We’ve been hearing about the Samsung Galaxy S8 ever since the Galaxy Note 7 ran into its issues that lead to its eventual recall. In the succeeding weeks and months, we’ve been keeping our ears on the ground to give you the latest rumors about its possible specs and what else we can be expecting from this year’s flagship release from Samsung. We’ve seen a number of “leaked” renders and even an ad featuring the Korean brand’s displays that contained what many believed was their next flagship to along with all the speculation. Now, thanks to Evan Blass and Venture Beat, we have the latest image of the soon-to-be released flagship to scrutinize and help us confirm some of things we’ve heard about the Samsung Galaxy S8.
If you’ve been following with all the leaks and rumors we’ve posted, we’ll link some of them down below, we already know that the S8 will have two different display sizes at 5.8-inches and 6.2-inches. The screen size may seem incredibly massive but, thanks to its curved display — ala S7 Edge — and extremely thin forehead and chin on the device, the phones’ dimensions and ergonomics will help us get a grip on the S8. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing a certain config for Samsung’s navigation buttons, the home key with an embedded fingerprint scanner with touch keys flanking it on both sides, but it looks like we’re in for a bit of change with the S8.
The photo above shows that the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back of the device, to the right of its camera array, which entails the flagship will be using on-screen navigation buttons. The placement of the scanner is a bit weird and makes us believe that we’ll be needing to wipe down the camera from time-to-time until we get used to where it actually is; we’ll see how intuitive the placement when we finally get some time with the device. Aside from that, the only other thing we can absolutely confirm from the photo is that Samsung has decided to keep the 3.5mm jack. Thank you, Samsung!
We already know that Samsung will be skipping Mobile World Congress this year, so we won’t be seeing it on the floor in Barcelona. The device will be released about a month later, March 29, according to the tweet by Evan Blass. As always, the team will give you more details leading up to the Samsung Galaxy S8’s official release, so stay tuned!
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