The seven mistakes Samsung needs to fix
There’s no question that Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge is the best phone currently available on the market.
With stunning looks, a gorgeous curved display and decent camera it’s very hard to find another smartphone that offers such a good user experience.
However, like most things in life, the Galaxy S7 Edge isn't perfect.
Now Samsung is about to reveal its next generation of smartphones with the impending launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on March 29th.
If rumours are to be believed, these phones should be better than anything anyone has seen before with an upgraded display, new processor and improved camera possibly making the S8 the phone to beat in 2017.
Samsung already has some fierce competition with LG, Huawei and Google all recently launching new devices.
Apple will also unveil a fully refreshed iPhone in September which is expected to include some ground-breaking new technology.
So, to get fans reaching for their wallets the S8 is going to need to be very good and these are some of the things Samsung needs to get right to help it top the award-winning S7 Edge.
Samsung Galaxy S8 – Leaked photos, concept images, and renders Sun, January 1, 2017
Samsung Galaxy S8 looks set to be the smartphone to beat this year. Following a swathe of rumours from the Chinese supply chain, a number of graphic designers have cooked-up high-resolution renders of what the smartphone could look like, when it launches in the UK in April 2017
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Samsung Galaxy S8 will get a dramatic new design, with no buttons, and an edge-to-edge display
FASTER ANDROID UPDATES
Google released its latest Android Nougat operating system last year with it including a range of new features.
Sadly, although Nougat is slowly rolling out for the Galaxy S7 Edge, many owners are still being left without access to this new OS.
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What makes this issue even more frustrating for Galaxy fans is the news that Google could soon reveal another major update in May at their yearly I/O event.
The S8 will no doubt launch with Android Nougat installed but Samsung needs to make sure its users get access to Google’s next operating system much faster in the future.
The S8 needs more power to make sure it takes on the competition
SPEED THINGS UP
The Galaxy S7 Edge featured a super-fast processor but the flagship phone still failed to impress in speed tests.
However, rumours suggest the S8 will include the new Snapdragon 835 processor which could bring huge improvements to this latest smartphone’s power.
Samsung’s new flagship needs to start beating its rivals when it comes to speed and the firm will be hoping this processor boost will finally place it ahead of the iPhone and Pixel.
The S7 Edge was accused of having problems with light bleeding from the display
LIGHT BLEED FROM THE CURVED DISPLAY
All rumours point to the S8 having another curved display.
Samsung makes some of the best screens in the business and this new phone will no doubt be bigger, better and brighter.
However, the firm was accused of having issues with the S7 Edge with some users reporting problems with light bleeding from the edge of the display.
Samsung responded to the claims saying that “due to the curved display, light can spread around to the curved areas of the screen.
“This usually appears when using the device in dark places, the device is not faulty rather this is a normal phenomenon called the light leak phenomenon.”
With display technology getting more advanced by the day, hopefully Samsung has sorted this irritation on the S8.
Samsung fans will be wanting fasters access to Android updates
MAKE WIRELESS CHARGING BETTER
The S7 Edge already features wireless charging but there's a reason why most users still fill their phones via an old-fashioned wire.
Samsung doesn’t include a wireless charging dock in the box and the phone still has to sit on this expensive accessory to get a refill.
The S8 is expected to follow the S7 Edge with wire-free charging but Samsung really needs to pop a charging dock in the box.
Rivals are also thought to be working on wireless charging without the need for a dock.
This would allow phones to be instantly charged the minute you walk into a room.
Samsung has been producing top-notch cameras for a while and the S7 Edge has one of the best in the business.
However, although this device takes an excellent image it doesn’t have some of the features now found in rival phones.
Apple’s latest iPhone 7 Plus now includes a brilliant dual lens rear camera which not only helps provide a superior zoom but also brings DSLR depth of field to images taken with it.
Leaked images show that Samsung has stuck with a single lens on the S8 but rumours are suggesting the camera will be able to take slow motion footage at 1,000 frames per second.
Samsung should follow the Pixel with less duplicate apps
FOLLOW THE PIXEL
Google and HTC have recently produced devices that make Android a lot more user friendly.
One problem with this hugely popular operating system is that manufacturers like to tinker with it, adding their own apps alongside Google’s offerings.
Samsung is guilty of having two apps pre-installed for photos, messaging and web browsing with the S7 Edge and recent A5 featuring many duplicates.
Samsung’s S8 would be hugely improved if these applications were simply removed – it’s unlikely Samsung will take this step but we’ll have to wait and see.
BETTER BATTERY LIFE
Samsung makes some of the longest lasting batteries in the business but many consumers still want more from their phones.
Apple is thought to be working on a device that will last for a week and Nokia has just relaunched its 3310 which can keep going for a month without needing a refill.
Whoever makes the first smartphone that can last more than a day will certainly have a massive hit on their hands.