Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is quickly becoming one of the most leaked handsets ever, with not a day going by without some kind of information about the phone coming out. The latest set of reports confirms a number of theories and adds a fresh set of Weibo-sourced live images to the mix.
These hands-on photos apparently feature the black version of the Galaxy S8 in all its glossy glory. The shiny look will likely invite comparisons to the Jet Black iPhone 7. It’s also reminiscent of the Black Pearl Galaxy S7. The pictures neatly fall in line with previous leaks, showing off the handsets edge-to-edge nearly bezel-less design and no physical home button.
Speaking of the latter, The Investor recently claimed that Samsung was going to infuse the smartphone’s virtual home button with 3D Touch-like abilities. The technology is supposedly going to allow users to trigger menus and navigate the phone by long pressing the icon.
The publication had previously revealed the behind-the-scenes drama that went behind Samsung moving the fingerprint sensor to the back of the device next to the camera. The company’s partner Synaptics was reportedly in charge of developing an on-screen scanner but failed to do so on time.
The results were apparently frustrating enough for Samsung to relocate the reader to the rear at the last minute. The decision has prompted a backlash among fans, many of whom say the position will force them to pick up the handset every time they want to unlock it and smudge the camera lens accidentally.
Samsung’s own Italian website has separately confirmed the presence of Bixby. It’s added the AI assistant to its Terms and Conditions, stating that the tool is a voice feature to control all operations in a phone or smartwatch.
Finally, South Korean site Naver has some interesting tidbits about the Galaxy S8’s photography module. The device is probably going to stick to the same 12MP camera but upgrade it with things like the ability to shoot 1000fps videos, a direct challenge to the recently launched Sony Xperia XZ Premium which shoots 960fps super slow motion videos.
Samsung might also be planning to incorporate an 8MP autofocus selfie snapper and 3.7MP RGB sensor for iris scanning. We’ll fill you in on the company’s plans the moment the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus go official on March 29.