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First Look At The Samsung Galaxy S8: Larger Screens, Slimmer Bezels, Fingerprint Sensor Relocated

By Edge Ison , Jan 27, 2017 04:10 AM EST
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In what is being labeled as its "first real look", a photo of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is being floated around showing both its front and back sides.

The image comes exclusively from Venture Beat writer and reliable leaker Evan Blass who also posted the photo of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on Twitter. From the image, there are at least three things that strike out about the upcoming Samsung savior.

Slimmer Bezels

The lack of bezels has been talked about since the idea of increasing screen size and curved displays became key new features among smartphones. Apple is reportedly working on its own bezel-less curved screen iPhone and Samsung is intent not to be left behind.

The leaked image shows that Samsung is on that path. The screen spills over the handset's sides and has very slim bezels at the top and bottom parts leading some to question where the Samsung name is. Blass later reiterated that the front panel of the Galaxy S8 will have the Samsung brand name at the top 1/4" of the screen despite its absence on the leaked image.

Larger Screens

The tiny bezels and curved screen allow the Galaxy S8 to sport a 5.8- and 6.2-inch display which will reportedly be of the QHD Super AMOLED kind. According to Blass, the screen covers 83 percent of the front panel with a ratio of 18.5:9 which is larger than the standard 16:9.

Fingerprint Scanner

Previous rumors state that the fingerprint scanner would be embedded beneath the display since the home button will be ditched. The leaked image, however, shows that the feature is now located at the back of the phone and positioned at a rather high place and just beside the rear camera lens. The new location of the sensor may not sit well with some. Blass even joked in a tweet that the "relatively high positioning of the fingerprint scanner on the S8 makes it quite untenable for short fingered folks" before tagging the new U.S. President's Twitter handle.

As reported before, Samsung will no longer unveil the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress which will be happening from Feb. 27 to Mar. 2 this year. As of now, the rumored release date of the next Samsung flagship phone is on March 29 which coincides with the Unpacked event in New York.

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