Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S8 to have a Microsoft Continuum-like feature


Samsung might not be willing to share anything related to the Galaxy S8 before April, but, as it often happens, rumors about the company's upcoming flagship smartphone have been running wild for quite some time. 

The latest rumor has it that the Galaxy S8 could include a feature resembling Microsoft's Continuum. According to a leaked slide that reportedly originates from a Galaxy S8 presentation - see above - Samsung is working on a so called "Desktop Experience" for the new smartphone. Apparently, you'll be able to connect your Galaxy S8 to an external monitor, plus wireless keyboards and mice, in order to use the phone like a proper PC - that's because multi-tasking and many other things simply work better on a large display.

If this Desktop Experience is indeed a real upcoming feature of the S8, Samsung must have enhanced the phone's UI in order to provide a meaningful experience once the device is connected to a monitor. Mind you, the handset seen in the Desktop Experience slide is almost certainly not a Galaxy S8.

Even if the Desktop Experience won't make it to the final list of Galaxy S8 features, the smartphone is expected to bring many significant novelties. To find out all about them, check out our Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor review

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)

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44 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

Dual loud speakers and you will have my money.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The speakers on Galaxy phones are terrible.

13. fyah_king unregistered

that's why I want them to make it better. If not, I will look elsewhere.

14. mikehunta727 unregistered

Agreed, better have at least HTC 10/iPhone 7 speaker setup, no excuses for it not to have it now. Speaker on the S6/S7 is just underwhelming and definitely can use big improvements there. Also getting rid of that soft plastic rear flash thing where the heart rate monitor too and putting glass on it at least. That thing gets scratched so easily despite babying the device. Home button I am assuming is going to be dropped as well so no more easy to scratch raised home button either now

18. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I don't know....my HTC 10 speakers are missing something....not as loud as I would hope.

29. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Anything Samsung will never be better in Mxy's eyes.

39. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Wow. I had this feature on my Nokia N8 7 uears ago.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wrong. They just aren't loud due to waterproofing. Before Apple waterproofed the iPhone, there speakers weer simply loud. Loud and terrible! Have you ever criticized them? NOPE! The fact the Galaxy speakers sound just find. Its not like anyone is sitting around listening to music from them. And if any idiot is when the phone comes with headphone,s then they like you are stupid and ignorant to begin with. The only reason you come here is to criticize Samsung for a phone you have no plans to own. Everything that comes out your mouth about Samsung is negative. You are a negative POS. Why don't you stay your retarded ass in your Apple articles. We already know the S8 will be better than Anything Apple will have for at least 3 years

21. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Samsung buying Harman will hopefully influence the audio of the s8.

22. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I have to ask, .....why? Dual speakers on something that small, I've heard several examples and the stereo effect is really minimal unless its very very specific in the stuff playing it. Only thing it seems to do is make people think it sounds so great that their surroundings when they are out in public have to listen in too..which is just annoying.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Minimal? There is none. These idiots who ask for stereo speakers on a smartphone know nothing about music. Stereo sound leaves the speakers from center and spreads to a triangle. In order to hear stereo properly, the space between the 2 need to be enough to where the triangles never cross, or if they do it is pass your listening position. Which means on a 4" or 5" device, there wont be enough space to get a true effect. Just like the fools asking for phones to be made out of cheaper materials and now crying they they break easier.

38. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Aren't they just like other idiots that have asked for 2k displays on 5" devices?

42. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Those aren't idiots, as 2K resolution on a 5" device comes in handy for VR!

44. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Aren't those that want VR in a MOBILE (which means one walks the streets with) phone also idiots?

45. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

One doesn't need to walk on the street with a VR goggle. A wide-space room will suffice. You're making no sense.

46. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why, then, get a MOBILE phone if you're doing VR, while being static? A Vive or an Oculus will sufice. People that want to VR with the phone make no sense...

2. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Hmm what will they copy next?

4. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Yes yes, Samsung has no history here themselves. Let's go back almost 6 years...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bmtulP9Vlg

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also Samsung SideSync from 3-5 years agohttp://www.samsung.com/us/sidesync/

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wasn't the first Android with something similar being the Motorola Atrix? You know, the phone that Moto just didnt hype enough with this feature?

11. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nothing to do with Samsung , this has been android feature for ages , basically fixed up screen mirroring . Get lost.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Screen mirroring, aka Miracast, has been around longer than Android. Andromium is the closest thing Android has to Continuum and it's not even an Alpha project, let alone Beta. If you've never used Continuum, "get lost".

17. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Very few of us have used continuum because Windows phone is pretty close to dead.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Rarity is no excuse for broad ignorance." Taylor Rhodes.....circa 1948.

28. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

+1 to this

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's your loss, not mine. I use Windows Mobile to get work done and make money, not blow up flying pigs or searching for Pokemons.

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The key difference between Miracast and Side Sync is interaction. We could not interact with a Miracast screen mirrorring while we do have the full functionality of our smartphone on a windows PC screen with Samsung's sidesync.

40. AlikMalix unregistered

Crispin_Gatieza, this year I'm up for an upgrade... I'm thinking of trying a Windows phone, was disappointed with Samsung's best when I tried it my last upgrade - it's overhyped. Any suggestion on the phone to look forward to this fall? and what gripes will I encounter (in your opinion) going from an iOS. Keep in mind I do use windows as my home PC... but apps like PhotoSync made my Windows+iPhone a bliss. Just want to try something different (I love iOS, but hate the bezels on my iPhone). I do enjoy gaming, but I can play on the ipad. "work done" is what got my attention from your post. Thanks.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Two Windows fans that is clueless and overly aggressive. Side Sync is not screen mirror like miracast. Its to bring in your phone features into your windows screen. I have used it for a few years. Continuum need app specific app support. Microsoft cores apps are supported but not much else. We are here to speculate galaxy s8 feature and no one here is the wiser till its release.

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