Samsung reportedly showcased the Galaxy S8 to a select few near MWC; partner companies “impressed” with the new handset


Samsung's decision to delay the official announcement of its upcoming flagship was a true loss for this year's MWC, but the Korean manufacturer apparently did bring a Galaxy S8 prototype in Barcelona after all.

The Korea Herald
reveals that Samsung reportedly set up a demonstrations room at the lobby Hotel Porta Fira, which is located quite close to where MWC took place. In in, the tech giant showcased the handset to a select group of partner companies and mobile carriers, and a “temporary wall” was all that kept prying eyes away from the new flagship.

Upon exiting the venue, some representatives of these partner companies revealed that what they saw was “very impressive” to local media outlets. However, no details were given on the exact specs and features of the Galaxy S8, as such information is kept confidential until a device is officially unveiled.

Samsung often employs this “behind closed doors” approach to showcase future devices and tech in order to maintain high levels of client interest, but considering the strong competition it might face this year, the company also used the stage at MWC to publicly display the official teaser video for the Galaxy S8 for the first time.

via SamMobile

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47 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Who's still surprised at this point ? They delivered the phone of 2016 and will do it again this year, it's Samsung.

5. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I'm just concerned about the battery size. 3000 mAh on a 5.8" screen doesn't sound good. Hope that it is false and the phone has around 3400-3500 mAh.

9. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I'm also concern about battery and also display :-p if its not RGB matrix.. screen size at 5.8 might be fine but at 6.2" 2K pentile matrix. of course I'm not talking about normal consumers. My guess is S8 won't have better battery but will stay same as on S7 with use of more efficient internals

15. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Remember that the S8 and S8+ will have higher resolution than standard QHD. At 6.2", S8+ will still have a pixel density of 519, which is about the same as the density on Note 7. One more thing, QHD is not 2K. 2K is 1080x2048, which is basically slightly wide 1080p. QHD is closer to 2.5k. And what Samsung will be using will be closer to 3K.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

"One more thing, QHD is not 2K. 2K is 1080x2048, which is basically slightly wide 1080p. QHD is closer to 2.5k. And what Samsung will be using will be closer to 3K." That is wrong and false. First off 1920x1080 is a 2K display becaus eit actually has over 2000 pixel in one direction on a 16:9 screen. The 2560x1440 is higher than 1080 and is a 2k display. Is it closer to 3k? 3K is not a standard resolution so it doesn't even matter/ Also with the 18.9 display, the resolkution is likely 2560x1880 or similar. That is still a 2K display as 2,560 os a 2000 number. If it was 3K it would be 3xxxX2xxx or something. https://www.cnet.com/news/tv-resolution-confusion-1080p-2k-uhd-4k-and-what-they-all-mean/

31. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

LOL, you don't even know how those things work. 2K, 3K and 4K are cinema standard resolutions, and they don't apply on 16:9 displays. 2K = 2048X1080, it's 16:9 counterpart is 1920x1080 or FHD. 3K = 3072x1620 (theoritical cinema standard).. 4K = 4096x2160, it's 16:9 counterpart is 3840x2160 or UHD. S8 is going to use 2880x1440, which will be closer to 3k than 2k, which is what I stated. I never said QHD is 3k or 2k, QHD is something like 2.5k which you would understand if you cared to read my comment. And Samsung is not using QHD on S8. You would know that if you had an IQ of over 70. Even your link contradicts you, moron.

36. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Techie come on.. 1920 pixel by 1080 pixel ( where you see 2000 pixel in one direction? )

11. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

@ Tyrion I share the concern, but looking at the difference between the A5 2106 and A5 2017 (up to 50% longer web browsing and video watching, thanks to a more efficient chipset (14nm vs 28nm), but likely also due to more efficient AMOLED), there's still hope that screen on time is at least similar to if not better than the S7.

13. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Just because you are using a more efficient processor doesn't give you the right to put small batteries in a phone. Even if it gets good battery life, they could have got amazing battery life from using 3500 mAh battery. It's a compromise and that's just how I think. Also, think about how the S6 battery life turned out despite using more efficient processor just due to android sucking the life. Android system punishes smaller batteries disproportionately.

25. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Hardware improvements are usually leveraged to make phones lighter, thinner etc. especially to shrink and simplify the bill of materials. The S8 and S8+ should still do well in battery life but not stupendously. Maybe the Note 8 will be a real battery beast.

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

28 nm to 14 make for a much bigger change than 14nm to 10...

