According to Twitter user Benjamin Geskin (via BGR), the images below, posted to China’s Weibo, are the front panels of the S8:
The leaked images align with previous leaks and rumors that claim the S8 will lose the home button below the display to make way for curved, much larger pressure-sensitive screens in two sizes.
The smaller S8 will reportedly have a 5.8-inch screen and the larger “S8 Plus” a 6.2-inch display — both would be larger than the existing S7 and S7 Edge, which have 5.1- and 5.5-inch screens, respectively. Heck, both S8 models would have larger screens than the short-lived Note7.
One thing that might upset fans is the top bezel, which — slim as it looks — is filled with cutouts for the earpiece, front-facing camera and presumably an iris scanner.
In addition to being powered by the newest and fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the S8 will also reportedly come with its own AI assistant called “Bixby”.
It was originally believed that Bixby would be powered by Viv, the AI assistant developed by Siri’s creators. However, a new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests Bixby might merely be an evolution of S Voice, Samsung’s voice assistant that never quite matched Siri.
The WSJ also corroborates reports that Samsung will not remove the headphone jack on the S8. As for battery life, The Investor claims Samsung will play it safe with batteries similar in capacity the S7 and S7 Edge, which is probably the best route to go since the company definitely doesn’t want a repeat of the Note7.
S8 is not expected to launch until April, we will hear more news about the gadget at Mobile World Congress later this month, according to The Korea Herald.
— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) February 9, 2017