7 Samsung Rumors: From Galaxy S8 to Galaxy A8
Each week, an array of exciting new Samsung rumors surfaces. Even if speculation about future component upgrades or rumors about devices that may or may not actually materialize don’t normally hold your attention, it’s hard not to be curious about what one of the biggest tech companies in the world is planning for its next phones, wearable devices, and apps. Read on for this week’s most interesting reports about Samsung’s plans and future products, from what’s going on with its upcoming smartphones to the company’s plans for its next tablets.
1. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 could feature a dual camera
SamMobile reports that, according to a Weibo source, Samsung’s next big flagship phone could get some major camera improvements. The device will reportedly feature a dual-camera system comprised of the same 12MP sensor seen on current Galaxy flagships plus a 13MP secondary sensor. The secondary sensor would provide the benefit of better depth-of-field. Android Headlines reports that one of the cameras would feature an f/2.0 maximum aperture, while the second module would feature a maximum aperture of f/2.3. In addition to the dual-camera system, rumors also suggest that the Galaxy S8 will be equipped with a 4K display, and will be introduced in February 2017.
2. Fans are still speculating about a Galaxy Note 7 with 6GB of RAM
The internet just won’t give up on the dream of a Galaxy Note 7 with 6GB of RAM. Mobipicker reports that many think such a device is still possible since images of a purported retail box for the model were leaked online. The packaging shows 128GB of internal storage along with the 6GB of RAM, and the source of the leak suggests a price in the 7000 Yuan range, which puts the device’s price right around $1,050. It’s still unclear if or when Samsung will actually launch this model, but power users who want a high-end device are hoping that it goes on sale soon.
3. Samsung may launch its second Windows 10 tablet
SamMobile reports that Samsung is gearing up to introduce its second Windows 10 tablet, the Galaxy TabPro S2. The company launched its first Windows 10 tablet, the Galaxy TabPro S, eight months ago, and will reportedly release the Galaxy TabPro S2 within the next few months. SamMobile reports that the company will introduce four models of the Galaxy TabPro S2, so far referred to as the SM-W728, SM-W727, SM-W723, and SM-W720. These designations could refer to models for different markets, or models with different hardware configurations (possibly including some variants with LTE connectivity). The tablet is rumored to feature a 12-inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2160×1440 pixels, plus the latest Intel Core M series processor.
4. The Galaxy Tab A 2016 will reportedly make an appearance soon
SamMobile reports that it’s obtained images of the new Galaxy Tab A. Samsung launched the latest tablet in its Galaxy Tab A 2016 series about four months ago, and SamMobile reports that the company is working on a new variant of the tablet that features the new S Pen introduced with the Galaxy Note 7. The publication obtained images of the new tablet, and reported that “Samsung doesn’t seem to have made any major changes to the specifications of this tablet so expect the same 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage. The original Galaxy Tab A 10.1 also features an 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front camera as well as a 7,300mAh battery.” The device is expected to use the same stylus as the Galaxy Note 7, so will likely also integrate the same Air Command menu and S Pen feature seen in the new flagship phone.
5. Samsung will likely introduce a revamped model of the Galaxy A8
SamMobile reports that documentation for an unannounced phone, the Galaxy A8, has been filed with the FCC. The documentation doesn’t reveal much about the device, with the exception of the fact that its model number is SM-A810. According to SamMobile, “This leads us to believe that we’re looking at the revamped model of the Galaxy A8, which received Bluetooth certification a little over three weeks ago.” According to a recent benchmark test, the new Galaxy A8 will feature a 5.7-inch full HD display, a 2.1GHz Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 16MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 3,050mAh non-removable battery. Additionally, it’s likely to ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow but could be eligible for the update to Android 7.0 Nougat.
6. The Galaxy A lineup will likely get a refresh soon
Android Authority reports that Samsung’s Galaxy A lineup is expected to get a refresh soon. About nine months have elapsed since Samsung’s last Galaxy A series announcement, so it’s expected that the company has 2017 models in the works. A Galaxy A5 2017 model has been spotted at Geekbench with the same model number of a device spotted on an import list. The model numbers for the 2017 Galaxy A lineup are the SM-A320F, SM-A520F, and SM-A720F for the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. The A5 has been imported into India for testing, and the benchmark results reveal that the device will be equipped with a 5.2-inch display, 3GB of RAM, an Exynos 7880 processor (which would bring a significant boost in performance over the 2016 model), and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. As Android Authority reports, “There’s still a few months left to wait until Samsung’s typical December launch window for its Galaxy A series, so we’ll treat these early reports with the due skepticism. Still, it’s looking like Samsung’s 2017 mid-range handsets might be a little more competitive.”
7. It looks like Samsung will introduce a new flip phone soon
Android Community reports that photos of the Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 have leaked. The device showed up on GFXBench as well as on TENAA, which means that the device will launch soon in China. That means it’s more likely that the photos showed on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo are authentic. The Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 is expected to feature a 3.8-inch WVGA display with 800×480 pixel resolution, a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 425 processor, Adreno 308 GPU, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 2,000mAh battery, an 8MP rear-facing camera, and 5MP front-facing camera. SamMobile notes that the device is unlikely to be sold outside of China.