Samsung's 'Galaxy S8+' may challenge Apple with 6.2-inch screen & iris scanner

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Samsung is reportedly developing a version of its upcoming "Galaxy S8" that will compete in some respects not just with Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, but also eye-scanning technology only expected in iPhones shipping later this year.

A depiction of the regular Galaxy S8 with a transparent case.
A depiction of the regular Galaxy S8 with a transparent case.


The "Galaxy S8+" will offer a 6.2-inch, Quad HD+ (3200-by-1800 pixel) AMOLED screen as well as an iris scanner, according to a specifications sheet obtained by well-known leak source Evan Blass. An iris scanner and/or 3D facial recognition have been rumored for this year's "iPhone 8," possibly as a supplement or outright replacement for Touch ID.

The "plus" designation suggests that Samsung is hewing closely to Apple's product marketing strategy. The latter has been selling "Plus" iPhones since 2014, equipped with bigger 5.5-inch displays and some other technical advantages, most recently a dual-lens camera.

The S8+ is further expected to offer 4 gigabytes of RAM, 64 gigabytes of storage, and a microSD slot, along with other features like a 12-megapixel "dual pixel" camera on the rear, and an 8-megapixel front shooter. As on past Samsung devices, the phone should support wireless charging -- something also rumored as coming to iPhones.

A minimum 64 gigabytes of storage would likewise fall in line with "iPhone 8" rumors. Apple however may stick to 3 gigabytes of RAM rather than 4, at least if the device is similar in that respect to a rumored "iPhone 7s Plus." A basic "iPhone 7s" may have just 2 gigabytes.

The core feature on the "iPhone 8" is likely to be an edge-to-edge, 5.8-inch OLED display, though the practical screen space may be just 5.15 inches. The remaining area could be dedicated to virtual buttons, doing away with a physical home button entirely.

It's not certain when an "S8+" or even the regular S8 will launch, but one rumor has put the S8's date as Apr. 21.
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  • Reply 1 of 25
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,883member
    There certainly niche market for phones larger than 6" but for most you want something you can mange using daily without letting it fall on ground often. If I ever need very large phone than will buy ipad mini with phone capability built-in. In my opinion, sweet spot phone 5.1-5.2" usable screen with little top/bottom area and thin side bezels and iPhone 8/X might be the one.
    edited February 2017
  • Reply 2 of 25
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,292member
    wood1208 said:
    There certainly niche market for phones larger than 6" but for most you want something you can mange using daily without letting it fall on ground often. If I ever need very large phone than will buy ipad mini with phone capability built-in.
    Concur. A cellular enabled version of the iPad mini has been available for some time. Should work with airpods for a facetime call if needed. IOW, this product (sans the iris scan stuff of dubious value) has been available for a few years. Way to innovate, Sammy.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 25
    I wonder if half the time their iris scanner will actually burn your retinas out... ; > Kidding...sort of.  I'm not sure I want to hold a Samsung product up to 'scan' my eyes. I'm actually serious here. More invasive technologies do require greater trust in a product. I know iris scanning isn't microwaving ones eyes, but I do worry about a company whose phones were allowed into production while bursting into flames then they want you to hold a phone up and scan your eyes. Better than Sammy's last idea to use a an attached stylus as an anal probe for verification. 
    radarthekatslprescottbigwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 25
    or it may not.

    seriously, whats up w/ the tech press meme of propping up iphone-killers? every quarter theres some "new challenger!". so far there hasnt been an iPhone killer, in ten years, so why dont we wait and see what is released (and doesnt explode) before rehashing this narrative?
    edited February 2017 Metriacanthosauruswatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 25
    You mean I have to take my sunglasses off to unlock my phone?
    pscooter63watto_cobraSpamSandwich
  • Reply 6 of 25
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    Might as well do the Jaws theme while their at it .... "Iphone Killer" (sic)....  ZZZZZ
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 25
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,692member
    No. Apple doesn't react to Samsung. Apple reacts to market and technological changes.
    bigpscooter63watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 25
    evilutionevilution Posts: 1,349member

    Samsung's 'Galaxy S8+' may challenge Apple


    Yeah but it'll also be challenged itself as it's still running Android and that resolution won't be easy to drive.
    bigMetriacanthosauruswatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 25
    I really hope the iPhone 8/X does not have a 5.15 inch screen. That is a step backward imo.
  • Reply 10 of 25
    512ke512ke Posts: 782member
    Predict explosive sales
    ike17055watto_cobraSpamSandwich
  • Reply 11 of 25
    irelandireland Posts: 17,549member
    And then it explodes along with the Samsung brand. Karma

    Nice branding, you shameful lot.
    edited February 2017 watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 25
    512ke said:
    Predict explosive sales
    Dunno. It might bomb.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 25
    auxioauxio Posts: 1,975member
    eightzero said:
    512ke said:
    Predict explosive sales
    Dunno. It might bomb.
    If so, they can have a fire sale
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 25
    Dont they already have an iris scanner on the 7s ?
  • Reply 15 of 25
    auxio said:
    eightzero said:
    512ke said:
    Predict explosive sales
    Dunno. It might bomb.
    If so, they can have a fire sale
    profits would go up in smoke.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 25
    Wonder why almost every new Samsung device reminds me of the pidgin-style saying "Money see, monkey do".
    edited February 2017 watto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 25
    or it may not.

    seriously, whats up w/ the tech press meme of propping up iphone-killers? every quarter theres some "new challenger!". so far there hasnt been an iPhone killer, in ten years, so why dont we wait and see what is released (and doesnt explode) before rehashing this narrative?
    The iPhone killer is the loch ness monster of tech writing. So many people want it to exist so badly that their lives revolve around an irrational belief. It's as powerful as religious conviction. Who knows, they might be neurologically the same...
    bestkeptsecretwatto_cobrabadmonk
  • Reply 18 of 25
    or it may not.

    seriously, whats up w/ the tech press meme of propping up iphone-killers? every quarter theres some "new challenger!". so far there hasnt been an iPhone killer, in ten years, so why dont we wait and see what is released (and doesnt explode) before rehashing this narrative?
    The iPhone killer is the loch ness monster of tech writing. So many people want it to exist so badly that their lives revolve around an irrational belief. It's as powerful as religious conviction. Who knows, they might be neurologically the same...

    Nicely put!
    watto_cobrabadmonk
  • Reply 19 of 25
    wood1208 said:
    There certainly niche market for phones larger than 6" but for most you want something you can mange using daily without letting it fall on ground often. If I ever need very large phone than will buy ipad mini with phone capability built-in. In my opinion, sweet spot phone 5.1-5.2" usable screen with little top/bottom area and thin side bezels and iPhone 8/X might be the one.
    My ipad mini is enabled for calls via talkatone, Skype and MagicJack apps. It is the best phone i have ever had since i am often accessing documents while on calls, and the big acreen makes it highly functional to call up the calendar, or email, or web based documents that are part of the conversation.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 25
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 3,489member
    evilution said:

    Samsung's 'Galaxy S8+' may challenge Apple


    Yeah but it'll also be challenged itself as it's still running Android and that resolution won't be easy to drive.
    As a user of both systems, what's the challenge of having Android as the OS?
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