Samsung’s Galaxy S8 rumours are continuing, with the Note 7 now dead and out of production. According to the latest set of reports, the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship will have a larger 6.2-inch display bezel-less display. Reports in Korea’s The Investor, which quotes local new outlet Samsung is working on a Plus version of the new upcoming smartphone.
The report claims Samsung wants to win back the Note customers, who like big display smartphones. The S8 will come in a 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch version this time, and not the 5.1-inch version as with the previous generation S7. The bezel-less display version won’t have an home button on the bottom either, and Samsung will stick with only a curved screen, according to the reports.
The latest report comes after an earlier report in the Investor as well which claimed the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have an edge-to-edge OLED display with a 90 per cent screen to body ratio. Earlier Wall Street Journal had report Samsung will delay the Galaxy S8 launch to April, and not introduce the phone at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The report also said Samsung is planning a dedicated button on the new device to launch its upcoming AI-powered virtual assistant on the smartphone. Samsung has confirmed it will add the new personal assistant on its phone. Samsung recently acquired Viv Labs, which was co-founded by the same team that built Siri.
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According to Samsung executives, the AI platform will let users order food, cabs, etc all from one place without opening separate applications. Samsung will be looking at third-party developer support to boost the capabilities and functions of its assistant. Developers will be able to attach and upload services to their personal assistant.
Just like Google Assistant relies on machine learning to become smarter overtime, the Samsung AI will also learn more services over time. Samsung’s IoT devices like smart refrigerators, televisions etc, will also connect to this Assistant. For Samsung, the Galaxy S8 will be an important device, which will be crucial for regaining trust with users after the fiasco of the Galaxy Note 7.