Leaks and rumors around the Samsung Galaxy S8 have been making rounds for a while. There is nothing official yet, but one thing we can be sure of, is that the upcoming flagship is going to be a powerful device. Now, a new leak has surfaced on the web hinting that the Galaxy S8 could feature a new technology that would potentially let you kick its performance into overdrive.
Beast Mode to help achieve More Power for VR
Originally spotted by GalaxyClub, Samsung has applied to trademark the term “Beast Mode,” which the company intends to use in its upcoming smartphones, tablets, apps, or computers.
Right now, we don’t know what the beast mode is, and how Samsung plans to integrate it in the next flagship; but going by the name, it sounds like a software feature that could trigger the chipset speed to boost performance whenever required – likely at the expense of battery life.
If implemented, the feature could come handy, especially considering support for Gear VR on S8’s 4K display. The beast mode could help achieve high-end processing and multitasking power that would be required by the phone when using VR application.
While Samsung has already introduced a “high performance” option in the latest Android Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7, the beast mode is there to take things to the other level. It would give users a lot more control over the performance of S8 so that they could make the most of all its power.
Samsung Galaxy S8: Specs, Features & Release Date
In terms of the specs, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is rumored to be powered by a top-end Snapdragon 830 or Exynos 8895 chip coupled with a whopping 6GB of RAM. The expected screen sizes are 5.1 inches and 5.5 inches, with the latter S8 Plus model offering 4K resolution.
Some reports also suggest that the flagship phone will feature an edge-to-edge display, and might ditch the physical home button in favor of a fingerprint sensor embedded beneath the display.
On the photography side of things, the Galaxy S8 will supposedly boast a dual-lens camera. If earlier reports are to be believed, the dual camera setup would comprise of a combination of 13MP and 12MP camera sensors at the back paired with an 8MP camera on front for selfies and video chat.
In addition to this, Samsung’s VP for Mobile Communications Lee Kyeong-tae stated back in October that the next Galaxy phone will feature an enhanced artificial-intelligence service. The South Korean tech giant is expected to leverage its Viv Labs acquisition to compete with Google and Apple.
It will be interesting to see whether the Galaxy Note 7 “explosiongate” fiasco affects sales of the next flagship phone from Samsung. The company is expected to launch the Galaxy S8 ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 which kicks off on February 27 in Barcelona, Spain.