Leaked render depicts nearly full-screen Galaxy S8 design with utterly minimal bezels

By , Mar 1, 2017

Revered smartphone leakster Evan Blass yesterday leaked out what appears to be a genuine press shot depicting Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship.

Not only does the image give us a better look at the device’s extra button, said to summon Samsung’s new Bixby digital assistant, it’s a preview of sorts of the kind of form factor we’re expecting from Apple’s iPhone 8 when it launches in September.

The phone appears to rock Samsung’s Super AMOLED display with curved sides and rounded corners, with utterly minimal front bezels. The physical Home button is no longer seen on the device’s front as Samsung is said to have built either an in-screen fingerprint reader or put a physical sensor on the rear of the phone.

An array of sensors can be seen just above the display where the earpiece and front camera are located, one of them possibly being a rumored iris scanner. There’s also an additional hardware button on the left that prior rumors indicated might be dedicated to Bixby, Samsung’s new digital assistant based on its purchase of Viv Labs.

Here’s Samsung’s Mobile World Congress teaser of the upcoming phone.

Apple, too, is expected to redesign its handset.

A brand new OLED-based iPhone 8 model should join mostly iterative LCD-based iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus updates. iPhone 8 is widely expected to have its sensors, the front-facing Face Time camera and Touch ID embedded into the display, resulting in a drastically reduced top and bottom chin.

As a result, iPhone 8 could squeeze a Plus-class display into a body similar in size to the current 4.7-inch iPhone models while freeing up space currently occupied by the bottom chin for what KGI called a function area.

Samsung is set to unveil the next Galaxy on March 29.

According to leaked Galaxy S8 specs, the phone should release in April.

Source: Evan Blass on Twitter

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  • igorsky

    Samsung definitely never, ever, ever makes design decisions based on Apple release rumors. Never. Ever.

    • tariq

      Design, no. But things like “health apps” and “siri” definitely.

      • Natalie

        Design yes (in the past) It’s only since the S6 where Samsung phones have been easily identified as a Samsung phone and not an Apple phone. It definitely shows how much work Samsung puts into their phones these days.

    • GUY

      Actually this design language has been with Samsung since the the Galaxy s6 so before the those romurs

  • therealjjohnson

    With no bezels, where does the phone case connect to the phone? Do you have a phone with the glass sides still exposed?

  • ravinigga

    On screen is nothing new on android devices nexus and other had that for years but still people call it new..

  • Natalie

    Samsung; We need to build our reputation back up after we messed up the Bomb 7… I mean Note 7 release
    Focus Groups; Well, we, as users wan–
    Samsung; Hold that thought, *Opens IDB* Let’s see what the rumours are saying this week

  • Good (y) i like it

  • Arnold

    Does anyone knows if it will still have the auto destruction feature?? That was a great addition to the Note 7

    • George

      Yeah nobody cares about stupid note 7 jokes anymore.

      • igorsky

        Especially the people who bought those dangerous phones that Samsung sold to them. They definitely don’t find it funny.

    • GUY

      come on!

  • tariq

    Why did everyone thinks Samsung gets it’s ideas from Apple rumors?
    Samsung rumors are
    -SD card
    -curve screen
    -wireless charge
    -minimal bezel
    -no front button
    -gorilla glass
    -iris reader
    i8
    -smaller bezel
    -have 1 phone that doesn’t have LCD screen
    -iris reader (maybe)
    -siri
    – apple version of wireless charge

    The only thing Samsung will copy from apple is “siri” but all designs this year were adapted from Mi Mix. Not rumors of i8

    • GUY

      All of the above had existed in previous Galaxy s/note phones the only thing new should be the exclusion of the home button

      • Tomo Play

        Fingerprint sensor in the home button? Case Design, for example the bottom? Headphone Design? Many Tweaks from the Cydia Store, ok it is not a Apple Work but it also not a Samsung Idea? There are sooo many without to start what’s inside…

      • tariq

        Finger print sensor is from Motorola lol not apple. Side buttons are just convenient to hand design, many phones have them in same area. And cydia tweaks? Really? Lol
        Headphone jack, yes, you’re right, Samsung made fun of that in their ad and then copied it flat from apple.

      • Rowan09

        Don’t even try to say the Atrix sensor is anytbing like Touch ID because I had that phone. Of course Apple didn’t create a fingerprint sensor or did it first they did it the best on a mobile device. I also had a Sony Vaio Micro PC with a fingerprint scanner and that was a joke and released before the Atrix.

      • tariq

        Not Apple’s Invention.

