Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Edition-17

No surprises here, the Galaxy S8 was pretty much always going to get a QHD Super AMOLED display, but the latest rumor out of Chinese microblogging site Weibo has it rocking a 5.5-inch 4K display. Likewise, 6 GB of RAM always seemed like a given (even if Samsung has just produced the world’s first 8 GB mobile RAM) but it’s always good to get further “confirmation” of what we think we know.

See also:

Samsung considering LG batteries for the Galaxy S8?

October 20, 2016

Which is not to say you can take these specs to the bank, but it’s usually a good sign when the multiple “reports” and rumors line up in the lead up to a new device. Especially one as critical as the Galaxy S8 is destined to be. So much for Samsung employees not sharing even a whisper of the upcoming flagship.

Other (perfectly logical) rumors put a Snapdragon 830 chip (which Samsung is manufacturing for Qualcomm) or Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chipset in the Galaxy S8, which will vary depending on your market.

The S8 is also expected to arrive with support for Google’s Daydream VR as well as Samsung’s own USB Type-C Gear VR headset (which is good news for those stuck with the one that came with Note 7 pre-orders). The Galaxy S8 is expected to be unveiled during MWC 2017 in February with a March release date.

Kris Carlon
Kris Carlon is a Senior Editor at Android Authority. He is a half-British Australian who lives in Berlin, travels a lot and is always connected to a laptop, phone, smartwatch or tablet (and occasionally a book).
  • adrian

    i wonder if the 5.5″ is flat or curved… i dun want a 5.5″ curved like it was with s7e.

    • 4ui812

      Curved is the future.

      • Andrés

        like the 3D TV sets… that are already the past.

        curved edges are a gimmick and will not last, as they are a usability issue, and actually DECREASE the usable screen size, + have glares.

        • BritishGuy94

          Guess you’ve never used a Note 7, was the ideal phone screen and with iphones rumoured to copy the curved screen design oh and huawei you are stuck with them!

          • Lex

            I do not like the curved edges on the Note 7

          • BritishGuy94

            Crazy and on the minority, get used to the curve as it’s staying ha

          • Ry

            You’re one of the only ones.

          • Darío12v

            I’m writing this on my note 7 and I can tell you this screen is the best ever on a smartphone, the HDR up scaling on this is amazing, brings any video to near hdr quality, 1000 nits brightness
            Etc…
            BUT… The screen has 1 big defect (EDGES) don’t get me wrong the edges on this phone make for a gorgeous looking phone, the images seem to cascade of the screen, that makes videos look amazing, and the edges are only 30% as curved as the s7 edge… But there still is GLARE!!!!!!!!
            My comute to work is 1 hour in the subway and I usually watch a TV show episode going to work and another coming back, and I have to use my hand as a baseball cap to block the light and eliminate the glare so I can watch video on my phone
            I didn’t have to do that on my note 5
            That is un excusable
            This is the prefect phone
            Best in the market
            Exept for the edges

          • BritishGuy94

            Firstly, hand that phone in now before you hurt yourself or someone else. Secondly, there is no glare, had the phone for just over a month and I haven’t heard such rubbish. It’s unexcusable? Get a bloody grip, it’s one of the many things that makes it the perfect phone. You are either lieing and don’t actually have one or you are an idiot and so noone should listen to your crap. Which one is it?

          • Darío12v

            Actually I do have a note 7 and no I’m not going to return it until the S8 comes out
            But answering your question
            YES THERE IS GLARE!
            ask anyone who’s had a not 7 or s7 edge!! Are you blind???
            Or maybe you’re the one who never had a note 7
            You f…. Ing imbecile!

        • 4ui812

          The edge screen apps is a gimmick. I used to use it from time to time. I really didn’t see a need for it though. As for the s7e , the curved screen is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye when watching video. When 4-8k really goes mainstream , I will be getting a curved TV as well.

          • JonofPDX

            Hated the feel of the S-edge phones but Note 7 did the edge right. Way more comfortable to hold.

            And yeah, edge apps are stupid . But I guess I’m happy they exist incase people want them?

