Major details pertaining to the Galaxy S8 have leaked in full ahead of its reported unveiling on 29 March.
VentureBeat's tipster Evan Blass has the scoop and has released the first image of Samsung's upcoming flagship in the flesh, confirming that it'll look near identical to the Galaxy S7 bar its repositioned fingerprint scanner on the rear.
The shifting of the sensor is thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S8's new 'infinity display', that will see the smartphone feature a close to bezel-less design with physical navigation buttons up front. The display will make room for a bigger display than on previous releases, with Samsung to make the Galaxy S8 available with 5.8in and 6.2in QHD Super AMOLED curved screens that feature an aspect ratio of 18:15:9.
These displays will both offer pressure sensitive input technology, according to the leak, similar to the Force Touch functionality that debuted on Apple's iPhone 6S.
The duo of Galaxy S8 handsets will run Android 7.0 Nougat and will feature different processors in different regions - Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 in some and Samsung own Exynos in others. The report claims that both 10nm chips will the Galaxy S8 11 per faster than its predecessor, with 23 per cent faster graphics processing and a 20 per cent improvement in energy efficiency.
Under the hood you'll also find 4GB RAM, 64GB of entry-level storage and either a 3,000mAh or 3,500mAh battery. Charging will be provided by a USB-C port on the bottom, but despite rumours that this would also be used for audio output, the leaked images show that the 3.5mm headphone jack remains in-tact.
Other leaked specifications include a 12MP main camera with a new visual search feature, an 8MP front-facing camera with built-in iris scanning capabilities, a built-in virtual assistant dubbed Siri, and a 256GB-capable microSD slot.
Lastly, Blass adds weight to previous rumours that the Galaxy S8 will offer a docking feature similar to Microsoft Continuum. He says the smartphone will be offered with an optional HTML dock called 'Samsung DeX' that will allow for a desktop view of Android that can be controlled via keyboard and mouse.
If the details are legit, expect a full unveiling on 29 March before the Galaxy S8 is released worldwide on 21 April. There's no word on pricing details just yet.
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