Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup: No home button, dual camera and more

Days are numbered. Samsung is gearing up to launch Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus variant during the upcoming MWC 2017. However, we have been reporting several rumors about the expected features of the new phones.

If rumors are to be believed, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will see the possible elimination of physical home button. Moreover, the Plus model will ship with a dual-camera setup similar to that of iPhone 7 Plus. The renaming of Edge to Plus is a significant step in right direction because Samsung can now compete with Apple.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will not feature physical home button

The recent revelation of the elimination of a physical home button is on the page with the previous rumors. We have been hearing from various quarters for the last few months that Samsung will not include a physical home button. Furthermore, there are reports that the fingerprint scanner has been migrated to the rear panel.

While Samsung Galaxy S8 will not be equipped with a dual camera setup, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will be integrated with dual cameras. This is very similar to that of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, where you will find dual-camera in the Plus model. The main reason for the non-inclusion of a dual camera in Galaxy S7 is attributed to the cost factor.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Specifications

According to latest reports, the Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.7-inch display. However, you can expect a slightly larger 6.2-inch display in the Plus model. However, the talk of the town is that Samsung will also launch a 6-inch display variant of the Galaxy S8 Plus with support for an S Pen Stylus. Meanwhile, SamMobile reports that the company will launch the new smartphones on April 18.

Under the hood, the Galaxy S8 Plus will feature Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB RAM and 512GB UFS 2.1 internal storage. Moreover, the display panel will bear a 90 percent body-to-screen ratio for maximum clarity. There are reports that Samsung might ditch headphone port to pave the way for a USB Type-C port.

The main attraction of Samsung Galaxy S8 series is the addition of a new virtual assistant called as Bixby. The new assistant will be available with all the native apps installed on the handset.

Interestingly, Bixby is the name given for male and for female counterpart it will be named as Kestra. The new digital voice assistant has been developed by Samsung using AI technology and will likely compete with Google Assistant and Siri.

In the meantime, Samsung has reportedly told the production line to achieve a target of 10 million units by the end of March 2017. This will ensure sufficient stocks of the new handsets in all parts of the world.

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