Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Will Not Come With A Home Button

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Samsung's Galaxy S8

Samsung, it seems, is to push the boundaries of design with the next Galaxy S flagship phone, Bloomberg reports it will feature an “all-screen” design.

Bloomberg’s report indicates that Samsung will replace its traditional physical home button with a virtual one that “will be buried in the glass in the lower section.”

Bloomberg goes on to say that there’ll be more than one S8 device, with the sizes likely being a reprise of this year’s 5.1-inch S7 and 5.5-inch S7 Edge. Unlike this year, however, the next generation of Galaxy flagship phones will all have curved, “wraparound” displays.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 is called out in the report as one of the chips that Samsung will use, though it’s said to be once again a mix between that and Samsung’s own Exynos line.

The 835 is especially interesting today as Microsoft just announced support for it in a new program of bringing Windows x86 apps to ARM processors. That doesn’t mean the Android-based Galaxy S8 will be running desktop Photoshop, but its hardware will be capable of it.

On the software front, Samsung is already known to be planning a new voice assistant, which the company promises will be “significantly differentiated” from others on the market and will feature some AI enhancements.

Samsung would dispatch the hardware home button it’s had on Galaxy S devices since that product family’s inception. It additionally indicated that Samsung would remove the headphone jack, add a USB-C port, and keep the resolution unchanged from 2016’s models.

Samsung aims for a March release of the Galaxy S8, though that might slip to April worldwide.


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