2016 started as a promising year for Samsung, with the Galaxy S7 series earning critical acclaim and commercial success. But the contrast with where we are now couldn’t be starker. Battery fires and a bungled recall process led to the cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7, making it the most calamitous smartphone launch ever, by a wide margin.
Samsung will already be looking ahead to its next flagship, the Galaxy S8, to pull it out of this quagmire and rebuild consumer trust. So what can we expect from such a crucial product? Let’s take a look.
What’s more, the inclusion of Daydream support suggests at least one of the phones might mean it ships with Android 7.1 out of the box — however that remains to be seen.
Either way, a proper U.S. launch for such a high-profile Huawei device would be a huge deal for the manufacturer, especially if it has any major carrier partners onboard. The dramatic failure of the Galaxy Note 7 could give Huawei a chance to woo buyers looking for a big-screened alternative.
We’re expecting to see the Huawei Mate 9 for the first time at the launch event on November 3 in Munich. Specs reportedly include a new Kirin 960 processor, using powerful, efficient new ARM Cortex-A73 cores, up to 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Huawei’s dual-camera setup from the P9 is said to return, now with 20-megapixel sensors behind f/2.0 lenses.
Speaking of which, there’s also the question of whether we’ll see an “edge” model Galaxy S8, as we have the past two years. The latest reports from Korea suggest that, like the Note 7’s subtly curved display, the GS8 might come in two models, both with Edge screens.
Sources said the company has already started securing display panels in two sizes — 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch — from its own display-making unit Samsung Display, the world’s sole producer of double-edged screens.
That might make the “edge” monicker redundant, so it’s possible we might instead be looking at a Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.