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A new report out of Venturebeat has provided what we believe to be the first live picture of Samsung’s new flagship, the Galaxy S8. According to this new report, we should see an unveiling of a pair of Galaxy S8 devices on March 29 before they hit stores on April 21. 

We’ll talk about the design of the phone here in a minute, but we have more specs to report that match up to previous leaks. For one, the Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, one with a 5.8-inch display and another with a 6.2-inch display. They will both weigh in at QHD and utilize Super AMOLED display tech. Don’t worry if those sound like extra large displays, because the panels will reportedly take up 83% of the front of the devices, leaving little bezel on sides or the top and bottom, which means no traditional Samsung navigation buttons either. The screen ratio may also change with these to 18.5:9, a move that LG is also making.

In terms of other specs, they should be as follows:

  • Display: 5.8-inch QHD AMOLED | 6.2-inch QHD AMOLED
  • Processor: Snapdragon 835 or a new 10nm Exynos chipset (depending on market)
  • Battery: 3000mAh | 3500mAh
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB with microSD support up to 256GB
  • Ports: USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Camera:  12MP rear (f/1.7), 8MP front (f/1.7), Iris Scanner included
  • Fingerprint sensor: Rear mounted

Venturebeat is also under the impression that Samsung will introduce a desktop experience called DeX. It’s an optional HDMI dock that allows you to hook up your Galaxy S8 and receive a desktop view of Android through a connected monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals. This news was first reported earlier in the week.

And again, the new Galaxy S8 will supposedly be unveiled at a New York City event on March 29. The in-store launch could then happen on April 21.

Alright, so let’s talk about this picture below.

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Obviously, the phone looks very much like a Galaxy Note 7. The big change is the display and the fact that it’s supposed to take up 83% of the front. It’s tough to tell from this picture if that is truly the case, but that idea has been reported on countless times at this point. Also, you’ll notice that the front is incredibly clean with no logos at all or a physical home button with capacitive buttons flanking it. Yes, that would mean Samsung is going on-screen buttons.

As for other notable items, the fingerprint reader appears to be located to the right of the camera housing. Honestly, that is a terrible location. While my opinion on that could change, moving that out of a center position just means more hunting in order to unlock. I’m sure Samsung will try to sell me on the eye-burning Iris scanning capabilities, but I’d rather just use the old-fashioned fingerprint reader, one that isn’t in a terrible off-centered, ultra-high position.

Finally, the shape and style match very much up to the last handful of Galaxy phones and certainly look familiar. At this point, we just want them in hand to know how easy (or frustrating) it may be to interact with an “Infinity” display.

Thoughts?

Via:  Venturebeat
  • flosserelli

    Welcome to 2017, Samsung. It is about time they ditched capacitive navigation buttons

  • chucklehead322

    More than anything I’m stoked for the on-screen navigation buttons! I was a die hard nexus fan until the Note 7, which was my first Samsung phone, mostly because of on screen buttons. The Note 7 and S8 have been great phones but IMO the only thing keeping them from being perfect (for me) was on screen buttons!

  • crystal

    Can the phone be just like the Note 7 without a bad battery.? Let’s not make what once was an excellent phone into crap. Thank you

  • I, as well as many others, have viewed the image zoomed in on very high resolution displays. Without a shadow of a doubt, the logo clearly reads SAMSUNS. The “S” on the end is so clearly visible up close that it is not even a question.

    1. The logo reads SAMSUNS
    2. That is clearly a Micro-USB port (photoshopped upside down)
    3. No Galaxy S8 naming on the back
    4. The back curve is not aligned with the front curve
    5. The fingerprint scanner is sloppy, and is not aligned with the camera
    6. The power button vanished in the second phone on the right

  • Mike Baustian

    I’m not convinced this is the real thing. There doesn’t appear to even be an earpiece speaker at the top front. Hard to tell in the photo but only see 1 obvious camera sensor too.

  • Rob Kampa

    The battery though come on. Not doing this again.

  • Andy Blystone

    So what if this “back fingerprint sensor” is actually the Bixby button, and the fingerprint is on screen.

  • Zegui85

    The device on the right is weird. The USB connector looks more like a micro-USB than USB Type C… It seems to be asymmetric.

  • Ben Bethel

    For those complaining about the location of the fingerprint reader, just remember Android smart unlock or whatever it’s called… You can at least remove this requirement if you’re connected to home wifi or Bluetooth, car Bluetooth, or just at specific locations, or make it time based so that it’s only required if you haven’t used your phone for 30 minutes… I agree it should be in the center but that’s okay with me. Think I’ll still keep my pixel XL for a while until reviews come out and more solid rumors for note 8 and pixel 2 are announced… Pixel 2 could be first to be free to use through Project Fi, or close to free… On a side note my Chromebook Pixel has had free gogo internet on flights for a few years which has saved me a few thousand dollars…

  • Zegui85

    The picture on the right is weird. The USB connector looks more like a micro-USB than USB Type C… It’s looking much more asymmetric than the connector on the left.

    • NathanDetroit

      Looks to me like that is due to the curvature of the body. Pretty sure it is a Type C connector.

  • HeatFan786

    I don’t buy this leak or the photos. The “Samsung” at the back seems a bit off. The screen sizes seem a bit off too because I rather have a 5″ screen with minimal bezels than a 5.8″ screen with minimal bezels, if it’s 5.1″ that’s fine. 4GB of RAM seems very disappointing because a some major OEMs are including 6gb of RAM: OnePlus and ZTE. Was also kinda hoping to see a 4K capable screen for VR purposes as well.

  • Synacks

    I’m getting tired of the edge design from a usability standpoint. I’ve had the S6 Edge and S7 Edge now the entire duration they have been out, and if these phones are not easier to hold and harder to accidentally touch the screen then I don’t think I can get the S8. Also, do we even know the actual dimensions of them? If they’re still as big as the S7 Edge then I have little interest. I want to go back to smaller phones that fit in places better.

  • Stewy

    Same old same old Samsung… Nothing new to see here folks keep it moving. Cell phones in general are getting boring and unimaginative to say the least. The only thing they can start doing now to peak people’s interest in buying them is to sell them for a lot less. I’m sure this will be way over priced as per usual with really nothing new to offer besides bragging rights to the first suckers in line to shell out money for that ridiculous asking price from a phone company with exploding phones. No thanks Samsung I have had enough nightmares from you to last me a lifetime. Sell it for less than $600.00 I I guarantee they will fly off the shelves. But you have to earn the right to ask $1000.00 for a smart phone when your reputation for quality products has been destroyed.

    Sales will fall flat as people don’t forget. They will have the usual people who want bragging rights for having the latest tech but other then that sales will fall flat for this phone as they are just re-releasing the Note7 without a pen, moving the fingerprint sensor to the back like every other phone and presenting on screen nav buttons as if it were something new and exciting…ugh

  • 5.8″ and 3,000mah???

  • Why not more freaking out about the still in existence 3.5mm headphone jack?!!! Rumors said it would be gone!!! (and I hate the fingerprint location)

  • Daishi

    Meh…

  • R. Deschain

    Does S8, either version include a stylus?

