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Galaxy S8 render by Ghostek shows new design changes

The Galaxy S8 will make a Spring 2017 arrival on the world market, no doubt, but interested buyers are ready to get an idea of what to expect so as to prepare themselves for the good and bad about the handset. The first leak of what could be the Galaxy S8 was supplied at the famous Chinese social site Weibo, showing no physical or on-screen navigation keys, along with “SAMSUNG” branding at the bottom with thin bezels. We were skeptical at the time (and still are), though a new Galaxy S8 render by casemaker Ghostek seems to confirm some of the suspicions of the Weibo photo.

The new render by Ghostek shows the Galaxy S8 placed inside Ghostek’s Atomic 3 Waterproof Case. There is no SAMSUNG branding at the top, as is the case with Samsung Galaxy smartphones of the past and present. The branding has been moved to the bottom bezel of the handset, where the physical home button once stood. We’ve heard again and again that Samsung will remove the physical home button in the next Galaxy, that the physical button will be eliminated for an “all-screen front.”

The Galaxy S8 in the Ghostek render maintains the dual-edge display with curves on both sides, which goes along with Samsung’s new design language that will eliminate flat screens (though industry analysts think this move is too soon for success). There is no fingerprint sensor on the back, either, which may indicate that Samsung doesn’t intend to push forward with the back-mounted fingerprint sensor that exists on handsets such as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, LG V20, among others.

galaxy s8 render ghostek

Next, the Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power/Standby buttons are all placed on the left side, which is yet another drastic design change from the normal Samsung Galaxy smartphone button layout where the Volume Up and Down buttons are on the left side, the Power/Standby button on the right. On the back of the handset lies only a camera – no flash or heart rate monitor, a layout that has been present on Samsung “Galaxies” since the Galaxy S5 in 2014. Though we don’t get to see the top and bottom portions of the handset, Samsung’s push for wireless in-ear headphones doesn’t bode well for the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Ghostek render, if accurate, reminds us that some claims are verified and some are still in question. And regardless of what design changes lie ahead, Samsung is still hiding the best about the Galaxy S8 for April 18th.

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