          • 4ui812

            True enough , I suppose some people could find a use for the edge apps. I had initial issues holding my phone (kept touching the sides) But the case from Samsung fixed that. I
            As for the note 7 , I never had a chance to hold one. I think the rental scanner is a little overboard though.

          • JonofPDX

            Eh–the retina scanner was cool but I stopped using it pretty quick ’cause it was just a little easier/quicker to use the fingerprint scanner.

            Retina scanner’s usefulness is directly proportional to how often you wear gloves. If you live in Norway, it’s fan-freaking-tastic. If you live in Southern California…not so much.

          • 4ui812

            Well put. I forgot about the gloves in winter time.

        • Grant Ding

          Um… “Usability issue.” Palm rejection is a thing, and it works very, very well. And with 5.5 inches diagonally, how much more usable screen size do you want? Just get a tablet and stop complaining?

      • theforevermachine

        I DON’T WANT YOUR FUTURE

        • 4ui812

          It’s not my future…. It’s our future.

    • Andrés

      Yeah! Flat screen only, please.
      no horrible curved edges!

    • Larry

      Yeah I want flat too. 1k phone that I can’t protect isn’t worth purchasing

    • JonofPDX

      The shallower curve to the Note 7 is the sweet spot for me. Feels really good in the hand but I never accidently hit the side edge.

    • Grant Ding

      Why? Curved allows you to slim down the profile of the phone and make more of the screen accessible.

    • Ry

      Will be slightly curved like the Note 7. It’s very nice.

  • rohan patre

    is there a limit? How further can we go with processors before we reach a cap?

    • crazyfeet

      iPhone is the best. it outperforms all phones with half the ram

      • LastKings31

        Okay? who’s talking about iPhones here

      • Mike

        yes the seconds that you will save in time over the course of a days use is totally worth not having any customization options. Android makes up that processing time and then some by being able to get to your apps more quickly

        • crazyfeet

          iPhones never lag. All those who customize Android come back to the original skin because of various issues with ROM.

          • Mike

            i didn’t say that they did. just that you have to fish through obnoxious home screens to get to the apps. and you have tons of customization options without rooting. launchers for example. nova launcher makes any Android phone instantly more convenient and customizable

          • crazyfeet

            I know it because I have been using it on my 3 GB ram Android phone. I can customize every icon and home screen. In the end it lagged so much I had to uninstall it. Android lags except the Nexus series and Pixel

          • Mike

            what android phone? my V10 works fine with nova installed. Android has gotten better and better especially this years phones.

          • Fifen

            i have the v10 and it is very smoothly. I’ve only made it lag by running all of my 100 apps at once. also apple is slightly faster because they make basically every thing in the phone and can perfectly tune it. android is open source and only slightly slower. making it the best os

          • DBS93

            I’ve been using pixel launcher for the past month without any issue. before that I’ve also used nova launcher (the free version) without issues at all too. I’ve also been using samsung’s good lock on my phone (which isn’t officially supported for using this app) and all of this flawlessly on a 2014 high end phone. my phone very rarely lags too, although it’s not the fastest phone right now I’m perfectly good with it and I have so multi tasking features that I really don’t see a need for a faster phone

          • mark

            Er there’s a lot simpler customisation options than a ROM. And yes, apple users themselves say they can lag.

      • DBS93

        Wtf this is a post about an android device

        • crazyfeet

          Well sorry to disappoint you but even with 8 GB ram your Android device is going to perform poorly in comparison to Apple Phone

          • Mike

            what’s poorly? it takes a couple seconds longer to load a bunch of games over the course of a day?

          • CPKarth123

            I hate Apple and love Android, but Crazyfeet is right… Apple’s A10 Fusion chip is at the same level as Intel’s laptop-grade processors. In terms of performance, iPhone will win against any Android phone. Firstly, Samsung (and other android phone manufactures) don’t optimise their software effectively – Samsung could add all the RAM they want, but if the software is not optimised to take advantage of all that RAM – it would be a waste of money. Maybe, Pixel could compare to the performance of an iPhone – but currently in terms of processing power iPhone is way ahead but when you look at the spec sheet an iPhone has 2GB RAM and an Android phone has 4GB, but an iPhone can open more apps at the same time and you can switch back without lag. This is what Android manufactures like Samsung should work on – they should improve their software instead of just making bigger batteries and adding more RAM – there will be no need to have a big battery if your OS was battery efficient (iPhone has 2450mAH batteries whereas S7 Edge has 3600mAH – but they both last the same time)

          • mark

            Wow, I was right. So crazy feet says apple are great because they have low amounts of ram. You now say they’re great because they have fast CPUs (and don’t make me laugh about Intel laptop level).

