A Samsung trademark application recently filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has all but confirmed an “Infinity Display” for the Galaxy S8. The term, which refers to the handset’s edge-to-edge Super AMOLED screen with near bezel-less design, first surfaced back in January.
We’re expecting Samsung to overhaul the design of its Galaxy S series for this year’s refresh. The South Korean company is said to be finally doing away with a physical home button and significantly reducing the size of its bezels to make room for a larger display that will fit inside a similar footprint as that of the Galaxy S7.
According to recent leaks, the display on the standard Galaxy S8 will measure 5.7 inches, making it as big as the display on more recent Galaxy Note smartphones. It is expected to wrap around the sides of the phone while leaving just enough room for a speaker, front-facing camera, and iris scanner on the top edge of the device.
A January report from British broadsheet The Guardian claimed that Samsung will dub the screen an “Infinity Display.” This has now been all but confirmed by a trademark filing related to “mobile telephones,” which was filed with the USPTO on February 28. The application has been accepted, but not yet approved by an examiner.
In addition to larger displays, the Galaxy S8 series is rumored to bring Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage, and improved cameras. It may also be the first Galaxy S device that’s compatible with an S Pen, though this is expected to be an external accessory rather than built into the phone.
Samsung has already issued invites for an event in New York City on March 29 where it will make the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus official. Both handsets are likely to go on sale sometime in April.