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Samsung Galaxy S8 photo leaked; shows no visible fingerprint reader or navigation keys 

2017 is going to be a very important year for Samsung Mobile. Since the failure of the Galaxy Note 7, we all have been waiting for a confirmed piece of news describing what Samsung would create as a fitting comeback to what was a missed opportunity with the Galaxy Note 7. Well, today is that day, as the first leaked photograph has surfaced online that shows the front face of the what is said to be the Galaxy S8.

The image comes from /Leaks, and shows a smartphone in a chromed gold finish that looks very similar to the existing Galaxy S7 edge at first glance. The image has been sourced from a Weibo account indicating that smartphone may be undergoing testing in China.

Upon looking closer, one can notice how much bigger the display has grown and spread out over the front face of the device. While the dual edge curves looks no different from the existing S7 edge, the top and bottom bezels have shrunk by a huge margin, so much so, that there’s no place for the usual home button at the bottom. However, there is another detail missing and this would be the navigation keys.

Image: /Leaks

Image: /Leaks

While the set up at the top end looks identical to the S7 edge, the bottom end simply shows the Samsung logo. If this leaked image does turn out to be a genuine and not some good photoshop, Samsung could have placed an ultrasonic fingerprint reader below the logo in the chin. The navigation keys could be hidden at a software level either in Samsung’s Grace UX or may simply be hidden on either side of the Samsung logo as capacitive keys that light up on touch.

One things for sure, the fingerprint reader in not visible in plain sight. But coming from Samsung, this does not look like much. It appears to be more of an upgrade, than a redesign we all were expecting. There could be a dual camera hidden on the back, but at this point even that seems uninteresting. Hopefully, this turns out to be a fake image, or the standard version of the S8 with a more radical folding version of the device that has yet to be leaked out online. Let’s just hope that there is something better as Apple is busy preparing its 10th anniversary iPhone 8 Plus with some exotic technology.

However, all is not lost as Apple too is not expected to overboard with a wrap-around display this year. So Samsung and Apple may indeed be looking a more subtle upgrades to make way for something bigger in the 2018.

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This article was originally posted on Tech2

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