Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally finished, a new report from Korean Media has claimed.
According to sources, Samsung has now finalised the specs and design of the forthcoming Galaxy S8, and have sent a prototype of the final phone to the CEO and Vice Chairman for approval.
If the report is correct, then it means the rumours we've heard about the latest Samsung Galaxy S phone over the last few days are much more likely to be correct.
Now that Samsung has settled on a final prototype for the Samsung Galaxy S8, whispers about the upcoming device are more likely to be accurate.
Earlier this week, Samsung confirmed that fans would have to wait longer than expected to get their hands on the Galaxy S8.
Korean Media reports that Samsung has decided to scrap plans to use a dual-camera system on the Galaxy S8 due to high costs associated with the technology.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 will get a dramatic new design, with no buttons, and an edge-to-edge display
However, the larger Galaxy S8 Plus will still sport the dual camera system, the report claims.
It also reiterates a number of long-rumoured changes coming to the Galaxy S8, including the death of the physical Home Button from the front of the device.
An elongated physical Home Button – flanked by two capacitive keys – has long-been a staple of Samsung smartphone and tablet design.
But this year, that could be about to change.
It is believed the decision to ditch the capacitive buttons will allow Samsung to dramatically shrink the bezels at the bottom of the device.
This would allow the South Korean company to bring its high-resolution display to the very base of the chassis – like it currently does with the sides of its curved S7 Edge screen.
Three-dimensional renders leaked by GSMArena appear to show two models of Galaxy S phones – one with a 5.7inch display, the Galaxy S8, and another with a palm-stretching 6.3inch screen, the Galaxy S8 Plus.
The leaked renders, published on GSMArena, show a Galaxy S8 Plus device with a 6.3inch screen
Samsung will drop the Edge variation of its flagship Galaxy S phone this year, since all models of the phone will have the curved edge-to-edge screen.
According to Korean Media, the fingerprint sensor will be relocated to the rear of the device.
Elsewhere, the device is rumoured to include a next-generation processor based on 10nm tech, most likely the Snapdragon 835 chip in the United States, while the rest of the world will be powered by Samsung's own Exynos chip based on same tech.
A staggering 6GB of RAM is also rumoured, as well as 64GB of internal storage for the entry-level model.
Aside from the new hardware, Samsung is also expected to debut a number of new software features for its next-generation Galaxy S smartphone.
The Galaxy S8 could also be the first phone to ship with Samsung's clever new virtual assistant, purportedly dubbed Bixby.
The virtual assistant was created by Viv Labs, the team that created Siri before it was acquired by Apple for use in the iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Samsung acquired the company back in October 2016.
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The Galaxy S8 will relocate the fingerprint scanner to the rear of the device
Bixby will reportedly be able to use the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S8 to scan your surroundings, surfacing useful information about what it is looking at.
According to SamMobile, Samsung will include a Bixby button within its camera app that immediately launches a search function.
This will allow the Samsung Galaxy S8 to identify the objects it is pointed at – and will be able to direct you to online retailers where you can buy the item.
The search functionality will reportedly be closely tied with Samsung Pay.
Amazon's first smartphone – the Fire Phone – had a very similar feature, which let customers use the camera to instantly find listings online.
Elsewhere, the Bixby-powered camera app on the Galaxy S8 will also be able to read text, SamMobile has claimed.
Point the camera at text and the clever assistant will be able to scan it and transform it into a digital format.
This has a number of useful applications – not least being able to quickly copy-and-paste from real-world menus, signs, and more.
It could also allow the Bixby assistant to translate restaurant menus and more, like the standalone Google app does on Android and iOS.
Speaking following the acquisition by Samsung, Viv Labs CEO Dag Kittlaus said: "Samsung is setting its sights on becoming a major player in software and services, and specifically AI. Samsung Pay has already proven to be one of the most successful mobile payment platforms in the market and SmartThings is another software acquisition signalling their conviction.
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Renders based on the latest rumours and leaks show the svelte new bezel design
"And they have installed a new cadre of senior SW-savvy management stretching all the way to the top with a mission.
"You will soon come to see the utter seriousness of Samsung’s intentions. And like us, they aim to win."
Sources speaking to SamMobile claim the Galaxy S8's in-built S Health app will get a major feature bump that allows smartphone owners to get in touch directly with doctors.
Samsung will reportedly announce a number of tie-ins with partners including Amwell and WebMD to let Samsung owners search for medication and symptoms within the S Health app. Users are also expected to be able to schedule appointments with doctors via video chat within the same application.
According to the report by SamMobile, users will be able to pay for doctor's appointments in-app, as well as take photos to illustrate your condition and locate pharmacies near to your location if the doctor recommends medicine.