Samsung’s long–awaited Galaxy S8 smartphone will launch on March 29th. That’s according to an anonymous insider familiar with the Korean company’s plans.
New, specific information has been revealed about the device, which was the subject of a major leak earlier this month.
As previously reported, Samsung is priming two versions, both with a curved edge display. One will feature a 5.8–inch screen, the other a 6.2–inch effort. The larger model is believed to have a bigger battery, but both will run Google’s Android Nougat out of the box.
Each device will come with Samsung’s new virtual assistant, Bixby, which is based on technology it acquired from Viv Labs in late 2016. They will also have a USB–C and a 3.5mm headphone slot.
As rumoured, newly released images show that the Galaxy S8 will have a rear fingerprint scanner. It had been suggested Samsung would utilise new technology to create a security feature embedded into the display, although that now seems unlikely.
The change in design, with no traditional home button on the front of the handset, means each device has a larger screen-to-body ratio than rival devices. However, the rear 12-megapixel camera will be the same as that found in last year’s Galaxy S7.
Each Galaxy S8 model will also feature pressure sensitive touch tech, as Samsung looks to play catch-up with Apple, which has offered its 3D Touch function since 2015’s iPhone 6s.
According to the same source, Samsung’s 29th March launch event will take place in New York. The phone's release date is expected a month later.