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Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to sport an optical fingerprint scanner
It is tipped to come with a dual-edged curve display
The smartphone is expected to ditch the Home Button, audio jack
South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung lost a lot more than just billions of dollars last year with its Galaxy Note 7 showdown. A large part of 2016 was spent scrambling to make amends to Galaxy Note 7 owners, fixing its its tarnished reputation, and trying to find the root cause of the exploding units. The worldwide recall is certainly a phase that Samsung would like to erase from their memory, and just move on onto the Samsung Galaxy S8.
2017 is assumed to be the year of redemption - a year Samsung cannot risk faltering. The first flagship from the South Korean firm is anticipated to be the Samsung Galaxy S8. Traditionally, Samsung usually unveils its new 'S' series flagship sometime in February, but now the latest reports claim a delay - thanks to the events that unfolded after their last year's Galaxy Note flagship unveil.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been rumoured heavily ever since then, with very high expectations, given the circumstances. We have rounded up all the rumours so far, to give you a comprehensive understanding of all that's expected from the 2017 flagship:
While Samsung was expected to be on schedule and launch the Galaxy S8 in February, recent reports indicate a delay due to the Note 7 fiasco and major design changes. The smartphone was expected to be unveiled at MWC this year, but Naver reports a further delay. The most recent pegged launch date is at April 18, and Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8 at a dedicated Unpacked event. The Samsung Galaxy S8 release date is not known, nor its release date in India.
The price of the Galaxy S8 is still a mystery, but a few reports hint that due to the major changes, the smartphone will be priced a little higher than the Samsung Galaxy S7. Goldman Sachs predicts that the Galaxy S8 will see a rise in prices by up to 15 to 20 percent compared to its predecessor.
The smartphone is pegged to have a dual-edged curved display with almost negligible bezel. There was an early report that pegged the [screen-to-body ratio at 90 percent. The recent photo leak shows that the display takes up all the space, and only the top and bottom bezel are seen. The top bezel houses the speaker, front camera, and the sensors, while the bottom bezel only houses the logo. As for specifications, one report indicates that the smartphone will feature a 5.5-inch 4K (2160x3840 pixels) Super AMOLED display and will boast of an impressive pixel density of 806ppi.
However, a separate leak also suggests that the company could launch its next flagship smartphone in two screen size variants - 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch. The larger variant is expected to be called the Galaxy S8 Plus. More recently however, screen sizes of 5-inch and 6-inch were tipped for the same models.
No Home Button
Samsung is expected to ditch the Home Button, and have an all-display front. The iconic capsule shaped button at the bottom will be ditched, along with the capacitive buttons as well. A recent photo leak testified to this rumour further, but the image strangely didn't show any on screen buttons either.
Traditionally, all Samsung smartphones have integrated the fingerprint sensor underneath the Home Button, but because the Home Button is being let go, the fingerprint sensor may reside at the back of the phone. Another report notes that the device may sport an optical fingerprint scanner that will enable reading thumb print through the display as well.
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