At the Mobile World Congress this year we saw a couple of major smartphone launches. Some of these included the LG G6, Nokia’s 3, 5 and 6. What we didn’t see this year was Samsung’s new flagship which we are used to see every year. Instead, Samsung just launched two tablets, Galaxy Tab S3 and the Galaxy Book, and a controller for its Gear VR headset.
However, we don’t have to speculate about the announcement date of the Galaxy S8 anymore as Samsung itself has now announced that they will be launching its next flagship on 29th March at an event held in both London and New York. No official details regarding the handset have been announced yet except that the event will start at 11AM EST (9PM in PST).
Samsung Galaxy S8 Leaks
During the last couple of weeks, we have seen a lot of leaks regarding the Galaxy S8 which have mostly confirmed us how the next flagship from Samsung might look.
Following are some of the pictures showing us a fully working Galaxy S8.
In the above pictures you can clearly see the Galaxy S8 in all its glory. The phone features a thin design with a bezelless display, as expected. You can also see the navigation keys on the screen. Samsung has decided to get rid of the home button and capacitive hardware buttons in favor of software buttons in order to have smaller bezels.
However, as seen in the above photo, it also made the fingerprint scanner move to the rear of the phone, which might be an inconvenience for some people.
Apart from the latest pictures available above, we also got to see the Galaxy S8 in action two very short videos In the first video you can clearly see two Galaxy S8s and they both look absolutely gorgeous in that black color. The software capacitive back, home and recent apps keys are also visible.
We noticed that the order they are in are opposite to that used in Nexus or Pixel phones and we really hope that the order of the buttons can be switched, just like it can be done with LG phones. However, previous Samsung owners will feel just at home with the order of the buttons.
Always-On display is also available as seen from the video. The person making the video wasn’t very thorough with showing off the device but it still gave us a very clear view of the S8.
The second video shows the Galaxy S8 for just 15 seconds. It shows us only the Messaging app but we can see that the order of capacitive buttons were in reverse as compared to first video so that gives us hope that they are indeed changeable.
Finally, we also got our first look at the spec sheet of the Galaxy S8, courtesy of Evan Blass.
The spec sheet shows two variants. One is said to come with a a 6.1/6.2-inch display and the other is supposed to come with a 5.7/5.8-inch screen. However, we just have to wait for March 29th and make sure how is the final product. You can also watch the Galaxy S8 event live over here when it is unveiled.