Samsung has had a rough year after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, which makes it even more important for the company to succeed with its next flagship. In a bid to do just that, the Galaxy S8 is said to feature an “all-screen” front; think the Xiaomi Mi Mix, basically.
According to Bloomberg’s report, which spoke to a source with “direct knowledge of the matter,” Samsung is planning to give the Galaxy S8 a bezel-less display and remove the physical home button of the device; the latter being a signature hardware on all Galaxy S devices released to date. In place of the home button will be a “virtual home button buried in the glass in the the lower section,” Bloomberg’s source said.
Other than that, the source also revealed that there will be two variants of the Galaxy S8. Chances are, Samsung will retain the display sizes of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge at 5.1 and 5.5 inches respectively. As for which processor will be powering the upcoming flagship, some will be packed with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 SoC, while other variants will come with Samsung’s own Exynos chipset, much like how it was with the Galaxy S7 family.
As previous reports have mentioned, Samsung is said to introduce a new AI assistant on the Galaxy S8 too; Bloomberg’s report said that the AI will have features “significantly differentiated” from other offerings. Surprisingly enough, Samsung may remove the headphone jack of the Galaxy S8 as well; it could ship with only a USB Type-C port.
All of these information are certainly interesting, and if these turn out to be true, the Samsung Galaxy S8 may just help the company recover from the Note 7 debacle. Bloomberg’s report mentioned that the Galaxy S8 is set to be launched in March next year, although stricter quality control may push the release date to April 2017.