Why did Samsung drop this major feature from the Galaxy S8 Plus?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is officially here.
After months of speculation, rumour and growing anticipation, the most powerful Android smartphone ever was revealed last week.
Samsung’s latest device was certainly pretty impressive, with a huge curved screen that dominates almost the whole front of the phone, powerful hardware inside, and the super-smart Bixby assistant.
Now, new reports have claimed that the device's bigger brother, the Galaxy S8 Plus, could have been even bigger and better.
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Photos showing some of the early prototypes of the super-sized Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus revealed on Sammobile show the device with a dual-camera set-up on the rear.
Both the Galaxy S8 and its bigger brother were ultimately released with a single rear-facing 12MP camera with f/1.7 to maximise performance in low-light situations.
However these photos apparently show an early prototype of the Galaxy S8 Plus, identified by the seal number on the back.
The image also shows several differences from the final release, as the device doesn’t show the rear fingerprint sensor, which had been moved to the rear.
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The photo shows a Galaxy S8 Plus with dual-camera setup
So why did Samsung drop the dual-camera set-up from the Galaxy S8?
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Many other leading smartphones on the market today come with dual-camera sensors, which allow the devices to create more detailed images.
Samsung likely produced several different prototypes for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus as the company refined its design.
The company may yet still turn to dual-camera devices for future devices, as the company recently revealed that its new top-of-the-line Exynos 9 chip is able to support dual-camera image processing.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are set to arrive in shops across the UK on April 28th.
However, anyone who pre-orders before April 19th should receive their shiny new phone eight days early.
Many of the UK's mobile retailers are providing special deals on customers who order the early, with Carphone Warehouse is even offering a free speaker worth £99.99 to every customer who pre-orders.
You can also buy the new flagships directly from Samsung with the S8 costing £689 and the S8+ landing in your pocket with a price of £779.
Currently the S8 and S8+ are only available in Midnight Black or Orchid Grey with Arctic Silver expected to be launched later this year.