This is what the Galaxy S8 would have looked like if it had a physical home button

This is what the Galaxy S8 would have looked like if it had a physical home button
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ changed the brand's design more than any other Galaxy before them. Not only that they went nearly bezel-less, but they're also the first of the Galaxy family to get rid of the physical home button.

This made for an impressive jump in design, but this may not have always been the final plan for the Galaxy S8 and its bigger sibling. Thanks to a patent filed with the European Trade Mark and Design Network, we now have the chance to see how these two phones would look with actual, physical home buttons.

As you can see by the images below, the difference isn't that big at all. The device looks pretty much the same, safe for the pill-shaped home button on the bottom bezel. Still, we have to admit that the physical home button doesn't look as good as the clear surface we have in its place right now.

On the other hand, the fingerprint scanner is not in the somewhat questionable position next to the camera. The current position of the scanner has caused plenty of debate both in the PhoneArena office, and among users, so this could have been avoided with a regular home button.

It's unclear whether this patent was filed for the sake of having the design patented, or it was an actual prototype, but we know for a fact that Samsung has been testing different versions of its latest flagships before deciding on its final looks and features.

Do let us know in the comments, do you prefer the current button-less version, or would you rather have the physical button from this patent?

source: European Trademark and Design Network via SamMobile

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34. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Beauty needs sacrifices.

32. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1620; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

They physical home button was one of the reasons I preferred Samsung phones. Oh well, everything changes with time, we adapt.

33. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I loved it.... but it's ok

29. M.O.A.B

Posts: 323; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

just why not samsung ? a physical home button (along with capacitive back and multitasking button) is a must for me, hopefully we see a comeback in future

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

no...its gone dude. move forward or just keep an older model.

24. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

I don't even use the fingerprint scanner anymore. With the iris scanner you don't need it.

22. blufronte

Posts: 1; Member since: May 02, 2017

For me, the home button was one of the features that made the Samsung Galaxy really stand out from other Android phones. The home button is why I have always stuck with the Samsung Galaxy line. Now, the Galaxy S8 is just like any other Android phone. I'm sure the Galaxy S8 is an awesome phone. But, I like the ability to silence the alarm with a simple push of a button. I don't have to see the phone to do that. I can reach in my pocket, or on the night stand and find the button. How about the the double tap to launch the camera, that is great on my Galaxy S7. It is just nice to have a physical button to press. No searching for that one particular spot at the bottom of the phone to get back to the home screen. Especially if the button is moving. Maybe one of the side buttons on the S8 will do the same thing? But, it's not the same. And the larger screen.....that's what the Note was for. As for no more moving parts and more usable display, well that will be at the expense of Samsung customers; customers that will be lost to other phones that the Galaxy S8 now closer resembles. As for configurable buttons, why not make every button on the phone configurable. I have owned almost every model of Galaxy phone, except the S6. The S6 did not have expandable memory. Remember that Samsung! We will see if the absence of a simple button, that I definitely found useful, will have as much of an effect on sales as the lack of expandable memory did on the S6. Good luck Samsung! I will be hanging on to my Galaxy S7 for a while longer, awaiting the future S9.

23. SuperAndroid17

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 03, 2013

I agree with you a 100 percent blufronte, looks like i will be holding onto my s7 edge a little longer. I love the home button, its what made the galaxy line standout! If the s7 edge would had a larger screen like 5.7 inch it would had been the perfect phone.

26. addisbad

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 03, 2014

I totally agree! The Galaxy just doesn't feel like a Galaxy without the home button..there's just that nice click when you press the home button and it was also very convenient to launch the camera that way...what i liked best was how i didn't have to look for the fingerprint sensor, the one on the s8 is somewhere on the back and the user will have to keep on looking for it to unlock the phone, make payments or even use samsung pass. I believe Samsung had the perfect design with the S7 edge...In fact i like it a lil better than the S8 just because of the home button

27. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It's not like the fp scanner moves around ..... it's in the same place.....and you can quick launch the camera with the power button

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

double tapping the power button launches the camera.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You are assuming Samsung would have used this design if it had a home button. You don't know that for sure. Remember when you assume, you make a @SS out of you, not me!

11. Cat97

Posts: 2076; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

A tappable/touch sensitive home button would have been the best choice.

14. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Isn't that what is there now?

15. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

And iSheeps will complain that they took it from the iPhone 7.

16. drazwy

Posts: 378; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Indeed! That's why it comes with a tappable touch sensitive home button.

10. boinero

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

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13. Tipus

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Use adblock

35. boinero

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

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17. drazwy

Posts: 378; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Yeah, have to use adblock. They will bitch you are using it but really, the site is unusable without it. ABP comes default set to allow non intrusive adds and blocks the annoying ones pretty well. I use it as a compromise.

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nothing wrong with this ad, in fact, it's the best and only one I see on this site:

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1886; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

If the tech is not ready for under the screen fingerprint scanners for the note they might put a sensor area there for the fingerprint sensor/virtual home button like the the iPhone, while keeping the slim bezels...

7. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

with the on screen buttons the bottom loses its "bezel less" feature as it always takes up screen space and videos are not yet on the 2:1 ratio. So the extra screen estate from bezel less build comes down to the top bezel only.


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

The only reason i would be considering getting the S8+ or the Note 8 is because they removed that ugly physical home and navigation keys and changed their design language it's one of the best decisions they made. I salute Samsung for that.

2. willard12 unregistered

"The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ changed the brand's design more than any other Galaxy before them......This made for an impressive jump in design" This can't be true. NCTX77 said that it was just a stretched out S7 with the fingerprint scanner on the back. Of course, you can always count on him to flood Samsung articles with "it's basically a..." comments. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the Note 8 is basically an S8 in a few months.

5. Clars123

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

but once you point out the iPhone 6 through to 7...big changes aren't language..blah blah blah. People like that do make for a live comments section though. It's funny to read the comments and watch adults bicker like kids over phones.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And yet there are sheeples who just can't stop 'baaing' about how this is just an S7 with some 'lipstick'... I don't usually use harsh words for people, its against my 'self righteousness' but... Let me just say that they're nothing but hypocritical MORONS; The S8 look no where near close to an S7... On the contrary; I personally can't distinguish between an iPhone 6 and The iPhone 7, and I can say the same about most people...! Oh well, eh? G'Day!

12. willard12 unregistered

Just as a reminder: 35. nctx77 (Posts: 2288; Member since: 03 Sep 2013) But you went out and bought an S7 with a stretched screen and a FPS in a worst location for $800 called the S8......Sheeple is not just for Apple fans. Also on his greatest hits, the Note 7 is basically an S7 with a stylus and the S7 is basically an S6. It's just strange to see the comments people make about Samsung releasing too many phones when one person claims they've "basically" released the same phone over the past 4 years.

18. Ace76

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

It may look slightly different due to smaller bezels and no home button, but it still runs TouchWiz which is still horrendous...and the S80 will very soon start to show lag as every other Galaxy phone has shown a few months after you get it.

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