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New Galaxy S8 renders offer glimpse at big design changes

New renders of the Galaxy S8 give us an early glimpse at some of the big design changes Samsung is planning for this year’s flagship. Based on an “eyewitness account,” the renders confirm Samsung is ditching its familiar home button in favor of a larger display.

We already have a pretty good idea of what we can expect from the Galaxy S8 — and what it will look like, thanks to earlier leaks. These renders from CNET Korea give us a closer look at its design and come with some additional information from a source who has seen the device.

As expected, Samsung has finally ditched its physical home button in favor of on-screen controls so that it can provide the Galaxy S8 series with its edge-to-edge “infinity” screen that takes up most of the space on the front of the phone.

The fingerprint scanner now sits alongside the rear-facing camera sensor, but there is an additional physical button beneath the volume rocker on the left side of the device. It’s thought this could be a dedicated key for Bixby, Samsung’s new virtual assistant.

The Galaxy S8 also boasts a USB-C port, a headphone jack, and a single speaker situated in the bottom edge of the device.

Like the Galaxy S7 edge, the Galaxy S8 will have curved glass both front and back, and it’s thought there will be no flat model. With that being the case, Samsung will drop the “edge” moniker from the series this year, CNET adds.

Sadly, Samsung won’t be announcing the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress this month. Recent reports have claimed it will arrive in April instead.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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