Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature Viv AI assistant: Report

Samsung might move up the date of Galaxy S8's launch after scrapping Note 7, according to reports.

By: Tech Desk | Published:October 12, 2016 4:37 pm
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is dead, and it looks like rumours around the Galaxy S8 have gained momentum. Even as Samsung’s reputation takes a big hit from the Note 7, the brand has a lot riding on the Galaxy S8. For people who still in the market for a Samsung flagship can either go for the Galaxy S7, or wait for the company’s next big thing – the Galaxy S8. A new report suggests that the S8 might be coming in two variants.

According to a Weibo report, one of the Galaxy S8 variant will feature a curved 5.1-inch 2K super AMOLED display and the other variant will come with a 5.5-inch 4k display. So it looks like the ‘edge’ version of the phone will get a bumped up 4K resolution. The phone will likely be powered by the Snapdragon 830 processor, and by the Exynos 8895 for some markets. The larger of the two variants is also expected to come with a dual-rear camera setup.

Galaxy S8 is also rumoured to feature a new artificial intelligence assistant developed by a Silicon Valley startup called Viv, that Samsung acquired earlier this month. Viv’s assistant will be replacing the S Voice assistant for the S8. Rumours go as far as suggesting that Samsung might bring forward the launch date of the S8 after the Note 7 debacle.

Earlier rumours around the device have suggested that the S8 might be dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack, and will come with USB Type-C. The Exynos 8895 chipset will reportedly be clocked at 4GHz, while the Snapdragon 830 is expected to be clocked at 3.6GHz. The S8 program has been codenamed ‘Project Dream’ and the two variants have been internally dubbed as SM-G950 and SM-G955.

Samsung going for an Assistant is also interesting. Google Pixel phones have the Google Assistant as the USP, and it looks like for sometime this is will be exclusive to the Pixel phones. With AI being the future, Samsung will try and make sure that its own flagship has something special to offer as well and Viv could well be this catch. Hopefully it will fare better than S-Voice did in the past.