Samsung is looking to pre-empt Apple’s expected monster upgrade cycle stemming from pent-up demand for a cutting-edge iPhone with a new Plus-branded Galaxy smartphone, as was previously rumored. Likely named Galaxy S8+, it should have an iris scanner and a 6.2-inch AMOLED screen with a Quad HD+ 3,200-by-1,800 pixel resolution.

That’s according to prolific leakster Evan Blass.

Among other features, iPhone 8 may support AR and 3D image capture/modeling via an improved FaceTime camera and use two-step biometric authentication combining either an iris scanner or 3D facial recognition and a Touch ID fingerprint reader embedded into the display. It’s been inferred from a recent KGI report that iPhone 8’s 5.8-inch 521 PPI AMOLED display should feature an active display area of about 5.1 inches with a native resolution of 2,800-by-1,242 pixels and the content area of 2,436-by-1,125 pixels.

Blass leaked out the supposed Galaxy S8 specs sheet, which states that the handset’s screen will measure 6.2 inches diagonally, or 6.1 inches with the rounded corners. It should include 64 gigabytes of onboard storage, a twelve-megapixel Dual Pixel rear camera, an eight-megapixel front-facing selfie camera and a headphone jack.

The Android-driven phone is said to be IP68-rated water and dust resistance and ship with Samsung’s earphones “tuned by AKG”.  Leaked specs suggest that wireless charging will require an optional charging pad accessory, sold separately.

Recall, if you will, a recent Mac Otakara report stating that iPhone 8’s wireless charging would be an optional feature requiring the purchase of a standalone wireless charger.

Although Apple recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the governing body behind the ubiquitous Qi charging standard, Reuters said today that Apple still has at least five different groups working on wireless charging technologies.

Separately, Blass said the next Galaxy should be the first smartphone out of the gate with the new Snapdragon 835 processor. If history is an indication, some versions of the phone could run Samsung’s own Exynos chip.

For what it’s worth, Samsung just announced its latest chip, the Exynos 9 Series 8895.

The South Korean company’s first processor built using 10-nanometer FinFET process technology with improved 3D transistor structure, it allows up to 27 percent higher performance while consuming 40 percent less power vs 14-nanometer technology.

It integrates an LTE modem supporting five carrier aggregation (5CA) to deliver data throughput at up to 1 Gbps (Cat.16) downlink with 5CA and 150 Mbps (Cat.13) uplink with 2CA. The chip is comprised of four of Samsung’s second-generation custom CPU cores and four Cortex-A53 cores.

There’s also an embedded co-processor for secure mobile payments and biometric authentication, as well as an embedded Vision Processing Unit (VPU) for computer vision, improved video tracking and panoramic image processing.

Lastly, the new Exynos runs ARM’s latest Mali-G71 GPU designed for 4K virtual reality and gaming experiences and uses a multi-format codec for video capture and playback at a maximum resolution of 4K UHD at 120 frames per second.

The chip’s in mass production now, meaning it could make its way into the next Galaxy.

Are you impressed with these Galaxy S8+ specs?

If you ask me, its basically an S7 Edge with an iris scanner added.

Source: Evan Blass

  • Franklin Richards

    Are they seriously going to with the name “+”?… After all the lawsuits and controversy they couldn’t spend a couple of minutes to just think of a different name?

    • Nymenon

      Samsung came up with the plus naming way before Apple. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus.

    • meir cohen

      The word ‘PLUS’ do not belong to anyone !! It was before apple and will be after apple life time.
      Understand kido?

  • askep3

    What is the point of the iris scanner, like I only see it as a minor feature for added security for purchasing and stuff, but not a headlining feature

  • meir cohen

    Samsung new amazing devices.

    • DVRP1

      Not really. Samsung’s are usually very bad software wise.

  • Mike

    Shouldn’t the title of this article be iPhone 8 to take on Samsung with the following features? Since Apple is finally adding those to their phones?

