Samsung has bought a startup Viv Labs, engaged in the development of virtual assistants Viv, for $ 215 million in October last year. Presumably, it was Viv Labs responsible for creating voice Bixby assistant smartphone the Samsung the Galaxy the S8 . However, there is also a theory that Viv Labs achievements were not used, and the acquired company with a view to the future.
It is expected that Samsung Galaxy S8 will be released in two versions – with 5.8-inch display and a 6.2-inch display. Both AMOLED-display will be bent, will have an aspect ratio of 18.5: 9 and resolution Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels), and will be able to recognize the force of pressing the function like 3D Touch from Apple. Branded home button, which has become one of the hallmarks of Galaxy line, has been removed from the front panel and moved to the back, next to the camera. It is equipped with a fingerprint scanner.
There will be a smartphone voice assistant called Bixby, capable of recognizing complex commands and compound statements and launches a special button on the edge of smartfona.Osnovnaya camera has 12 megapixel resolution, and the front – 8 megapixels, both with f1.7 aperture. Near the selfie-cam is another sensor to scan the iris, like the infamous Galaxy Note 7. The rear camera also supports character recognition (OCR technology), with the new “visual search”.
The hardware basis are Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal flash memory UFS 2.1 expandable microSD up to 256GB cards. Battery capacity will be 3250 mAh for a younger model, and 3600 mAh battery for older models, there is the possibility of rapid wireless charging. Protection against water. Work is performed under the control of Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. It supports 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi (ac / b / g / n), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a port USB Type-C.
The announcement of Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected on March 29 in New York at the Unpacked event. In Europe, the price of Samsung Galaxy S8 will be 799 euros for a 5.8-inch version and 899 euros for the 6.2-inch version, for 100 euros more expensive than last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7. Home sales scheduled for April 21, 2017.
Curiously, Viv Labs also intended to buy Facebook and Google, though for some reason the deal fell through.