  • calvin35

    I use my phone a lot and the idea of using an AMOLED panel with on-screen buttons has me a little nervous. Has anyone here ever used an AMOLED panel with on-screen buttons before? I believe there have only been 1 or 2 phones in the past with that combination.

    • discopunkk

      Every Samsung phone I’ve owned got burn in. The on screen keys weren’t bad but the notification bar was horrendous. Also if you use one or two apps A LOT it’s safe to say it will burn in too. I tried every trick I could find on the internet and nothing helped. I had to get replacement phones multiple times.
      That said, I haven’t had a Samsung phone with an AMOLED screen in about 2 years so they may have gotten better. I’ve only had the Moto Z for a couple months so it’s too early to tell if that will suffer from any burn in as well.
      So many people say it doesn’t happen often and maybe I just had some EXTREMELY bad luck. However, I’m very cautious about getting another Samsung phone and AMOLEDS in general. Just my experience though.

    • AngryBadger

      I had the note 4, no burn-in. Also the note 5, no burn-in. The only issue I ran into was the camera focus manufacturing glitch on the Note 4.

      • calvin35

        But neither of those phones had on-screen buttons. The buttons are my major concern.

        • AngryBadger

          but it has a task bar on top and icon dock on bottom, would that not affect the screen the same as on-screen buttons?

          • calvin35

            The problem is that unlike the task bar the icons for the on-screen buttons never move and don’t change.

  • bassman418

    The back of that phone looks like it says ‘SAMSUNS’ and not Samsung.
    And yes fingerprint location is too high. I guess you can use the Iris scanner most of the time any way. The one on my Note 7 worked great

  • trevorsalienarms

    Hhhhhhhnnnngggg. Take my money.

  • AbbyZFresh

    That battery

  • Turb0wned

    Ugh…. Samsung, you had to go and ruin it with a rear mounted fingerprint scanner…

  • Me

    The G6 might have a shot! They’re probably saving 6 GB for the Note. Also hopefully the FFC is a beast, or 90% of your photos are gonna have a filter thx to dem fingerprints.

  • Disqus

    Has there been any leak of possible physical dimensions?

  • Jon

    There goes having the finger print sensor under the display. I have the pixel and the finger print sensor is a little too high so this would be horrible. Also if they both have the stupid “edge” they such anyways.

  • B!

    “As for other notable items, the fingerprint reader appears to be located to the right of the camera housing. Honestly, that is a terrible location.”

    Holding my S7E & placed my finger there easily & it felt quite natural, like when I tap to the right of the Home button to go Back. But that’s a different topic.

    • The Little One

      That’s what I was just about to say. It works fine. And to me, when holding the phone with one hand with my thumb able to access the power button and my index able to access the volume keys, it’s a perfectly comfortable spot to place a sensor. centering it in the back of the phone would require much more hunting and shifting of the device in hand.

  • redskins59rocs .

    Man, April is so far away. I was a little sad about having to ditch the Note 7 so I said what the hell and tried an iPhone 7. Story short it will be a long wait

  • Who in the hell isn’t gonna mistake the camera for the fingerprint scanner when trying to do a blind unlocking?!

  • Murphy’s Magnet

    Anyone else notice that the logo on the back reads “Samsuns”?

  • angel maldonado

    Totally fake. That fingerprint scanner looks Photoshop directly from the s7 home button.

  • markwebb

    While not happy with sensor position, I am a left hander so if phone is face down, when I retrieve it is in perfect position even when I flip it over.

  • Matt

    What is up with the white plastic at the base?

  • xraytedjim

    Not one person on here agrees about that fingerprint location. I can’t imagine Samsung has that inept of a research or engineering department to implement that horrible location. Maybe that’s not a fingerprint reader after all? Can only hope for under glass finger print reader.

  • M3D1T8R

    Assuming they’re finally fixing the buttons, it still has…
    Same bad speaker.
    Same bad software.
    Same small battery.

    And apparently still not even usb-c.

    Maybe by 2020 Samsung will finally figure these obvious things out.

    • Michael Bassett

      As opposed to?

      • M3D1T8R

        ..As opposed to what I’ve been asking and looking for for years now.

        But specifically:

        Proper Android buttons (and no physical home button) like nearly every non Samsung device over the last several years.

        Dual ff speakers like the old HTC’s, Nexus’.

        Software like Nexus, Pixel, Moto. Heck even Chinese phones like Huawei are getting better in this regard.

        Battery like Zenfone 3 Zoom, which isn’t even a flagship yet manages to have 5Ah while remaining thin, or even the Mate 9 with 4Ah, which should be considered a baseline for 2017 flagships.

  • Godzilla

    I can’t do it. I can’t ever get excited for a Samsung phone ever again. Note 7 burned me.

  • Demetrius Lynch

    Oh this definitely cant be the S8, yes it would a terrible placement for the fingerprint sensor…WTH happen to it being embedded into the screen?! C’mon Sammy, you gotta be the first to do it! Also, is it me or does that USB plug look like the old one?! Thought they were going with the Type C?! I don’t think this is the product .. hopefully not.

  • NexusMan

    Damn what?

  • Kevin

    Hoping that the back and multitask buttons will finally be in the proper Android positions instead of reversed with this new iteration.

  • s0uth

    5.8 and 6.2? Geeezuz. U kidding me? Please be false. Please. Please. Please.

    Are they going with these sizes to temporarily replace the note? Man. That’s a bummer. Will there be a 5-5.3 inch flagship from Samsung?

    • Orion

      Not false…..Sorry.

    • seattle tech

      Why would you want a 5.2″ screen when a 5.7″ screen will fit the same size phone?

      • s0uth

        Well if that’s the case then by all means, I want.

    • Daistaar

      Think those sizes in the same housing that the current S7 and note occupy.

  • DanSan

    mybodyisready.jpg

  • It’s beautiful but that fingerprint scanner is going to be annoying

  • Ilya Kolodiychik

    Nexus 6P is prettier. Guess I’ll continue rocking that.

  • RazorSky

    Why not two finger print sensors. one on the back is cool unless it’s on a table, then I want one on the front.

  • littledr_2001

    The USB port is angled like a micro USB and not version C. So I call fake.

  • jabarri2

    lol at people complaining about the specs “not being enough”. none of you will be satisfied until theres a freaking gtx 1080, 16gb ram, 124gb storage, beautiful large screen but isn’t too large so you dont have accidental touches, a removable or HUGE battery, and the charging cable of your dreams.

    the s7 is a beast, hasn’t slowed down on me at all, the fact that they’re constantly improving on hardware, even making the “merely” 4gb ram much more utilized. you guys just have that big truck syndrome. i mean, i guess its cool to brag about your phone specs to your friend.

    for me, if its fast, if itll last, i’m gonna have a blast.

  • Austin

    Nice galaxy s7 edge

  • WGACA

    I was really looking forward to this S8 as a major upgrade, but if these rumours are true, I am very dissapointed and I’ll wait for the Note 8. Same RAM, so unless Samsung found a way to make it as fast as an iPhone it’s still not gonna do very well in keeping apps open. Further, the camera is pretty much the same, so unless they’ve found a clever software trick like the HDR+ on the Pixel, it’s not worth the upgrade. Battery size is dissapointing so unless the chip is a lot lot more efficient, I don’t see it having improved in battery life with that big screen. Screen resolution also hasn’t improved and lastly, I really hope the fingerprintscanner won’t be in that position for obvious reasons. It’s gonna be a nightmare as well then if you put a case on it and how will they now incorporate the double tab quicklaunch?

