Samsung Galaxy S8 – Leaked photos, concept images, and renders Sun, January 1, 2017
Samsung Galaxy S8 looks set to be the smartphone to beat this year. Following a swathe of rumours from the Chinese supply chain, a number of graphic designers have cooked-up high-resolution renders of what the smartphone could look like, when it launches in the UK in April 2017
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Samsung Galaxy S8 will get a dramatic new design, with no buttons, and an edge-to-edge display
Samsung will take the wraps off its hotly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 on March 29th, it has revealed.
The South Korean technology firm has mailed-out invitations to a press conference in London.
"Unbox you phone," the tagline on the invite teases.
The black-and-white invite also sports a simple drawing of the new Edge-style design of the upcoming Galaxy S8 (which will not be cheap).
Samsung has confirmed the media event will start at 4pm on March 29th, with the Unpacked announcement also being live streamed on Samsung.com.
The final invite comes days after Samsung aired a brief teaser trailer for the next phone in the Galaxy S range.
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 will hold a media event in London to announce the Samsung Galaxy S8
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 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.
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.
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Serial tipster Evan Blass has shared an image of the Galaxy S8 ahead of its release date
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.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are already available to pre-order, despite not having an official UK release date or price.
Previous shots published in an image dump appear to confirm that Samsung will bring back its always-on display for the Galaxy S8.
One photograph appears to show the flagship smartphone with the same black-and-white clock that appeared on the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 last summer.
And speaking of the Note 7, it looks like the phablet’s iris scanner will also make its sophomore appearance on the Galaxy S8.
Separately, a tipster has sent Android Police a “system dump” of files from Samsung's Mobile World Congress press conference.
Amongst the leaked images are a number of shots that appear to depict Galaxy S8 – and confirm Samsung’s plan to relocate the fingerprint sensor, previously embedded within the home button beneath the screen, to the rear of the device.
The latest leak comes days after the full specs for latest flagship Samsung smartphone appeared online.
The alleged specifications, posted by TechnoBuffalo, confirms rumours that Samsung will launch two versions of the Galaxy S8 – both with an edge-to-edge screen.
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A batch of leaked pictures from Samsung appear to confirm the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
According to the leak, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will include a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display,12 megapixel camera rear camera and eight-megapixel front-facing selfie camera. The upcoming device will also sport an iris scanner, water resistant design and 64GB of expandable memory.
Qi wireless charging, contactless transactions via Samsung Pay and additional security features from Samsung Knox will also be included.
If the leak is accurate, Samsung will also release a second Galaxy S8 model, the larger Galaxy S8+.
With identical internals, the leaked spec sheet purportedly confirms the Galaxy S8+ will also include a palm-stretching 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display.
Unfortunately, the chipset powering the flagship Galaxy S8 phones is missing from the leaked document but it has previously been rumoured the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will use Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor.
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The specs sheet of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 have leaked online
The new Qualcomm chip is the company’s most powerful to date and should guarantee a buttery-smooth user experience for users.
The Snapdragon 835 is also the slimmest chip the company has ever made and will be much more efficient than previous generations meaning you should never see a drop in performance.
In fact the chip consumes 25 per cent less power than the Snapdragon 821, resulting in more battery life than previous Galaxy S smartphones.
Alongside the shiny new design and power efficient chip, Samsung is rumoured to introduce a new virtual assistant, dubbed Bixby.
And some whispers from South Korean even point to an updated S Health app that will direct Galaxy S8 owners to the nearest pharmacy, launch video chat conversations with GPs, and more.
Samsung is expected to lift a number of features from its nearest rival, Apple.
The South Korean firm is widely-rumoured to incorporate a version of the pressure-sensitive display technology Apple debuted in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
The headline feature, dubbed 3D Touch, works in a very similar way to a right-click on a desktop computer – allowing Apple to hide additional functionality under a forceful press to the display.
Apple iPhone 8 – Leaked photos, concept images, and renders Sun, January 1, 2017
iPhone 8 is shaping up to be one of the most impressive Apple smartphones to date, with glass panels on the front and rear of the device, a curved borderless OLED display and no Home Button
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Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button
For example, tapping on an app icon will launch the software as usual – but pressing hard onto the same icon will summon a hidden menu of frequently used shortcuts, allowing users to instantly access certain features, without having to launch the app and scramble around in the menus.
Samsung is expected to use the ClearForce touchscreen display technology developed by Synaptics, which is capable of measuring varying levels of pressure applied to the display.
If the rumour proves true, Samsung will become the first Android manufacturer to incorporate this pressure sensitive technology.