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Samsung Galaxy S8 front to be almost bezel-less says Bloomberg

by Mark Tyson on 9 December 2016, 10:01

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As the time for its launch inches nearer, there have been a number of rumours, leaks, and insider reveals about the Samsung Galaxy S8. Samsung's next flagship smartphone really must perform well for the company, in the wake of the fiery Note7 fiasco and the heavy financial impact that has had upon the company.

A new collection of Samsung Galaxy S8 insider information was published yesterday by the heavyweight financial-orientated Bloomberg news site. It cited "people with direct knowledge of the matter" with enough information to help us get a good grasp of what might be that standout changes and features delivered with the Galaxy S8.

Screen dominates

Bloomberg's sources describe a smartphone which offers a bezel-less display. Perhaps Samsung is seeking to boast of the best 'screen to body ratio' yet. In its quest to minimise all other front of smartphone components Samsung will also do away with its standard physical home button. Apparently, Samsung's new solution is "a virtual home button buried in the glass in the lower section," of the screen.

So the only Galaxy S8 model will be an 'Edge' model. Previously these models have been well reviewed and desirable but more expensive than the 'vanilla' flagship alternatives. As usual Samsung will equip one of its AMOLED displays - a screen choice that will be followed by Apple's next iPhone, many industry watchers reckon.

In other details from Bloomberg's people-in-the-know, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is said to:

  • Have a similar overall size to the Galaxy S7 smartphones (but manage to fit a larger display, as described above)
  • Ditch plans for a dual-camera system due to the costs
  • Ditch the headphone jack, relying on USB-C for sound
  • Sport either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos processor, depending upon region
  • Include Viv, Samsung's AI-enabled digital assistant

Samsung will likely launch the Galaxy S8 at or around MWC 2017 which straddles February and March. However, there may be a month delay between launch and availability as Samsung has toughened up testing procedures.



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Which makes them even less practical since if you actually get a case which has protection the screen gets covered,yet at the same time the expansive glass front makes the phone more fragile. Then you have the other issue of actually holding them - people with thick fingers are going to just have a really great time with them.

Also,lets make them so thin there is hardly enough space for a decent battery and a design which can dissapate heat properly.

Style over substance and practicality it seems nowadays.

Edit!!

Also ditch the headphone socket so you need to buy bulkier adaptors,or overpriced wireless headphones which need more bulky bits for charging,etc. Plus when the integrated batteries on those swish compact in-ear wireless headphones go,you chuck them and buy a new one.
Took the words out of my mouth CAT-THE-FIFTH
All trying to preempt and beat to market a phone that hasn't even been announced yet.

Would be quite amusing if Samsung rushed into this and then Apple made a 7s & 7s+ based on the current design…
CAT-THE-FIFTH
Which makes them even less practical since if you actually get a case which has protection the screen gets covered,yet at the same time the expansive glass front makes the phone more fragile. Then you have the other issue of actually holding them - people with thick fingers are going to just have a really great time with them.

Also,lets make them so thin there is hardly enough space for a decent battery and a design which can dissapate heat properly.

Style over substance and practicality it seems nowadays.

Edit!!

Also ditch the headphone socket so you need to buy bulkier adaptors,or overpriced wireless headphones which need more bulky bits for charging,etc. Plus when the integrated batteries on those swish compact in-ear wireless headphones go,you chuck them and buy a new one.

Also make it in such a way that you can't go without buying a protective case for it.
Well, not that I'm their target market anyway since I can't afford their flagship phones, but the Edge only availability and the dropping of the headphone jack are both enough to take this phone out of the running for me.

Maybe it's because I haven't used one and therefore lack experience, but the idea of the Edge phones has always seemed strange to me, much prefer having the so called “vanilla” experience.

As for headphone jack I admittedly don't play music via my phone as much as I used to, but I would still much prefer an actual headphone jack as opposed to doubling up the USB C