Last week, the South Korean tech giant announced the purported Galaxy S8 will hit the markets in late March, more specifically, the 29th. Great news, as the official unveiling is only a month away. Since the Note 7 debacle of last year, Android fans have their sights on Samsung’s upcoming flagship. Also, it comes as no surprise that a few unofficial information leaked out on either the design or functionality, improvements and downsides, alike, of the Galaxy S8.
Now, the latest rumors have it that as the designers saw fit to get rid of the physical button, the on-screen virtual buttons will be customizable. Renouncing the old physical button comes as engineers were seeking new ways of reducing the phone’s bezels. Some might think that Samsung drew its inspiration from other smartphone manufacturers and would not be mistaken. For quite some time now, LG has been offering this same rumored feature for the Galaxy S8 on their own devices, as does Huawei.
Images leaked show a working Samsung Galaxy S8 and the positioning of the on-screen buttons. However, the good news is that the order can be changed. Furthermore, users can also place the pull down notification shade button next to the multitasking (overview), home, and back buttons. The news is especially great for users who are not entirely comfortable with the company’s current setup for its devices, namely the multitasking (overview) button on the left and the back button on the right. Samsung used this setup for all its Galaxy-branded units that have been released in the last couple of years. If the rumors turn out to be true and the company will indeed renounce the physical home button, the Galaxy S8 will be Samsung’s first smartphone not to feature a physical button on the front.
Ultimately, even though company officials announced the Galaxy S8 will be unveiled on March 29th, there are still some questions left unanswered, with the most important one being when will it be up for sale. For computing power, Samsung chose to go with the Snapdragon 835 in the U.S., even though some believed the company would go for Intel CPUs this time, while on other markets around the world, an Exynos 8895 will fuel the S8. Needless to say, all units will come with Android Nougat pre-installed, along with Samsung’s custom user interface.
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