Details regarding Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus continue to make almost daily headlines. The latest appearance is an "unofficial render" based off of current rumors pertaining to the handset.
Galaxy S8 And S8 Plus To Launch Later Than Usual
Samsung is widely expected to sit out of Mobile World Congress 2017, in the sense that it won't be launching its next-generation flagship Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus at the trade show, as it traditionally has done over the last couple of years. The company is instead expected to show off the smartphone to select partners behind the scenes and is believed to plan a launch of the new Galaxy S8 series at an Unpacked event in New York City on March 29.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Renders, Dimensions, And Images Leak
We have a pretty good idea of what the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will look like thanks to a few case makers, who also supplied renders and dimensions of both smartphones. Recently reliable tipster Evan Blass posted images which claimed to be the Galaxy S8, along with specs, release date, and battery size information.
Now, another image of what is supposedly an "unofficial render" of the Samsung Galaxy S8 was posted on SamMobile. As shown in the above image, the handset certainly looks like previously leaked snapshots of the smartphone. The device does not include a physical home button or the usual hardware navigations keys that have graced all Galaxy S smartphones before it.
Bixby To Get Its Own Button?
The render also shows what appears to be an additional button on its left side, below the volume keys. Some reports claim this is reserved for Samsung's new AI (artificial intelligence) virtual assistant, Bixby, which will make its debut exclusively on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, according to a recent Samsung job listing.
Edge-To-Edge Infinity Display
The new image also backs up the previously leaked photo that appeared to show that Samsung has placed the Galaxy S8 series' fingerprint scanner on the rear of the handsets. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are both expected to feature edge-to-edge curved "infinity" displays, with the S8 said to have a 5.8-inch screen, while the S8 Plus will reportedly feature a 6.3-inch display.
Samsung has confirmed that it is not launching the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress 2017 and is instead taking its time, an apparent nod to reports of rushing the Galaxy Note 7 to market. "The lessons of this incident are deeply reflected in our culture and process," said Koh Dong-jin, President of Samsung Electronics' Mobile Communications Business. "Samsung Electronics will be working hard to regain consumer trust." Judging by the enthusiasm seen online, Samsung will regain consumer's trust, and sales of the handsets are expected to shatter records for the company, due in part to the absence of the Note 7.
It's best to file this render in the rumor category for now, as we continue to keep our eyes out for any new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus news as it leaks.