Dealing with the aftermath of its disastrouscaused Samsung to postpone the Galaxy S8's launch, which typically takes place at the annual Mobile World Congress show. Instead, the company used a press conference there to .
When the phone does launch, it will compete with handsets unveiled at the conference, like the slim, narrow-bezeledand the , which has a physical keyboard. Samsung will need to convince potential Galaxy S8 buyers that the phone will be safe, unlike the fire-prone Note 7.
The image render (right), tweeted by frequent tech leaker Evan Blass, shows a design with extremely thin bezels and a long, narrow body. There's a curved screen and a tab on the right side. That's presumably for the Edge display, a feature seen in Samsung's previous curve-screen phones -- like the Note 7 and -- that provides various shortcuts to apps and contacts.
There are even more hints as to what might come. The phone's left side has a volume rocker and button below that likely represents the power/lock button, moved from its usual position on the right. Instead, there's another button over there that could belong to the rumored Samsung AI assistant, said to be called "Bixby."
Since this initial render appeared, BGR posted even more pics of what it purports are actual pictures of the Galaxy S8, not renders.
March 29, the, is shown as the phone's date as well. One other important thing to point out something that isn't there -- a home button. That home button has been a mainstay since the first Galaxy S phone launched. Ditching it would be a radical design change (one we've been hearing about for some time).
Of course, none of this is a done deal, and we still have a full month for more rumors, image leaks and renders to surface. But with a March 29 launch date nailed down, it finally feels like we're in the home stretch.
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