    All a bit of a mystery and I hope these rumours are false….

    • Orion

      Yeah I’m definitely waiting for the Note 8. I’m sure Samsung is going to put everything including the kitchen sink on it lol.

      • seattle tech

        The note 8 will be able to control your sink through S-Sink

  • Amaury Suarez

    Very disappointed about the fingerprint location. 😠

  • Amaury Suarez

    Very disappointed about the gingerprint location.

  • Orion

    What size will the Note 8 be now? Can’t wait.

    • Aaron

      7 inch screen with no bezels whatsoever. Holding it without accidentally touching the screen will now be impossible.

      • Orion

        Haha sure….Sign me up.

  • paul_cus

    Happy day if Samsung goes with on-screen buttons.

  • Michael Bassett
  • steadymobb

    As someone that was waiting on this – very disappointed if this is true. The fingerprint location is HORRIBLE. I knew I was getting too hyped on the thought of an under the screen fingerprint scanner but this is terrible. Especially with this size of screen. Also – the 4 GB of RAM? Will probably be just fine but again, the hype of 6GB or 8GB seriously has me let down. Hopefully they keep the back button off of the screen as well otherwise I might not get this iteration.

    • Bobb

      I can’t see them not going all softkeys

      • steadymobb

        Ugh yeah I know, but I will hate that. Oh well, I’ll see what LG has and I’ll wait until this thing is final.

  • Orion

    Holy sh…… I want this but must resist. I wish the Note 8 wouldn’t be such a long wait.

  • Mark Snider

    Like: small bezels, removal of the home button. Screens will no doubt be gorgeous

    Dislike: giant screens, currently loving my pixel. Fingerprint sensor position is just downright weird. Like it on the back but at least center it.

  • Dominic D

    Getting tired of big phones. I get that the size is similar to the S7 but it seems like it’ll be hard to hold the thing

    • Aaron

      I agree. I got the Pixel and it’s nice having a regular sized phone with flagship quality.

  • Chris Gatley

    Do you think they will have the onscreen nav buttons backwards similar to the physical button placement? Maybe pull an LG and let you switch them or add shortcuts?

  • stabone

    No USB C? That’s a micro USB port.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      It’s a USB C port, it’s just the angle of the picture and how it wraps around the curve of the phone.

    • DanSan

      that silver one, that definitely looks like a micro USB. it has the angles around the top edges

  • Jason Balencia

    Currently I have to unlock my Note 5 and THEN scan my finger. This can knock out both actions in one go. Its not a bad location. On the back of a phone is a bad location (esp. while driving).

    • LionStone

      I set my 10 as Trusted Device when connected to my car BT…1 swipe up unlocks. Works great even with FP sensor on the front.

  • Mah

    You don’t have to use your index finger for your fingerprint.

  • wolfedude88

    I dont think this looks like the Note 7 to me, the edges are more like 7 edge instead of note 7. The note 7 did it better to me, also not a huge fan of the black so far. Still time to change it, loved the note 7 black, the frame was darker, liked the 7 edge pearl black they released later.

  • Drummer62

    Actually, when I pick up my S6 with my right hand my index finger almost always lands right where this new sensor may be placed. Right now my finger feels the edge of the camera on its right side and ends up right over the current flash. If that is where the fingerprint sensor is it may actually be in a good spot. If its centered under the camera, when picking up the phone and flipping it over to face you it actually feels a little awkward trying to go beneath the camera. I actually think it may work out better than most people expect it would!

    • illregal

      I think you’re wrong drummer boy.

      • Drummer62

        No, I pretty much know where my finger is when I pick up MY phone, thanks!

        • illregal

          what is, in your bum? for 400 alex.

    • xraytedjim

      I just tried this and I’m right handed. My index finger goes to the LEFT of the camera. The right side (as shown here) is incredibly awkward !!

  • Hep

    It looks just like an S7 Edge, with the stupid flare out on the edge. The Note7 didn’t flare out as much and was much better to hold.

  • Crafted Crows

    So if one is 5.8 an the other is 6.2, it means the Note 8 will be what 6.6? :O

  • tnt

    I’m wondering if that fingerprint scanner is going to be some sort of secondary option, with the primary being on the front embedded in the screen. I know this is Samsung, but that positioning seems horribly illogical.

  • BoFiS

    EWW, TOO BIG, this is like Large and Extra Large, how about a small option please???

    • paul_cus

      I’d like to see Galaxy Alpha 2.

  • Matthew Dickinson

    Still waiting for the Note 8, but this keeps up my excitement

  • siphyn

    It needs more storage. At least give us the option for 128 or 256GB internal. The way Nougat phones feature dual system partitions, more space will be dedicated to the system vs. previous phones.

  • atc-tech

    6.2″! 64GB w/SD card! USB-C! 3.5mm heaphone jack!?

    This is lacking a bigger battery (3500mAh is NOT enough), and wireless charging…. but GEEZ Samsung. The is the first Samsung phone in a while that I am actually considering. Might actually replace my Nexus 6.

    • Tyler Durden

      so get an S7 Edge

      • atc-tech

        I’m unclear on why you would say that? The S7 Edge does not have all of the things I listed. I specifically did NOT get an S7 Edge. I want the 6.2″ screen, the USB-C, the SD Card support… I just was hoping to see more than 3500 mAh for the battery on the 6.2″ screen… BUT that’s not enough to stop me from getting it. The S8 at 6.2″ is actually a potential replacement for me.

    • Aaron

      Is it confirmed this won’t have wireless charging? Haven’t seen it said either way. With Samsung just releasing fast wireless charging on the S7 I can’t see them abandoning it the very next generation.

      • atc-tech

        You know, it probably WILL have wireless charging… I have no idea why I assumed it wouldn’t, just because it wasn’t in that list of specs…. I really don’t see that being left behind on this one.

        So really, I’d just like a bigger battery, since I’m assuming this will be IP68.

  • Taios

    Not impressed tbh..
    The fingerprint sensor location looks like it’ll be a pain to use.

    If you have an s7 edge this doesn’t look overly tempting.

  • Person Dude

    Assuming the 5.8″ version is approximately the same size as the normal S7, this looks awesome! I do agree that the fingerprint sensor is in an asinine place though. Prepare for many smudged looking photos.

  • aleubalton

    BIGGER THAN BIGGER, NOW FOR REAL.

  • The S8 is 5.8″? Wow?! little room to grow. (and differentiate. and make people who prefer smaller phones happy.) Are they really putting all the chips on the table with a 5.8″ phone and only a 5.8″ phone?

  • TS50

    Love it. I’m a big guy so the plus will be it. Have been looking for a great note 7 replacement and this is it. Didn’t go with the Mate 9 or V20. Agree with the weird fingerprint reader placement. Should be centered. Can’t wait though. Miss Samsung pay.

  • OligarchyAmbulance

    I don’t think I can name one Samsung phone I didn’t think looked cheap and ugly, this one included.

    • seattle tech

      While the rest of the world thinks their phones look the best including iphone fans.

