More than six months ago the upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 was rumored to come with a dual-cam setup. Now, that we are much closer to the actual launch of the device, it's looking more and more like those rumors were unfounded.
Today a major leak, via the usually very reliable Evan Blass (a. k. a @evleaks), has revealed that the S8's camera specification will indeed be very similar to its predecessor S7: a 12MP sensor and F1. 7 aperture in the main camera and 8MP with F1. 7 at the front. The latter has an iris scanner next to it, like we've already seen it on the now discontinued Galaxy Note 7. There is no talk of OIS but we'd be surprised if it would not be included.
There will be a new visual search function that uses the camera, though. The technology will be able to identify objects and users will then be able to perform searches on shopping sites or search engines. We have seen a similar feature on Amazon's Fire Phone before. The same tool will also offer OCR functionality.
Other specs sound interesting as well. There will be a Plus version with a large 6. 2" display alongside the 8-8" standard model. Both displays will be curved AMOLED variants with an unusual 18. 5:9 aspect ratio. Both phones will, depending on region, be powered by the brand new Snapdragon 835 or Samsung's latest in-house Exynos chipset, combined with 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The batteries will have a capacity of 3,500 and 3,000 mAh respectively. Both phones are expected to be announced on March 29. In Europe the Galaxy S8 will set you back €799 (approximately $855), the Plus model will be €899 ($960).
What do you think about the upcoming S8 from a mobile photography point of view? Will it, despite seemingly unchanged camera specs, be able to keep up with its high-end rivals? Let us know what you think in the comments.. dpreview.com