Samsung is planning ahead of the Galaxy S8 ready for its next major smartphone launch
Samsung Galaxy S8 will be unveiled at media events across the globe at 4pm on March 29th, the technology company has revealed.
But as the plans around the Galaxy S8 are finalised, the first leaks about the next flagship Samsung smartphone has started to emerge.
Rumours suggest Samsung is planning to pull-out all the stops with the Galaxy Note 8, desperate to try and tempt back customers following the disastrous recall and subsequent discontinuation of its predecessor.
The latest report, published by technology blog SamMobile, claims Samsung is using the codename "Great" for the Galaxy Note 8.
If that doesn't set expectations at an all-time high, we're not sure what would.
SamMobile also reports Galaxy Note 8 will use the model number SM-N950F, which follows the pattern set by previous models of skipping the number 4 – as is tradition for Koreans.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 will get a dramatic new design, with no buttons, and an edge-to-edge display
Samsung has previously confirmed it will release a Galaxy Note 8.
The future of the smartphone range was thrown into question following the disastrous recall and discontinuation that hit its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung is hopeful it will be able to retain some Note 7 users, despite the recalls, announcing last year that customers will have the option to trade-up to a Note 8 for half price.
The latest leak about the Galaxy Note 8 codename comes as a report claimed Samsung was looking to re-release the infamous Note 7.
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The South Korean technology firm is purportedly looking to refurbish the handsets that were pulled from sale.
It's unclear whether the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will be revealed alongside the Galaxy Note 8, which is reportedly scheduled for a launch this summer.
The Galaxy Note 8 will follow-up the hotly-anticipated Galaxy S8, which will be unveiled later this month.
According to the latest credible leaks and whispers from the supply chain, the Galaxy S8 will ship with an impressive, almost bezel-less edge-to-edge design, marking the first dramatic shake-up for the Galaxy S design in over two years.
Samsung has purportedly dropped all physical buttons from the front of the device in a clever ploy to keep the overall size of the device small enough to use one-handed – despite the increased display size.
The Galaxy S8 is widely-tipped to arrive with an impressive 5.8-inch Quad HD display, while still maintaining the same footprint as the Galaxy S7.
There is also expected to be a 6.2-inch QHD AMOLED display model, marketed as the Galaxy S8 Plus.
For comparison, those display sizes are both larger than the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge last year.
With the physical buttons gone, navigation will now be handled by software buttons included along the bottom of the display.
And now, a leaked video which claims to show a working Galaxy S8 handset has revealed how these on-screen software buttons will work and will allow users to navigate Android 7.0 Nougat. The new clip shows the operating system working on the upcoming phone.
Samsung has purportedly dropped all physical buttons from the front of the device in a clever ploy t
Samsung has redesigned the on-screen navigation buttons that ship with the Google software and are present on a number of existing phones, including the Google Pixel.
The latest leak appears to contradict a few previous images of the alleged Galaxy S8, which appeared to show Samsung keeping the Back button on the right-hand side of the screen.
Almost every other Android device has the Back button on the left-side of the Home Button.
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Samsung has also tweaked the design of the Home Button, Multi-Tasking and Back button – ditching the square, circle and triangle used in stock Android.
Samsung also appears to have included the Edge screen that it included in the Galaxy S6 Edge and S7 Edge.
This lightweight panel swipes in from the right-hand side of the display and allows for quick access to contacts, sports scored, the latest headlines, and more.