    • Not sure how the S7 series looks cheap, it looks premium and is made of glass and metal…

      • LionStone

        The glass looks cheap and gaudy.

        • jabarri2

          guess im the weird one, i love my s7 edge in black, nothing cheap or gaudy about it. the other colors, i can see that lol

          • LionStone

            Well the black is the best looking of the colors for sure!

      • OligarchyAmbulance

        It looks like a glossy, shiny fingerprint magnet from 2007. Not exactly sleek or stylish.

        • WGACA

          You better get used to it as everyone is copying it now! Apple, HTC, LG

  • Duffman

    So where’s the bashing that Samsung has kept the same design language and materials for 3 generations now?

    • Jaymus Lonestar

      They already did plastic. Now using glass/metal. What else is there? I guess you could “bash” them for not innovating with some new granite or slate phones, LOL!

      • Duffman

        Why not try carbon fiber? There are other materials that are premium and far less fragile than glass.

    • Killzowned

      Maybe because people actually like it.

    • illregal

      Design language has been even longer then that.. And they were last to ditch the cheap plastics. losers.

  • Tyler Durden

    6.2 and no 4K?
    Pass. Was hyped because the S7 Edge is the best phone ever created, but nope. Can’t do it.

    • Ihavenewnike

      Best phone ever created was the Note 7. I miss it too much.

      • Tyler Durden

        Nope. Hated it. Big step down. But hey everybody has different experiences so good you liked it yourself.

    • seattle tech

      Sony is suppose to come out with a 4k phone this year.

      • Tyler Durden

        Faux 4K again I bet

        • seattle tech

          Well hopefully not because it is suppose to have the snapdragon 835 which should easily power the 4k screen unlike the sorry 810

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      You pull this 4K line in every post now. You don’t really care about a 4K display. Just stop.

      • Tyler Durden

        Yes I do. This isn’t much different than an S7 edge besides a processor upgrade. and smaller battery in the bigger one.

    • Michael Bassett

      4k? You would have to sit like 5 inches from the screen for it to matter. Just get a 4k monitor and hook it up to that.

      • Tyler Durden

        It’s 6.2 in. A large display. This is like slapping a 1080p display on a 10in tablet

    • DanSan

      Stop trying to make fetch happen.

      4K is was overblown for such a small device, you wont even be able to tell the difference. Do you want a phone with 2 minutes of battery life?

      • Tyler Durden

        4K isn’t a much bigger jump from QHD, resolution already has a minimal affect on battery.

        Why even have the option to record 4K videos? Should take that out if you can even watch them.

      • Tyler Durden

        If I can get 7+ hours SOT with the S7 Edge, I’d take 5 hours SOT on the new device with a 4K display. Considering how much of efficient the 835 is.

  • Dave

    So is that a USB-C port or nah? Cuz it looks like the same port I have on my S6.

    Edit: looks the same on the back view, which wouldnt make sense if it is I guess. Still looks not USB-C like though.

    • Tyler Durden

      yes but only time will tell if it’s any good. it was 2.0 on the Note 7 if I recall with no fast charging.

      • Dave

        That’s another thing I was concerned and wondering about

    • Jes Marwaha

      Type C

    • Ihavenewnike

      Definitely type c. Has an oval shape.

  • Francisco Peña

    I like it. I don’t use fingerprint sensor on my G5 so I could care less where Sammy puts it.

    • Comk4ver

      I actually use the fingerprint sensor on the V10. It’s easy to just give it a finger than to press down.

  • seattle tech

    Time to complain about the fingerprint location, 4gb ram, small battery and price. Still going to get it day one.

    • Supraman21

      And the same camera

  • Jérôme Besnard

    I also like the headphone jack! The plug looks like USB-A shaped but I’m sure I’m wrong.

    • Ihavenewnike

      It’s type C. Type a is massive compared.

      • jabarri2

        its actually a micro usb still, look at the image on the right, you’ll see one side longer than the other, with a C they’d be equal.

        • Jonbo298

          I see that too. One side slightly longer. The angled edges on one side. What’s also odd is the MicroUSB port is placed the opposite way from Samsung’s other Galaxy/Note series phones. The heart rate monitor that sits below the flash looks to be completely missing but still has the cutout for it. So this is either a very pre-production unit or an elaborate but flawed fake.

  • youdoneyo69

    Well glad to see Samsung go full Apple and just release the same phone again just with a few tweaks.

    • Tyler Durden

      yup, basically, at least Apple is smart and going full revision this year

    • Aaron

      Always did like how accessories worked for two generations on iPhones. Samsung changes just enough from one generation to the next that S7 cases won’t work with the S8.

  • cromo8

    So Giant phone and gianter phone

    • Giant screen and gianter screen + same size bodies as last year = WIN!

      • respectfully disagree. to me, it means less room to hold it while using it therefore even more accidental touches that were originally introduced by the edge.

        • tnt

          Clearly you aren’t aware that if it has any bezel at all, it’s simply not “cool”. Bezels = the devil.

          *eye roll*

        • jabarri2

          as an s7edge user ive had literally ONE accidental touch in the almost year of having this device. really not bad at all. just dont hold your phone like someones going to steal it away

          • When I was interested in possibly buying, I asked a dozen edge users if they likes the edge, 11 said they hate it and wished they had gotten the regular version.

          • Teehee

            That’s weird, when I talked to edge users, many of them recommended it and loved the feel of the phone once they got used to it. Guess our sample sizes are too small.

          • Possibly but I only saw 12 to ask. When I try out both in the Note Edge S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7 I personally didn’t care for the way the Keyboard wraps around the edge

          • WGACA

            I have the S6 Edge, which curves more than the S7 and never had any issues with the keyboard. In fact, the buttons stop before the screen curves. So respectfully, you’re hugely misinformed.

          • B!

            So 11 people just went to the store & just bought the phone without testing it to see if they like it first?

          • You have to realize that you and I are not common consumers. That’s what’s common consumers do. Go in the store, listen to the rep, by their recommendation then leave. And apparently it’s easier to put up with it then to pay the restocking fee and start over again.

          • B!

            You’re right.

            I go to the store & check a phone out thoroughly before I buy it. Best Buy is good for not hounding me like VZW does. After 5 minutes I can tell if I like it or not; with the last 3 LG’s, 2. With the Note 7, 3 minutes in I knew I was pre-ordering it.

          • WGACA

            That’s strange, knowing the S7 Edge outsold the regular version by miles, after already having had the S6 Edge on the market for people to have formed an opinion about. Don’t make your personal opinion into the public’s opinion as the sales numbers clearly tell a different strory.

          • These comments are only supposed to be full of ‘public opinion’? /s

            Man, give me a break. Two cycles of edge phones when most of the public are on some kinda 2 year payment plan or contract. I’d say the first set of your numbers are different from your second set and there is plenty of room for buyer’s remorse which is exactly what I discovered in MY interviews.

          • WGACA

            Man, you give ME a break. You make no sense any more. I just named facts about sales numbers which proves your interviews are inaccurate compared to the public’s opinion and you come with this response? Whatever dude, whatever makes you sleep at night.

          • Sales numbers != Happy customers.
            It just means sales associates did their job of pushing the edge variant.

