After the massive leak showing the rear and front side of the Galaxy S8, we now get to take a gander at an unofficial render of the flagship. It appears that the rumor going around with this render is that the fingerprint reader and dedicated Bixby button is going to be a single button. Similar to Apple’s iPhone, where we either press and hold the home button (alternatively, you can also say ‘Hey Siri’ while being in close proximity of the smartphone’s microphone), the dedicated virtual assistant button of the Galaxy S8 could function in the same way.
Here’s the Unofficial Render of the Galaxy S8 – Looks Awfully Familiar to the Leaked Image a While Back
The render shows three angles of the smartphone, and sure enough, the physical home button that has been situated on several Galaxy flagship smartphones is no longer present there. Instead, we have a wide percentage of screen present with a dual-curved edge display. According to previous rumors, this is going to be called the Infinity Display, but it could be based on the same Super AMOLED display tech that the company has been using on its high-end devices for the longest period. Coming to the highlight of the phone, the back side of the Galaxy S8 is what’s probably going to be talked about the most.
Though it is pretty small for a fingerprint ready, it could also double as a dedicated virtual assistant button. We don’t know if what’s placed behind is a capacitive button or will it use the same Taptic Engine-like technology that Apple has employed in its latest iPhone family. A Taptic Engine-like feature will be a better option since physical buttons tend to degrade overtime as far as functionality goes. However, that’s not the only reason why you should be waiting for the Galaxy S8.
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One case comparison video shows a stylus cutout for the Galaxy S8, indicating that Samsung might have included this option for users if they ever wanted to transform the device into a handset originating from the Galaxy Note series. The Galaxy S8’s release date according to the leak is March 29, so we’ll have all the elusive details for you then. Do you think a dedicated button for both a fingerprint sensor and virtual assistant is the right approach? Let us know your thoughts right away.