Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors: new evidence hints at front camera with autofocus


At the end of last month, the Galaxy S8 rumor mill, which is spinning full speed after the Note 7 debacle, spew out an interesting suggestion regarding Samsung's all-but-confirmed 2017 S-line flagship smartphone. According to said rumor, the Galaxy S8 may feature a front-facing camera with autofocus – a first for the company and a rarity in the mobile industry as a whole.

Recently unveiled by SamMobile, the South Korean tech giant's latest trademark filing with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) reveals a new trademarked term – “Smart AF” (where AF stands for autofocus). Although the documentation is very scarce on details, it reveals that the trademark will be associated with everything from laptops, to tablets, to smartphones, to even lens attachments thereof, the description also explicitly mentions “facial recognition software for smartphones.”

Although this may not be an actual confirmation of the Galaxy S8 selfie shooter rumors, it is our biggest lead at the moment. Since Samsung obviously intends to implement “Smart AF” in tablets and laptops, but these types of devices are either not highly regarded for their photo-taking capabilities (in the case of tablets), or do not feature a rear-facing camera to begin with (laptops), it wouldn't be out of the question that Samsung is aiming for the selfie shooter with “Smart AF”. When it comes to smartphones, rear-facing cameras with autofocus have been around for years, so, although the new technology may see some sort of implementation there as well, we would say it is more likely than not primarily for selfie cameras. Furthermore, this patent reveal is in line with the aforementioned Galaxy S8 rumors, and although we wouldn't make haste to bet our heads that it will necessarily see adoption in next year's Galaxy S flagship, it is not uncommon for trademark filings to reveal accurate details about upcoming tech months ahead of any official unveiling.

Samsung will have a lot to prove with the Galaxy S8, both to itself, its competitors, and following the Note 7 fiasco – to its customers. The Galaxy S8 is expected to be unveiled at MWC 2017 in February. For more information on the upcoming flagship and for our extensive Galaxy S8 rumor round-up, head to the links below:

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  • 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)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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7 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You've my 'blessings', Samsung... G'Day!

2. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

'Smart AF'..I had a good laugh when I read this on sammobile

4. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And I get excited AF whenever I read an S8 rumour

5. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

same especially since I've had to resort to using my old G3 while I wait due to my Note 7 never getting into my hands before the recall..but oh well, a lesson in patience I guess

6. Amir123a

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

Well, note 8 won't explode. That's a plus. Patience pays.

3. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Smart as f**k??

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Smart AF XD

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