An image of Samsung’s 2017 flagship Galaxy S8 has been slowly built up from all the leaks and rumours circulating on the web. But now, finally, a real photo has surfaced giving us a first look at the smartphone.
Taking a quick look at the pictures, it is visible that Samsung is keeping the classic metal and glass build with rounded edges for the upcoming flagship. The back of the device is almost identical to the rear panel of the current Galaxy S7 with one large difference – there is now a fingerprint scanner on the right side of the rear camera lens. The placement is actually quite odd, with the sensor being not only moved to one side but also sitting unusually high, making it quite hard to reach. Thus, unless this is a different component (which I highly doubt), the idea of a fingerprint scanner built into the screen won’t be something that we will see in the S8. The front of the device is just the almost completely bezel-less, curved display without capacitive function keys under it. This allows for a larger display to be fitted into a significantly smaller body. The bottom houses a mono speaker, a microphone, a 3,5 mm headphone jack and a charging port which seems not to be the new USB Type C connector.
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According to Evan Blass who provided the image, the Galaxy S8 will come in two size variants – one with a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen, the other one with a 6.2-inch one. Both devices are said to feature a 18.5:9 aspect ratio, enabling Samsung not to make the phones even wider. The smaller variant is supposed to feature a 3000 mAh battery while the larger phone could bump it up by 500 mAh.
Other features include an intelligent camera app, a dock which could let users use the S8 more like a PC (an option similar to Continuum in Windows Phone), 64 GB of internal storage and 4 GB of RAM. We might also see a significant bump-up in terms of the price.