Samsung’s Galaxy S8 may beat the iPhone 8 to the market with new and exciting tech. If one considers many of the rumors swirling around both smartphones right now, it sounds like the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 will offer very similar features. The Galaxy S8 will wow consumers as much as five months earlier, however.
Samsung said on Monday that it won’t announce the Galaxy S8 during Mobile World Congress at the end of next month. It will instead wait a bit longer, perhaps until April according to some reports, to release the Galaxy S8. The phone is expected to offer a curved Quad HD Super AMOLED panel with new fingerprint reader technology under the display. It’s a feature that we’re also expecting Apple to introduce in one of its future iPhones. Apple’s new device won’t launch until September, however, giving Samsung a big five month lead time, despite the later launch date.
The new fingerprint reader will reportedly sit under the screen, allowing Samsung to ditch the home button entirely. A separate report from KGI analyst Ming Chi Kuo late last week suggests Apple is trying to adopt the technology but is facing some headwinds getting the tech to work with flexible OLED panels reportedly bound for future iPhones. If Samsung can figure it out, it might have the technology in its smartphones not just five months, but perhaps more than a year ahead of Apple.
This is important. The Galaxy Note 7 was a failure, no doubt, but it also introduced very innovative features that Apple still hasn’t deployed. In fact, had the Galaxy Note 7 recall not occurred, the iPhone 7 Plus would have looked like a pretty darn boring phone, lagging behind Samsung in many departments. Samsung is going to bring the heat this year, it seems, starting with the Galaxy S8 and, as CNET first reported this morning, later with a now-confirmed Galaxy Note 8.
Apple can’t sit around this year as much as it did with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which were far too similar to its older phones and failed to introduce many exciting new features. The company is used to getting some features to the market later – it only finally introduced waster-resistance last year – but the delays in other functions like Quad HD panels, wireless charging and, now, advanced biometrics, are starting to be more glaring than ever.