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

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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.

This is what the Galaxy S8 would have looked like if it had a physical 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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posted on 02 May 2017, 08:47 7

1. Supraman21 (Posts: 393; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)


My favorite feature of the S8 is the on screen navigation buttons. I went play with my old S7 edge and I caught myself tapping the home button. I've realized that physical buttons just make navigation sloewr

posted on 02 May 2017, 09:01 2

4. GreenMan (Posts: 1817; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Yes, when I got an S6 to replace my Nexus 5, the first thing which I immediately noticed is the physical home button, and I still don't like it even though I've been using it for almost an year now...

And lets not even talk about people who are actually back flipping in sheer excitement over a 'certain' smartphone that comes with a full QWERTY physical keyboard and will be launched in upcoming days...!

Oh well, eh?

G'Day!

posted on 02 May 2017, 13:53

25. BuffaloSouce (Posts: 287; Member since: 01 May 2017)


I'm one of those people who will be doing backflips over the physical keyboard. As soon as I get it, my S7 Edge is going on the for sale list

posted on 02 May 2017, 08:54 7

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.

posted on 02 May 2017, 09:04 6

5. Clars123 (Posts: 938; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


but once you point out the iPhone 6 through to 7...big changes aren't necessary..design 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.

posted on 02 May 2017, 09:06 9

6. GreenMan (Posts: 1817; Member since: 09 Nov 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!

posted on 02 May 2017, 10:01 2

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.

posted on 02 May 2017, 11:03

18. Ace76 (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Apr 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.

posted on 02 May 2017, 11:09 3

19. joeytaylor (Posts: 927; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Every phone lags ..... so I'll choose the one that has the features that work best for me.....and Samsung does that

posted on 02 May 2017, 14:16

28. BuffaloSouce (Posts: 287; Member since: 01 May 2017)


When is the last time you've even used a Samsung phone? It's been cleaned up so much since the days of the S6 and nougat cleans it up even more. Even the bloatware people complain about, can't be disabled but can be UNINSTALLER. When I had the IPhone 6, that was one of the laggiest phones I've ever used. It also overheated to where I couldn't hold it and had trouble connecting to WiFi. Just about everyone I work with has an iPhone and all they do is complain about it

posted on 02 May 2017, 08:56

3. MINDoSOUL (Posts: 213; Member since: 28 Feb 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.

posted on 02 May 2017, 09:13

7. Bondurant (Posts: 573; Member since: 04 Jun 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.

posted on 02 May 2017, 09:36

8. MINDoSOUL (Posts: 213; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Have you tried to auto hide the status and navigation bar.https://forum.xda-developers.com/nexus-6p/general/guide-hide-navigation-bar-status-bar-app-t3509747

posted on 02 May 2017, 09:51

9. Mreveryphone (Posts: 1320; Member since: 22 Apr 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...

posted on 02 May 2017, 09:57

10. boinero (Posts: 49; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


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posted on 02 May 2017, 10:10

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posted on 03 May 2017, 20:39

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posted on 02 May 2017, 10:44

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posted on 02 May 2017, 11:12

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posted on 02 May 2017, 09:59

11. Cat97 (Posts: 327; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


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

posted on 02 May 2017, 10:10 3

14. joeytaylor (Posts: 927; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Isn't that what is there now?

posted on 02 May 2017, 10:41 1

15. Spyro (Posts: 267; Member since: 29 Mar 2017)


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

posted on 02 May 2017, 10:42

16. drazwy (Posts: 234; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


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

posted on 02 May 2017, 11:15

21. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 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!

posted on 02 May 2017, 12:20 1

22. blufronte (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 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.

posted on 02 May 2017, 12:42

23. SuperAndroid17 (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Feb 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.

posted on 02 May 2017, 14:07

26. addisbad (Posts: 35; Member since: 03 Aug 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

posted on 02 May 2017, 14:10

27. joeytaylor (Posts: 927; Member since: 28 Feb 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

posted on 02 May 2017, 14:58

30. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


double tapping the power button launches the camera.

posted on 02 May 2017, 13:27

24. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 425; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


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

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