Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs, Rumors: Next-gen Flagship Will Boast New Design, Dual Speaker; To Not Feature Standard 3.5mm Headphone JackBy Addie Tee
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S series flagship phone, Galaxy S8, will reportedly offer a different kind of experience on its release after recent rumors point to its removal of 3.5mm headphone jack.
According to reports, the new design for the Samsung smartphone would cause all existing headphones to be incompatible with the handset. As common headphones cannot be used, the phone will instead use a USB Type-C adapter like the feature in Galaxy Note 7 to provide high-quality audio, GameNGuide reported.
Earlier, Motorola and Apple have already dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack, which was the same direction that the Samsung follows for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge. After the battery exploding fiasco that recalled and stopped production for the Galaxy Note 7, the upcoming Galaxy S8 would be the only smartphone from the company with a USB-Type C port.
Inquistr suggested that with the Apple's move of going with the USB Type-C port as to increase the sales of its AirPods, Samsung would also benefit from this shift through its Gear IconX's sales.
Although Samsung Electronics remained mum on the reason for dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack, latest reports indicated that the move to the USB Type-C port will make the phone thinner, thus allowing more space inside the phone for extra features.
The free space may allow Samsung to either increase the battery size or it could give Samsung the chance to improve the speaker of its Galaxy S8 smartphone.
Sources claim that the Galaxy S8 would come with dual stereo speakers like the iPhone 7. The speakers and the technology powering them would reportedly be designed by Harman. Samsung purchased Harman in a deal worth $8 billion in November to strengthen its connected car business. Neither Samsung nor Harman has confirmed nor denied reports about the dual speaker technology of the Galaxy S8.
On another hand, recent rumors suggest that the Galaxy S8 would also remove its physical home button in order to integrate an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner fitted under the screen. Through the absence of home button, Samsung could design the flagship phone with an edge-to-edge display.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain on 2017.