Yeah, it seems like there will be no Galaxy S8 at this year's MWC in Barcelona. Too bad, as we were pretty hyped up for that one thanks to the heaps of saucy leaks, rumors, and gossip.
It looks like we will have to wait a little longer for this year's Galaxy flagship, as it's strongly implied that it will be announced sometime in March, probably the 29th, and subsequently released on the market later in April. Sigh.
We've already summarized everything there is to know about the Galaxy S8 and the S8 edge at this point, but we felt like it would be great to bundle all existing renders and concepts for the flagship in one place. Who knows, some of these might end up being as close to the real deal as it gets in the end.
Without further ado, here are some intriguing concepts and renders that envision what the flagship could look like.
3D artist Venya Geskin has based his credibly-looking render on one of the more believable recent leaks. Delivered by Evan Blass, that one hints that Samsung could be transferring the fingerprint scanner to the back of the phone, which would be a pioneering move for the company's portfolio. This notable change has been reflected in Geskin's render, which is as believable as it gets. So far, this one is the most credible render that we've seen and we wouldn't be surprised if the real deal differs from that one just marginally.
This one is up-to-date with the latest leaks regarding that rear-positioned fingerprint scanner, Kingwaylee's concept is mostly spot on wheen it comes to the rest of the gossip we've heard so far. The larger-than-life display which spans from edge to edge, as well as the iris scanner and the USB Type-C cable port at the bottom complete this one. For the most part, we feel that this render is a tad less believable than our go-to Galaxy S8 rendition, which was created by Vanya Geskin's.
Case makers usually pair rumors with leaked schematics and some guesswork in order to come up with suitable lines of accessories for such high-profile devices like the Galaxy S8. Olixar has also gone this way, combining lots of the hearsay that's floating around in an appealing render that seems believable. Can we actually say that a render is believable? We guess we do. Anyway, what we see is a very narrow bottom bezel, thanks to the disappearance of the physical home key, and LED flash/pulse meter combo placed way above the camera on the back. In addition, the render depicts a curved edge display.
Anonymous case-maker's take
Although the following renders are not as flashy or detailed as the previous renders, this one claims to be the real deal when it comes to the size and dimensions of the device. With no home button in sight, but also no fingerprint scanner at the rear, this render is a mix of old and new rumors. It also boasts dual loudspeakers—one at the top and one at the bottom—which pretty much falls in line with certain rumors we've stumbled upon. All in all, we wouldn't call this one one of our most favorite Galaxy S8 renders ever, but it's still worthy of a mention.
Okay, we admit that this one is probably a bit too far-off in terms of probability, but we can't help it – it looks so appealing! It was one of the first conceptual renders that hit us and really put all the early Galaxy S8 rumors into perspective, showing us what it could look like. With an edge display that employs a slightly less pronounced curve (similar to the Note 7), the concept painted a curvaceous future for Samsung. As months went by, it became clear that this might indeed be the case, since both the Galaxy S8 and the S8 edge are rumored to be only available with edge displays at the front.
Oh, and don't forget to disregard that built-in projector, which is nothing but wishful thinking on the designer's end.