Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S3 and its 2-in-1 Galaxy Book at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, but little did audiences know that the South Korea-based tech has something else up its sleeve.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have begun to leak on a near daily basis, which appears to be accelerating the closer we get to that official launch date.
We've seen a handful of sketchy photos leak on Chinese forums, and it remains unclear if they are the real deal.
This leak comes our way from Evan Blass (formerly EVLeaks), a highly trusted and accurate leaker in the smartphone space. The render shows a lovely 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.
Now, as it turns out, another source has got their hands on a few images that depict a working Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone in all its glory. The publication also points out that this is the smaller of the two Samsung Galaxy S8s with a 5.8-inch display that is being shown off.
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Actual specs and features of the two phones should be by and large the same.
In the pictures above, you'll notice that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus don't have a home button in these unofficial pictures, something that has conventionally been used on Samsung's flagship phones. However, we've known for long while that one device wouldn't be present at the trade conference, and that's Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8. Other things to expect from the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and its 6.2-inch variant are a Snapdragon 835 processor (with an Exynos equivalent in some countries), 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. Considering that Samsung made a decision to ditch the headphone jack on its upcoming flagship, the fingerprint sensor would be located at the back, next to the rear camera. The S8, which is pegged for release in March or April 2017, would also ditch the physical home button.
The front camera on the Galaxy S8 is visible, with a number of sensors above the display, one of which is surely the iris scanner. In addition, on-screen buttons are visible at the bottom of the screen, while the power/lock button is located on the right side.
Samsung reportedly retained the 3.5 mm headphone jack on both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which should be great news for fans. Some early rumors suggested the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ might follow Apple's lead and nix the standard audio port, but that isn't the case. Apple caused quite a stir when they made a decision to remove the audio port from its most recent flagships, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.