For the past two years we’ve awarded Samsung’s Galaxy S-series the crown for best smartphone. It was doing so well until the *cough* Note 7, but the company will pull out all the stops in 2017 to reverse its fortunes. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will be announced in early 2017. Here are the facts you need to know, as we round up the best S8 rumours, speculating on the Samsung S8 UK release date, price and specifications.
With speculation that Samsung will make standard the dual-curved-edge screen previously used only for its edge models, it’s unlikely that the company will continue to distinguish between its Galaxy S-series models in this manner. Since the key differences will now be the size, battery capacity and potentially the camera, we think Samsung might choose to go down the Apple route and call what would be the Galaxy S8 edge the Galaxy S8 Plus.
And we’re not the only ones who think this. Our theory has been backed up by a report in the Korean Herald, which says Samsung has hinted at removing the standard flat-screen version and replacing it with the edge model. Now that decision appears to have been finalised, and a new report from the same publication says the company is sourcing 5.1- and 5.5in dual-edge screens.
Latest update: Several new rumours about the Galaxy S8 have appeared on the web over the Christmas break. To summarise:
• The Galaxy S8 will have a USB-C port: The CES 2017 launch of three new mid-range Galaxy A handsets all sporting USB-C points to the idea that this is Samsung’s plan going forward
• For the first time the Note family’s S Pen stylus is expected to be available as an optional extra for the Galaxy S8
• The release date may have been pushed back to 18 April 2017 with Samsung considering hosting an Unpacked event in March