This could be our first proper look at the Galaxy S8, but it probably isn’t

Over the course of the past few months, we’ve heard an awful lot about Samsung’s much-anticipated upcoming flagship smartphone of 2017, the Galaxy S8 — and now it looks like we may be getting our first proper glimpse at the design of the device, thanks to a leaked photograph that surfaced on Chinese social networking website Weibo earlier today, which corroborates everything we’ve previously reported about its appearance.

As you can see in the image below, the most noticeable difference between the purported Galaxy S8 and its predecessor is the omission of the physical home button and capacitive navigation keys. What’s strange, however, is that there don’t appear to be any on-screen buttons, either. Typically, when you head into Settings, they don’t automatically hide — so we’re left wondering whether the photo is a product of some Photoshop wizardry.

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There could be a simple explanation for the lack of buttons, though. It’s perfectly feasible that Samsung could have developed a full-screen mode, which can be manually activated to take advantage of the entire display. If this (or a similar feature) turns out to exist, then it’s likely that they keys would only appear when a user swipes up from the bottom of the screen. This is, of course, nothing but speculation on our part.

If it wasn’t for this major discrepancy, we’d feel pretty confident in saying that this picture is the real deal. Earlier this week, we heard from our insiders that by doing away with the front-facing buttons, Samsung was able to shrink the width of the top and bottom bezels on the handset by as much as 30 percent. Although, we have to say, it doesn’t look great; mainly because the bottom bezel is thinner than the top (another discrepancy).

Unfortunately, as with all leaks, we have to take this alleged design with a pinch of salt until Samsung provides us with some evidence with regards to what it has in store for its next flagship, and if the latest rumors are anything to go by it looks like we may have to wait until April 18 to find out more. There is some good news, though. As we approach its release date, the frequency of leaks should increase — so there’s a good chance we’ll see more of the device in the coming weeks.

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billywongwashere
13 days 13 hours ago

Looking at the pic… I hope it’s a fake as it’s no way as pretty as the note 7 where it had a more squared curve… May stick with my s7 this year

HossamAlMasri
14 days 21 hours ago

where is the Iris Scanner ?? :/ this is fake

Neto Santos
14 days 23 hours ago

I just think I should have implemented something like what Apple did. He put a home button capacitive, but with the appearance of the old button always, until the sound of the “click” it has. The way Apple implemented it was very show. Which should do the same, too. A capacitive man button off the screen, with force touch and the same look as the old home button, but without peeling this time. Much better than without button or button that peels out of nowhere. I think Note 7 and the most beautiful edge ..

Come show me s8 I’m waiting, sammys !!

kevv2288
15 days 3 hours ago

That is obviously a Photoshop pic of a s7 edge just with the butons removed and the Samsung logo moved to the bottom bezel.

Khlad
15 days 5 hours ago

I hope samsung will make the edges of the phone morr square than round just like the note.

billywongwashere
15 days 3 hours ago

Also they should move away from shinny gold :) not a good look

Michollstad
15 days 5 hours ago

They said that future devices might have more than 90% screen-to-body-ratio, so I find this hard to believe. This looks nice, but the bezels are still far too thick when you think about the rumors. Still a nice-looking prototype/ concept though.

cabbe86
15 days 5 hours ago

Snap love the design. Hope this is true :-)

for3st
15 days 6 hours ago

its just my opinion but i like physical home button … but if they chose to have this button less design then sorry i will stay on my s7edge and wait for s9 with physical home button .

billywongwashere
15 days 7 hours ago

The home button and navigation buttons on HTC sense on the m8 & 9 are hidden and only appear when you swipe the bottom to “lift” it up

o0MHJ0o
15 days 7 hours ago

Is the S8 likely to arrive with Google’s Tango, surely Daydream is a certainty and compatible with the Gear VR

SenorSjon
15 days 7 hours ago

The worse it looks, the most likely it is the design. ;)

Samsung never failed to disappoint me the last couple of years.

maccyb
15 days 7 hours ago

Then why come here? Obviously with record sales of S7 and S7 Edge, you don’t really matter. Who cares what you think? Except you of course.

SenorSjon
15 days 7 hours ago

Well you have Samsung-tinted glasses for ages around here, while I am one of the more critical crowd, still hoping for a proper successor for the Note 4.

cmdacos
15 days 4 hours ago

You should stay home and wait for it and stick to yelling at kids to get off your lawn. You won’t see removable batteries ,ir blasters, etc returning

o0MHJ0o
15 days 8 hours ago

It may just be me but it looks like the bottom of the device is more curved than the top. I hope it isn’t the final design, looks too much like a photoshopped S7 edge

Amresh
15 days 4 hours ago

Oh yes, good catch!

maccyb
15 days 8 hours ago

That’s a photo-shopped S7 Edge. I just zoomed in on my PC. Near the top on both right and left side you can see where the line isn’t straight, where they attempted to extend the screen length. It isn’t even a good photo-shop. They insult our intelligence, however it does look quite good!

superf
15 days 6 hours ago

You ‘re right. It’s even more noticable at the bottom where the Samsung logo is clearly pasted over the home button. You can even see the white glare over the ”M” which is also over the speaker on the top. Some people have a loooooot of free time. Maybe Sammobile should remove it.

HFL087
15 days 8 hours ago

Fake. Ratio not fit. The grace ux setting picture in bad quality and blur and the phone isn’t Samsung stopped make gold version in 2015 And yeah there headphone jack ( you can see port shadows ) concerning it’s 100% fake

maccyb
15 days 8 hours ago

You are right it’s fake but they still make gold phones…..I had a gold Note 7, not just one but two of them! lol

Sbeatzmusic
15 days 8 hours ago

I don’t think that it looks bad, but this can’t be real, since there is no iris scanner on the top. Maybe a Prototype? Can’t wait to see and get the S8.

ProdByEchelon
15 days 8 hours ago

Fake. That screen to body ratio is definitely not it. It not that much different then the S7 edge.

eugenedfourie
15 days 8 hours ago

If it is, well, then it is somewhat underwhelming…

machiine
15 days 8 hours ago

It wouldn’t surprise me if it actually is the new S8

 
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