After the embarrrassing Galaxy Note7 incident, all eyes are on Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8. Here's a summary of what we know so far about the Galaxy S8.
Note: We first published this article on 19th February but we've since updated it several times.
Samsung has been testing the market with curved displays since 2013. The Galaxy Round, its first curved display smartphone, was only available in its home market of Korea. It was followed a year later by the Galaxy Note Edge. 2015 and 2016 saw the release of more curved screen variants alongside the standard flat screen models such as the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. What would 2017 bring us?
The first hint came from Koh Dong-jin, the head of the tech giant’s mobile business in August 2016 when he reportedly said that the edge display would be the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup. The Korea Herald later reported that Samsung was ditching the flat screen model of the Galaxy S8 as sales of the Galaxy S7 edge surpassed the Galaxy S7.
Earlier last month, an anonymous case maker sent GSMArena 3D renders and schematics of the Galaxy S8 which show that there isn't a flat screen model. Just a few days ago, tipster @evleaks published the first live photo of a purported Galaxy S8 and confirmed that both Galaxy S8 models would have curved displays. A 360-degree video of the Galaxy S8 models was posted by serial tipster @OnLeaks and MySmartPrice (@GearIndia) in early February where the two phones are shown to be have dual-curved displays. Leaked purported press and hands-on photos confirm that both Galaxy S8 models will have curved displays.
Given the solid track record of @evleaks and GSMArena, we can expect Samsung to release two Galaxy S8 models with curved displays. Perhaps one of them might make up for the lack of a "Note" product for the last half year? We'll know more in about a month.