Samsung Galaxy S8 expected to be released in February

Samsung Office in Seoul (Image: George Clerk via iStock)

The majority of industry insiders have agreed that they think the potential release date for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 will be 26 February 2017.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been talked about for a considerable amount of time, with rumours abounding about the spec and design.

The new device will follow in the footsteps of the hugely successful Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, both considered by experts amongst the best smartphones on the market.

Perhaps the most significant change to the Galaxy is the rumoured upgrade to the processor. It has been leaked by a well-known China-based source that Samsung has been testing its new Exynos chip.

The Galaxy S7 was powered by an Exynos 8890, which was built on a 14 nanometre process. However, the new chip has reportedly been built on a ten nanometre process, which allows for more transistors to be fitted.

It has been suggested that this change could increase speed and power by up to 30 per cent.

The Galaxy S8 is also predicted to be launched with a 4K 5.5 inch display, which will be designed for virtual reality.

It has also been assumed that the new device will feature a curved screen. This is based on a hint that Samsung gave recently.

Speaking to media in New York, head of the company’s mobile business Dongjin Koh said: “Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions [for the curved screen].”

It is likely that Samsung will include a microSD port and there have been reports of a possible dual rear camera appearing on the Galaxy S8. Samsung has continually improved device cameras and it is expected that the 2017 flagship will be no different.