It’s time for another edition of our mobile news! This week, we’ll be looking into the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, as well as hints that Facebook may be considering creating a modular phone.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active specs
The specs have leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active and if they’re accurate then we’re getting a phone that has most of the great features of the Galaxy S8 while having an amazingly durable design. It will feature super-widescreen with 18.5:9 aspect ratio, the Snapdragon 835 chipset, and supposedly has a massive 4,000mAh battery.
However, the durable design seems to be coming with the downside of an unattractive appearance. It supposedly has bezels around the screen rather than the edge-to-edge display and is apparently reaching 12mm thick, which is fairly chunky for a smartphone these days. Samsung has also apparently replaced the remappable button with a Bixby button which will disappoint some buyers.
Facebook modular phone
In a surprise move, Facebook has filed a US patent for a “modular electromechanical device” that has been reported to be similar to Google’s suspended “Project Ara”, a modular smartphone from 2016. According to Business Insider Facebook’s patent is a modular device that can incorporate a touch display, speaker, microphone, GPS, and phone function making it seem likely that this will be some kind of smartphone.
We’re expecting it to feature the Snapdragon 835 as it’s currently the fastest chip set in phones but the rumours suggest that it will only have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which seems a little light for a high-end flagship. Hopefully, this will be offset by a slimmed down Android OS that will go easy on RAM use.
Thats it from mobile news today, check us out again next week for the latest.