Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to feature iris scanner, near bezel-less display

January 20, 2017 - 

Leaked photos of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 reveal tempered glass screen protectors displaying nearly non-existent bezels, according to a report by BGR.

The photos follow previous rumours of the smartphone’s dual-curved edge display.

BGR reports that the panel design — where the top and bottom bezels are thin, and the visible absence of a physical home button — is similar to a smartphone seen in a leaked promo video for Samsung’s AMOLED display.

This is consistent with previous expectations that Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor embedded beneath the display, eliminating the need for a physical home button.

Samsung has not specified the display size, but BGR speculates the Galaxy S8 will likely have a 5.7-inch display, while the Galaxy S8 Plus version will have a slightly larger 6.2-inch display.

On careful inspection of the glass panels, the top bezel reveal an opening for an earpiece, ambient light sensor, selfie camera and another opening, potentially for an iris scanner.

The Galaxy S8 versions are rumored to include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC or Exynos 8895 chipset, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB onboard storage options, 4,200mAh battery with support for fast charging and wireless fast charging, heart-rate sensor, water and dust resistance, and fingerprint sensor.

While previous rumors speculated at a dual-camera setup at the back — one 16-megapixel RGB sensor, and an 8-megapixel monochrome sensor — the leaked renders and case only hint at a single rear camera setup. However, the dual-camera setup could be an exclusive feature of the ‘Plus’ version.

In terms of selfies and video calling, the Galaxy S8 is likely to feature a front-facing camera with auto-focus capabilities.

Though Samsung has yet to announce its Galaxy S8 launch plans, some reports speculate the company will do so at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona next month, whereas other reports point to an April launch.

Previously reported, Samsung filed its 47th patent relating to a flexible display / foldable / scrollable invention.

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