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If 2016 was a disaster for Samsung then 2017 is already looking pretty great

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Written by Kamil Arli

Tech Columnist Gordon Kelly wrote an article on Samsung’s Galaxy S8

If 2016 was a disaster for Samsung then 2017 is already looking pretty great.

IF THIS IMAGE OF THE GAŞAXY S8 IS ON THE MONEY

And if this image of the Galaxy S8 is on the money then, with its global release date now known, the year is about to get even better…

Briefly appearing on Weibo (regularly the leakers’ platform of choice) was the following Galaxy S8 image:

Is this the first image of the upcoming Galaxy S8? Image credit: Weibo

Is this the first image of the upcoming Galaxy S8? Image credit: Weibo

The key takeaways here are a design language which fits in with the existing Galaxy S7 Edge (and Galaxy S6 Edge+ before it) and also the consistent leaks I’ve heard so far: significantly slimmer top and bottom bezels and no home button (because the fingerprint sensor is built into the glass).

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WHAT THE IMAGE DOESNT GIVE US, HOWEVER IS A SENSE OF SCALE 

What the image doesn’t give us, however, is a sense of scale and this is frustrating given Samsung is expected to use the smaller bezels not to reduce the physical size of its smartphones but to give them much larger screens.

How large? Allegedly the 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch displays of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and be replaced with 5.7-inches and 6.2-inch displays in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge. Personally I think this is a step too far and I’d prefer the phones to keep the existing screens and be more compact.

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WHAT I WOULD STRESS AT THIS POINT?

 

What I would stress at this point, however, is to be wary of the growing skill of graphic artists these days since it is possible to create convincing renders of just about anything.

For example Veniamin Geskin, a graphic designer I regularly use to create smartphone renders which illustrate the leaked information available, was able to create this superb of the Galaxy S8 (again in line with rumours) using a Galaxy S7 Edge:

How a Galaxy S8 image can be created from an existing Galaxy model. Image credit: Veniamin Geskin

How a Galaxy S8 image can be created from an existing Galaxy model. Image credit: Veniamin Geskin

Ultimately therefore the irony is what you are looking at may very well be just how the new Galaxy S8 will look. But proving a photo is of an actual pre-production model is increasingly difficult.

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So yes, I do think both these images represent something close to what Samsung will soon unveil and for this they prove useful. But remain cautious.

About the author

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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