Skin deep: 5 things to note in the new Galaxy S8 interface from these high-res photos

By now it's become clear that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ may ship with a completely new iconography that differs even from the latest Samsung UX release that landed with the Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. It is more minimalist in its essence, and brings a kind of a line drawing feel to the rounded icons, which may or may not be your cup of tea.

Thankfully, the latest leaked pictures of what is supposedly a Galaxy S8 handset somewhere in China, showcase the interface in a higher resolution than the blurry shots we've seen so far, so here are a few conclusions we can draw about what's coming down the pipe in Samsung's next UX iteration.

We don't know if older Samsung phones will get the goods - after all, the S8 comes with a pretty funky 18.5:9 screen, and unorthodox 2960 x 1440 resolution that these icons may have been meant for, though scaling them would be a walk in the park for a company with the resources of Samsung, or for icon pack makers, so stay tuned.

source: /Leaks

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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 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)



1. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

The S8 looks extremely ugly when a white background is present on the screen. In fact, the whole faceplate to me looks ugly. Surprising given the nearly bezel-less design and impressive body to screen ratio.

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

The phone is amazing ....

3. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

The phone is not amazing ....

4. f_u_006

Posts: 122; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

I bet you liked your own comment.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Ok, guys... Just chill. We all know that a phone being ugly or beautiful, amazing or not amazing in aesthetics is entirely subjective... right? So, this shouldn't be a point of argument... To each his own.

5. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The design looks very unconvincing. I was expecting a whole lot more from Samsung, to be honest. I'm sure the technical side will be great, but why those large screen radiuses ? It just looks ugly. Can we have the G6 design with Samsung's internals, please ? :)

9. willard12 unregistered

Thank goodness you let us all know that the looks are "unconvincing" and "ugly". Subjective comments on looks are always useful for those of us who can see the pictures ourselves.

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Where is the app drawer??

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Swipe up on the dock to jump into the App drawer... How hard can it be?

18. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I doubt that. Since there are many apps on the homescreen and there's no swipe up arrow.

25. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

We've already seen a screenshot of the app drawer. (last shot in the photo I'm linking) Also, the second photo in this article shows several shots of the app drawer. It's definitely still there, so trojan_horse's explanation makes perfect sense.

24. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

None of those images were of the home screen & were already in the app drawer so you went see one based on the pics.

10. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

"the navigation strip at the bottom of the display here seems to be completely transparent, so that the wallpaper background extends right to the bottom of the screen for a more subtle look."... Like the Pixel?

26. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Transparent navigation bars have been around since the days of 4.4 KitKat.

11. Valdomero

Posts: 707; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

The phone looks interesting, the only Con I see on this phone is that their owners shall be extremely careful not to drop it, or get a fall-proof case for it.

12. SamsungIsLife

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 19, 2017

Damn...this looks so dope.... Future is here...

13. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

why in the flying f^&" are the onscreen buttons in a non-standard orientation.

17. libra89

Posts: 2335; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's Samsung for you though.

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The rounded corners are pointless. They probably make the manufacturing process more awkward and yet they provide no added functionality for the UI. Do you have any pictures or videos with rounded corners? They may aswell have kept a small strip for t fingerprint reader at the bottom instead of trying to get a pointless record metric.

27. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

When LG announced the rounded corners on the G6 they said their testing found most screen failures due to dropping the phone where a result of the stress applied to the corners of the display. By rounding the display they were able to dissipate that energy over a larger surface area and improve the reliability of the display.

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012


16. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No FM radio = no buy from me. Damn it Samsung, I really wanted this phone..

19. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

The phone is not bad, but I just cannot stand Samsung's overblown software. Imagine this device with stock Android and fast updates!

20. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The phone looks good but the new icons look typically the ones we found in Chinese Android phones in 2013-2014 to be frank. I still have a fair few of them lying around and I know what i am speaking about. But hey this is Android, and you can always have a different icon pack in seconds and not stuck with the shipped UI as on other platforms.

21. dreyfus

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

UGLY! Note 7 was best in design! S6/7 flat way bettrer tan this hideous thinh! Shame Samsung! Had S3, stlll have S4 LTE-A, S5 and the regular S7 but it seems that it is actally my last Samsung phone!

22. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Basically what people have been asking for in terms of less bezel for ages, yet people post it is ugly... Eh, whichever. That said, I wouldn't know how to hold this, though I guess like with S7 edge, for people with big hands get a proper case, so we actually have something to grip and not end up triggering touches everywhere?

23. yes3sir

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

I'll just wait 2 months and get the same features in a $200 Samsung device.

28. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

The imperfection in the pictures makes it obvious why having uniform icons outlines is a stupid idea. It's very difficult to quickly recognize the icons when they're all the same shape.

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