Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus design and dimensions leak out, reiterate 18:9 aspect ratio, rear finger scanner

Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus design and dimensions leak out, reiterate 18:9 aspect ratio, rear finger scanner
After a month of speculative leaks, anonymous tips and case maker guesswork, we may now have something more tangible to work with regarding the final Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus design and overall size from a reputable source. These schematics you see below, allegedly depict the true dimensions of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus models, as corroborated by an eyewitness of the phones' physical presence.

As you can easily calculate from the schematics, the screens' aspect ratio is about 18.5:9, or precisely the number that was given by Evan Blass @evleaks sources last week. Accounting for an on-screen button strip, this mean that Samsung's new phones may sport the trendy 2:1 aspect ratio called the Univisium format that the LG G6 is also going to launch with, and which is now used by juggernauts like Netflix to record their original series in.

Moving along, the leaked spy shot and artist representations of the phone last week depicted a new location for the fingerprint scanner on the back, situated right where your index finger would be positioned when holding the phone with one hand, if you are right-handed. The finger sensor keeps the elliptical shape that it now has in the home button of, say, the S7, but it looks like serving only as a touch area, rather than anything clickable. 

The biggest surprise with the S8 and S8 Plus, however, is the amazing screen-to-body ratio, at least for Samsung's standards. Ditching the home key, and encroaching onto the top and bottom bezels reportedly allowed for much larger display panels to be fit in footprints barely larger than those of the S7 or S7 edge, and it shows in these leaked schematics. The source confirms the 5.8" and 6.2" curved display size rumors for the S8 and S8 Plus, respectively, but adds that the curvature radius has been reduced compared to the S7 edge, to avoid inadvertent touches, similar to what Samsung did with the Note 7 and its symmetrical design paradigm. 

Don't be fooled by the screen diagonal measure shown here, which translates to a bit over 5.6 inches, that's the flat part of the display, while the actual unfurled panel will likely indeed be 5.8 inches across, ditto for the larger 6.2" screen, which is shown here to be 6.08" across its flat part. There is an obvious mistake in the S8 chassis height in the schematic here, as the author has put the same height for the body as that of the display panel, hopefully in the rush to take this out. The S8 Plus dimensions, however, indicate 85% screen-to-body ratio, which is right up with the rumored 83%, not accounting for the curves. Color us excited for this launch, as finally a major manufacturer may have put efforts to really reduce screen bezels on all sides, not only the left and right ones, something users have been clamoring about for a good while now.


source: CNET Korea (translated) via SamMobile

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  • 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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49 Comments

1. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Will it have 4k display?

26. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Unlikely. 2960x1440 RGB AMOLED is the most consisstent figure we're hearing

31. peace247 unregistered

Imho i think this fingerprint placement is more natural than below the camera, atleast for me. But time will tell when I'll hold the mobile in my hands.

43. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Pentile amoled.no rgb.lcd display have rgb

45. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Nah, of course Amoled can have RGB matrix aswell but those are usually more likely to age faster than pentile matrix displays are.

48. aroutis

Posts: 38; Member since: May 05, 2015

Wrong. Note 2 had RGB AMOLED

2. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Imo 5.2 inch size and the ratio was perfect This 2.1 ratio with 5.8 inch seems pretty long to the hand. Wont it?

8. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

It will be long, but less wide than s7. So using it with one hand won't be that much of an issue unless you want to reach the top of the screen. I personally love this idea. Though if it comes with 4GB RAM for 1000$, it's gonna suck regardless.

13. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Dont think video watching will be good with these dimensions and the aspect ratio.

21. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Video watching will be better since most of the movies are in 21:9 format.

29. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I am not contradicting but why is it that all big screen LED TVs including my 55" one has no 21:9 option ? It only has 4:3 and 16:9.

32. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The format is catching on. They will come to TV sets in a year or so. Look at LG, Asus, Dell or Acer ultrawide monitor range. 21:9 is the cinema standard for years. I'm glad it's catching on. Someone has to take the bold step forward and the others will follow.

3. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Honestly take your phone in one hand and see where your index finger goes. That placement is so natural.

9. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

For those who use their phones with right hand, yes. But it will be a disaster for me since I prefer to hold it in left hand.

16. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

It is really just a matter of the brain getting used to it. The same as when apple switched the way their scroll worked. Had a "hard" time for the first 2 days and then it was okay. Our brain gets wired into that mode and it becomes a no-brainer. But I believe the idea of placing in the middle and under the cameras (as rumored to be the G6) is smarter. Samsung will eventually also move to the dual-camera. It will require a new design change. I prefer designs to be stable over time. Maybe most people prefer the other way around.

34. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

No, it will be really uncomfortable to reach there and I would never get used to it. Same was with the LG G2 and back volume buttons. They said you will get used to it. I never did after using it for an year.

59. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

I will have to hold it in my hand and test it.

30. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

That's the point of Samsung placing it there. Most people would think that's an odd position for their finger, so there is chance more people would use the iris scanner.

33. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Opening the lock screen and bringing the phone to eye level is too much for me. I would rather have a password or pin as that would be equally fast and less dorky. I was thinking of buying this phone. Guess I will pass and wait for Oneplus 4.

49. aroutis

Posts: 38; Member since: May 05, 2015

One plus was caught cheating in benchmarks

39. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I hold my phone in either hand. When in my left it is actually better for me. If I put it in my right it's harder to get my finger up there.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The placement of the fingerprint scanner is not logical if you're left handed. This is a really stupid decision.

44. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Most right handed people use their right hand to touch the screen, and left hand to hold it. This would be horrible placement for it. On a much smaller phone where you can use your thumb to navigate there is the possibility to hold it in your right hand, but when both sizes are very large it won't work well, and it might even be too high up to be balanced. I don't believe these rumors. Samsung just wants to surprise when they announce.

5. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Seems Fake

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No front facing speakers? Fail.

54. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

' front facing speakers' for small ant thin devices, are ignorant's BS

56. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

It was always going to be "Fail", considering what the article is about and it is you that is posting. Only that reason will change.

7. IamNoTechie

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

They kept the fingerprint scanner in the worst possible location at the back. Why on earth did they put the scanner right next to the camera!. They should have at least kept it below the camera. Because of this awkward position, one might end up frequently touching the camera lens while trying to reach out for the scanner. Also, does this design means that there is no more heart rate monitor!. I would wait for the Iphone 8 and the Note 8 to be launched and get one of those rather than rushing to get the S8 only for the sake of having a bigger screen.

10. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Nothing interesting about that rear design. After the note 7 tragedy one would expect a radically redesigned state of hardware and technology to make up for all the losses. I don't think Samsung wants to survive in the Mobile business. They might think Apple is just too far ahead and the rivals behind are catching up. Adios to Samsung?

11. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It's about time to implement finger print scanner on the screen.

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