large because they were willing to "slavishly copy " the iPhone. For example they even copy iPhone feature nomenclature Apple Pay with their own Samsung Pay ( wtf). They are also the only OEM that maintains iPhone parity independent of Google's android road map. Again the Samsung Pay example except vs Android Pay. Samsung phones are the only ones that the android community follows as the anti-iPhone but it has also become the anti google android phone ( pixel) as well.

    • And to add they're pricing their phones like Apple as well. As I commented on another AndroidPit article on mid tier phones, that may not be a bad way to go cause not everybody can afford flagship prices every year or two. My two cents.

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