            Which is it? Is it good having a high spec, or a low spec? If apple phones do have Intel laptop level cpus, they sure do bugger all with that power – android is clearly better, when it does so much more, with less.

            Same old story. Apple zealots cherry pick the one stat apple currently do okay on, and spin the other negatives into positives. In 2010 the single most important issue was display resolution, and the appalling cpu performance was spun as “more efficient”.

          • 1213 1213

            You’re wrong about how the s7 edge performs, and you’re wrong ram. And you’re wrong about battery life. And you’re even wrong about the mah of the iPhone. You are also doing what Mark says and spinning things with the typical Apple fanboy rhetoric.

          • DBS93

            I really feel sorry for you guys, who have obviously been brainwashed by Apple…. you shouldn’t rely on speed only. what’s the point in having a slightly speedier phone if you can’t do shit with it ? Have you seriously compared the number of functionalities on android (mainly on galaxy devices) to the ones on the iPhone ? of course you will have speedier phone , Android let’s you do a ton of things and even customize, have way better screens, fast charging etc… and even then the speeds aren’t that far away from each other. I really hope you guys someday will wake up to the reality and learn that there’s other great devices beside iphones , which are good but definitely not worth the price you pay. have a nice day, and don’t be an Isheep. that’s not cool anymore, it’s just sad

          • crazyfeet

            I haven’t been brainwashed by Apple. I have been disappointed with Android for years. I admit not having used a premium Android phone but mid range Android should have been optimized to perform well over a long time

          • DBS93

            so comparing a high end with a mid range is fair for you ? so if I would compare an iPhone 4 to a galaxy s7 would that be fair too ? try getting a nexus, one plus 3 or a galaxy s7 and see for yourself what I mean

          • crazyfeet

            I agree it isn’t fair to compare a mid range phone to a flagship Apple phone but I wasn’t referring to hardware. Android software as a whole is not as polished and doesn’t work smooth like the iOS across all models. iOS performs the same across all phones from the 5s to 7plus. Can’t say the same about Android. It’s poorly optimized. About the OnePlus 3. Kudos to the team for optimizing it so well. My family uses OnePlus 3 and it is flawless

          • 1213 1213

            What do you mean across all models when you’re talking about an old midrange device? And how does that make sense with you saying oneplus 3 is flawless?

            The 5s doesn’t perform the same as even a 5s used to anymore, that’s why Apple faces lawsuits for planned obsolescence when they force updates to old models.

          • crazyfeet

            It makes sense because OnePlus is paying attention to small details and that is why it is a better Android phone but the same experience is not available on all Android phones. With Apple, you have a uniform experience across all variants and even the iPad and Mac.

          • theforevermachine

            if you haven’t used a premium android phone, then I urge you to reserve your judgement

          • crazyfeet

            What’s sad is Android keeps throwing more ram, better processor, more features and it just tends to lag more. Android is not even a stable and reliable software. Even the military uses iPhone and Macs. Android is the most vulnerable platform

      • mark

        Ah yes, when an apple phone is crap on a spec, you say how wonderful it is it manages with that. But in the next breath, you’ll be telling us how good it does on some benchmark. Well guess what, android out performs even with half the cpu.

        There are plenty of tales of lagging apple phones. If you just want a feature phone, there are ones that have a fraction of the RAM of even an apple phone, and they manage fine.

        • crazyfeet

          Despite all your arguments, Apple is the most stable, reliable, optimized, user friendly smartphone. Android is the exact opposite of what Apple is.

        • crazyfeet

          Android outperforms? Except the Pixel and OnePlus 3 I don’t know of any Android phone that even comes close to the optimization level of iOS

          • 1213 1213

            The s7 performs just as well as the oneplus 3.

          • rohan patre

            thanks guys for answering my question :)

    • Naxx ENVY

      much much much further, we have miles to go. look how far we’ve come in just 10 years, imagine the next 50.

