Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus recently made their way into the world via test units, a recent report from China revealed.
According to the leak, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus handsets meant for the Chinese market as well as the international variants are already undergoing tests. Like previous reports had indicated, Samsung has indeed skipped from model number SM-G930 (Galaxy S7) and SM-G935 (Galaxy S7 Edge) right to SM-G950 (Galaxy S8) and SM-G955 (Galaxy S8 Plus). Apparently, model number SM-G940 has been skipped due to China’s (and the rest of Asia at large) belief that the number four (4) is associated with bad luck.
Now, an even newer leak has just surfaced showing us what could the first real images of what is believed to be the standard Samsung Galaxy S8. Like rumors have been pointing out, Samsung has gone for a complete design overhaul. There is no physical home button and instead, the Galaxy S8 will introduce the first Sammy phone that features virtual buttons, but it will also be borrowing an Apple-like 3D Touch function. The good side of the story is that these virtual keys will be customizable.
Now that the physical home key is no more, Samsung Galaxy S8 will ship with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner that has found a home just below the main camera, like what Google has been doing with its Pixel handsets. With these changes, Samsung will be adding more screen size, something that could easily match the recently-released Xiaomi Mi MIX.
Apparently, the front screen will be dual-edge with very tiny bezels on the top and bottom of the phone. Unlike the Mi MIX, Samsung Galaxy S8 will keep the selfie camera on the top bezel. Another thing that the leaks give away is the missing dual-lens camera on the back of the phone. Samsung could be sticking with a single-lens snapper on the rear, meaning the Galaxy S8 Plus could be the one to carry this feature, if not the Galaxy Note 8.