Samsung Galaxy S8: Release date, headphone jack, camera, code names and more

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is likely still almost six months away, so that means that everyone is talking about it now.

And with details about the upcoming phones making the rounds, why wouldn't they be? Already, information regarding screen size, the headphone jack (or lack thereof) and release date are out there for all to see, so we've rounded it all up here. 

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So what do we know about these upcoming phones? Raymond Ronamai heard about the specs:

According to reports...the Galaxy S8 will sport a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with 4K display (806 ppi pixel density) and feature an iris scanner...the device will feature dual-rear camera -- a 12MP S5K2L2 sensor and a 13MP sensor made by Sony...and an 8MP front-snapper.
There are also speculations...that Samsung's next-generation smartphone will come in two variants -- one with a 5.1-inch screen and another with a 5.5-inch screen. Both...are expected to have edge screens.

A good start. What about the headphone jack? Apple has been getting some serious flack for getting rid of it on its phone, but could Samsung be following suit? Brittany A. Roston gives us the lowdown:

Are the headphone jack wars upon us? suggests that Samsung is "actively and aggressively" looking into the development of its own proprietary headphone jack...It is suggested the new headphone jack won’t be USB-C.
Sources say it incompatible with the iPhone...Samsung is supposedly of the hopes that...manufacturers will get behind this new no-Apple-allowed proprietary jack and give it preference over Lightning headphones...leaving iPhone users with older, less interesting audio products.

Screen size and headphone jacks are all well and good, but now on to the important stuff. Code names. What are they for the Galaxy S8? Tom Dawson fills us in:

It appears as though the internal codenames for the two versions of the Galaxy S8 are simply Dream, and Dream2...These are the codenames, but the model numbers are said to be SM-G950 and SM-G955.

But when will these phones actually be released? Harun Raaj has the details:

It has been anticipated that the smartphone will be launched on the 26th of February, 2017...Samsung usually announces their gen-next S series smartphones one day before...Mobile World Congress...It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S8 too, will follow the same trend.

Now, what about price? We don't know for sure, but Darren Wall speculates:

It is likely...the next handset will have a similar price to its predecessor, meaning...the smaller version could be priced somewhere between $649 and $699...The larger version will likely sell for $749 to $799.

Anything else important? Matthew Pleasant asks a very important question:

Does it blow up?
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