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Samsung could reportedly nix the headphone jack in its upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S8

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While the Note 7 battery woes still continue to plague the Korean giant, fresh reports regarding Samsung’s next flagship have started surfacing the web already. This year, 2016, has been fairly exciting in terms of new flagship devices, hardware upgrades, and feature additions. But, the most courageous step towards building the next-gen. smartphones has surely been taken by Apple Inc.

In the recent launch of its newest flagship devices, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the company put its foot forward and removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack from their devices. This decision was met with a mixed bag of reactions, but the response has been fairly positive till date. User have previously been hesitant about replacing the legacy technology, but they’ve now come to terms with it.

It, however, now seems that Apple wouldn’t be the only one to remove the headphone jack from its flagship device. Samsung, who is looking to save face with its next smartphone release, might also follow pursuit and arrive sans the headphone jack, reports Forbes.

These reports are further strengthened by the announcement of USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specifications. It is a set of guidelines defined for all manufacturers who’re willing to use USB-C to transport audio data. Thus, Samsung could take the leap and deliver the next-gen Android phone to the masses.

This is just mere speculation, but Samsung really needs to get back to the drawing board and sort out its priorities for the next flagship device. In the current scenario, where the company has already incurred huge losses and market value depreciations due to exploding Note 7 devices, the Galaxy 8 is the only device that can help it regain lost trust of its loyal users. Now, all Samsung wants to show everyone is that it can still innovate and hasn’t lost its touch with the Note 7 debacle. It was just a hasty decision made to beat the iPhone 7s in market release.

As for internal specifications, the Galaxy S8 is expected to sport an octa-core Snapdragon processor, coupled with an ARM Mali-471 GPU and a massive 6GB RAM. The rumor mill also seems to believe that the new flagship might port the biometric functionalities from the Note 7, while bringing in a crisp 4K resolution display and a dual-camera setup. The Galaxy S8, very much like the previous S series iterations, will make its grand debut sometime in early 2017.

Do you think the Galaxy S8 will help Samsung defend its pride? Comment your thoughts down below.

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