• Samsung Galaxy S8 will introduce bigger memory storage, new chip and a new type of battery.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will introduce bigger memory storage, new chip and a new type of battery. (Photo : YouTube/iPhone-Crash)

It's fast shaping up that with the 2017 release date of the Galaxy S8, Samsung intends to kill the Galaxy Note phablet brand and do away with the Note 7 fiasco. Also, the sequel to the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge is virtually confirmed to unbox in Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835 flavors with the highly speculated all-screen profile nearly set in stone.

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Like in the past, Samsung will ship out the GS8 powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chip and the company's in-house Exynos 8895, and both utilizing the more powerful, faster and highly efficient 10-nanomter FinFET process. The two SoCs will be in identical 8-core configuration with the SD 835 getting the Adreno 540 GPU and the Exynos 8895 working with Mali-G71 graphics.

According to GSM Arena, Samsung's next-gen processor is designed to fully support LPDDR4 RAM, UFS 2.1 storage, 4K display resolution and the superfast Cat.16 LTE cellular connectivity protocol. While the same report did not mention, it is expected that the same specifications will be identical with that of the SD 835-powered Galaxy S8.

And it goes without saying that no matter the main engine driving the 2017 Android flagship, users will get a taste of the 8GB RAM treatment. That is if rumors will prove correct that the Galaxy S8 will be the first to breach the RAM flagship threshold.

Now on the build and design department, 9to5Google reported that the GS8 will arrive minus the physical and capacitive control keys that were present in previous iterations. "The Galaxy S8 is finally removing capacitive buttons for software navigation keys," the report said, which translates to the device becoming all-screen on the front panel.

It appears too that in lieu of the mechanical Home button, the GS8 will either have an embedded controller for the same purpose anywhere on the device's 2K display panel. Or the home button will be relocated on the rear portion of the device and laced with fingerprint sensor.

As for the capacitive navigation keys, they will be replaced by the context menus that can be summoned when pressing the GS8 screen with certain amount of pressure. Yes, that reads correct - that Samsung is likely to copy the 3D Touch that Apple first introduced with the iPhone 6S series in 2015.

Lastly, WCCFTech said the Galaxy S8 push of the Samsung will mark the end of Galaxy Note era. The GS8 will unpack with the S-Pen stylus that was first seen with the Note phablet series but the input tool will be exclusive to the Galaxy S8 Plus variant that according to rumors will boast of a massive 6-inch display.

The latest reports indicate Samsung will skip the Las Vegas CES and Barcelona MWC in 2017 for the introduction of its next-generation Android flagship. Instead, the Asian tech giant will reportedly hold an exclusive Unpacked 2017 event in April with the Galaxy S8 release date likely to happen in early May.