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Galaxy Note 5 had a 3000Mah battery did it not? How much different is 5.7 vs 5.8? .1MM...right? How much battery cxan you add in such a small space? I mean you're really complaining about the battery? You sound really desperate to find anything you can wrong with this phone. Oh wait and the new SD835 is said to use almost 20% less power than the 820. Again you constant bringing up the batter is pure baloney. The Note 7 had a 3500Mah battery crammed into its shell. How well did that go? Samsung demanding an aggressive battery isn't why it exploded. It did because the OEM's who made the battery, didn't make it properly to begin with. The Note 5 and S7 both have better battery-life than many phones claimign to be in the same class. You are worried about NOTHING. It's all in your mind. Oh and didn't the Galaxy S6 Edge+ also have a 3000Mah battery, like the note 5? Hmmmm!

32. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

S7 edge crams a bigger battery in a smaller size than note 7. The battery in note 7 exploded since it was curved at the corners which caused cathode and anode to be dangerously near, not because of it's size you idiot. For a Samsung fan, I expected you to know more about Samsung. Note 5 and S7 had average battery life at best. S7 edge is where the battery game is.

37. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

agreed my LG G5 SD820 get better battery life than S7 SD820 using a smaller battery ( 3000 mah S7 versus 2800 mah LG G5 ).

41. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"agreed my LG G5 SD820 get better battery life than S7 SD820 using a smaller battery ( 3000 mah S7 versus 2800 mah LG G5 )." Meanwhile the LG G5 scored a measly 60hrs on GSMArena's battery chart, and the SD820 Galaxy S7 scored roughly 20hrs more than the G5... The S7 edge just obliterates the G5 in battery life. Deal with it.

42. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

If the S7 is average, the G5 is mediocre in battery life. Anandtech, GSMARENA as well as many other sites verified it. And the exynos s7 just walks over it.

35. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

5.7 with lower resolution so its not .1 its also higher resolution to push. SD835 will use 20% battery less than 820 if its used for exact same purpose But its wont as its will have new features ect. Note 7 was too thin thats all just make the phone a tad thicker hell make it 2-3 mm thicker and make it 4000 mah. In fact its was a mix of a battery too big , battery thats where not fully flat , cheapo battery OEM and a design faillure (phone too think so battery too crammed in the device ) But hey Techie you Samsung lover so i guess its life..

44. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What does screen size matter with an AMOLED, where the individual pixels light? Technically, any size screen with the same resolution should draw roughly the same power.

45. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

That's not true. A bigger area would require the pixels to light more for the same brightness. Think of it like a candle in a room. As the room gets bigger, the light gets dimmer.

7. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Yes, but Samsung phones of 2016 might eventually beat this year's other OEMs new phones. Some of them like Sony can't even put the thing together like no quality OLED screen, mediocre camera with no OIS, very ugly and boring physical design and lame UI. At this point I think you'd better call out them to get a thing done rather than just criticize Samsung which already delivers the best of the best.

19. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

@Hallyu you can use this to ease the pain : https://imgur.com/gallery/DRlx1of

24. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Someone's still triggered by the MWC award results.

33. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Sony EIS is often better than any OIS in existance bu tokay Hallyu. As for OLED screen sadly they still burn in and if they remove all physical button thats be horrible ( yes i already have S7 with burn in comming back.. ) Mediocre camera? lol. Hallyu you are pathetic.

2. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

I find this phone ugly, just like the S3. The rest were ok, accept loved the S2.

8. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

It looks obviously more beautiful than that boxy and uncomfortable Xperape XZ .

12. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Before we dive into the barrel of bad Samsung designs and come up clutching the winner, it’s worth mentioning that any OEM trying to innovate with new designs is going to have a few misses. It sometimes feels like Samsung churns out more models than the rest of the market put together in its mission to explore every possible form factor. Consider the Samsung Continuum, the Samsung Sidekick, and even the Samsung Galaxy Round. The same impatience that drove it to rush out the Galaxy Gear can be seen in a number of its devices over the years. There’s a determination to be first, and a lack of refinement as a result. A lot of Samsung’s bad phones look like inbred children of the Galaxy S series, but you can’t criticize devices like the Samsung Galaxy Fame too harshly because they are deliberately cheap. Samsung makes ugly phones. They've never won a single award for design.

14. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Now Kumar, the question is, why are you so insecure about a damn phone that you find the need to criticize it on every single article? If you truely didn't like it, you wouldn't find the need to click on every article about the S8 then drop the same comment. Oh, and although you failed, I still applaud you for trying to go disguised under your new account, but who knows, maybe next time you will do a better job.

16. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Lmfao, what a weak rebuttal, busted youboth Samsung fanboys. You and Hallyu. I'm free to speech off freedom. I don't live in a dictatorship country like you do. Lebanon.

23. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Dictatorship like Lebanon lmao Not that I am a fan of our political system, but it is one of the best democracies in the region. But I wouldn't expect much from a gullible person.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO, thanks for the morning laugh with your stupid posts.

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