Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, News & Update: 2017 Flagship Phone To Remove Home Button?

By Miah Spencer , Updated Oct 10, 2016 09:39 AM EDT

Samsung is expected to release new flagship phones next year to be called Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge (name derived from its predecessors). It has become a tradition for the largest Korean company to launch new smartphones every year.

Galaxy S8 is slated to be released on Feb. 26, 2017, as per WCCFtech. The launch date is also hinted in the new trailer for the 2017 flagship. It is expected to be way better than its predecessor Galaxy S7. Samsung will reportedly follow the steps of Apple and plans to remove some parts of the forthcoming phone to make it compete with iPhone 7 which no longer has the 3.5mm earphone jack. The tech giant is now trying to eliminate the use of wired headsets and replace it with AirPods.

Samsung is said to remove the 3.5 mm earphone jack of Galaxy S8 and replace it with audio peripheries via Type-C. An iris scanning technology might also be incorporated for safety purposes. Samsung phones already have good camera qualities, but the 2017 flagship will be even better. It is expected to have dual rear cameras just like iPhone 7.

Recent reports reveal that Samsung also intends to remove the physical home button of Galaxy S8. Instead, it will be embedded under the tempered glass of the phone's screen, as reported by CNet. It appears that the multinational company does not really want to be left behind by its leading competitor, Apple.

As for the internal specifications of the Samsung's 2017 flagship phone, it is expected to feature a 10-nanometer chip. Galaxy S8 will have the Snapdragon 830 and Exynos chip processor making it really powerful. Meanwhile, techies are expecting for the company to minimize and manage the risk of battery-related and fire problems in the upcoming device, which are some of the issues experienced by a number of Galaxy S7 users.

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