Alleged Galaxy S8 case schematics reiterate a dedicated Bixby button, slimmer bezels

Alleged Galaxy S8 case schematics reiterate a dedicated Bixby button, slimmer bezels
Unsurprisingly, there are more rumors about the Galaxy S8's eventual Bixby virtual assistant with artificial intelligence, than there are for the phone's hardware prowess. After all, everyone is betting big on AI, and Samsung doesn't want to get left behind the Google Assistants, Cortanas, Alexas, or Siris of this world. 

That is why it acquired Viv, and, from the looks of it, may even tailor the chassis hardware to accommodate Bixby better by introducing a dedicated button for launching the digital assistant, according to the Wall Street Journal back in November. At the time, the Journal claimed that Samsung is sold on the idea to have a physical button on the S8, with the sole purpose of starting the Bixby butler, and there are such prototypes lying around in the lab. The idea may have crystallized further, as we were just sent a couple of purported Galaxy S8 case schematics by UK retailer Mobile Fun, which depict a fourth button on the side of the phone instead of the usual three.

This is certainly a good idea for those moments you don't want to shout at your phone in the metro car looking like a douche, but then you'd still have to talk to it in public, so we'll see how this AI push pans out in the end for the user. In any case, these renders reiterate some of those we have seen so far, but, given that a lot of the leaked case maker schematics are based on some serious guesswork, who knows what Samsung will reveal in the end. There is one common theme in all these renders, though - the minimal top and bottom bezel amount which should make for some excellent screen-to-body ratio numbers.

Thanks for the tip, Laura!

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)

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39 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Hopefully Samsung really wont ditch the headphone jack.

8. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Hopefully they will use powerful AMP/DAC this time and won't have pathetic output as was on S7 edge.

21. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

If it turns out that stereo speakers are used, it only seems to be embedded into the earpiece, it will surely sound better but no guarantee that it will be loud.

24. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The S7 series had a pretty good DAC, unless you buy the snapdragon version, which has the run of the mill Qualcomm DAC.

29. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Thanks for the information, didn't know there was even a difference in the DAC. Even more reasons to go for the exynos variant, their SD variants are always half-assed.

39. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The Qualcomm variant was better in the S2/S3 days, then exynos was better for S4. Snapdragon was better for Note3/S5 and exynos is better since then. Samsung needs to make Qualcomm variant for the US market due to the CDMA modem used by Sprint and Verizon. They can go the S6 route and use an external modem but that degrades the battery life considerably.

38. dazed1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

" run of the mill Qualcomm DAC" And inferior SOC/battery life on top of that.

34. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

in 3rd pict. isnt that some obvious 3.5mm jack there?

36. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes it is, but this may or may not be the real thing, we'll never know until Samsung officially announces the S8.

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1822; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Will I be able to map that to make it a physical camera button?

4. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Thru software everything is possible, the power of Android.

23. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

But you can't focus seperately as it probably won't be a two-staged button..

31. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Awkward place to be for a camera button, unless you're comfortable pressing your left.

33. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Unconventional, yeah, but it could still be comfortably operated with the right-hand thumb by having it at the bottom when in landscape...

3. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

The rounded screen at the edges match the glass panel leak the other day. I'm betting this will be the final design.

5. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Confirms what we've seen in leaks so far.. Although I'm not completely sure how I feel about the overall design

6. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 151; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Ok now i get it i think. There seems to be two power buttons. one on left and one on right on every leak so far. and no fingerprint placement found wither on fromt or back. so its pretty clear that one of those two buttons houses fingerprint sensor just like sony.

7. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

The fingerprint scanner will be built in to the front display.

35. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

did we already have that tech? FPS under glass is already here, but on-screen FPS is another story :-/

14. cozze02

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

haha what? i dont think so

17. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Bixby better by introducing a dedicated button for launching the digital assistant" The new button is more then likely for Bixby. It's been a rumor for a long time that the finger print scanner will be built in the screen. We Shell know in a few months

32. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If so why would a case cover the fingerprint sensor? Best bet that it would be baked in the display or in the back.

9. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Doesn't even make sense tbh. what's the use when you'd still need to talk to it and even if you decide to type, you'd still be able to activate it without having the dedicated button. hope Samsung aren't back at their gimmicks. I'd have rather preferred the honor 8's multi purpose finger print button which can be used to launch any app/multiple apps) by either pressing, holding or double tapping. Far useful than this s**t tbh. Infact, why does Samsung even need a 3rd party assistant in the first place?

10. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

another thing, what are the advantages of building the fingerprint into the display as opposed to having a dedicated button anyway?

12. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Bigger screen in smaller chassis.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

it can as well be put on the back

22. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Why would you want to lift a phone put on a table to unlock it. Fingerprint scanner embedded into the Touchscreen helps you in this regard.

15. apakalo1

Posts: 67; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Go and ask Apple why?

11. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

The more i hear and see it. The more i want it!

16. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

are there any flat screen of the galaxy s8 or all are edges

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