          • WGACA

            No. It doesn’t. Not in this case. People have had plenty of time to leave bad reviews of the S6 Edge to have a negative impact on the S7 Edge sales numbers but in fact it only sold more than the year before. Nothing to do with sales associates. The vast majority looks up reviews of a phone online and then simply order it with their provider. If the reviews wpuld all have said the Edge version is rubbish, it would not gave been the success that it is. The fact other manufacturers are copying edge screens proves the success of them as well. You’re talking bollocks.

          • You say they sold millions, right? They did. I agree. You say they leave positive feedback online and that’s where most people buy from? That’s the Bullock’s. There are only 3,792 reviews on Verizon’s website. Out of millions, but I guess you know better. Since that must represent your “public opinion”. I’m indifferent that I’d rather talk to the user. I’m done. I’m tired of negating each of your claims. Good say, Sir!

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    • Lucky Armpit

      I do want to know the physical dimensions. I’m wondering if the 5.8″ device will have about the same screen real estate as my N6. The 6.2″ might just be too big.

  • Fitim

    also the fingerprint scanner looks like they just took the homebutton and placed it on the back

  • Toasted_Cracker

    So it appears that the leak of the S8 case with the “s-pen cutout” is actually the hole for the speaker.

    • More than likely yes.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Nope. That case is just fake. Looks nothing like the bottom if this device.

  • himynameisricky

    I think right now the fingerprint placement is terrible because we are so used to having it centered. But for Samsung people who havent had rear fingerprint sensors they wont know the difference and it wont be a big deal

  • coldcc

    wow 6.2″ the nexus 6 was too big I could imagine trying with 6.2

    • Size should be similar to S7 Edge. Since it’s all-display, the size of the phone won’t change much,

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        David at AP did some math…might be same width as the S7 just taller.

        • Duffman

          That would be impossible unless they changed the aspect ratio ala LG.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            “The screen ratio may also change with these to 18.5:9”

      • SA_NYC

        Huge win if so.

    • Fitim

      6.2 but with almost 0 bezel

    • Chris

      Just to show you screen size doesn’t mean everything. Xiaomi Mi Mix with a 6.44″ display is slightly smaller than the Nexus 6:

      http://mobiledevicesize.com/compare/#686,481;1

      • Michael Bassett

        Holy crap that Xiaomi Mi Mix is sexy, never saw that before….

        • Chris

          I want one so bad but they only make them in limited quantities and the price gouging is insane

  • bman

    fingerprint scanner is on the right side of the back of the phone, flip it over and it’s on the left side….most people are right handed, making you reach your finger across the phone……..

  • Fitim

    so is the s8 going to be made from recycled note 7 parts? Minus the battery lol

  • Suicide_Note

    The fingerprint sensor is in a terrible location, but everything else sounds fantastic.

    And those display sizes have me like this:

    https://m.popkey.co/c75ed5/kvrEd_s-200×150.gif?c=popkey-web&p=mars&i=3musketeers&l=search&f=.gif

    • Skwisgaar

      It begs the question though, with screen sizes THAT big on the S8, what is the point of having a Note? Is the note going to be even larger??? The sizes they are talking about for the S8 are totally phablet sizes. Seems like its going to compete with their own product. Is the only differentiator that the Note will have a stylus? Doesn’t seem like it makes much sense.

      • Suicide_Note

        Maybe the Note will step it up to 6.5″ or 6.7″?

        I’m wondering what Samsung’s plan is. To be honest, I’m curious how much more they’ll charge for the Note this time around.

        • TylerCameron

          Anything above 6″ really is a tablet tho

          • Suicide_Note

            Not if it’s still in a phone’s body.

      • WGACA

        Samsung rep has said Note 8 will get partially foldable display with radical and innovative design changes. I expect it to be Samsung’s new design direction and the S8 to be the last in line with this design. So I’ll wait for the Note 8.

  • treid008

    Excited for the Note 8!!!!

  • Spinach Chin

    Wondering why they didn’t go for an ultrasonic FP scanner.

    Qualcomm has the technology…

  • aleubalton

    Instead of making smaller phones with the same screen size, they make bigger phones with bigger screens. DUMB.

    • Spinach Chin

      No, this was definitely the way to go.

      • BobButtons

        There’s already tablets for that. They could just re-release the Tab S 8.4″ with an 835 and cell service.

        • aleubalton

          Well, tablets didn’t really work as expected… at least not 7” ones, and 10” ones are a little expensive.

        • Spinach Chin

          What?

          • BobButtons

            You mentioned it was the right way to go, bigger phones with bigger screens. We’re almost to the point already with phones close to the size of tablets. So I was saying they should just release their tablets marketed as phones. Then people can get the massive devices they seem to desire.

    • Suicide_Note

      The phones are the same size as last year. The screens are much larger because the bezels have shrunk significantly.

      • aleubalton

        I already know that (they’re actually a little bigger). But I’d rather get a 5.1” phone with the size of an iPhone 6 than a 5.8” with the size of an S7

  • ckilps

    if they fix the UI, i might get this one

  • Harold JP Castro

    Sexy phone, all I hope for Samsung is that they keep this new design language *exclusive* to the S and the Notes, because it is not good when *at 1st sight* every phone of your brand looks the same. Best of luck for them!

  • Tony G.

    damn.

  • mcdonsco

    WAY too big
    Stupid, REALLY STUPID fingerprint sensor location
    4gb RAM again? Really? Come on! That was an easy and dirt cheap spec bump they missed.
    This photo may be logo free front, but we all know that’s not what the final version will be
    Curved screen versions only = fail

    Ugh…

    • aleubalton

      You’re gonna be happy with the LG G6 🙂

    • Suicide_Note

      The size of the phone hasn’t gotten bigger. It’s the same as last year.

      • aleubalton

        It’s actually a little wider.

      • mcdonsco

        Just a lot more difficult to hold on top of being more fragile. Awesome.

    • cromo8

      Are you serious? What is wrong with 4GB of RAM? We do not need more than that ever on a phone.

      • aleubalton

        “We do not need more” that’s just being conformist… If they could put 6GB in the OnePlus 3, they can put 6GB in the S8, that’s for sure.

        • cromo8

          What are you running on your phone? SQL?

          • aleubalton

            No, but if you think like that you don’t even need 4GB of RAM and SD835, you could go with 3GB of RAM and SD 821 and you would be OK. That’s not what i’m saying.

          • mcdonsco

            Dude, seriously…If everyone thought like you we would still be using 486’s with 32mb ram and 540mb hard drives.

        • Tyler Durden

          especially since Samsung manufactures it lol

      • Big EZ

        Hell, “640k should be enough for anybody.”

        • Skwisgaar

          Lol! I was literally just about to type that famous statement from BG! First thing I thought of! Great minds think alike! 😉

      • MadMartigan

        “We do not need more than that ever”

        Are you trying to be an idiot?

      • mcdonsco

        You’re not exactly a technology buff are you?

        • cromo8

          I definitely am. I have owned plenty of phones. Always have the latest and greatest. Finally we have gotten to a point where phones are flawless and can use one for over a year consistently(Nexus 6P and Pixel).

