Samsung Galaxy S8 to Drop Physical Home Button with its Fingerprint Scanner

Samsung Galaxy S8

If there is any device that is all over the rumor mill is the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8. In fact, Google is leading the way when it comes to spreading rumors about this phone, albeit fake, but not so much is known about it.

One thing that seems confirmed for the Galaxy S8 is the processing unit. Apparently, the South Korean tech giant has been mandated with the duty of manufacturing the next Qualcomm chipset – a Snapdragon 835 SoC. This processor is the successor to the current Snapdragon 820 that was used in the Galaxy S7, the predecessor to the S8, and is expected to feature on the latter.

Another confirmed feature of the Galaxy S8 is the operating system, which should be Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. This is true because beta testers of the OS using Samsung Galaxy S7 devices have begun receiving notifications saying that the devices will jump straight to this newest version of the OS rather than come in with an update to Android 7.0 Nougat, the initial release of the OS that some devices such as HTC 10 and One M9 are receiving.

Well, a new report has just surfaced with new details about the supposed design of Samsung Galaxy S8. Coming from Bloomberg, it appears that Samsung will be making some serious changes to the design of the 2017 flagship. In addition to coming in with an all-screen front panel, the publication claims that Samsung Galaxy S8 will also ditch the physical home button – a feature that has been synonymous with the Galaxy series since its inception.

The physical home button has also been the home of the flagship models’ fingerprint scanner, meaning that Samsung will have to find a new home for this must-have feature. Apparently, Samsung Galaxy S8 will embed this scanner under the all-screen front panel rather than relocate it to the back like with the case of other Android OEMs.

Samsung Galaxy S8

The change in design will also mean that the new Samsung Galaxy S8 ships with a bezel-less screen, something that could also trigger significant changes in the screen size, with reports touting new 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch models. However, these are just rumors and they will only be confirmed when Samsung speaks out, if at all it does.

The launch of the phone, like last year’s S7, will happen at the MWC 2017 event to be held in February, with the release expected to take place somewhere in March and April.

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