Samsung's upcoming flagship phone - the Galaxy S8 - is yet again under the spot light courtesy a couple of images which have been spotted online.
The leaked images surfaced on Weibo and show off the protective cases for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
The Weibo image suggests that the fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S8 shall be placed beside the rear camera. This is not something unusual as quite a few smartphones have the fingerprint scanner placed on the rear of the device.
The image reveals a cut out on the left hand side of the protective case, which is large enough to encompass both the camera and the flash of the 5.7-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus. The fingerprint scanner, based on the image, will be positioned to the right of the camera.
A previous Tech Times report also suggested that the fingerprint sensor may not be embedded underneath the Galaxy S8's display as suggested by some rumors.
Fingerprint Sensor Position: Cause For Concern?
The leaked images of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus reaffirms previous reports which hint that the fingerprint scanner would be positioned on the rear of the handset and not placed on the home button.
The leaked image, however, may create some concerns among consumers. Why? The pad is placed at a higher location than usual, which means that users with smaller hands may find it hard to reach the sensor on time. This shall prolong the process and lead to inconvenience in use.
If the sensor is placed to the right of the camera, as suggested by the leak, then those who are left handed may find it difficult to use the security feature.
Moreover, with the sensor placed just beside the rear camera, chances are that the camera sensor may receive smudges and dirty streaks due to continuous touch which would be affecting the lens.
Problems may also arise given that the user has to get accustomed to the fingerprint sensor being placed a little bit off the center.
Rumored Specs And Price
With allegedly no home button and a curved screen, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are rumored to be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4 GB of RAM.
It is expected to sport a 12MP rear facing camera and a 5MP front camera. The handsets re expected to offer support for a Type-C USB port.
Despite the backlash that Samsung faced regarding the Galaxy Note 7, rumors have indicated that the Galaxy S8 may well be arriving with a hefty price tag when compared to its predecessors Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The flagship device may cost around $ 900.
The Galaxy S8 will not be introduced at the MWC 2017 at the company's Feb. 27 event; however, Samsung may show off the handset to a select few.