          Before that I changed phoned 3-8 times per year easy if not more. Always looking for the greatest thing out there. Brings me to the same point. Why are we looking at having more RAM? What will need more than 4GB of RAM? Not sure I have ever passed 2.5 on my pixel.

          • mcdonsco

            Owning a bunch of phones and thinking phones now are “flawless” definitely DOES NOT make you a technology buff.

          • cromo8

            lol alright buddy. not gonna keep arguing with you.

            Im in the industry.

            Youre a scrub in the tech world.

          • mcdonsco

            You’re an idiot. In the industry? Probably a Best Buy “geek squad” moron right?

            Doesn’t matter regardless, your comments show how out of touch with tech (and reality) you are and stand on their own.

        • seattle tech

          While I would like 6gb also. I have noticed 4gb is a sweet spot and I never have less than 1gb of free ram. Maybe they decided to use the more expensive 10nm ram which is faster and uses less power which I would prefer over slower more battery hungry unused 6gb ram

    • DanSan

      what do you seriously plan on doing with over 4GB of RAM? its a cell phone, not a NASA computer.

  • ctk4949

    Wow that fingerprint scanner is in a terrible location!! With the phone so tall, unless you have long ass fingers. You will have to shimmy ur finger up to get to it and then find it.

    • hkklife

      LG V20’s scanner is perfect sized & placed, not to mention fast and accurate. Why Samsung didn’t go with something like that is beyond me.

      OTHER than that , this looks like a beast other than the unsurprisingly gimped battery capacity.
      I detest onscreen buttons on 5.7″ or smaller screen devices. But on something like this it’s totally fine.

      Only thing that would make it perfect would be 6GB RAM, 128GB storage and a 4k mAh battery.

  • Jeff Springer

    No 6 GB of RAM, no buy.

    Just kidding, but the fingerprint scanner is in a awful location as mentioned. I’d probably not use the scanner if it’s really in that spot.

  • The Doctor

    What a terrible placement for the fingerprint scanner. Ugh.

  • Eric R.

    Hope this isn’t it

    • Spinach Chin

      I’m sure all the extremely specific leaks from reliable sources are wrong.

  • Jody Harvey

    Does that look like a USB-C charging port to anyone?

    • aleubalton

      It’s reportedly USB-C, yes.

    • Dave

      I was wondering the same thing. Does not look it to me. Which is a lil disappointing if not.

      • Jody Harvey

        I question the “leaked” images.

  • AUSTEEEZZZ

    Doubt it’ll happen but if they do the (Korean deal). Half off if you stayed with Samsung after the Note 7 issue, I’d buy it.

  • Tim Massing

    I could get behind this.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “Battery: 3000mAh | 3500mAh” …BAD Samsung…BAD!

    • sinfoman

      That does seem, at least on paper, small. Although my Note 4 has something like 3200 and it lasts fairly well on stock MM build.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        But honestly Note 4 can’t compete with 2016 flagships battery wise. If it isn’t doing at least 5-6 hours it isn’t doing much

        • sinfoman

          True, tech time marches onward. But I average about 6 hours SOT. I’ll find some screen shots (I was debating replacing my battery and was doing a “psuedo-study” of my Battery life.

    • aleubalton

      Small batteries, big displays, BIG MISTAKE…

    • seattle tech

      Looks like it will get near the same battery life as the s7 & edge. I am not happy haha

      • Tyler Durden

        “The company expects that smartphone power users will see an extra 2.5 hours’ worth of battery life when compared with the Snapdragon 820, and energy consumption is now just half that of the old Snapdragon 801. This is partially aided by Qualcomm’s choice of Samsung’s second generation 10nm FinFET manufacturing node. According to Samsung, the move to 10nm provides approximately a 30 percent increase to area efficiency, combined with up to a 27 percent boost to performance or a 40 percent reduction in power consumption compared to 16nm.”

        • But when you factor that the battery is smaller and screens are larger, I’d say it would probably be equal at best to the S7 Edge.

          • Tyler Durden

            lol are we still on larger screens needing more battery

          • All else being equal, a larger display will consume more power. My point is having a larger phone/screen but smaller battery is stupid.

          • Tyler Durden

            which is why I’m not sure why the made it smaller for both the Note 7 and these

          • Jeremy Turnley

            Things aren’t equal, though. Even the screen on the Note 7 was more power efficient than the one in the GS7E (both had the same battery size, but both got very comparable battery life despite the Note 7 having a larger screen). The displays in these phones are being touted as next generation OLED, so chances are it will all even out.

    • Big EZ

      I’d personally like a removable battery so I could put in a 6000 mAh battery, but a factory sealed 4500 mAh would do. I hate having to be tethered to a charger all day.

      • CapnShiner

        You know there are tons of portable USB chargers on the market, right? Less convenient than an internal battery, sure, but not as restricting as a wall charger. Some of them even have Qualcomm Quick Charge support.

        • Big EZ

          That is even more inconvenient than just plugging into a charger. The problem with any charger is that the phones get hot while charging, and become very slow as they govern the performance to cut down on extra heat. The problem isn’t just being restricted to the wall, it’s that the cord is in the way of my hand, and the drop in performance. The cases that have extra batteries for these types of phones are HUGE as well. While I’d love 9000+ mAh batteries to last a full day, 6000 mAh on my LG’s was the perfect balance. Not much added bulk, only have to recharge a short while throughout the day.

          • CapnShiner

            Sounds to me like you need a new phone. My Moto X PE doesn’t have that problem. It does get a bit warm when charging with a Quickcharge charger, but no noticeable performance drop. The most annoying part for me is just the cord making it more awkward to hold the phone. You’re certainly right about battery cases. Those things are huge and if you have a large phone like a Galaxy Note or Pixel XL I can only imagine how difficult it would be to lug it around in a battery case. It would probably look like one of those kids tablets.

          • Big EZ

            I have a Nexus 6P, and yes I need a new phone. Unfortunately, I just shelled out about $500 for it a few months ago so I’ll have to make due for awhile. Nexus’ aren’t all they are cracked up to be. I need to flash a bunch of Roms on it so I can try and get a little functionality back, but I don’t have much time for that anymore.

      • B!

        So you have an iPhone?

        • Big EZ

          What would give you that impression? I have a Nexus 6P. There’s not a single smart phone out that can last a half a day.

          • B!

            By half a day do you mean take it off the charger at a certain time & be 50% 6 hours after that, including moderate to heavy use?

          • Big EZ

            I mean most days it takes more than two full charges to get through the day.

          • B!

            Gotcha. I take my S7E off the charger at 7am, game for an hour, surf for an hour, go to work, use it on breaks & lunch & I’ll be at 30-40% when I get home between 7:30 & 8. Same with my Note 7. Now my Note 4, I took it off the charger at 7am & needed to charge it by noon or 1; and that included having a spare battery. That started November 2015. How long have you had your 6P?

    • Tandem0

      Probably not that bad. I heard that the default display resolution will be set at 1080p.

    • Me

      More efficient processor (to play devils advocate), but a 500mAh bump on both would have been nice.

  • disastrousrainbow

    It’s still gorgeous but like the iPhone 7 it’s starting to get boring.

    • Aaron

      How many different ways can there be to make a slab of glass and metal? Until we get flexible and holographic displays, where else does the tech have left to go?

