New leaked Galaxy S8 photos finally reveal its headphone jack status


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Another day, another major Galaxy S8 leak.

One day after The Guardian published an exhaustive look at Samsung’s upcoming pair of flagships, noted leaker Evan Blass has come out with his own report on what the new S8 models will look like. And, not to be outdone, he has a new photo of the handsets, which appears to confirm several rumors.

As has been reported earlier, Blass says both S8 models will ditch the home button, which will make the displays larger than even the company’s Note devices. Since the physical button has been removed, the phone’s fingerprint sensor has been moved to the rear of the device, to the right of the camera. 

Blass’ photo, which shows a front and rear view of the phone, would appear to confirm this. Both phones also clearly have a headphone jack visible, which some had speculated might be removed. It also clearly shows a USB Type C port.

Both devices will have a curved display, though there will be two different-sized models: a 5.8-inch version and a larger 6.2-inch model. 

Blass also backs up previous reports about the phones’ cameras and Samsung’s upcoming digital assistant supposedly named Bixby. The S8 will feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter with iris-scanning abilities (a feature Samsung introduced last year with the Note7).

The rear-facing camera will have support for optical character recognition (OCR), which will help enable the Bixby-powered visual search that was rumored last week. 

Blass adds that the phones will also come with a pressure sensitive display similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, though he suggests it will only be on the lower portion of the display. 

As for a launch date, he purports to have that nailed down as well, saying Samsung plans to have a launch event in New York on March 29. Earlier reports had pegged the date for April, but it seems clear that we won’t be seeing it at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.



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