      • Rowan09

        Neither is it a Motorola invention yet you brought it up. Trying to compare the Atrix sensor to any modern sensor is just a joke.

      • GUY

        Apple didn’t invent fingerprint readers it just waited for the technology to mature enough to work on handset and that’s the problem with atrix it was a rushed idea , but evey handset maker today is capable of making a good fingerprint reader so instead of inventing touched ID Apple launched a trend as it did when it launched the fist touch enabled phone.
        Sumsung launched the phablet trend with the Note , something that Apple got into later
        Microsoft lunched the 2in1 trend and Apple is trying to get into that too but it doesn’t matter who copied who because that’s how humans have always evolved , buy building on each others’s shoulders, there is nobody blaming you for “copying” math from your teacher, is there?

      • Rowan09

        Samsung gave the name phablet but was not first at releasing what was considered a “phablet” far after the Dell Streak released the 5″ and 7″ yet you give Samsung credit? I or anyone would never say Apple invented or created fingerprint sensors in a mobile device, we are all aware they bought the company and introduced it on the 5S. Before the 5S fingerprint sensors on a phone was a joke and it wasn’t until Apple released there own then others saw the need to make a fingerprint sensor a must on a mobile device. Give Apple credit when due. Just like Apple Pay it wasn’t the first but when Apple got into the market it wasn’t even a trend and now it’s a fast growing market. Anytime people want to give Apple credit for something it’s always they weren’t first.

      • tariq

        Since they existed long ago, that goes to show that it’s not from the rumors of i8

      • GUY

        that’s my point

      • tariq

        Oh ok, haha.

    • igorsky

      Thanks for that list. Maybe if you have a couple of days worth of free time you could put together a list of actual things that Samsung has copied from Apple over the years.

      • tariq

        In talking about current stuff, everything from “years ago” is copied by everyone from everyone. The main credit that Apple gets from anything of the past is ‘touch screens’, the antennas that are outside of the phone

      • Rowan09

        Plus fingerprint scanner and now since they are making the scanner in the screen it now seems to be the in thing. Wireless charging is a must now since there is only 1 port on the iPhone 7.

    • Natalie

      Every iPhone has had gorilla glass. I might be getting confused but I’m sure the first galaxy was lacking this feature?

  • Benedict

    Killing the iphone essential home button is clearly adapting android device philosophies. Can be seen like their curious departure from their 4,5″ form factor principle back then.

    • GUY

      It could be for the better though. Good change is welcome.

    • Rowan09

      But Android brought back the home button and now the number 1 seller of Android is getting rid of it after Apple is essentially doing the same thing this year. The home button is already essentially gone with the IPhone 7 and that’s why I believe Apple introduced 3D Touch on the 6s and Apple Watch to usher in getting rid of the home button.

      • Benedict

        Samsung always had the homebutton. With Android 4.0 in 2011 the softkeys already came which made the homebutton disappear on other devices. Anyway..
        Apple should now use the makeover to implement further softkeys like “recent apps”, “back”, “play/pause”, Siri etc.

      • Rowan09

        Yes they had a home button and then I remember them saying the home button was old news until bringing it back after fingerprint sensors were made popular by Apple. I think they will use force Touch to implement some of these functions. I wouldn’t mind a back button especially when using Kodi.

  • GUY

    This year the line between iPhones and and android phones will be blurred even further and hopefully those Fanboy wars will end.

    • smtp25

      iOS feel is still better than Android, its definitely not just a hardware/aesthetics comparison

      • tariq

        IOS is good for friendly, simple uses. Android is good for customization. Neither is better in my opinion

      • smtp25

        Yet 99% of android phones are stock standard. Made up stat of course.

      • Rowan09

        Most people at most may download a theme and that’s it nothing more. All this customization bragging is only done by a few people not most.

      • GUY

        no sweetheart the feel of an os is defined by personnel preferences for instance I prefer the feel of windows phone.

      • smtp25

        Good to know darling

      • The feel of iOS is just awesome. After using iOS i dont like to use Android device much.

      • GUY

        Well I too prefer the feel of iOS to that of android.

      • Benedict

        iOS is too complicated in my eyes. Too many detours in everyday usage. If you know “where” you find “what”, it seems too fell more comfortable.

      • Natalie

        iOS is literally as simple as it gets. You have 1 option for everything. It’s like a menu. You literally look at what you want and get it. Android has 2 or more ways of doing the exact same thing. You have so many options. If you think iOS is complicated, I recommend the Nokia 3310 lol And no, I’m not bashing iOS, I’m a fanboy but iOS is definitely too simplified when compared to Android.