Recent leaks suggested this will be a design to die for, and now have both our best look yet at the Galaxy S8 and Samsung’s official confirmation. So let’s break them down…
First up Samsung has inadvertently confirmed the existence of the new phone and its ‘Galaxy S8’ name applying to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the new device. Needless to say, the application any particular “style, size, or color”.
But what Samsung couldn’t get around disclosing was the ‘Galaxy S8’ name itself. We’ve long expected the Galaxy S7 successor to be called the Galaxy S8, but given Samsung followed up the Galaxy Note 5 in 2015 with the Galaxy Note 7 in 2016 and there are doubts about what Apple will call the 2017 iPhone things are not always as simple as they appear.
Personally I blame Microsoft for this recent number jumping phenomenon after it leapt from Windows 8 to Windows 10 in 2015. Please no Galaxy S10 next year Samsung!
Secondly after numerous renders of the Galaxy S8 which were based on dimensions provided to multiple case providers, we now have our first look at what is claimed to be the real fascias of both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Edge. And it is by far the biggest clear change to the range.
Key takeaways are that, like the renders, they also show dramatically reduced top and bottom bezels for a stunning new look. This reduction is expected to allow Samsung to fit much larger screens into smartphones which are physically no larger than the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
In addition to this – unless Samsung is returning to its 2015 three model release strategy – both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge are shown to have curved ‘Edge’ displays. This would make the Edge name somewhat redundant for the larger model in my opinion (and edge displays do trigger accidental touches) by the duo will look fantastic.
In fact this is a look Apple is expected to copy with an ‘all curve display’ new iPhone later this year, and you can see why. It is also likely to lay to rest the notion that Samsung always copies Apple rather than the reality which is everyone steals from everyone.
So with the expected Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge release date getting closer, Samsung has the opportunity to lay down a marker in 2017. With an eye popping Galaxy Note 8 also on the horizon this could be an explosive year for Samsung, in all the right ways…