Tall, dark and handsome: Galaxy S8 finally leaked out for real, let's analyze it

After weeks of concept drawings, schematics and fanboy speculation, the latest Galaxy S8 image seems like a real press render, and is every bit as sleek as the rumors. A Guardian tech editor who leaked a lot about the upcoming handset a few weeks ago, already confirmed that the leak looks like what he has been shown, too.

At the time, those guys had two independent sources to verify the tip, so let's analyze what we can grasp from what is probably the first real look at Samsung's Galaxy S8, and how it overlaps with what we've heard so far about the next best thing in the Android universe:

Note 7 sensor/camera set at the top bezel


The Galaxy S8 is said to come with an iris scanner, and, looking at the render, it indeed has the same combo to the right of the earpiece as the Note 7. The scanner is comprised of a dedicated camera at the front, whose job is solely to perform the iris readings, and is aided by an LED shooting near-infrared light at the user's face, and that's exactly what we are seeing on the S8, too. At the left of the earpiece are the selfie snapper and the LED notification light, plus the ambient light and proximity sensors.


Tall, dark and handsome


That's the first impression one gets from the first leaked press render of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship. and that's most likely because of the new screen aspect ratio. Whether it is 18.5:9, as rumored, or 18:9, the fact is that the Galaxy S8 display will sport the 2:1 format called Univisium, which tries to unify footage shot for digital or theater distribution, so we have one and the same going forward. 

LG even got the inventor of the Univisium format Vittorio Storaro on stage during the G6 announcement to explain what is this new for the industry format. It looks like Univisium will be taking flagships by storm this year, making them a bit taller, but narrower, and thus easier to use with one hand. It will also make the core split-screen multitasking that comes with Nougat fit in even square boxes by default.

Crazy screen-to-body ratio 


Yep, that rumor will seemingly hold water. 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 here. The freshly-announced LG G6 has the best screen-to-body ratio among brand-name flagships to date, but the Galaxy S8 may beat it, even though its top and bottom bezels don't look much narrower than those of the G6

LG claims 80% screen-to-body ratio, which is a bit exaggerated, as they calculate the rounded corners of the device, but even if it was a rectangle, the G6 would have had 78%, which is the highest among brand-name flagships so far. The Galaxy S8, however, is pegged to have 83% screen-to-body ratio, seemingly because the curved display sides you see here add to the number, and it will most likely be narrower than the G6, too, despite the comparable screen diagonals when unfurled.

Minimally curved screen



Granted, the Galaxy S8 won't sport a flat screen version, but the rumor that the curvature radius has been reduced compared to the S7 edge is apparently valid. It has been done to avoid inadvertent touches, as well as to improve aesthetics without angering the flat screen fans too much, and is similar to what Samsung did with the Note 7 and its "symmetrical" design paradigm.

Edge UX


Samsung's Edge UX pull tab is clearly visible in the Galaxy S8 render. The Edge UX interface is now much more expansive than it used to be, and takes up more space: you can now have more columns of apps, or use that space for custom widgets. It got upgraded recently with the new Nougat update for the S7 and S7 edge, so that's probably what the S8 will sport, too.

Bixby button indeed


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, so it is said to introduce the Bixby assistant with the Galaxy S8, based on the Viv Labs AI which Samsung purchased not long ago. Samsung is reportedly so keen to push Bixby that it has provided a physical button on the S8 with the sole purpose of starting the virtual butler, and we can see one on the left here indeed, under the volume rocker.

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. What do you think?

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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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93 Comments

1. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

It looks just as long as the iPhone 7+ but it's screen covers much more area.

7. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I have a dream and it will be here in August....Note 8 Please

31. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree...

36. llk171

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

Yeah, I don't know about that, considering the branding of the note range has been damaged.

44. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it hasn't. Samsung has already confirm a Note 8. Many products have been recalled and those companies still make them. You Samsung Note hating losers seem to omit facts. Example - Toyota damage its reputation with the Camry and Prius with its acceleration issue where the pedal woudl get stuck and the brakes would not stop the car. Yet the Camry is still the top selling car in the US. Ford, GM, Samsung, Whirlpool, Chrysler, Fisher Price and so many names I could list have all had recall. Some have had products that injured, mamed people. Amusements patrks have had coasters that killed people and people still ride them, unless the park finally takes them down. Example, at Six Flag Great America, the Demon which is a very old coaster has had lots of problems including times the coaster got stuck in a loop and people has to be released from their seats and lower down with a crane or fire truck ladder. Yet when the ride was reopened people still rode it. Samsung reputation may be damage for stupid fanboys, but the fact is, millions of products throughout the years have had serious issues. Not one single death was caused by the Note 7. There was a sfar as I can tell one injury, and that injury was not even cause by a Note 7. Yet iPhone's have burned, mamed and even killed people and people still buy them. Has Apple reputation been tarnished? NO! You claim is total BS. Wake up and live in the real world. If your claim was true then explain, out of the every 100 people who had a Note 7, 90 of them still switched to another Samsung device, In fact it was reported they all pretty much switched to the S7 Edge, which sales increased in Q4 2016 and is why Samsung sold 90M phones for that quarter actually beating Apple. If your claim was true, then less than 50% of those people would have switched. The fact is Samsung did the right thing in immediately workign with carriers to stop sales even before the CPSC got involved. There have been several products, especially things like cars and appliances that for one model have had several recalls, many times in the same year.

54. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^ Couldn't have said it better!

57. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

you need to chill with these messages!!!! honestly no one reads them..we just skip right over!! iF YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO GET A POINT ACROSS TRY BEING COHERENT AND THEN CONDENSE THAT s**t!!!

58. mikehunta727 unregistered

You wrote all that garble for nothing. Samsung's reputation is objectively down right now at the moment. When you have friends who aren't technologically inclined at all making jokes of Note 7 bombs and Samsung phone bombs, you know samsung has some work to do here https://9to5google.com/2017/02/28/new-survey-shows-samsungs-reputation-continue-to-suffer-following-note-7/ http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/02/21/samsungs-reputation-takes-big-hit-poll-finds/98196658/ " Their Reputation Quotient ratings -- which measure the reputations of the most visible companies in the U.S. -- finds Samsung plunged to 49th this year, compared to 7th from a year ago." 7th to 49th in reputation. Samsung clearly has work to do here. Just keep making great products and itll fix itself. But to say that Samsung's rep has not taken a hit on the eye of the general public is completly false and just fanboy ramble

65. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The response is valid when he responded about there being a Note 8 or not. Not to mention all of those claims are true regarding all of those brands and recalls due to mfg issues. To me he seems to imply even though there were issues regarding the Note brand, because of the Note 7's battery gate; The Next iteration can cause those issues to fade just as the Toyota stuck accelerator faded into nothingness.....that's not fanboy ramble... There will be a Note 8 and based on the possible built into the screen finger print reader, 6-8 gigs of ram dual camera 6" screen or a little larger, I am all in. My Note 7 was the best phone I had and now I am stuck with using my Nexus 6p, and OG nexus 6. I passed on the overpriced Pixel, and until Google ups their game I will be a Samsung Note man.

86. mikehunta727 unregistered

You didn't read the rest of his essay then because it was deflection and ramble to Apple and others, he said "Samsung reputation may be damaged for stupid fanboys" when thats just silly childish talk, Samsung's reputation in the eyes of the public has gone down considerably for the moment, that's what I was talking about, and he thinks "only stupid fanboys think Samsung reputation is damaged"

91. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Yeah, it has been damaged. Your examples of recoveries are valid but it doesn't mean that the brand name takes a hit. Whether those people would ever consider a Note to begin with is up in the air, it's still a negative. People who wanted it will get the new one, people on the fence for the Note 7 will probably just get the S8.

90. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

your dream will blow up.

50. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It looks like the stretched iPhone 5.....

2. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Such a tall and pretty phone!

16. TerryTerius unregistered

Yeah. That is an absolutely gorgeous device. It looks more like a river stone than a piece of technology.

17. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

thats the s3

24. TerryTerius unregistered

I had the S3. And while it was not at all a bad looking device, it wasn't nearly as pretty. At least not to me. But, fair enough.

21. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Yup originally thought it looked... awkward but its really starting to grow on me. iPhone 8 vs. Xperia XZ Premium and now vs. Galaxy S8. Picking between the big boys is gonna be tough this year.

48. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Edge display real estate is just a waste. This is just like the LG G6 but with curved screen and Amoled display. If LG G6 priced meaningfully S8 will be in trouble because G6 is also a tall, black handsome phone with all the bells and whistles.

77. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Lg phones? Lmao. Not a chance.

3. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

The G6 looks outdated already just from a leaked S8 render. Poor Android competition, they stand no chance this year yet again.

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

For me edged screen are too fragile and harder to protect. Also the screen look smaller ( as its did on each edge phone ) the G6 screen look bigger. So beside design no thanks.

30. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Dropped mine on concrete & marble floor. Not a scratch.

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No matter how much you make this claim, it will always be a 100% lie. It is simply your stupid hatred of a curved glass. There are curved 9H class covers that protect the full display. Buy them and your problem is solved. Glass is glass. Whether its curved or not. What protects it from breaking is simply hwo the phone lans when it falls. Glass breaks period. Your claim is and will always be nothing more than bull....

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When I had my S6 Edge, I dropped it a few times and it didn't break. The time I did break it is because I hit someone with it and that cracked the outer class. When I got home, I turned it off, I used a tool and I cracked the glass some more. Use a heat gun and released it from the glue and peel off all the broken glass. I purchase a 9H full screen protector that has the matching color of the bezel and I used adhesive and glued it back to the frame and display. Looked exactly like the original part and that piece cost me $20. For that same $20 you can buy a high end, high quality clear 9H glass protector that at least would break first, instead of your phone breaking. Being to lazy to invest in such and making false claims that curve glass is harder to protect, makes you look stupid. Yet you claim you work in a phone store...lol

64. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"The time I did break it is because I hit someone with it and that cracked the outer class" please tell me this is your usual typo and you didn't hit anyone with a phone 0_0

69. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's no typo my friend.....that's a confession of assault ;).

71. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Something is really wrong with that guy it gives me the creeps 0_0

73. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

My phone goes from my pocket to my desk, couch, bed, table. I don't need a phone made from steel, but i guess you work in construction?

22. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

S8 is all around has more refined design than LG. LG front is just looks a bit weird especially with the asymmetry bezel and wide side bezel.

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