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From: BGR - Galaxy S8: Specs, release info, and everything else we know right now

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the wait is almost over. We are less than 24 hours away from seeing Samsung take the wraps off of its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. Look, let’s not beat around the bush: no other Android phones that launch anytime soon will be able to touch Samsung’s new flagship phones. They feature bold new designs that are nothing short of stunning, and they pack specs that blow every other smartphone out of the water. How do we know all this if the Galaxy S8 and S8+ haven’t even been announced yet? These new phones also just so happen to be the worst kept secrets in the industry.

We’ve seen dozens upon dozens of leaks at this point, and we know practically everything there is to know about Samsung’s next-generation flagship smartphones. In this post, we’ll round up all of the most important info out there so you know exactly what to expect on Wednesday when Samsung finally makes its new Galaxy S phones official.

Design

Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will indeed be the most powerful Android phones on the planet when they’re released next month, but that’s not what everyone will be talking about tomorrow following the company’s press conference. That’s right, the phones’ gorgeous new design will be the first things on everyone’s minds.

We don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times photos of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have leaked at this point. BGR was one of the first sites in the world to post real photos of a functioning Galaxy S8 handset, and the floodgates opened from there.

In a nutshell, Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature a sleek new design that removes the home button from the phone’s face and narrows the bezels above and below the display. The sides are still curved, as they have been on the Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy Note 7. The result is a design that is almost all screen on the front.

The back of the S8 and S8+ are still glass, and they’re also curved on the sides like the Note 7 so that the phones fit more comfortably in the hand. The fingerprint scanner as been moved to the back as well, but not the home button — Samsung has chosen to go with a virtual home button at the bottom of the display, as you can see in the photo above.

Specs

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are clear market leaders when it comes to design, and the same holds true for the handsets’ specs. Here’s a quick rundown of the key specs that have leaked:

Galaxy S8

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ display
  • 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in the US model
  • Samsung Exynos 8895 processor in the global model (4×2.45GHz + 4×1.9GHz)
  • 12-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • 64GB of storage
  • Iris Scanner
  • USB-C
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Galaxy S8+

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ display
  • 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in the US model
  • Samsung Exynos 8895 processor in the global model (4×2.45GHz + 4×1.9GHz)
  • 12-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3,500 mAh battery
  • 128GB of storage
  • Iris Scanner
  • USB-C
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Both phones are expected to be available in five colors: Black, coral blue, gold, silver, and gray.

Performance

All those specs sure look nice on paper, but far more important is the experience all of those components combine to deliver. According to leaked benchmarks, that experience is going to be beyond impressive.

Nothing can touch Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus when it comes to single-core performance, but the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ set new records for multi-core benchmark scores. In fact, they don’t just break Apple’s old multi-core record, they obliterate it.

Key features

Beyond the design and specs, Samsung is also expected to introduce a number of exciting new features on the Galaxy S8. The biggest one is Bixby, which is Samsung’s answer to Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri. Another awesome addition is the new DeX Station accessory, which will enable a Desktop Experience. In a nutshell, this nifty new feature will transform the Galaxy S8 from a smartphone into a powerful Android-powered desktop computer.

Find out more about the Galaxy S8’s key features in this post.

Release date and pricing

Last but certainly not least is the release date and pricing. Curiously, these are the only two areas where there is still any mystery left. There are conflicting surrounding the release date, but it looks like it’s either going to be April 21st or April 28th. As for pricing, US prices have yet to leak but in Europe it looks like the Galaxy S8 will cost €799 while the Galaxy S8+ retails for €899.

From: BGR - These might be the last Galaxy S8 leaks we ever see

Tomorrow is shaping up to be one of the most exciting days of the year for Android fans, but today is the most exciting day of the year for us. Why? Because today is the last day we have to worry about Galaxy S8 leaks. Tomorrow the S8 and S8+ will finally become official when Samsung unveils them on stage during its big Unpacked press conference in New York City. Of course at this point, it seems highly unlikely that there will be any surprises left.

