Samsung Galaxy S8 specs, updates: Samsung kicks off its firmware development for the next Galaxy S phone

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Samsung's next addition to its Galaxy S series flagship, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S8, has apparently just recently entered the firmware development phase, despite it being expected to be released in the early first quarter of 2017.

According to a report from Sam Mobile, the firmware development for the read-only memory (ROM) of the Samsung Galaxy S8 has begun, and it is now being developed for use in the following regions: China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Poland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Other countries, as noted on the report, might also follow in the coming weeks.

Fans should note, however, that the testing for other countries will totally depend on the completion of the current firmware development in the aforementioned regions. Once a stable version has been developed for the ROM of the Samsung Galaxy S8, the test will continue to roll out in other locations.

This shouldn't come off as much of a surprise, most especially to the fans who have been following the manufacturer ever since its development of the previous-generation handset, the Samsung Galaxy S7. Sam Mobile continued to note on its report that the timeframe for the firmware development seems to be on track with what the company did for its previous iterations.

As for its specifications, at least the rumored ones, words have it that the Galaxy S8 will come in two different variants in terms of screen options: the 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display and the 5.5-inch Ultra HD version, GSM Arena reported.

Under its hood, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is being expected to run using Qualcomm's next-generation system on chip (SoC), the Snapdragon 830 which is said to be developed and manufactured by Samsung using its 10-nanometer process.

Lastly, its release date has recently been leaked online and it was suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S8 could see the light of day on Feb. 26, 2017, right around the same time as the annual Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 2017).