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Samsung Leak the new Samsung Galaxy S8 Features

Following on from the discovery of Samsung's Bixby AI assistant, the South Korean company has provided more evidence that the service will be available in the near future.   As part of promoting Samsung Pay on its

Following on from the discovery of Samsung’s Bixby AI assistant, the South Korean company has provided more evidence that the service will be available in the near future.

 

As part of promoting Samsung Pay on its own website, Samsung’s webmasters uploaded a picture detailing three options on how to pay for goods: “Shopping, Mini, and Bixby”.

 

Bixby’ is believed to be a voice-powered digital assistant (see here on Forbes). The assistant is expected to be used by all of Samsung’s first-party applications, including the Samsung web browser, Samsung’s PIM software and as is now apparent Samsung Pay.

 

 

It’s not clear yet if Bixby will ship with the upcoming flagship handset, although it’s the sort of service that feels like a great fit to promote alongside the launch of the Galaxy S8. That handset is expected to be announced in late March and ship during April. Given the rush to capture the cloud services market around voice, if Samsung’s Bixby is working, it makes sense to ship it in a handset expected to sell over ten million units when it goes on sale.

 

How Bixby will work alongside Google Assistant – part of the Google Play Services – in any Galaxy device that uses the AI software remains to be seen. With Samsung accidentally confirming its voice assistant, alongside a growth in its contactless payment system, the South Korean company is standing up to Google’s dominance of Android services with a defiant portfolio of software and services.

 

If 2016 was a disaster for Samsung then 2017 is already looking pretty great. And if this image of the Galaxy S8 is on the money then, with its global release date now known, the year is about to get even better…

 

Briefly appearing on Weibo (regularly the leakers’ platform of choice) was the following Galaxy S8 image:

 

The key takeaways here are a design language which fits in with the existing Galaxy S7 Edge (and Galaxy S6 Edge+ before it) and also the consistent leaks I’ve heard so far: significantly slimmer top and bottom bezels and no home button (because the fingerprint sensor is built into the glass).

What the image doesn’t give us, however, is a sense of scale and this is frustrating given Samsung is expected to use the smaller bezels not to reduce the physical size of its smartphones but to give them much larger screens.

 

How large? Allegedly the 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch displays of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and be replaced with 5.7-inches and 6.2-inch displays in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge. Personally I think this is a step too far and I’d prefer the phones to keep the existing screens and be more compact.

 

Gordon Kelly ,   CONTRIBUTOR

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If 2016 was a disaster for Samsung then 2017 is already looking pretty great. And if this image of the Galaxy S8 is on the money then, with its global release date now known, the year is about to get even better…

 

Briefly appearing on Weibo (regularly the leakers’ platform of choice) was the following Galaxy S8 image:

 

 

The key takeaways here are a design language which fits in with the existing Galaxy S7 Edge (and Galaxy S6 Edge+ before it) and also the consistent leaks I’ve heard so far: significantly slimmer top and bottom bezels and no home button (because the fingerprint sensor is built into the glass).

 

What the image doesn’t give us, however, is a sense of scale and this is frustrating given Samsung is expected to use the smaller bezels not to reduce the physical size of its smartphones but to give them much larger screens.

 

How large? Allegedly the 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch displays of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and be replaced with 5.7-inches and 6.2-inch displays in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge. Personally I think this is a step too far and I’d prefer the phones to keep the existing screens and be more compact.

 

A Word Of Caution

 

What I would stress at this point, however, is to be wary of the growing skill of graphic artists these days since it is possible to create convincing renders of just about anything.

 

For example Veniamin Geskin, a graphic designer I regularly use to create smartphone renders which illustrate the leaked information available, was able to create this superb of the Galaxy S8 (again in line with rumours) using a Galaxy S7 Edge:

 

Ultimately therefore the irony is what you are looking at may very well be just how the new Galaxy S8 will look. But proving a photo is of an actual pre-production model is increasingly difficult.

 

So yes, I do think both these images represent something close to what Samsung will soon unveil and for this they prove useful. But remain cautious.

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