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 is shaping up to be the first must-have smartphone of the year, if the latest rumours around the device are true.
But the hotly-anticipated new smartphone might not be quite as impressive as first thought, according to the latest whispers from inside Samsung.
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.
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.
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These Samsung Galaxy S8 renders, based on the latest leaks, show the thin bezels to fit the display
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.
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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.
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.
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Leaked cases appear to confirm the slightly baffling design choice to move the fingerprint sensor
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.
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.