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
There is already a lot to look forward to with the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The highly-anticipated flagship smartphone will reportedly sport a dramatic new industrial design with no physical buttons, an improved camera, iris scanner, and a USB-C port.
And now there could be one more reason why the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the smartphone to beat in 2017.
The latest whispers about the forthcoming device come from SamMobile and centre around the new AI assistant, dubbed Bixby.
The virtual assistant was created by Viv Labs, the team that created Siri before it was acquired by Apple for use in the iPhone, iPad and Mac.
The trio behind Viv Labs – Adam Cheyer, Dag Kittlaus and Chris Brigham – have gradually left Apple following the company's acquisition of Siri back in 2012.
And thanks to sources speaking with SamMobile, we now have a much clearer picture of what the virtual assistant in the Samsung Galaxy S8 might be capable of.
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Bixby will reportedly be able to use the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S8 to scan your surroundings, surfacing useful information about what it is looking at.
According to SamMobile, Samsung will include a Bixby button within its camera app that immediately launches a search function.
This will allow the Samsung Galaxy S8 to identify the objects it is pointed at – and will be able to direct you to online retailers where you can buy the item.
The search functionality will reportedly be closely tied with Samsung Pay.
Amazon's first smartphone – the Fire Phone – had a very similar feature, which let customers use the camera to instantly find listings online.
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Samsung Display this week revealed a slew of new videos, which might include a glimpse at Galaxy S8
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Samsung Galaxy S8 rumours point to the phone looking VERY similar to the one in the video
Elsewhere, the Bixby-powered camera app on the Galaxy S8 will also be able to read text, SamMobile has claimed.
Point the camera at text and the clever assistant will be able to scan it and transform it into a digital format.
This has a number of useful applications – not least being able to quickly copy-and-paste from real-world menus, signs, and more.
It could also allow the Bixby assistant to translate restaurant menus and more, like the standalone Google app does on Android and iOS.
Speaking following the acquisition by Samsung, Viv Labs CEO Dag Kittlaus said: "Samsung is setting its sights on becoming a major player in software and services, and specifically AI.
"Samsung Pay has already proven to be one of the most successful mobile payment platforms in the market and SmartThings is another software acquisition signalling their conviction.
"And they have installed a new cadre of senior SW-savvy management stretching all the way to the top with a mission.
"You will soon come to see the utter seriousness of Samsung’s intentions. And like us, they aim to win."
It will have been a full two years since the Samsung flagship underwent a 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.
And with Apple rumoured to be planning a radical new look for its tenth anniversary iPhone in 2017, it make senses that Samsung wants to unveil something spectacular.
Speaking of the iPhone, Samsung is expected to follow its Cupertino counterpart and incorporate pressure-sensitive display technology into the Galaxy S8.
Apple included a number of important features under its pressure sensitive press
Samsung will also purportedly drop the Edge variation of its flagship Galaxy S phone this year, since all models of the phone will have the curved edge-to-edge screen.
Elsewhere, the sources speaking to SamMobile claim the Galaxy S8's in-built S Health app will get a major feature bump that allows smartphone owners to get in touch directly with doctors.
Samsung will reportedly announce a number of tie-ins with partners including Amwell and WebMD to let Samsung owners search for medication and symptoms within the S Health app. Users are also expected to be able to schedule appointments with doctors via video chat within the same application.
According to the report by SamMobile, users will be able to pay for doctor's appointments in-app, as well as take photos to illustrate your condition and locate pharmacies near to your location if the doctor recommends medicine.
Although the S Health app is not explicitly linked to the Galaxy S8 launch, Samsung traditionally debuts major software changes alongside new hardware.