Over the past few months, we’ve seen a non-stop barrage of leaks and rumors focused on Samsung’s upcoming new Android flagships. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the most hotly anticipated Android smartphones in the world right now.
We’ve seen a handful of sketchy photos leak on Chinese forums and it remains unclear if they are the real deal. Then, on Wednesday morning, an official marketing render was posted by gadget leaker Evan Blass. The render shows a beautiful phone that aligns well with descriptions we’ve read in various reports over the past couple of months, but it’s still just a render.
The new S8 lineup features a design much like last year’s Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, highlighted by a curved AMOLED display and glass that slopes down on either side of the phone. The glass back on the S8 and S8+ is also rounded on the sides so the phones sit comfortably in the user’s hand. Despite the large displays on both models, the phones are narrower than expected, thanks to the design that is nearly edge-less on either side of the screen.
Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 will be powered by a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset in the US, while international models are powered by a comparable Samsung Exynos processor. All models will get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage as well as microSDXC support. As is the case with rival phones, the Galaxy S8 supports microSD cards up to 2TB in size, though 256GB is currently the largest available capacity.
A 12-megapixel Dual Pixel camera sits on the back of the Galaxy S8 alongside the flash and sensor array, as well as a newly relocated fingerprint scanner. The oblong home button on the front of the phone that used to house the fingerprint reader has been removed, allowing Samsung to substantially shrink the bezels. The result is a wonderfully sleek design that pushes us closer to realizing the “all-screen” smartphones users have been clamoring for.
Above the screen lies an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and the iris scanner that was first introduced on the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. Power and volume buttons sit on one side edge, while the other is home to a button believed to be tied to Samsung’s new virtual assistant Bixby. On the bottom of the phone lies a speaker, a USB-C port and yes, a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Samsung will formally unveil the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ during a press conference in New York City on March 29th, and the phones are expected to launch globally on April 21st. Below is the leaked video of the S8 and S8+, sourced from Weibo.