      • jabarri2

        interface. right now we’re at a point where the hardware specs are pretty much maxed out for their needs, the next step needs to be a revision of how a user actually interacts with their phones. and if samsung was as smart as they like to think they are, they’d push away from android conventions (no not touchwiz lolz). they can still build on the os, provide the same apps, but bring a different experience from the pixel, from the iphone, make its own interface language.

        now, when google glass type items make a comeback, and we have holo screens, then things will change. for now. they should perfect the experience.

  • Fingerprint location looks rough… Waterproofing is a trade-off for front facing speakers and bezel maybe?

    • Duffman

      Sony has had FF speakers and waterproofing for years.

    • Tyler Durden

      looks like one front facing speaker and one bottom or just one bottom firing speaker

  • RyanT

    I get asked a lot about why pictures they take with their phone don’t look as good as they once did. I then clean off the sensor, and voila clear pics again. The fingerprint sensor placement is going to make this doubly bad.

  • Roberto Taylor

    Why no mention of the lack of the physical home button?

    • I just added a note, sorry.

    • Tim Massing

      Finally!

    • Raven

      I have never even considered a Galaxy phone because of that awful physical home button. For once, I might actually be interested.

  • Shazam Singh

    The two models, with 5.8- and 6.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED screens…..ಠ_ಠ

    Source: http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/26/this-is-the-samsung-galaxy-s8-launching-march-29/

    • Not sure what you are saying here, but yes, they are the source of the story.

      • Shazam Singh

        Sorry I posted before I saw that specs were listed, I didn’t see that the sizes were already put on here. My b!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      The Article is already sourced…what are you doing?

      • Shazam Singh

        I just said that I didn’t see the source, I read it too quickly and wanted to put sizes up.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Oh my bad then.

          • Shazam Singh

            Nah no worries, I’m 90% asleep…..it was on me.

  • dsignori

    No physical home button? Hmm..

  • Harold Goldner

    Can’t be right; headphone jack and microUSB? Don’t think so.

    • mickeyB88

      It’s USB-C

    • Just a bad picture, but it’s Type-C.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It’s Type C and All the rumors already pointed to a headphone jack.

  • mickeyB88

    Bottom-firing speaker…meh. I’ll wait until I get the Nougat update on the S7 to make any judgements on performance, if the rumor holds that the battery sizes remain the same

    • mcdonsco

      Seems like that will never happen

  • Spinach Chin

    Looks like an iPhone clone.

    Pass.

    • Hahahaha what?

      • Spinach Chin

        Muahaha

    • sinfoman

      In what way? None? then yes, I guess it does…

      • Spinach Chin

        It clearly doesn’t look like one.

        Sarcasm…

        • sinfoman

          How so? iPhone has square edges, camera in top corner, etc. Aside from being rectangular and silver?

          • Spinach Chin

            It was a joke, man. It looks nothing like an iPhone.

          • sinfoman

            Whoops. Missed the /s tag. Sorry, sir!

    • Murphy’s Magnet

      Sure the curved screen, lack of physical button, Samsung Logo … iPhone for sure.

    • aleubalton

      It’s a Samsung glassy glossy piece of glass, as always.

    • mcdonsco

      Apparently you’re blind.

      • Spinach Chin

        Funny that Apple fanboyism has reached such a zenith that clear sarcasm is still mistaken as sincerity.

  • tmmacara

    Agreed on the terrible fingerprint sensor location. Most of the time the user will be just adding fingerprints to the camera lens.

    • Exactly.

      • aleubalton

        The Pixel 2 is gonna be great 😛

        • Aaron

          The Pixel 2 is gonna be late. 🙁

          • illregal

            Better late than stupid.

          • Aaron
          • MJ

            Late? Google always releases their phone in the Q4 so it will be released at the same time as always.

          • Aaron

            But I just wonder if Samsung will swallow all the supplies of the end of year processor refresh from Qualcomm (SD836?) for the Note 8 leaving Google and the others using an older design. Look at how much flak LG and HTC are getting for their new releases coming with the 821.

          • akellar

            True but then it will be backordered until Feb

          • James_75

            Not if you buy through Verizon lol

        • Jeremy Turnley

          It’ll only be great if all the carriers can and do sell it. Otherwise it’ll remain an enthusiast-only device like most of the Nexus phones were.

          • NexusMan

            Already WAY beyond “an enthusiast only device.” Nothing like the Nexus.

          • EdubE24

            Nah I think he is right. I don’t see them out and about. It’s still Samsung and Apples game at this point.

          • NexusMan

            You also don’t see them regulary in stock do you?

          • seattle tech

            Pixel sells 500,000 in 3 months with $150 million in marketing. Xioami sells 250,000 redmi notes in 10 minutes.

          • TylerCameron

            Who cares about cheap-o Chinese brands?

          • seattle tech

            The point is paid media is bragging about how successful the Pixel is when they spent an average of $270 on each phone on marketing it and it only sold half a million in 3 months. That is not Success when Xioami sold half that in 10 minutes. Also to say who cares about chinese brands is idiotic

          • EdubE24

            I’m guessing stock was limited. You don’t see the new iPhones in stock at launch, but you see them. I didn’t see some Nexus devices in stock and was the only one I knew to own them.

          • MicroNix

            Depends on how many you ordered to sell and your ability to meet demand.

          • Jeremy Turnley

            No, it’s not. With only one carrier selling it, and no retail presence beyond the Google store, it’s not a mainstream device. Most people have never heard of it and it remains a niche product that only the people who actually seek them out are enthusiasts at this point. Compared to, say, a Samsung phone, the Pixel remains about as obscure as the Nexus always was.

          • NexusMan

            It does have retail presence outside of the Google Store. Most people actually HAVE heard of it because they have televisions, or have eyes and ears and read newspapers, magazines, see billboards, watch the news have friends and computers. 13% of Verizon’s activations in the past quarter were not solely “enthusiasts.” And for the reasons already stated, again, you are wrong. The average, general mobile consumer HAS heard of the Pixel, Phone by Google. Not a single “normal” person who’s seen my phone has asked me “what is that?” Instead, they’ve asked, “Hey, is that the Google phone?” Or, “Is that that Pixel?” That absolutely never happened with a Nexus I owned.

          • CapnShiner

            So you’ve taken a nationwide poll of how many people, exactly? I’m guessing none. Considering the marketing from Google and how often I have seen ads for the Pixel on broadcast TV and Hulu, I’m pretty sure a lot of people have heard of it. What’s holding back sales of it are probably the limited availability, the price, and competition from Apple and Samsung.

          • Me

            Nah most people know of the “Google phone”

          • Err0xx

            Uh, have you ever even been on YouTube? It has a multi-billion user-per-day population and I have only seen a handful of videos that *don’t* have a Pixel ad…. Just about everyone knows what a Pixel is that uses YouTube. Half the Pixel ads are the ones that can’t be skipped as well.

            In an age where online purchases have surpassed brick-and-mortar purchases, a digital presence reaches far more people than strictly a retail presence and currently the Pixel is one of the king devices of digital presence.

            Do they sell as many as Samsung? Not yet, but it’s a first generation device. The point is the Pixel is WAY more present in the general knowledge of consumers than the Nexus ever was.

