For a tech geek like myself, there are two times of the year that are especially exciting. In the late summer, iPhone rumours are at their peak. In the late winter, Samsung Galaxy S rumours reach their climax. Now, according to a report from yet another Korean website, the Galaxy S8 will go on sale April 21st. Also, the LG G6 hits stores March 10th. We’re almost there, geeks!
As reported, Samsung will feature a teaser video of this new flagship phone at their MWC press conference on February 26, 2017. The event takes place in Barcelona every year, and is typically the venue for Samsung to announce new Galaxy S phones. This year is a little different. The company still reeling from their last flagship’s failure looks to avoid future debacles. They’ve pushed back the reveal to an event in New York, set for March 29, 2017.
The Galaxy S8 will reportedly come in two sizes, just like last year’s S7. Unlike last year’s S7, both models are expected to come with unbelievably large screens. Just think about a “small” screen size of 5.7 inches, and a larger 6.2 inch display on the pricier model. I’m also excited about a reported 4 GB of RAM, the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, and a buttonless, bezel-less “Infinity Display”. If a fraction of these rumours are true, Samsung will be going all-out to convince consumers to forget about Notes catching fire. No news yet on a price, but with the 10th anniversary iPhone possibly breaking the $1000 mark, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a price hike over the S7.
LG have been openly advertising the announcement of the G6 at MWC this year. Video after video have dropped hints: another bezel-less display, unique 18:9 screen ratio, water resistance, and more. All this signals a departure from LG’s semi-modular experiment with the G5. The G6 also finally lets go of the removable batteries the company has clung to thus far.
The G6 may get just enough of a head start on the Galaxy S8 to chip away at Samsung’s mainstream dominance. LG have been building quality devices for a long time. Nevertheless, they often find themselves in the shadow of their fellow South Korean rival. Top-tier specs and a cutting edge design might just do the trick.
Are you excited about the new Galaxy and G6? Which phone would you pick up this year? Sound off, nerds!