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Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy smartphone appears to be poised to beat Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 to the punch now that Bloomberg has corroborated much of SamMobile’s report saying the Galaxy S8 will be a bezel-free device with a wraparound display featuring an in-screen Home button. The phone should be unveiled in February 2018 and launch in March.

That way, the Samsung device should enjoy a six-month lead over the iPhone 8’s expected fall arrival. However, the Korean giant is considering scrapping plans for a dual-camera on the Galaxy S8 due to “higher manufacturing costs”, one of the sources told the news gathering organization.

“Samsung will create an all-screen front for the Galaxy S8 smartphones coming out next year and scrap the physical Home button,” people with direct knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. “The bezel-less displays will provide more viewing real estate while a virtual home button will be buried in the glass in the the lower section,” reads the article.

The S8 will have chassis of a similar size to the preceding model, the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge, sources added. Unlike its predecessors which are available in normal and curved-screen variants, the new Galaxies will only come with wraparound Super AMOLED displays.

Samsung is by and large the world’s top supplier of AMOLED panels.

The device will use either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chips or Samsung’s in-house designed Exynos processors. The article reiterates that Samsung also plans to introduce a souped up version of its digital assistant, S Voice, alongside the updated phones.

The improvements made to S Voice are likely based on Vivo, an advanced artificial intelligence assistant founded by the developers of Siri that Samsung recently acquired.

The South Korean company confirmed last month that the Galaxy S8 will come with new artificial intelligence features “significantly differentiated” from those in the market.

From Bloomberg’s write-up:

Apple plans to ship at least one iPhone using OLED next year, featuring a new look that extends glass from the display to the device’s back and edges, a person familiar with the plan said last month. It’s also said to plan a virtual Home button.

Planned March 2017 launch for the Galaxy S8 could be delayed until April because the firm’s adopted “tougher testing procedures” in the wake of the Note 7 debacle.

Apple may have something special in store for the iPhone’s tenth anniversary in the form of an OLED iPhone 8 model joining LCD-based iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models.

The OLED iPhone should have an active display area between 5.1 and 5.2 inches diagonally and use the superior AMOLED screen technology for better, higher-resolution images at a fraction of the power required to drive an LCD panel.

The device should switch from metal to all-glass enclosures and introduce an all-new industrial design based on a seamless edge-to-edge curved-screen. Likely to be called iPhone 8, it’s said to integrate the Home/Touch ID button behind the display, too.

And if Apple manages to remove the top bezel by putting the earpiece, the front-facing camera and the sensors behind the display, it might engineer a fullscreen iPhone.

Image: Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge in the newly-launched Black Pearl glossy color.

Source: Bloomberg

  • John

    No surprise there. It’s expected that Samsung copy and then push it out before the original idea owners have time to release their product. Then Samsung claim they had the idea before. Pathetic little company.
    They’re just as bad as the counterfeiters that made copies of the Apple Watch and were selling them before the official watch was released.

    • Endriu Andrei

      Who is the original idea owner ??

    • george

      Ok I’m not a fan of Samsung but what the hell are you smoking? Every phone company is going this direction and it has zero to do with Apple considering it has done jack sh1t to try to minimize the bezel.

      • Endriu Andrei

        Fanboys bro…90% of people posting comments on this blog sound like they are working for Apple somehow :))

      • george

        They are doing a bad job at it lol

      • John

        But like your android fanboys then. And just to be clear. My family had shares in Samsung up til last week when my old man dumped them because there forecasts are absimal so get off your high horse dickhead.

      • Endriu Andrei

        I nevered owned a Samsung phone actually . I have an iPhone 7 . But you know why you are so mad and use that kind of language to insult me ? Because I am right fanboy . And you still didn’t answer my question . How is Samsung copying an ideea is not even out yet ? Did Apple say their next phone will be like that ?? Chill bro

      • John

        Im referring more towards the home button more than the bezel. And I’m also referring to samsungs behaviour of copying the past 7 years. Not just their future products.

