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Samsung Galaxy S8 could solve your battery life woes.
The next-generation Samsung smartphone is expected to ship with a larger battery than its predecessor, according to the latest rumours.
A new report from technology blog SamMobile claims Samsung has requested both 3,250mAh and 3,750mAh batteries from its suppliers.
Samsung is expected to launch two models of the Samsung Galaxy S8 – one with a 5.8-inch Quad HD display, and a 3,250mAh battery, that will still have the same footprint as the Galaxy S7. There is also rumoured to be a larger 6.2-inch QHD AMOLED display model, with a hefty 3,750mAh cell, marketed as the Galaxy S8 Plus.
If the report is correct, those battery capacities are both bigger than the award-winning Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge last year.
For comparison, last year's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge shipped with 3,000mAh and 3,600mAh offerings respectively.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 will get a dramatic new design, with no buttons, and an edge-to-edge display
Coupled with the energy-efficient Snapdragon 835 processor rumoured to power the Samsung Galaxy S8 – and there should be no issues with battery life.
Battery life is still one of the most frustrating shortcomings of modern smartphones, with many flagship devices only managing to eke through a day before conking out.
Samsung appears to be pulling-out all the stops with the upcoming Galaxy S8.
The flagship phone, rumoured to launch March 29th, is expected to sport a dramatic new design, 4GB of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and dual-camera set-up on the larger Galaxy S8 Plus model.
By the time the phone launches in March, it will have been over two years since Samsung's flagship phone underwent a substantial facelift – with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge being more of a subtle refinement of the design debuted with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, rather than a drastic design overhaul.
Fortunately, it sounds like the Samsung Galaxy S8 is going to change all that.
Leaked renders show the Galaxy S8 device with a 5.8inch screen – but the same footprint as the S7
One of the biggest design changes could see Samsung drop all physical buttons from the front of the device.
Two capacitive keys flanking an elongated home button have long been a staple of Samsung phone and tablet design.
But now it appears Samsung customers will now need to become accustomed to pressing on-screen virtual buttons.
Of course, there is an advantage to moving away from physical keys.
It is believed the decision to ditch the capacitive buttons will allow Samsung to reduce the bezels at the bottom of the device.
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This will allow the South Korean firm to bring the high-resolution display to the very base of the chassis – like it currently does with the sides of its curved S7 Edge screen.
But unlike the Galaxy S7 range, there will be no separate curved Edge model. Instead, both smartphones will have the curved display.
With the physical home button gone, Samsung will have to relocate the fingerprint scanner to the rear of the phone.
The latest report from AndroidPolice also reiterates previous rumours that Samsung will nab one of the headline features of the latest generation iPhones – 3D Touch.
Apple includes a number of important features under its pressure sensitive screen push
The South Korean company will implement the technology with its new on-screen navigation buttons, which users will reportedly be able to customise.
Samsung will have to adapt the Android operating system itself, since the mobile software has not yet been updated by Google to support the technology.
Rumours of Android manufacturers looking to jump on the pressure-sensitive bandwagon first came to light more than a year ago when Synaptics issued a press release touting that it had developed a ClearForce touchscreen display controller capable of measuring varying levels of pressure.