      • rohan patre

        what a time to be alive

      • crazyfeet

        With so much advancement in technology and humans brain shrinking I doubt we will survive another century

        • Joonho Jung

          Yeah, iPhones dont lag, right? My friend’s 6s plus was loading the same website as my galaxy S4, and his iPhone froze while loading, when mine just loaded the website in 3 seconds (it was a heavy website with tons of pics and vids). So iPhones dont lag, huh? An 2015 flagship compared to a 2013 flagship lags horribly, but you know, Apple is the best, right?

  • Coolz Charmer

    I really want to see that 10nm chip in use. Then the Exynos CPU will outrun (hopefully) the Snapdragon and also that 10nm chip will allow LPDDR4 8gb ram.. I think.
    So in future I’ll be expectig 8gb/16gb RAM Samsung smartphones.

    • Jaimy

      Exynos CPU already outperforms SD

      • Coolz Charmer

        I want more out of it ^^

        • Sarte Arne

          Thats what she said last night 😂

      • JonofPDX

        I thought this was a myth? Or at least, not completly accurate.

        My understanding was that multiple sources have tested both the S7 and Note 7 varients and found while their performance differed slightly, neither was “better” than the other.

        Exynos was more efficient at multi-core processes (so in theory, better at multitasking and apps able to take best advantage of all 8 cores) while the Snapdragon had better single-core performance. The Adreno GPUs in the Snapdragon varients also consistantly beat the Mali chips.

        So…different strokes for different folks.

        • stfu

          performance per se may be a gray area. but in terms of power efficiency, exynos has been beating the shit out of sd lately.

          • JonofPDX

            Thanks for the clarification.

    • It should better than A10 fusion chip :)

      • crazyfeet

        A10 is already ahead of any thing Samshite makes

  • w8ting for very original bomb jokes :P

  • Marius Tomas

    6 gb? hmm these rumors always overreacted. kind of hard to believe. even if there was note 7 with 6 gb in China market

    • CPKarth123

      Samsung already released a phone with 6GB of RAM – the Galaxy C9, it is pretty much confirmed at this point the S8 will have 6GB of RAM (or even more).

      • Howard Tseng

        They will probably release the S8 with 8gb of RAM to win over customers they lost over the Note 7

    • Andrés

      Just give us 8GB already. Come on!
      Chrome will eat it all in 1 min anyway.

    • JonofPDX

      Yeah–Note 7 got a lot of crap for launching with 4gb when you can get a OnePlus 3 with 6 for $399. Next Samsung will def have 6gb. It doesn’t increase their costs that much and it looks good on the spec sheet.

  • CPKarth123

    I highly doubt Samsung will stick with a QuadHD screen, they already showcased a 4K 5.5inch display long ago. Samsung will definitely go for a 4K screen with VR in mind.

    • markiz

      Yes, they displayed it, but the only question is is it economically viable?
      Maybe Note7 fiasco will force them to introduce some aces from their sleeves sooner, but I doubt it will happen if it impacts profitability.

      • Sarte Arne

        Yeah, after the note7, they have to go safe with the next gen phones. Makes sense.

    • JonofPDX

      Yeah…I like the idea of a 4k but that’s a very expensive display. If we see it anytime soon, I wouldn’t expect it on the S line. More likely we’ll see it on an ultra-premium one-off sold bundled with a gear vr and marketed directly at the VR community. Then as prices come down and depending on consumer response they may move it to the S line.

  • Lord Vader

    Good job Samsung :))))))

  • The Doctor

    Yeah. I’m finished with Samsung for the near future. They told us they figured out the Note7 problems, then the new “safe” phones also exploded. I’m not purchasing another Samsung phone until I know they won’t explode.

    • saksham

      id pick a samsung product even if it had 100% chance of exploding

      • PandaBread

        Candidate for dumbest post of the year.

      • Nickname303

        You – and the people that upvoted your post – deserve to die by being blown up. People as dumb as you have no place on this earth

      • The Doctor

        Well that’s just dumb.

