SAMSUNG HAS SPILLED some details about its next year's Galaxy S8, no doubt in a bit do distract people from it Note 7 meltdown.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Samsung's Vice Chairman Lee Jae-Yong has let slip that the Galaxy S8 will feature a "slick" new design, an improved camera, and an enhanced artificial intelligence (AI) service.
It's no secret that Samsung is gearing up to launch its own rival to Siri and Google Assistant, having earlier this month acquired Viv, an AI assistant built by the creators of Apple's digital assistant.
Viv, co-founded by Siri masterminds Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham, has been touted by the trio as a more powerful version of Apple's digital assistant that can respond to complex, layered questions.
Beyond this, though, Jae-Yong didn't reveal anything else about the upcoming flagship, which is expected to arrive in early 2017, although we'll put our money on it not exploding.
Previous rumours have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.1in 2160x3840 AMOLED Edge display, powered by either Qualcomm's Snapdragon 830 chip or Samsung's own Exynos 8895, both which will be using 10nm FinFET technology which Samsung claims will offer 40 per cent lower power consumption and a 27 per cent boost in performance.
There's also talk that this "improved" camera that Jae-Yong talks off will arrive in the form of a dual lens setup, similar to that seen on the iPhone 7 Plus.
While no availability and pricing information has yet leaked, Samsung said earlier this month that Galaxy Note 7 owners in Korea will be given the chance to bag a half-price Galaxy S8. The deal applies to those who trade-in their Galaxy Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge as part of Samsung's Galaxy Upgrade Program.
The Galaxy Note 8 will also be included in the offer, debunking speculation that the Galaxy S8 would be Samsung's only flagship device next year. µ
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