We’ve seen the leaks, we’ve read the rumors, we know the specs, and we’ve watched the videos. As a result, there’s probably almost nothing Samsung can tell us that we haven’t already heard before. In fact, the only questions left relate to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launch, since there are conflicting reports on the exact release date and pricing. We still have another 24 hours and change before those blanks are filled in, but we have two final Galaxy S8 leaks to tide you over in the meantime.

With just one day to go until Samsung’s new flagship phones are announced, search traffic for the Galaxy S8 has climbed to an all-time high compared to search traffic for the iPhone 8. In fact, this might be the biggest margin by which any Samsung flagship has ever had a lead over an upcoming new iPhone. The reason, of course, is that people have seen all the leaks and they know just how impressive Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are.

Of course, it can’t hurt to take one last look, right?

We have just one day left before Samsung’s big event, but the Galaxy S8 has been photographed in the wild yet again. The first new leak comes from Slashleaks user Dimitri12, who has dug up number of Galaxy S8 leaks over the past few weeks. This one comes from Instagram originally, though the two photos have since been deleted from the photo sharing site. Of course, nothing is ever truly deleted once it hits the internet — here are the two images in question:

Next up, we have a photo that was pulled from Weibo, though the Slashleaks user who posted it didn’t bother to link the original source. In the photo, we get a great look at how the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ compare in terms of sizing.

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Wednesday during its press conference in New York City, and the phones are expected to be released next month on either April 21st or April 28th.

From: MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories - Samsung to Sell Refurbished Note7 Phones ‘to Minimize Environmental Impact’ of Recall

Samsung announced on Monday that it will sell refurbished versions of its Galaxy Note7 smartphones, the model it officially discontinued last year because of fire-prone batteries.

Samsung’s Note 7 devices were permanently scrapped in October and recalled globally, after multiple reports of some phones self-combusting. A highly publicized in-depth investigation by the company discovered that batteries supplied by two different companies were to blame. No other faults were discovered in the components or parts.

The news surprised some analysts, coming just days before Samsung officially announces its Galaxy S8, which is generally regarded as the firm’s comeback mobile device and “iPhone 8” rival. Samsung said the refurbished Note7 phones will be equipped with new batteries that have gone through new safety checks.

“Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand,” Samsung said in a statement. “The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available. Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US.”

The move should allow Samsung to recoup some of the $2.3 billion in losses it suffered because of the ill-fated phone, but the company told The Verge that the main objective of introducing the refurbished devices was “solely to reduce and minimize any environmental impact”.

Last month, Greenpeace protestors interrupted the company’s Mobile World Congress keynote and demanded to know what the company’s plans were for its 4.3 million recalled devices, so it’s possible Samsung’s latest announcement is timed to avoid a repeat incident overshadowing its S8 launch on Wednesday. “Samsung’s announcement is the first step to show its effort to set a new path for recycling smartphones starting with Note 7s,” Greenpeace wrote in a blog post.

Samsung told Reuters the company has not set specifics on refurbished sales plans, including which markets they will be sold in and when they will go on sale. However, it noted that the phones will not be sold in India, as some media mistakenly reported earlier this year.

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From: BGR - The Galaxy Note 7 will not return to the US market

Samsung on Monday confirmed what we had already suspected: the Galaxy Note 7 will return to stores. The company will replace the faulty batteries with new ones, and sell the premium handset for a more affordable price. Samsung is looking to dispense of the massive Galaxy Note 7 stock it has on its hands, and environment advocates including Greenpeace have played a major role in pressuring the company to kick off an official resale program. Unfortunately, American buyers excited to buy a cheaper, fixed Galaxy Note 7 will not be able to get one. At least not from the States.

In its press release, Samsung did not reveal what markets will get the phone or when it’ll happen.

“Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand,” Samsung wrote. “The markets and release dates will be determined accordingly.”

However, the company told The Verge in a statement that the Galaxy Note 7 will not make a triumphant comeback to the USA.

In fact, the statement seems to suggest the Galaxy Note 7 might not even be available anywhere else, as Samsung might choose to rebrand the refurbished version of the phone.

“The objective of introducing refurbished devices is solely to reduce and minimize any environmental impact,” Samsung said. “The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available. Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US.”