      • Gibbs

        That’s probably perfect for the definition of fanboyism on the dictionary :D
        I don’t see why any human being would do that. risk death for a company you like? why?
        there are a million other phones. oneplus nexus moto iPhone LG xiaomi….

    • Kendrick Vargas

      All batteries have the potential for exploding. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Prior to this, the company that tended to be known for batteries catching fire was Apple. They had a successful Galaxy S line release this year, and hopefully next year will be good as well. It’s a shame about the setback they had, but they handled it well. Honestly, I don’t know how you debug a problem where 0.0001 of your products randomly destroy themselves. You kinda need to be able to watch it go down before you know what’s happening.

      Personally my hopes are that they allow bootloader unlocking these things on t-mobile.

      • Scr-U-gle

        Actually, the Galaxy S3 and S4 had their own explode-gate issues too.

        Looks like there is a legacy issue for Samboom.

        Good try at making things up, you should work for Samboom, they have a department for bull💩ers like you.

        • mark

          But how does that dispute his point? You’re supporting his point, fires and explosions is something that’s been happening to a range of phones.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Not at the frequency that has happened on the G3, G4 and Not 7.

            Samboom have a long history of really poor design and QC. Just look at the iPhone 6s, Samboom manufactured some of the chips on smaller wafers, which is meant to make them faster, the Samboom CPU iPhones were slower than the TSCM ones.

            Samboom should stick to canned fish and vegetables

    • John Smith

      It was a 7 coded Masonic hoax. The phone was fine, they just wanted to hoax it out of production.

    • crazyfeet

      Samsung should be barred from manufacturing phones. They made a phone that poses threat to life. They made it in a rush to launch it before iPhone 7. There’s no doubt they will mess it up again with Note 8. The same laggy TouchWiz, bad ram management and poor battery life

      • 1213 1213

        More nonsense form you I see. Ram management is excellent and the battery life is the best in 2016. And touch wiz doesn’t lag. And the release date of the note 7 was the same as the note 5, so there’s no use acting like they rushed it.
        Why do you insist on being such a pathetic loser?

        • Rob Kowalski

          I don’t understand why people keep talking about the date in which the Note 7 was launched. Just because it fell around the same time as the 5, doesn’t mean it wasn’t rushed to market. The phone probably should have been released later.

          They released a compromised product and then re-released a compromised product. They should be chastised for that.

          I won’t even look at one of their devices after this fiasco. I’m sticking with my iPhone and Axon 7 for the near future.

          • 1213 1213

            But there is no evidence for saying they tried to launch ahead of the iPhone, it looks like they were going for the same date as normal. If you are going to chastise them then at least do it based on facts and not speculation that doesn’t even make sense.

          • Rob Kowalski

            I think that speculating is not entirely out of the question. They released a phone that exploded even after a global recall.

            How was this not seen in quality control prior to shipment? How is it that customers around the world had these issues within a short period of ownership? How is it possible that they were able to quickly do a recall only to have the same results?

            This is monstrous and commonly reliable tech company. They re-released the device without even knowing the problem. And to this day, we still weren’t given a proper explanation as to what happened. What good is a “sorry” when you haven’t told us why this happened and why the customer had to jump through all of these hoops, only to end up returning the device anyway.

            I’m sorry, but it is unacceptable and the company has left too much to speculation due to their bumbling lack of communication with their customers. This company doesn’t deserve my benefit of the doubt based on this product’s release and double recall.

          • 1213 1213

            Again, I’m not saying to give them the benefit of the doubt. I’m just asking that people don’t be stupid and incorrect in their stupid accusations.
            They are still in the midst of investigating it. And the cause doesn’t bother consumers, at least not until the s8 release. Because note 7s are to be returned. So it doesn’t matter what caused them, only if we have confidence it has been resolved before the s8. You make it sound like Samsung expects you to open it up and fix it yourself, and that’s why you’re so upset they haven’t told you how to.

  • Scr-U-gle

    What kind of fire extinguisher does it come with?

    • BritishGuy94

      Yawn

  • KaiZen

    Come on Samsung, bring us edge less displays, high screen to body ratio is the new in, get rid of those bezels.

    • JonofPDX

      I doubt we’ll be seeing that for a long while. Samsung and its customers like the physical home button and front-facing fingerprint scanner.

