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Samsung to unveil Galaxy S8 on 29 March: Report

27 January 2017

Samsung's Galaxy S8 will be unveiled on 29 March, according to a new report from Venture Beat that also featured the first photo of the device. The back of the device is much like that of last year's Galaxy S7 (the exception being a relocated fingerprint sensor), while the front was quite unlike Samsung's typical design.

The physical home button and touch-sensitive navigation buttons are missing and a large, curved display that seemingly ran edge to edge dominated the Galaxy S8.

Samsung has reportedly set 21 April as the worlwide release date for the device.

Venture Beat's report ran along similar lines as a recent scoop by The Guardian that revealed a number of key plans of Samsung for the Galaxy S8.

The company had planed two screen sizes (5.8- and 6.2-inches) for the S8, its first flagship smartphone to follow last year's Note 7 debacle. The big ''infinity display'' screens - larger than even the Note's 5.7-inch display had an unconventional aspect ratio of 18.5:9, according to the reports.

With these design ratio, the devices would feel much like last year's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the hand, say  commentators.

According to the reports, the hardware specs of Samsung's upcoming phone broke down as follows:

Display:         5.8-inch or 6.2-inch QHD AMOLED display

Cameras:       12-megapixel f/1.7 rear camera, 8-megapixel f/1.7 front

Processor:      Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos (varies by market)

Storage:         64GB with microSD expansion

Memory:        4GB

Battery:         3000mAh (5.8-inch model) or 3500mAh (6.2-inch model)

Other:            Headphone jack, USB Type-C, water resistance

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