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Samsung Galaxy S8 will get a dramatic new design, with no buttons, and an edge-to-edge display
Samsung will announce the release date of its hotly-anticipated Galaxy S8 smartphone much sooner than previously thought, sources have revealed.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will purportedly be unveiled in a brief teaser trailer during the South Korean company's press conference at the Mobile World Congress, or MWC, tradeshow in Barcelona this month.
The teaser clip is rumoured to be under one minute – just enough time to get an early glimpse at the much-hyped smartphone.
However, according to a new rumour from Korea, Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh will also announce the launch date for the Galaxy S8 during MWC 2017 as well.
Previous reports from a reliable tipster point to the Galaxy S8 being unveiled at an Unpacked Event in New York City on March 29th.
The follow-up to the hugely-successful Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge likely won't be available in stores in March, with some leaksters suggesting a release date as late as April 21st 2017.
Samsung had planned to reveal the Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017, as it had done with the previous two generations of its flagship Galaxy S range.
Samsung's DJ Koh had previously revealed the Galaxy S8 would not be unveiled at MWC
However Mr Koh confirmed it had pushed-back the launch of its phone during a press conference last month.
The South Korean company is likely hoping to spark enough interest in the Galaxy S8 to distract people from the LG G6 and BlackBerry Mercury announcements also expected at Mobile World Congress this year.
Samsung is also expected to use its MWC press conference to unveil the Galaxy Tab S3 as well as an array of updated wearables.
The news comes as rumours broke suggesting the Samsung Galaxy S8 would be worse than expected, but for a very good reason.
Following a slew of reports that claimed Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones would sport bigger batteries than their predecessors – it sounds like the South Korean company has had a change of heart.
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These Samsung Galaxy S8 renders, based on the latest leaks, show the thin bezels to fit the display
Although it would make sense to fill the larger footprint of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus with bigger batteries, Samsung is still recovering from the disastrous battery fires that forced the company to discontinue the Note 7 last year.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 included a much bigger battery than its predecessor, which was tightly packed into the phone.
Samsung blamed the overheating problems that plagued the Galaxy Note 7 – and the subsequent replacement devices – on the batteries, highlighting an unusually thin lining between the electrodes of the battery as one of the causes.
If the latest rumours around the Galaxy S8 are true, Samsung is being cautious – and opting for a smaller battery in its upcoming flagship.
According to Korean news source The Investor, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will pack a 3,000 mAh battery, while the larger Galaxy S8 Plus will be powered by a 3,500 mAh battery.
These battery capacities are practically identical to those used last year in the Galaxy S7 (3,000 mAh) and Galaxy S7 edge (3,600 mAh).
Previous reports from the supply chain had pointed to the Galaxy S8 boasting a 3,250 mAh battery, and the Galaxy S8 Plus including 3,750 mAh.
Samsung is believed to have begun to receive smartphone components in large volumes, as it gears up to mass-produce the Galaxy S8.
Samsung SDI and ATL, the manufacturers behind the problematic batteries in the Galaxy Note 7 range, are also set to provide batteries for the Galaxy S8 series.
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The Galaxy S8 will reportedly ship with a bezel-less, dual-curved display, iris scanner for additional security, and large capacity battery.
When the Galaxy S8 launches in March, it will be more than two years since Samsung's flagship phone underwent a substantial facelift – after all, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were more of a subtle refinement of the design debuted with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, instead of a dramatic overhaul. But all that is set to change with the Samsung Galaxy S8.
According to the latest whispers, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will ship in two models – both with an edge-to-edge display that curves around the body of the phone.
The Galaxy S8 will arrive with a large 5.8-inch Quad HD display, but maintain 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.
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A number of case manufacturers have leaked images of the final Galaxy S8 design
For comparison, those display sizes are both larger than the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge last year.
Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus on March 29th – with a new eye-watering price tag.
However, it looks like you won't have to wait until the Samsung launch event to get a glimpse of the Galaxy S8.
Earlier this week, a new purported photo of the Samsung Galaxy S8 surfaced online.
And if the alleged paparazzi shot is to be believed, something very important appears to be missing from the next flagship Samsung phone.