More Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors: 'Infinity display,' iris scanner and yes, a headphone jack

Posted on Jan 25 2017 - 11:48am by Huzoor Bux


Hot on the heels of the news that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 won’t launch in February comes a bevy of new rumors about the device, some of which contradict previous reports.

The Guardian published quite an in-depth report Tuesday, claiming Samsung will launch two devices in late March, with availability around April 21. These phones, codenamed “Dream” and “Dream 2,” will be roughly the same size as Samsung’s previous flagships, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, but will have larger, “infinity” displays, which will curve down on both sides of the phone. 

The displays will cover most of the devices’ front sides — similar to this concept image from a Samsung Display video. They’ll be so big, in fact, that there won’t even be room for a Samsung logo on the front. 

This means, according to the report, that the fingerprint scanner will have to move to the back of the phone — contrary to earlier reports that the scanner will be embedded underneath the display. 

The Guardian‘s sources also claim the phone will have an iris scanner (similar to the one in the now discontinued Galaxy Note7), as well as a standard, 3.5mm headphone jack (contrary to previous rumors that it won’t). 

The rear camera will be similar to the one in the Galaxy S7, with “incremental” upgrades to image quality, though one interesting new feature will be built-in object recognition à la Google Goggles. 

The processor on Samsung’s new flagship will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, and the devices will come with 64GB of memory. 

Interestingly, The Guardian‘s sources could not confirm the rumored name “Bixby” for Samsung’s new digital assistant which is set to debut on the new phones, but they did confirm its existence. 

Finally, the Galaxy S8 will come with a new accessory called DeX, which essentially turns the phone into an Android-based desktop computer. 

That’s a lot of info, and even though all of it is unofficial (except for the non-February launch), it mostly confirms other rumors and reports that have been making the rounds lately. If true, the Galaxy S8 seems like it will be worth the wait. 

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