      • Mike

        You are making it sound like Apple doesn’t copy from anyone and comes up with everything on their own. Most of the changes coming to the new iOS are from Android and if you say they are from the jailbreak community you are wrong… Now hardware wise both phones are completely different for most part. You said Samsung copied Apple with the iWatch but Samsung’s watch is circle with different functions which is completely different.

      • John

        I didn’t say Samsung copied the apple watch. What are you reading? I was talking about the Chinese counterfeiters making replicas of the Apple Watch before its release. I never said Samsung

  • whodakat

    Man, I normally don’t care what Samsung does. It really doesn’t matter to me, because after my Samsung appliances, I will never own anything with their name on it again. But this is especially pathetic. I mean have an original thought you stupid monkeys. If I was them, I’d do everything in my power to produce something that looks as different as possible. Then again, I’m not a sleazy corporate piece of garbage hoping to trick someone into buying something.

    • george

      You’re the monkey thinking Samsung randomly
      Copied Apple when it takes 12 months to produce a phone. Watch the iphone 8 not have any of these features.

      • whodakat

        Thanks Foxconn George. I was wondering how long it took to produce a phone. As if you have any logical idea. But hey, at least Samsung doesn’t have a track record of trying to rush things to market….. KA-BOOM!

      • Rowan09

        If you don’t believe Samsung copies Apple you must be living under a rug. Apple released gold iPhone Samsung releases Gold S6, Apple rumored to release a blue iPhone Samsung makes a blue Note 7, Apple releases a Jet Black iPhone, Samsung is releasing a Jet Black S7. Look it’s ok if they copy but to try and act as if they don’t is the real problem.

      • askep3

        Agree with you 100%

        IMO their worst part is when they accuse Apple of copying them. Like when apple made their screen bigger Samsung was like Apple copied them…

      • Rowan09

        Exactly. They were mad at Apple taking them to court for design, but then turn around and said Apple copied making phones a certain size because apparently Samsung owns a size. It wasn’t even Samsung that did it first, Dell had the streak 5.0 and first mini tablet with the 7.0, then HTV made the HD 10 and the Evo was the first popular big phone (compared to the iPhone) at that time. It was later Samsung made the Note 1 which flopped and the S3 was when the company got its recognition.

      • askep3

        You’re right about other people having made larger phones but:

        Don’t waste your time arguing against such a stupid claim from Samsungs, nobody “invented” a screen size thats flat out dumb.

      • Rowan09

        Exactly but apparently Samsung made up screen sizes and everyone including Apple followed them even though they were not the first or second.

      • askep3
    • Mike

      Says won’t own a samsung product but probably owns 100 parts in his/her house. Pick 5 electronic items and samsung probably has a part in it. Have fun getting away.

  • ravinigga

    It’s nice first but then what u need to complete first when it’s ready.
    And iPhone already has home on screen, or they mean actually push able button in or on screen

  • Franklin Richards

    Well they are going to remove the headphone just like Apple did so they may as well copy it all. Not that many people will be clamouring to get one of those at least not until some brave souls have taken one for the team and tested it for explosions.

  • Eliijah Moss

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  • ChloeWade

    Wait what the OLED iPhone 8 will be SMALLER than the larger LCD one that sucks

    • ChloeWade

      They better make an OLED one that is at least 5.5″

    • ChloeWade

      Somehow I don’t believe they’d make an OLED one so much smaller than the cheaper LCD ones if it’s 5.1 inch probably both cheaper ones would be bigger

    • Eliijah Moss

      I thought the screens ration is 5.5 or something, but the casing itself is 5.8? I read it somewhere.

  • Alex Wilson

    Hopefully they have the courage to make sure their batteries don’t explode this time.

    • Mike

      Apple is having battery problems right now.

  • wongnog

    Article says Galaxy S8 will launch in March 2018. How does that give it a 6 month lead over the iPhone 8 which will launch in September 2017???

    • SohrabR

      Its a typo

      • wongnog

        A typo that still hasn’t been fixed…

  • Julio Hernandez

    If iPhone 8 doesn’t impress me I’m going to get myself a Galaxy S8.