Samsung plans to launch a flawless version of its flagship Galaxy phone in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The S8 may be release in March 2017, would also give up the physical home button.
Instead, the S8 will feature a virtual home button “buried in the glass at the bottom,” reports Bloomberg. This would allow Samsung to create a phone with a larger screen without increasing its overall footprint. What is unclear about “people with a direct knowledge of the question” that Bloomberg has spoken to is whether the button will be a standard capacitive touch, or whether it will include some haptic feedback like the home button On the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Samsung recalled the note 7 not once, but twice after reports that the defects in the design of the phone battery were causing it to smoke, or in some cases catch fire. Bloomberg notes that if Samsung targets a March release date for the S8, it could be postponed due to “stricter test procedures” following note 7 fiasco.
If Samsung is indeed creating a telescopic phone, you will need to find a home for proximity sensors, camera and earphone that are usually located in the bezel surrounding the screen. There is a precedent for the idea, however, with Xiaomi of China having made its own bezel-free phone earlier this year. The Xiaomi Mi Mix used ultrasound for proximity detection, a piezoelectric system under the screen for an earpiece, and repositioned the front camera on the rugged single bezel of the phone at the bottom.
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Apple is supposed to work on a version without a bezel, OLED packaging its iPhone, too, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the phone. A glass case and a wireless charge are also said on the cards. If Samsung releases the Samsung Galaxy S8 in March or April of next year, it would probably beat Apple on the market by a significant margin. Apple historically announces new iPhones in September.
The Bloomberg report follows much more sharp rumors from SamMobile, which claimed that Samsung would ditch the headphone jack in the S8 for a single USB Type-C connector. While certainly not outside areas of possibility-Apple has abandoned the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, as the HTC 10 Evo-Samsung can choose to keep the headphone jack as a key selling point against the iPhone, Apple, Pixel.