From: BGR - The Galaxy Note 7 will not return to the US market

Samsung on Monday confirmed what we had already suspected: the Galaxy Note 7 will return to stores. The company will replace the faulty batteries with new ones, and sell the premium handset for a more affordable price. Samsung is looking to dispense of the massive Galaxy Note 7 stock it has on its hands, and environment advocates including Greenpeace have played a major role in pressuring the company to kick off an official resale program. Unfortunately, American buyers excited to buy a cheaper, fixed Galaxy Note 7 will not be able to get one. At least not from the States.

In its press release, Samsung did not reveal what markets will get the phone or when it’ll happen.

“Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand,” Samsung wrote. “The markets and release dates will be determined accordingly.”

However, the company told The Verge in a statement that the Galaxy Note 7 will not make a triumphant comeback to the USA.

In fact, the statement seems to suggest the Galaxy Note 7 might not even be available anywhere else, as Samsung might choose to rebrand the refurbished version of the phone.

“The objective of introducing refurbished devices is solely to reduce and minimize any environmental impact,” Samsung said. “The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available. Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US.”

From: BGR - I wonder why Samsung is giving the Galaxy S8 an extra-nice warranty

The Galaxy S8 leaks have been at an all-time high this month, and for good reason. Samsung was unable to unveil the handset at MWC 2017 as initially planned, and the company must be anxious to start selling the handset.

The Galaxy S8 will be the first major smartphone launch following the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, and a quality test Samsung must pass. Samsung already explained a few times that it’s taking battery safety testing to a whole new level, stressing the importance of product quality going forward. With that in mind, a new report shares more details about a feature we should have seen coming.

As we told you earlier, WinFuture scored a monster Galaxy S8 leak that includes plenty of official images, pricing for both Galaxy S8 versions, full specs sheets, and details about some of the phone’s features.

The report also includes the mention of a new Samsung product called Samsung Guard S8, which appears to be the company’s new customer care offer for Galaxy S8 buyers.

Samsung Guard S8 will offer customers an extra year of warranty, and a guarantee that the damaged phone will be repaired in just two hours. The program reportedly also includes a one-time free display replacement and the offer of “remote support.” We have no idea what remote support is at this time.

It’s unclear at this point whether it’ll cost extra to take advantage of the extended warranty and perks, but it certainly looks like Samsung is ready to go the extra mile to ensure customers are happy with their Galaxy S8 purchases. The Galaxy S8 will cost €799, while the Galaxy S8+ starts at €899, the same report says.

From: BGR - Samsung is going to put the Galaxy Note 7 back on sale

After Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 for the second time, we all assumed it was gone for good. As the old saying goes: recalled once, shame on you, recalled twice, maybe just stop and consider if you should be selling the product in the first place.

So after the second recall, Samsung confirmed that it was pulling Note 7 devices off shelves, stopping production, and writing off the entire debacle. That created a new problem, however: what to do with the millions of expensive, non-recyclable phones littering up a Samsung warehouse somewhere.

After significant pressure from Greenpeace and other ecological organizations, Samsung has outlined exactly what it’s planning on doing with all the leftover Galaxy Note 7 handsets. Some will be scrapped, with any useful parts harvested, and metals extracted in an eco-friendly way before the remains are trashed. But for an unspecified other number of handsets, Samsung is planning on refurbishing them and selling them back to consumers, or using them as rental phones. In other words, the Galaxy Note 7 isn’t dead yet.

Samsung isn’t giving details yet, but a statement issued today does seems to confirm that this is a very real thing, and not some last-minute plan:

Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand. The markets and release dates will be determined accordingly.

For remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices, components such as semiconductors and camera modules shall be detached by companies specializing in such services and used for test sample production purposes.

Finally, for left over component recycling, Samsung shall first extract precious metals, such as copper, nickel, gold and silver by utilizing eco-friendly companies specializing in such processes.

The fact that Samsung hasn’t started working on regulatory approval yet means we’re probably not going to see some major international launch of refurbished Galaxy Note 7s. Between the upcoming Galaxy S8 launch this spring, and a new Galaxy Note 8 this fall, Samsung wouldn’t want a big product launch of last year’s phone to serve as a distraction. Much more likely is that the refurbished phones are used as loaner devices during product repairs, or sold in less lucrative markets at a discount.