      More likely we’ll see them do a large-screen, no physical home button, screen-biometric scanner device in the ultra-premium range as a test before they do anything with the S line.

      • KaiZen

        That actually sounds like it’d make one hell of a galaxy though, got myself an S7Edge and it’s pretty great, but those features you mentioned would be quite a massive improvement, I’m mainly holding out for the edge-less display for my next upgrade, so will be some time before I suppose.

        • JonofPDX

          Like I said, Samsung WILL probably make something like that. They like one-off, high price-point, ultra-premium proof-of-concept phones. It lets them test the market, see what works and what doesn’t. Get good consumer feedback that they can then implement into their flagship lines. Look at the Note Edge as an example.

          But expect to pay out the nose for it. Note Edge was the most expensive wide-release phone Samsung had ever made up to that point. And what we’re talking about would be more of a departure than that phone was from the base Note line of the time.

          I mean, we’re talking about a 5.7-6” Super-AMOLED display. It’s a Samsung flagship, so it will also have the more expensive Edge display. Depending on release window you’re talking about a Snapdragon 823 or POSSIBLY 830/31—likely the same as the S series that year. 6gb minimum for RAM, possibly going up to 7-8gb to compete in the Chinese market.

          Now, with a device like this you are probably targeting at the VR market. That might mean they bundle in a Gear VR. And we may see screen rez jumped up to the low end of UHD. It’s not going to be full 4K but…it’ll be a jump.

          Add to that the SenseId on-screen fingerprint scanner and we are talking about a very, very expensive device. Probably $1100+, as Samsung wouldn’t feel a need to price-down for this kind of product.

          And if you’re thinking about waiting for some of those features to filter down to the S line…you’re probably talking about 2018-2019.

  • 4K is UHD, not QHD

    • Grant Ding

      Where did it say 4k?

      • The rumor they are reporting on from SamMobile says 4K

        • Grant Ding

          Oh… well okay. I was just confused as to where you saw 4k.

  • Palurago

    Specially designed to ISIS maleficent purposes. Bigger, faster, stronger (in order to explode)

  • Rage9one

    With all the note 7 drama, I think I’ll wait a while before getting a new samsung phone..

  • bboyheat

    In other news, water is wet.

  • Choda Boy

    Why does this post say “QHD” instead of the 4K display stated in the SamMobile reference?

  • Parkempty

    Whaaaat? Not 8GB RAM? Oh holy shit

  • CPofWC

    I think 5.5 is going to become the industry standard on the Android side. With new tech, a 5.5 doesn’t have to be any larger than a 5 inch phone was a few years ago.

  • Unidentified

    I hope they’ll keep the 5.1′ form factor around regardless if it’s curved or not

  • Kunal Narang

    Isn’t it Exynos 8895?

  • mcdonsco

    Jesus, so the “small” phones are going to be huge too…great :-(

    • Lex

      I miss my 6 inch Nexus 6

    • JonofPDX

      Yeah–Sony’s probably your best choice if you want a smaller phone. The compact line is usually the best small phone on the market each year.

  • tabguy2

    Maybe you weren’t aware but the Type-C VR headset comes with a micro USB adapter. So, those of us “stuck with it” can use it on prior Samsung phones. Where did investigative journalism go?

  • Confirm this for once, is Samsung or TSMC fabricating the Snapdragon 830?

  • BlackHawkRider .

    i hope the new Samsung Galaxy S8 will take advantage of the Snapdragon Sense ID.

  • ash milner

    After the Note 7 debacle, I want to see nothing less that 32GB RAM 256GB HD, 4k resolution, and a partridge in a pear tree.

  • Shiba Kirito

    LOL Exynos 9985…. im sold if they actually put that in XD, and possibly a GTX 1080 Ti for GPU? =D

  • Grant Ding

    PLEASE for the love of all that it good. DITCH SNAPDRAGON! So many vulnerabilities target SD devices, and we’ve already seen that exynos kicks snapdragon’s ass.

  • winhhh

    Kris, you are an awful, awful writer. This article is full of grammatical errors. How are you even the “senior editor”?

  • Fifen

    if it will have waterproofness then it will be a beast of a phone. one i will consider getting