What is the first thing you notice about the terrible PhotoShop job I did above, aside from how terrible it is? If a new report coming out of South Korea is to be believed, next year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 will finally be ditching the physical home button for good. However, unlike many other phones that have moved the home button to the back to integrate with a fingerprint reader, Samsung is doing something else entirely.

Apparently, Samsung wants to beat Apple to the punch by integrated the fingerprint reader right into the touchscreen display itself. This will make for a much cleaner front and will be part of a major redesign for the Galaxy S8. Samsung has demonstrated that it can make some great premium designs with the S6 and S7 series, so it’ll be interesting to see what new direction they take with the Galaxy S8.

But the elimination of the home button isn’t the only new feature we’ll see. (It’s strange how removing a feature has now become a feature, like getting rid of the headphone jack.) The report also calls for remarkably small bezels, since the phone no longer needs the bigger “chin” to accommodate the home button. The report also points toward dual cameras on the back, like how all the other cool kids are doing these days. And they’ll be doing all of this sooner than we might think too.

It’s been a rough month with Samsung, culminating in the company halting production of the Note7 over the weekend. They probably want to brush this PR nightmare under the rug as quickly as possible, so pushing up the release of the Galaxy S8 for earlier in 2017 could be a good bet. Then again, it’s the rush to push up release dates that got Samsung into its explosive mess in the first place.

Aside from having batteries that spontaneously combust, the Note7 is an exceptionally excellent device. If Samsung can carry that forward, push some new features, rock a killer new design, and eliminate the fiery mess, the S8 could be the phone to beat in the spring.


Via Phandroid

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