Samsung will reportedly unveil the Galaxy S8 on March 29, thus skipping the MWC 2017 show that many expected to be used for launching the phone.
At this point in time, we already know that Samsung Galaxy S8 will be one of the best-looking phones in 2017, if not the best. However, in newly leaked unofficial renders of the phone, it appears that Sammy lovers are in for a few shockers!
For starters, renowned smartphone leaker Evan Blass, the person who got his hands on the first real images of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S8, has recently revealed that the phone will come with a larger 5.8-inch screen. This larger real estate is as a result of Samsung drastically reducing the sizes of top and bottom bezels alongside introducing a curved edge screen on the phone.
The bottom bezel usually houses the fingerprint scanner that is mounted on a physical home button. This time, the home button will be on-screen, similar to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Another thing that Samsung Galaxy S8 will borrow from the Pixel phones is the location of the fingerprint scanner. Which brings us to the first major blow.
Usually, OEMs that have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner would place it just below the camera or rather in the middle of the top third, just about where the forefinger rests when holding the phone in one hand. In this way, it makes it easier for people with both small and large-sized hands to reach the scanner. Interestingly, Samsung has placed this feature on one side of the camera, which could make it a lot cumbersome when trying to reach it, especially for those with small hands. In fact, many will find themselves accidentally touching the camera lens while trying to reach it, thus requiring frequent wiping before taking photos, unless you are okay with blurry shots.
— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) January 28, 2017
The second major issue that the latest images reveal about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 brings us back to the front panel, but this time it’s the top bezel. Usually, this bezel houses the selfie camera, earpiece, and a few other sensors. But Samsung will also add an iris scanner to this bezel, which is a much-welcomed idea for many fans. However, given its decreased size, it means that the top bezel will not be able to accommodate the “SAMSUNG” logo that usually appears here in addition to the aforementioned features.
While this might have been a great move for Samsung, the same Evan Blass further adds that the company will still find a way of squeezing this logo on the front panel. Apparently, the tipster says that the Korean tech giant will hard-code the “SAMSUNG” logo into the top 1/4” of the display panel. At this point in time, it is hard to tell whether this logo will still show even when the phone’s display is turned off, but for sure, it’s an awkward way of doing things from our point of view.
Those bemoaning the dearth of branding on the S8 will be pleased to learn that the top 1/4" of screen will be hard-coded to display SAMSUNG.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 27, 2017
So, how true are these leaked images about Samsung Galaxy S8? For now, it is hard to believe anything that comes from the mainstream media. While the likes of Blass and other tipsters have hit the nail on the head with their past leaks so far, the latest developments are really mixed up. Not so long ago, leaked cases of the supposed Galaxy S8 did not show any cuttings for a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. In addition, the latest leaks are based on someone’s thoughts of how the Galaxy S8 should be like, although Blass claims that his images are authentic. Either, we should be able to know how exactly the S8 looks like in a few weeks’ time, but for now, take these leaks and rumors with a grain of salt.