The Mother Lode of Galaxy S8 Leaks Just Landed

Up until now, most of the leaked renders we've seen of the Galaxy S8 have either been speculative or based on cases and screen protectors reportedly designed for Samsung's upcoming phone. But we may have finally gotten a look at the real McCoy.

Why so confident? Consider the source of this latest leaked image — VentureBeat's Evan Blass, who has a pretty good track record when it comes to revealing details about unannounced smartphones. Blass posted the image to Twitter, along with a March 29 date for the Galaxy S8's unveiling.

Credit: Evan Blass/VentureBeat

(Image credit: Evan Blass/VentureBeat)

The image pretty much matches what we've heard in all the rumors about the Galaxy S8 — namely that the front of the phone will feature an edge-to-edge screen with the curved display going down both sides of the S8. The navigational buttons found on the Galaxy S7 are gone, while the back of the phone features a fingerprint reader next to the rear camera.

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A lot of Blass's report on the Galaxy S8 matches what The Guardian posted earlier this week, particularly in regards to the S8's newfound iris scanning features and the so-called "infinity display" that will stretch across the front of the phone. That means 5.8- and 6.2-inch displays on the two Galaxy models, Blass says.

We'll apparently know for sure if this really is what the Galaxy S8 looks like by the end of March. Blass says the phone will be unveiled at an event in New York on March 29, with the phone going on sale in April. Earlier rumors had Samsung waiting until April to unveil the phone. In either case, the S8 debuts later than previous models, which Blass attributes to Samsung taking its time in the wake of the botched Galaxy Note 7 launch.

Samsung has already confirmed that it won't unveil the Galaxy S8 during February's Mobile World Congress.

There's more to Blass's report than just a leaked phone image. He also lists some of the purported specs on the Galaxy S8. As others have reported, the phone looks like it will run on the Snapdragon 835 processor, at least in markets where the phone doesn't use Samsung's own Exynos CPU instead. The Qualcomm chip reportedly consumes less power than the one in last year's Galaxy S7, which is important since the larger displays are going to need more power. Blass reports that Samsung will go with 3000 and 3500 mAh batteries in the 5.8- and 6.2-inch models of the phone, respectively.

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Other features in the Galaxy S8, according to Blass's report: It will ship with 4GB of RAM, offer 64GB of storage (with a microSD slot letting you add another 256GB) and, yes, include a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The camera in the S8 apparently won't see any major improvements to its hardware, but Blass reports that software will let the camera do image recognition to help you with searches. He also expects the Galaxy line to feature pressure-sensitive touch screens similar to the 3D Touch feature Apple added to its smartphones starting with the iPhone 6s.

You might wind up paying more for all those features, though. Blass says that Galaxy S8 will cost €100 more than last year's models in Europe. It's unclear how that will translate to U.S. pricing, though.

Philip Michaels

Philip Michaels is a Managing Editor at Tom's Guide. He's been covering personal technology since 1999 and was in the building when Steve Jobs showed off the iPhone for the first time. He's been evaluating smartphones since that first iPhone debuted in 2007, and he's been following phone carriers and smartphone plans since 2015. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics, old movies and proper butchery techniques. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.

  • Paul Peter_1
    By far the most important and impressive USP of the S8 willl be their new assistant called Bixby.

    The secret to Bixby is the system actually writes it's own code. In contrast
    to any other similar system, It is a profound and monumental giant leap
    forward compared to Siri, Cortana and Google Now.

    Bixby uses a patented exponential self learning system as opposed to the linear programed systems currently used by systems like Siri, Echo and
    Cortana. What this means is that the technology in use by Bixby is orders
    of magnitude more powerful.

    Big mistake stating that Bixby is like Siri, Google Now and Cortana. Bixby
    is much much more and much more advanced that these 3.

    Siri understands 250 commands at max. Bixby several hundreds of thousands
    and potentional an unlimited number because of it's modular and open
    design and self learning capabilties.

    Unlike other existing AI-based services, Bixby has a sophisticated natural language understanding, machine learning capabilities and strategic partnerships that will enrich a broader service ecosystem.

    Strange that so many tech journalists know so little of Bixby.
  • That_user
    I love Samsung, I have an S7 myself but after what happened with the Note 7, I would not just buy this phone (s8) right away, I would wait a least a month or two to see if it is safe or not to buy it, but I'm really happy with my S7 right now and I don't think I'd switch that soon..