          • Jeremy Turnley

            I watch about 20 videos a day on YouTube and have never once seen a Pixel ad. Remember that Google ads are targeted to you, so don’t assume that the ads you see are what everyone else sees.

          • Dedren

            It is no Samsung or Apple, but it already is in the top three ahead of LG, Sony, Motorola, etc. Which for its first marketed phone is amazing. It even made a profit which most others don’t.

      • Joey Riz

        gonna have to shimmy up and down the phone if you only have one hand free…thats not gonna be fun either…

      • MH

        I think these phones will work fine for those of us with larger hands.

    • Murphy’s Magnet

      I remember comments like this about the G2 and G3.

      • Comk4ver

        But there’s a fundamental difference between this and the G2/G3… The power buttons were in the center and under the camera while Sammy has chosen directly to the right of the camera.

        • CabbageHeadCat.

          They couldn’t go underneath it because that’s where LG is going, and their phone will allegedly be released just before this one.

          • Comk4ver

            HTC did it also… I see where you are going with this (Samsung trying to be different) but honestly it’s front or back. Those are the most natural positions to be used.

          • Aaron

            The back center mounted placement of the fingerprint scanner is actually a Google design aesthetic. It was originally intended for launch with the original Nexus 6, and has been seen on devices from LG, HTC, Huawei and I’m sure other Chinese OEMs that I’m forgetting. This is like Samsung placing the back and recents keys opposite of Google’s intended design parameters. Being different just to be different.

    • SA_NYC

      Oh man, I was really, really hoping for there not to be a rear-mounted print reader, I always find them finicky. Let alone offset from center like that.

    • Jake Montague

      And how is fingerprint going to work good with Samsung Pay?

      • Drummer62

        You don’t have to keep your finger on the sensor. Just need to touch it and then you get like 30 seconds to place it near reader. Just like it is now I would imagine.

      • jak_341

        This may make sense. You put the phone screen side toward the reader. The screen may light up with a target area to match up with the chip reader. Didn’t Google say they were going to implement something like this with Android Pay?

    • Drummer62

      Really, most of the time if I am going to take pictures with my phone I pretty much always wipe of the camera lens first cause I know that I’ve touched it multiple times anyway, and that is with not even having a fingerprint sensor on the back. Don’t most people wipe off the lens first usually?

      • illregal

        “most people” hell no.

        • Drummer62

          ok, most people that want a good picture…….lol

      • CabbageHeadCat.

        That pro abky gives you better photos for sure. I do the same and never need to retake a picture due to a dirty lense.

      • B!

        I do. I like getting complimented on how clear my pics are.

    • CabbageHeadCat.

      They will adjust to it pretty quickly. Raised = Camera, recessed = scanner. Plus it’s a little to the right.

      I have really gotten used to it on the 6p and the Pixel. Granted the camera location on those is far away.

      I think that most people’s fingers will naturally rest just off center anyway, especially when the phone is facing the user. Center seems a bit forced at times in that aspect. Either way, it’s better than the front of the phone. At least now, they can have a perfect sheet of glass.

    • Jason Balencia

      On Samsung phones now you have to unlock the phone and THEN scan your finger. This location can do both functions in one motion. If you think it’s a dumb location you haven’t been keeping up with the phone design community.

      • Aaron

        Really? The others in the “phone design community” are placing the scanner center of the back and below the camera module, so as to avoid fingerprints on the lens. Are you sure you’ve been keeping up with the “phone design community”?

        • B!

          So because everyone (well, not everyone) is doing something everyone else should follow suit? Push button ignition locations are on the dash, gear shift, steering wheel…. Why can’t there be versatility?

          • Aaron

            This is about ergonomics. Like when you walk into a room you expect the light switch to be certain height from the floor. It’s natural. Your hand goes there and finds it automatically no matter where you’re at. Now move that switch waist high. Maybe now it’s more likely you accidentally turn it on or off just by rubbing against it. You have to retrain your hand to look for it. Maybe if you’re tall you have to bend over a little to reach it. Versatility is fine but this feels like moving the light switch halfway down the wall. It’s just being different for the sake of being different.

          • B!

            Good form but bad analogy. Those light switches are required to be a certain height (at least based on what I was taught in school. Architecture major). Again, the placement of the push button ignition can vary, just like the fingerprint sensor. There is no rule by the FCC stating where the sensor has to be, just like there’s no rule stating that the navigation buttons have to be Back, Home & Multifunction. It’s up to the manufacturer. I’m holding my S7E right now & I can very comfortably reach where the new sensor will be. It’s just based on the individual.

          • Aaron

            I get that light switches are required to be a certain height. I used to work for an electrician. And like push button ignitions, I understand that it’s at the OEMs discretion where to locate buttons and navigation keys. I’m just saying that this location, though I’m sure it is easily reached, is going to require extra effort, at least in the beginning, to find without smudging the camera lens. The centered location beneath the camera module is already good and clear of said camera lens. Why change it except for the sake of being different?

          • B!

            Probably to be different from Apple since people already claimed that Samsung tries to copy Apple. So now by putting it on the back and to the right instead of being on the front like Apple might give them some individuality.

          • Aaron

            Yeah but I think rumors are saying Apple is removing the home button for the iPhone 8. Maybe Apple is actually releasing that mythical underscores based scanner. But my only complaint about Samsung isn’t that they are trying to be different from Apple. It’s that back mounted fingerprint scanners have been a thing on Android for a couple years, and they have all been centered and below the camera.

            Anyway, Samsung sells more phones than anybody, and I’m sure Samsung users will say this is the right way soon enough. For my part, they lost me when they abandoned having any flat screen version.

          • B!

            I’ve gotten used to the curve on the edge, but a flat display with no bezel would be nice. I’m sure they could pull it off.

      • duke69111

        The G5 is on the back center, The Pixel is on the back center. The LG v20 is on the back center. The Iphones and the One Plus 3 is on the front bottom center. No sure I’m aware of any that are to the right of the camera.

        • B!

          Be together, not the same.

          • Synacks

            Be functional, not stupid.

          • B!

            Stupid to maybe small handed folks under 5 foot 9 inches. Not stupid to us folks that are 6’3″ with real man hands.

      • Chris Hannan

        How is this any different than now? Are you not aware that the home button will wake the phone up? You press the home button to wake the phone and leave your finger on the button a little longer and it will unlock “in one motion.”

      • daysofdre

        but you unlock the phone by pressing the home button which is where the fingerprint sensor is. same with apple.

    • Addison

      Is it possible that y’all are confusing the heart rate sensor, that has been on their last three or four major phones, for a fingerprint sensor? That spot doesn’t look anywhere near large enough to me, to be a fingerprint scanner when compared to virtually every other major phone with a fingerprint scanner on it. Also, that’s been the placement of the heart rate sensor for a few generations as well, and I don’t recall anyone complaining about that.

      • Drewskee122

        I think its just a HRC. This phone will either be just retina scanner or front screen finger scan

    • don’t use it then, use the iris scanner instead as for sure it’ll be carried by S8.

    • Drewskee122

      Perhaps its built into the front screen???

  • Murphy’s Magnet

    I need to go change my pants now. Thanks a lot.