17 rumours we've heard about Samsung's Galaxy S8, one of the biggest smartphones of 2017

Samsung issued press invites to its Unpacked event, which will take place on March 29. 

Samsung’s Unpacked events are when the company usually announces its new Galaxy smartphones.

Check out what we’ve seen and heard about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8:

This is allegedly the Galaxy S8.

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Prolific gadget leaker Evan Blass revealed an apparent press photo of the Galaxy S8.

The display will have rounded corners instead of sharp corners.


Two YouTube videos allegedly show Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone with rounded corners instead of the sharp corners we've seen on previous Galaxy S smartphones.

The recently announced LG G6 has similarly rounded corners. LG claims they help make the screen more durable against cracks, and they match the rounded corners of the phone's design.

There will be two models with different screen sizes.

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There are a couple conflicting rumours surrounding the screen size of the upcoming Galaxy smartphones from Samsung, which I'll call the Galaxy S8 from now on.

One set of rumours claim the smaller model will have a 5.1-inch screen while the larger model will have a 5.5-inch screen, according to 'industry sources' that spoke with the Korea Herald. However, the latest leaks suggest otherwise. GSM Arena allegedly obtained details about the upcoming Galaxy phones' dimensions form a case maker, and we could see the smaller Galaxy S8 model come with a large 5.7-inch screen.

The larger Galaxy S8 'Plus,' as it's being called, could have a huge 6.2-inch screen, according to gadgets leaker Evan Blass.

Both new models will be fairly large.


Gadgets leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known from his Twitter handle, @OnLeaks, posted an image on Twitter that compares the rumoured size of the Galaxy S8 against other popular smartphones.

From the looks of it, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be larger than their predecessors, and fairly large overall.

The home button will be a little different.


The Galaxy S8 might not have a physical home button.

The home button may be embedded underneath the front glass panel, according to ET News. If so, it could look and work similarly to the new home button on Xiaomi's new Mi 5s smartphones (pictured above).

That means it could react to touch rather than using a mechanical button you need to physically press down.

Samsung is ditching the buttons that are normally found on the bottom border of Galaxy S smartphones.

Leaked photos from an unproven source supposedly show the upcoming Galaxy S8 with the 'back' Android function button -- which takes you a step back within an app -- located on the bottom of the display instead of on the bottom border where Samsung usually places them.

It means that Samsung could ditch the capacitive touch buttons it uses for Android's function buttons, including the back and multitasking functions, and replace them with on-screen buttons, like most Android smartphones have.

It could have a dual-lens camera.

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ET News claims the Galaxy S8 will have a dual-lens camera, one of which will be 16 megapixels and the other 8 megapixels. A more recent leak from a known gadgets leaker on Chinese social media site, Weibo, claims the dual lens will have 13- and 12-megapixel sensors.

It's still unclear what functionality a dual-lens camera will offer on the Galaxy S8, as dual-lens cameras on other smartphones do different things. Our bet would be on a similar functionality as the iPhone 7 Plus' dual-lens camera, which can create background blur effects, as well as zooming into subjects optically rather than digitally.

Optical zoom is better than digital zoom, as it's actually moving the lenses to zoom into subjects. Digital zoom isn't as good because it simply enlarges the picture, resulting in less sharp and pixelated photos.

The front-facing camera could potentially be the best out of any smartphone.

YouTube/Android Authority

According to ET News, Samsung will add the Galaxy S7's incredibly fast auto-focus feature to the front camera of the Galaxy S8.

If so, it means no tapping on faces to make sure the camera focuses correctly. That means you can take faster selfies faster, and they will be better photos overall.

They will have powerful processors.

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According to ET News, Galaxy S8 models destined for the US market will use a new chip from Qualcomm called the Snapdragon 830. Other international models will use a version of Samsung's own Exynos chip.

Few details on these chips exist, but they will surely be very powerful (and hopefully efficient).

Samsung might introduce an AI voice assistant that's similar to Siri.


Multiple sources, including the previously-mentioned gadgets leaker on Weibo and a Dutch Samsung Galaxy blog called Galaxy Club, claim that Samsung will include a smart voice assistant with the Galaxy S8.

According to Galaxy Club, Samsung's smart assistant will be called 'Bixby,' and could join the ranks of other smart assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

There are a couple good reasons this rumour seems plausible. First, Samsung bought the AI smart assistant company, Viv, in October 2015, which at least shows some sort of interest form Samsung in the smart assistant space.

Secondly, Samsung wouldn't want it premium flagship line of Galaxy devices to be left behind as the flagship without a smart assistant -- the iPhone has Siri and the Google Pixel has Google Assistant.

The new AI assistant 'Bixby' could use the Galaxy S8's camera for search results.

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This rumour from SamMobile could give 'Bixby,' Samsung's rumoured AI for the Galaxy S8, its own set of eyes through the phone's camera.

Instead of asking Bixby about something, you could potentially show it what you want to search for with the S8's camera. It's an interesting prospect, as neither Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant are tied into any cameras or camera technology.

There are conflicting rumours about the headphone jack.

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The iPhone 7 Plus (left) sans headphone jack, and the Galaxy S7 (right) with it.

On one hand, SamMobile claims the Galaxy S8 won't come with a headphone jack. On the other, leaks of case designs, allegedly for the Galaxy S8, suggest that it will feature a headphone jack.

It's a tough one to call, even when we're so close to the Galaxy S8's supposed launch. So far, only the iPhone and Motorola Moto Z phones have ditched headphone jacks to a mixed reception.

Yes, there are benefits to ditching the headphone jack, like forcing people to go wireless (which is a good thing). At the same time, it potentially means buying new wireless headphones or using a dongle adaptor for your old wired headphones, which isn't ideal.

It will likely use USB-C instead of microUSB.

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USB-C on the LG V20.

Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 with USB-C, which could indicate that the company is transitioning from microUSB to USB-C, at least with its flagship devices.

USB-C is the new standard that is slowly replacing microUSB for charging and data transfers. It can charge mobile devices faster than regular microUSB (without Quick Charge technology), but it can also be used to transfer data and stream video to external monitors as well.

It's expected to come with the same features that made the Galaxy S7 one the best smartphones of 2016.

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While this is speculation that's not based on rumours, we're expecting that Samsung will include the water resistance that helped make the Galaxy S7 one of the best smartphones of 2016.

You might be able to connect the Galaxy S8 to a monitor to use like a computer.

Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile Continuum in action.

There's talk about the Galaxy S8 coming with a feature that's similar to Microsoft's Continuum, which lets you plug in a Windows Phone to a monitor to use a light version of Windows 10 with a keyboard and mouse. The first hints of this came from allaboutwindowsphone.com, where the concept was seen during a Samsung presentation.

If the Galaxy S8 really does support USB-C, the ability to connect the phone to an external monitor could be a very real possibility.

You'll be able to unlock it with your eyes.

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According to ET News, Samsung will include a similar eye scanner as the Galaxy Note 7 in the Galaxy S8.

With the Galaxy Note 7, the eye scanner allowed you to unlock your phone, as well as certain apps and folders, for extra security.

Apparently, it will be so fast-acting that it will unlock your phone in 0.01 seconds, according to South Korean news outlet, The Investor.

It will be announced in March and released in April.

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Some rumours claim Samsung will release the Galaxy S8 earlier than its usual announcement during February's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Yet, the reliable SamMobile spotted rumours from Korean news site Naver.com that claims Samsung may host its own event in New York City in March for a release on April 18.

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