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 Galaxy S8 fans could have less of a wait than first thought.
Although previous rumours pointed to the highly-anticipated smartphone landing on April 15th, that might have been a tad pessimistic.
Serial leaker Evan Blass, who accurately unmasked the Galaxy S7 ahead of its launch event last year, has tweeted more new information about the forthcoming Galaxy S8.
He claims the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will launch on March 29th.
That's almost 18 days earlier than the previous rumour claimed. Something that's sure to please those eager to get their hands on the next-generation smartphone from Samsung.
For the last three years, Samsung has launched the latest iteration of its Galaxy S series at the Mobile World Congress – MWC – tradeshow in Barcelona, Spain.
Sources within Samsung had hinted that the Galaxy S8 will debut at an event in South Korea.
Previous whispers had pointed to a simultaneous New York City media event.
Samsung confirmed the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus would not launch at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow earlier this week.
Mobile chief Koh Dong-jin confirmed the delay during a press conference about the Galaxy Note 7.
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Renown leaker Evan Blass leaked an image of the Samsung Galaxy S8
The delays to the Samsung Galaxy S8 could be due to the battery fault which plagued the Galaxy Note 7 and eventually led to its discontinuation last summer.
Samsung Electronics will be working hard to regain consumer trust
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"The lessons of this incident are deeply reflected in our culture and process," Mr Koh told the media conference.
"Samsung Electronics will be working hard to regain consumer trust."
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is rumoured to boast a number of upgrades over its predecessor – including a dramatic new design, 4GB of RAM, faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and dual-camera set-up on the larger Galaxy S8 Plus model.
By the time the phone launches in March, it will have been over two years since Samsung's flagship phone underwent a substantial facelift – with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge being more of a subtle refinement of the design debuted with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, rather than a drastic design overhaul.
Fortunately, it sounds like the Samsung Galaxy S8 is going to change all that.
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Samsung Display has published a number of new videos, which all feature a mysterious new phone
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Some have speculated this unannounced phone could be the Samsung Galaxy S8
One of the biggest design changes could see Samsung drop all physical buttons from the front of the device.
Two capacitive keys flanking an elongated home button have long been a staple of Samsung phone and tablet design.
But now it appears Samsung customers will now need to become accustomed to pressing on-screen virtual buttons.
Of course, there is an advantage to moving away from physical keys.
It is believed the decision to ditch the capacitive buttons will allow Samsung to reduce the bezels at the bottom of the device.
The leaked renders, published on GSMArena, show a Galaxy S8 Plus device with a 6.2inch screen
This will allow the South Korean firm to bring the high-resolution display to the very base of the chassis – like it currently does with the sides of its curved S7 Edge screen.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to launch in two models – one with a 5.8-inch Quad HD display, that will still have the same footprint as the Galaxy S7.
Meanwhile, there will be a larger 6.2-inch QHD AMOLED display model, marketed as the Galaxy S8 Plus.
Unlike the Galaxy S7 range, there will be no separate curved Edge model. Instead, both smartphones will have the curved display.
With the physical home button gone, Samsung will have to relocate the fingerprint scanner to the rear of the phone.
The latest report from AndroidPolice also reiterates previous rumours that Samsung will nab one of the headline features of the latest generation iPhones – 3D Touch.
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
The South Korean company will implement the technology with its new on-screen navigation buttons, which users will reportedly be able to customise.
Samsung will have to adapt the Android operating system itself, since the mobile software has not yet been updated by Google to support the technology.
Rumours of Android manufacturers looking to jump on the pressure-sensitive bandwagon first came to light more than a year ago when Synaptics issued a press release touting that it had developed a ClearForce touchscreen display controller capable of measuring varying levels of pressure.