Update: A 4K screen, a dual-lens camera and an innovative Smart Glow feature could all be in the works for Samsung’s next curvy flagship.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is for our money the best phone you can buy right now, coupling the sheer power of the Samsung Galaxy S7 with a bigger battery, a more eye-catching design and genuinely useful edge screen features.
But there’s no such thing as a perfect phone, so there are still improvements which we’d like to see and will hopefully get with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge.
With that in mind we’ve created a wish list for Samsung’s next curvy flagship, along with rumors and predictions of what it might include and when we might see it.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Samsung’s next curvy flagship
- When is it out? Probably not until early 2017
- What will it cost? More than almost any other phone
Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge release date
MWC 2017 is set to take place between February 27 and March 2, so we’ve likely got a long time to wait.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge news and rumors
You can look to the Samsung Galaxy S8 for an idea of what we’re likely to see with the S8 Edge, since other than the obligatory curves and possibly some differences in screen and battery sizes the two phones are likely to be more or less identical.
A number of rumors are already emerging for that phone and beyond that we can take some guesses at what we might see in the S8 Edge, all of which you’ll find below split into sections.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge screen
Samsung has shown off a 5.5-inch 4K display and if it wasn’t for the lack of curves this would seem an obvious fit for the Galaxy S8 Edge. 5.5 inches is how big the S7 Edge is and a 4K resolution is the next logical step after the QHD screens we’re seeing now.
The display has a pixel density of 806 pixels per inch, so it’s incredibly sharp and while it hasn’t specifically been linked to either the S8 or the S8 Edge, Chinese sources speaking to WCCF Tech reckon a 4K display of some kind will hit Samsung’s next flagship.
That might sound like overkill, but it could be just what the next generation of smartphones need to really make the most of VR.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge design
So far there’s no news on what design Samsung might choose for the Galaxy S8 Edge, but if we had to guess we’d say it won’t stray too far from its current flagship design, as the S7 Edge is already one of the best looking phones around.
But equally it will want the new phone to stand out, so expect some changes, perhaps more curves or a slimmer shell.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge camera and battery
Two different camera rumors are doing the rounds at the moment. According to Chinese sources speaking to WCCF Tech the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge might have a dual-lens camera, though they don’t specify whether that second lens will be for wide-angle shots like on the LG G5, monochrome like on the Huawei P9 or something else entirely.
The other currently rumored possibility is that the S8 Edge will have a camera of between 18 and 24MP with a wide f/1.4 aperture to let more light in. Samsung is supposedly building this sensor already. Of course these two possibilities aren’t mutually exclusive, the S8 Edge could use this sensor with a dual-lens setup.
No battery rumors have emerged yet, but we’re hopeful that it will have at least a 3600 mAh one (the same size as the S7 Edge) if not bigger.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge OS and power
Samsung could go one of two ways with the Galaxy S8 Edge. It might use one of its own Eynos chips or it might use whatever the latest Snapdragon processor is (probably the 830), or it might use both, depending on which region you’re in. Whatever the case it’s sure to have a top tier processor, likely coupled with at least 6GB of RAM, especially now the OnePlus 3 has packed that much in.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge other features
An iris scanner is looking like a surprisingly likely inclusion at this point. Samsung has built one into a tablet and there’s evidence for it moving beyond slates, such as a screenshot of an iris scan option on what appears to be a smartphone display.
We could also see the Galaxy S8 Edge get a ‘Smart Glow’ feature, which Samsung is said to be working on for future phones. This is a ring of LEDs that circles the rear camera, lighting up to alert you of notifications when the phone is face down.
But it goes further, with customizable colors for different notifications and even the ability to have it light up when it detects your face – so you can take selfies with the rear snapper.