MWC has wrapped up, but there’s still a lot to look forward to over the coming weeks as far as new releases go. However, the crown jewel of that is Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8. We got a brief teaser for the phone at MWC, so let’s take a closer look at what you should expect.
It’s Coming March 29th
As Samsung confirmed last week, the company will be hosting an event on March 29th to reveal the Galaxy S8 to the world. Following that event, all the details should be confirmed along with pricing and availability information.
It Will Be Nearly Bezel-Less
The new phone trend of 2017 is already shaping up to be really small top and bottom bezels, with nearly nonexistent side bezels. We saw this just a couple days ago with the LG G6, which looks quite similar to the S8 renders. Late last year, we saw the Xiaomi Mi Mix, which featured a bezel-less design on the top and sides. So, expect the bezel-less design to be Samsung’s main marketing point.
I think this is what you've been waiting for. pic.twitter.com/FvYfsLOy0R
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 1, 2017
Two Sizes Are Coming, And Both Have Big Screens
Evan Blass is known for his reliable leaks, so we can be pretty confident in this spec sheet he posted on Twitter. There’s two sizes, 6.1″ with a full rectangle, and 6.1″ with rounded corners. This is good news and bad news. The good news is that those who aren’t a fan of the rounded corners will have an ever-so-slightly larger option to go to, with a full rectangle.
The bad news is that those sizes are huge. Even with small bezels, those are large phones. If you have smaller hands or, like me, aren’t a fan of large phones, then this will be a disappointment ─ probably. The Galaxy S8, on the other hand, is a more compact 5.8″.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ spec sheet. Impress your friends, confound your enemies…with knowledge. pic.twitter.com/lHrHge8BUa
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 22, 2017
This Will Be The First Phone With A Snapdragon 835
The Snapdragon 835 is the latest processor from Snapdragon. It’s their highest end processor that appears just about exclusively on flagships. The Galaxy S8 will be the first phone to feature it. Even the LG G6 or HTC U Ultra don’t have it. That’s because Samsung has dibs on 835 processors. Samsung helped Qualcomm build the chip, so it’s not that surprising, but in any case it is interesting.
The Fingerprint Sensor Is In An Odd Spot
Traditionally, Samsung has put their fingerprint sensor on the home button. But, since there’s no home button this year, they had to find a new spot to put it. Obviously, Samsung chose the best possible place for it (not): to the right of the camera. And the camera isn’t moved down, either. No, the fingerprint sensor is rather high when compared to every other Android phone, and may be hard for some to reach.
Yes, It Will Have A Headphone Jack
Just in case you were worried, yes, the S8 will have a headphone jack. It’s been confirmed by some more leaks over the past couple of days. It’s great to see Samsung is keeping the headphone jack for a bit longer. Of course, that’s accompanied by a USB-C port.
It Will Have On-Screen Buttons
Because the Galaxy S8 is dropping the physical home button, there will be on-screen button replacement. This brings Samsung up to speed with most other Android devices. It’s possible that the buttons can also be arranged how you would like them to be.
“Bixby” Will Be Samsung’s New AI Assistant
While we don’t know that much about AI on the S8, we do know that it will feature an AI Assistant by the name of Bixby. From there, we can only assume what it does. Most likely, some of the same things as the Google Assistant does, but in a Samsung way.