Galaxy S8 may sport more efficient display, touch volume keys, and 3-coil wireless charging

Galaxy S8 may sport more efficient display, touch volume keys, and 3-coil wireless charging
Rumors about the next best thing from Samsung, the Galaxy S8, are coming fast and furious today. We just relayed that the phone may be doing away with the physical home key, but could introduce a side button for direct launch of the alleged Bixby AI assistant, and now comes info that the power key and volume buttons could be of the touch variety, along with other interesting tidbits.

We can't really wrap our heads around the latter claim, as the whole point of a physical power key is that it's not easy to inadvertently touch and lock or unlock the handset, but we'll see if that rumor pans out somehow. The other nutty part in the new report is that the S8 will sport two versions, like what we have now with the 5.1" Galaxy S7 and 5.5" S7 edge, but they will be mostly screen at the fronts, with curved display sides. 

It's not the first time we are hearing that the S8 will have a very high screen-to-body ratio, due to the curved panel, and the incorporation of the home key and finger scanner in the display. However, the source here goes further, and claims that Samsung will plaster 5.7" and 6.2" flexible panels over phones with sizes similar to the S7 and S7 edge. We'll have to see this one to believe it, but, given what Xiaomi did with the Mi Mix, it is certainly doable. The Galaxy S8 displays are also tipped to utilize the newest M8 generation of OLED materials, with improved longevity, and up to 30% better power efficiency, which could bode well for enhanced battery life out of the new S8.

The claim for a fingerprint sensor embedded in the screen is not out of whack, too, as both the Koreans from CrucialTek, and Synaptics itself have announced under-glass scanner designs. These won't be easy to pull off, but Samsung will seemingly take its time with the Galaxy S8 development, making sure that it is as good and innovative as possible. 

Moving along, the spring flagships from Samsung are said to feature a 3-coil wireless charging design, improving the charging range and efficiency further. Given that Samsung's wireless charging hardware for the S7 and S7 edge can top them up for the record two hours, we can't wait to hear how fast will the S8 be charged wirelessly. All in all, after two largely similar glass-and-metal iterations of the Galaxy S series, we might be in for a thorough redesign with the S8, which is believable, given the rumors for radical chassis changes in the iPhone 8 as well. Oh, next year can't come soon enough.

source: ETNews (translated) via SamMobile & OLED-A

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23 Comments

1. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Got an iPhone 7 Plus two days ago and I am already sure I'd upgrade. Oh phone industry you..

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'll hold on to mine at least 3 years, or until a better technology arrives or if, God forbid, I screws it up.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Keyword: "May"

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Imagine Mi Mix with dual curved screen. O, the nightmares that will befall the one who lets it crash.

4. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

bruh.......them screen sizes though!!!..I cant wait to see them. Also they better improve the battry technology for their own sakes.

22. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I bought a nexus 6p to hold me until the Note 8 drops. BTW, it says that the new screen technology is 30% more efficient than current screens. This should equate to better battery life

5. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I just had to scan back through the article because something didn't seem right. Then I realised..... they never mentioned the note 7 problems. Think that's a first

6. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

great..they're going to add it now

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Ha, a first indeed. They have been mentioning the Note7 fiasco in all Samsung-related articles lately, even in the Gear S3 articles!

12. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL I was thinking the same thing.

14. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I noticed the same thing.. no worries though, they will edit the article to add the crucial missing information!

7. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

That much new technology in so little time… I’m both excited and nervous at the same time.

9. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah, all of this is nice on paper and nice to read..but once release the caveats will follow, just like all products...don't charge over 60%, it was the battery, it's fixed, now it's recalled, only use gentle cycle for your samsung washer, yawwwn already...will cost updards 850+, and yes they will rush this out to beat the iphone 8 release.

10. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

did you read what you typed?

15. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Samsung like any huge OEM has become complacent with their products. That's why the washing machines are recalled and issues with their monitors too. They need to concentrate on no issues with the S8 and regain people's trust. I'm going with a wait and see attitude.

21. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

How is nearly making every component from the ground up being complacent? It's not like phones can drastically change in a year.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"yes they will rush this out to beat the iphone 8 release" This is a stupid comment. The S phone have always come out before the new iPhones.

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Meh. Its all bells and whistles now, not much new. Now if they jump-start ahead of Andromeda and Continuum and made their own, maybe they could start again a new phase but now smartphone development is on a plateau.

16. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Can't wait for the S8, let the rumors continue! Oh, and pleaaaase Samsung add FM to your Exynos models.

17. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I hope they do not do away with physical keys, there's no reason to replace them with something that can fail with software issues, hardware keys are good for a reason, regardless of what happens, if something relies on software to interpret its input, it also means that if said software fails, you are unable to do such things as hard reset if there are any weird freezes, and with batteries not being able to be pulled out, what are you going to do then?

18. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2272; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

In this two-legged race...Samsung throws the first punch...while Apple gets to throw the last knockout of the year. That what always happens. The S8 will do well, but the iPhone creates months of buzz after the launch.

23. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Problem for Apple is that there just isn't that much buzz w/ these latest iPhones.

20. aljololzz

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

more innovation please

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