    • John

      Ive not known samsung to have a fingerprint scanner under the screen or a 3D facial mapping system. Yes they had facial recognition but that was developed by google android and used the camera and algorithams but nothing even close to a 3D mapping camera that can scan the landscape of your face. that is actually innovative. Same goes for a sensor that can read a finger print under an amold screen. Innovation. Something samsung have no clue about. Infact all i see samsung do is halfass attempts at trying to be the first to release something. A bit like a cowboy builder that gives you a cheap quote and does a crap job.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        I bet that this iris scanner is the same that they used in note 7, slow AF. It’s as slow as their fingerprint scanner on s6, note 5, s7, note 7. They don’t even want to improve it. Because samsuck lagaxy fanboys would anyway want that stylus to shove it up. And their software is a bigggggg joke

      • Mike

        Actually it is just as fast as the fingerprint scanner which is up to speed compared to the iPhone… I have the Note 5 but saw my friend using the iris scanner on his Note7. You talk about how software is a big joke but you probably haven’t even used a samsung one before or android at all matter in fact. The problem with apple fanboys like you are that if the OS sucks you are stuck with a stupid phone but in fact you can install a complete new rom a dev. makes. Which improves battery life, performance, and add other features.

      • John

        Im sorry Mike but your comment shows exactky how poor your knowledge of security is. I would rather have a phone thats locked down and as secure as it can be than have a phone that i can basically open up to the world and leak my private info without even realising i have because android allow me to choose what permissions i give an app. Also i would rather have OS updates from a company that employes the best coders they can, and can push those security updates to all device owners instantly than from android that can takes weeks even months vefroe your device manufacturer approves it or from a bedroom hacker that writes a rom which can save bettery performance, and other features just like a backdoor into your device and you would have no idea at all. Basically you would trust an unknown, unaccountable person to write a rom that you install on your devices which basically holds your entire life and personal information. Why not install a third party app that lets you login to your bank account whilst your at it. This is why most android users have no clue about security and assume that a locked OS is bs.

      • Mike

        iPhone may support AR and 3D image capture/modeling which hasn’t even been verified. The iris scanner on the Note 7 was infrared which mean you can use it at day/night and you can’t unlock the phone when using a picture. I will give apple the finger print reader under the screen but they screen they are using is AMOLED which samsung along with other android companies have been using for the past 2-3+ years.

      • John

        You cant now use a photo to beat the facial recognition but you could when android first released it. I used to do exactly that to my sisters phone about 5 years or so ago so my point about rushing things to market is what i was more getting at. Anything to try and get sales when actually the technology is nowhere close to being suitable. Then the op of this comment feed says that apple are catching up to Samsung. Samsung never had it in the first place. Its just a rushed pile of bs.

  • CuBoy531

    I was looking for fireproof feature but didn’t see it. Oh well. iPhone X for me then.

  • ravinigga

    So android user want bigger ram and mp but still give 4GB.
    It like the same as s7 only bigger screen (but QHD but more pix than s7) irisscanner and higher price tag

  • Rowan09

    I’ve said it for years there is only so much you can do with a phone for now. This is pretty much a Note 7 with a better screen and no stylus. Samsung did too much, too quick and now they’ll be stuck. If this model doesn’t sell well which it seems to be a marginal upgrade, they’ll be in trouble once again.

  • 5723alex .

    Samsung to take on iPhone 8 ?

    No. Samsung is going to take on LG G6 and Google Pixel 2.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Not really digging the display size on the 8. That being said, as much as I would straight away want the new amoled tech, the smaller than plus Sven size won’t cut it for me. It’ll probly be the first year in an awful long time that I don’t opt to upgrade and stay with my 128 7 plus. Sad stuff. And considering how the plus size phones outsold the non pluses, I can’t understand the screen size choice Apple is making. A failure indeed.

  • It still runs android so no.

  • Shinonuke

    Hopefully the iris on the s8 won’t flop like it did with the s4 iris scrolling

  • Mohammed Shawqi

    I compared my note 7 screen when I had it to my s6 edge plus. No matter what tuning I did it always looked washed out comparing to s6.