Samsung’s 2018 flagship smartphone – all the rumours
New year, new smartphone releases! And one of the most exciting flagships expected in 2018 is without a doubt the new Samsung Galaxy. (No official name has been confirmed yet) Let’s take a look at the latest rumours surrounding the launch of the handset, and find out what we can expect from it.
When is the new Samsung smartphone coming out?
Each year, Samsung announce their newest flagship smartphones during Mobile World Congress. This year, Mobile World Congress starts on the 26th of February, so we can expect Samsung’s latest flagship to be revealed before the 1st of March.
As for a release date, we can’t confirm anything just yet – but if we had to take a guess, we’d say late March/early April is the earliest you can expect to finally get your hands on the phone.
How much will it cost?
One thing’s certain: this won’t be a cheap phone. Samsung flagships are some of the best-performing smartphones on the market, with a stunning design, and this type of quality comes with a price. SIM-free, we’re expecting the new Samsung to cost between £700 and £800.
However, buying the phone on a business contract should be much, much more affordable. Contracts are expected to start at £40 per month, depending on your business needs and the amount of data, texts, and calls you require. Our team of experts will be available to help you analyse your current usage and compare all the deals available across all of the biggest UK networks and find the perfect deal for your business. All you need to do is call us on 0333 996 0029 for more information.
For an even cheaper alternative, consider the Samsung Galaxy S8? Prices are expected to drop once the newer model is released.
New Samsung flagship – the rumoured technical specs
Here are the technical specs you can expect to find on the handset if the rumours are true:
- Exynos 9810 processor
- 6GB of RAM
- 64GB of internal storage (+ microSD slot for up to 256GB extra)
- 3,000 mAh battery
- IP68 (water and dust resistant)
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 12MP camera
- Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- Bixby AI
- 5.8-inch super AMOLED screen
Standout business features
This new flagship will be the first handset to feature Samsung’s new Exynos 9810 processor, which promises amazing performance and capabilities. The super-fast octa-core processor has deep learning capabilities, which allow it to learn to identify objects or people in photos. It also powers the phone’s expected facial recognition feature, and delivers overall faster, more efficient performance without draining the battery. The Exynos chipset will also support the latest, fastest internet speeds available – which means that once 5G goes global, the phone will be one of the first handsets to access faster data download speeds.
Nothing has been officially announced yet; however we expect the phone will come with facial recognition unlocking, just like the iPhone X. Facial recognition tends to be more secure and harder to fool than passcodes, patterns, and fingerprint scanners, so it should be a useful feature for business users who might store sensitive company information on their handsets. However, for those who prefer using their fingerprint, a sensor might still be present on the back of the smartphone.
When it comes to design, we should expect it to be very similar to last year’s Galaxy S8. While it’ll undoubtedly feature an edge-to-edge screen and no physical home button, we shouldn’t hope for a fully bezel-less smartphone just yet…