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Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge

Galaxy S8 Edge front and side

The Galaxy S8 Edge is the next in the Edge family of smartphones, which are Samsung’s top flagships and sport a gorgeous curved screen design that no other phone maker has been able to replicate.

The good news it that the Galaxy S8 Edge won’t be different. We know almost everything there is to know about the S8 Edge even though its release date is still a week away. Hundreds of leaks have shown us that this will be Samsung’s best phone ever. Except it probably won’t be called the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge at all.

Don’t worry. Just because Samsung has dropped the Edge name it doesn’t mean that we won’t get a beautifully sloped screen Galaxy S8. In fact every Galaxy S8 will have an “Edge” style screen. So instead of a flat-screened S8 and curved S8 Edge, we’ll be getting a 5.8-inch curved S8 and a larger 6.2-inch S8 Plus (or S8+ perhaps). See, it all makes sense.

But how good will the newly-dubbed Galaxy S8 Edge be? Read to find out everything you need to know about Samsung’s new phones, from their release date to camera specs and pricing.

Read also: Best Galaxy S8 Cases

Galaxy S8 Edge Release Date: When will it be available to buy?

  • S8 Edge release date: March 29, 2017
  • S8 Edge on-sale date: April 28, 2017

At Mobile World Congress 2017 Samsung announced that the Galaxy S8 will be unveiled in New York on March 29, 2017.

As we don’t all live in New York you will be able to see the Galaxy S8 livestream on Youtube here:

Once the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Edge replacement are shown off then it will take a few weeks for them to become available to buy, although some preorders are already open.

There are conflicting reports of when this will actually be. Forbes claims 14th April while South Korea’s ETNews believes it’ll be 21 April. We believe that serial tipster Evan Blass is the man to back and he suggests that the actual Galaxy S8 Edge release date will be on April 28, 2017.

If you’re in the UK you can actually register your interest now with the likes of Carphone Warehouse

Galaxy S8 Edge Design: How will it look and feel?

  • Edge-to-edge “Infinity” display
  • 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch models

The leaks we’ve had so far show that the S8 won’t look radically different from the S7 Edge, but that’s a good thing. That is the most handsome phone on the planet right now so we’re happy that Samsung has kept key elements of the design like the sloped back that makes it comfortable to hold.

However there are some very important changes. Firstly there’s the size. 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch screens sound huge, and they are. Will the Galaxy S8 Edge be difficult to use because of its size?

Possibly, but Samsung has kept every dimension as small it can. In fact all accounts suggest that the 5.8-inch version is similar in size to the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and the 6.2-inch to the S7 Edge. The leaked information suggests the smaller S8’s dimensions are 148.9 x 68 x 8mm which is a little taller, but also slightly narrower than the current S7: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm.

Here is the Galaxy S8 Edge/Plus in action in a short leak:

How has Samsung managed this incredible achievement? Well there’s hardly and side bezel so you get almost edge-to-edge screen on of the S8. Samsung has filed a brand application for “Infinity Display” so that will likely be what S8’s screen will be called.

The top and bottom panels of the S8 Edge also appear to be smaller. Samsung has achieved this by getting rid of the Home button that’s been a part of Galaxy phones for years.

We will miss the Home button, but we like the idea of a huge screen on a phone that’s manageable for one-handed use.

The screen won’t have straight edges. Just like the LG G6, the Galaxy S8 will have curved corners instead of 90-degree ones. It looks good, but may be a bit annoying if you’re watching fullscreen video that doesn’t have black bars.

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge/Plus will come in three colors, according to leaks. There’s the traditional Black and Silver options, but there’s also a new Violet Galaxy S8 that has a purplish tinge to it.

Galaxy S8 Edge specs: How powerful is it?

Galaxy S8 Edge specs rumored:

  • Dimensions:
    • 148.9 x 68 x 8mm: 5.8-inch screen
    • 152.4 x 78.5 x 7.9mm: 6.2-inch screen
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2960
  • Processor: Exynos 8895 / Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4GB

So the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge/Plus screens are bigger but they’re also getting a bump in resolution for the larger screen. It may have a 1440 x 2960 resolution which provides a huge 530PPI (pixels per inch). That’s incredibly sharp, especially when compared to the likes of the iPhone 7 Plus and its 401PPI.

When it comes to power the Galaxy S8 will be a beast. Samsung has been buying up all the Snapdragon 835 chips it can get its hands on, so much so that other companies have had to go without. There a reason the LG G6 only packs the Snapdragon 821.

We’ve seen some benchmarks of the Snapdragon 835 and we know it’s faster than any other phone processor, in some tests at least. The results on the Galaxy S8 Edge may vary a little however, depending on how Samsung has utilised the chip. Here’s how the Snapdragon 835 compares in the classic AnTuTu and Geekbench 4 (single core and multi-core) tests:

Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge AnTuTu benchmark
Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge Geekbench 4 benchmark

The Snapdragon 835 uses ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. This means it has 4 powerful cores that do all the hard tasks and 4 low-powered ones that look after easier ones. This makes the phone more efficient so the battery lasts longer. The benchmarks above are based on the big cores working.

The S8 Edge’s processor will be supported by 4GB RAM which is more than ample for an Android phone. Yes there are phones with 6GB RAM like the OnePlus 3, but in reality the extra 2GB are almost entirely wasted as Android can’t make good use of so much RAM.

What is for sure is that the Galaxy S8 Edge will be one of the fastest phones you can buy in 2017.

Galaxy S8 Edge Features: What will it pack?

  • Rear fingerprint scanner
  • Water and dust resistance
  • Iris scanner
  • Bixby AI assistant
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with TouchWiz UI
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back
  • Battery: 3,000mAh battery for 5.2-inch, 3,500mAh for 6.2-inch
  • Wireless charging
  • 64GB storage with microSD card slot

While the home button has gone the fingerprint scanner hasn’t. This is now on the back of the S8 Edge/Plus, which we like the idea of. There are quite a few phones with this setup from LG and Huawei and we find it easier to unlock phones than with a home button on Galaxy or iPhones. That’s because the fingerprint sensor is where your index finger naturally rests when taking your phone out of your pocket or bag.

Galaxy S8 Edge back fingerprint scanner

Of course the Galaxy S8 Edge and S8 Plus will be water-resistant. Just like the previous model they will be IP68 certified which means they can withstand being soaked in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. It’s a great feature and we’re glad Samsung has kept it.

Thankfully Samsung is also keeping with a feature it decided to drop in the Galaxy S6, which we weren’t happy about. The Galaxy S8 Edge will have a microSD card slot and will support cards of up to 256GB. That’s on top of the onboard storage of 64GB – there may also be a 128GB model on the cards.

To improve security Samsung will also add an iris scanner to the S8 Edge. That means it can be securely unlocked by recognising your eye. Everyone’s eyes are unique so this is another high level security feature that will be great for corporations thinking of making the S8 Edge their company phone.

Galaxy S8 Edge Cameras

  • Rear camera: 12MP (Dual?)
  • Front camera: 8MP

So far it sounds like the Galaxy S8 Edge won’t make a big splash in the department, the rear camera sounds identical to the Galaxy S7 Edge. That means 12MP and a f/1.7 aperture. There are rumours that it will come with a second camera on the back like some other phones.

The front selfie camera has had as bump to 8MP so this should provide crisper images.

All in all the camera leaks haven’t excited us that much yet, but Samsung still hasn’t revealed all its cards so let’s wait and see on the 29th March.

 

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