Some of the hot 2017 questions will be how Samsung plans to escape the damage caused by the exploding Note 7. Similarly, Google’s triumphant Pixel launch this year will dominate a number of conversations. But it seems Samsung is already providing an answer to the disturbing question – push the boundaries to design a top-notch flagship product. This out-of-the-normal product, it seems, will be the Galaxy S8. Bloomberg reported that it will have an “all-screen” design.
Generally, each smartphone in the market has a contiguous piece of glass on its front. But beneath the glass, there is a black frame that protects other vital components like the front-facing camera, proximity sensor, the earpiece and home button. This is what Samsung is said to be planning to remove. The recently launched Mi Mix smartphone by Xiaomi provides a rough outlook of what Galaxy S8 may be like. The device has a repositioning selfie camera and a piezoelectric speaker that is inbuilt in the screen.
According to Bloomberg, Samsung will do away with the traditional home button and introduce a virtual one, buried in the glass screen. One thing that remains unclear is the nature of the said virtual home button. Will it be a pressure-sensitive solution borrowing a leaf from Apple’s 3D Touch or it will be a capacitive key like most Android devices. But of course some bezel, maybe just a small strip at the top.
Producing a phone without any bezels sounds great in theory – after all, video content would look fantastic. However, it raises some questions about how different apps would work on the phone or how you’d be able to put certain cases on it. Also, things could get expensive if you dropped your shiny new S8.
Various Sizes of the Samsung Galaxy S8
Bloomberg’s prediction – backed by leaks from the Korean firm – goes on to state that the S8 will come in numerous sizes. It will probably be a reprise of the 5.1 inch S7 and 5.5 inch S7 Edge. The difference between the S7 and S8 will be brought about by the curved, “wraparound” displays.
The unique curving screen is one of the biggest expectation that Samsung users are looking forward to.
The new phones will only come with wraparound displays using organic light-emitting diode technology.
There are also leaks suggesting Samsung may include stereo speakers or even go Apple’s way of eliminating the headphone jack.
Whichever the case, the phone will without doubt be a major sale and pose a challenge to Google Pixel and OnePlus 3T.
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