UPDATE: The source of these photos has clarified that they're screen protectors, not actual front panels for a smartphone. However, Android Police reaffirms that the Galaxy S8 display will have rounded corners like the ones shown in these photos.
ORIGINAL: The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the sure to be one of the hottest smartphones of 2017, and it’s expected to debut in a couple of months. Today we may be getting our first look at the design of Samsung’s next big thing.
A photo that shows the front panel of two unmarked phones was recently posted to Twitter by the account @dfordesign. The parts allegedly belong to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 and its larger sibling (Galaxy S8 Plus?), and so they may give us an idea of what the fronts of the GS8 and its larger sibling might look like.
Według mojego dostawcy szkieł S8 nie będzie miał wersji flat O.o Ma być S8 i S8 Plus. Do tej pory się nie mylił… pic.twitter.com/sExMoISPY4
— DforDesign (@dfordesign) January 16, 2017
There are a couple of things worth noting about these panels. First up, both the corners of the display window are rounded, suggesting that the screen itself will have rounded corners, a feature that an Android Police source has said will be included.
Also worth mentioning is the lack of a physical home button. That feature has been present on most Samsung flagships to date, but it appears to be missing from these front panels, corroborating a report from December 2016 that claimed that the Galaxy S8 would have an “all-screen design”.
— DforDesign (@dfordesign) January 18, 2017
We’ll have to wait until the official debut of the Galaxy S8, which is expected in April, before we know if these front panels do indeed belong to Samsung’s next flagship. Today’s leak seems to be the most credible GS8 leak that we’ve seen to date, though. Not only do the features of these panels line up with previous leaks, but as AP points out, the sensor cutouts at the top of the panel is similar to those found on the Galaxy Note 7.
While the Galaxy S7 was a refinement to the design of the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S8 looks like it might bring about more changes, most notably the rounded display corners and lack of a physical home button. There aren’t many solid spec details for the GS8 yet, but rumors have suggested that there will be 5.1-inch and 5.7-inch screen sizes and a Snapdragon 835 processor in both models.