Now that Samsung has officially moved on from the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch, the rumors about the company’s next smartphone, the Galaxy S8, seem to be picking up speed. The latest such report comes from The Guardian, which repeats a number of rumors about the phone along with adding a few new ones as well.

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The report, which cites unnamed sources, claims the phone could go on sale on or around April 21, a few days later than previous launch date reports that targeted April 18. While Samsung has yet to officially confirm a launch date for its next flagship, we can expect the device to be unveiled in the mid- to late-April timeframe.

The Guardian’s report agrees with previous rumors, renders and display shell photo leaks that show the Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes. Still, there’s no specific word on how large they will be; only that the phones will be between 5 and 6 inches, according to the report (pretty descriptive, right?). Both versions will feature edge-to-edge screens with almost no bezel, too.

The S8 might be the first Samsung device with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor

And because the S8 will supposedly have nearly no bezel surrounding the screen, where will the fingerprint sensor go? Like many other smartphones on the market right now, Samsung will supposedly move the S8’s fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone.

A few other hardware details in this report: the phone will (thankfully) keep the 3.5mm headphone jack, and also sport the same iris scanner that was found on the Note 7. The rear camera on the S8 will supposedly be only an incremental upgrade from the S7’s camera, as well. That’s not really a bad thing, though, as the S7’s camera has been one of the best on the market since its launch.

The Galaxy S8 will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and an iris scanner

The report also claims that we can expect a new version of Samsung’s Gear VR headset and a new Gear 360 camera to launch alongside the Galaxy S8. Samsung might also launch new “DeX” accessories, such as a dock, that could turn the phone into a Android desktop PC when the dock is also connected to a keyboard, mouse and monitor. The article repeats rumors about the phone’s alleged Bixby digital assistant, and seems to believe the phone will come with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor inside. Indeed, another rumor claims that Samsung has managed to corner the early market for this processor, which means the Galaxy S8 may be the first to have it inside.

Of course, all of these reports have yet to be officially confirmed by Samsung, and it’s possible that the company’s plans may chance for the Galaxy S8 between now and launch time. One thing is for sure – because of the failed launch of the Note 7, the release of the Galaxy S8 could be the most important product launch in Samsung’s history, and you can bet they will take great pains to make sure it goes off without a hitch.

Next: Samsung Galaxy S8: all the rumors in one place

John Callaham
John was a newspaper reporter before becoming a technology and video/PC gaming writer in 2000. He lives in Greer, SC with his wife and five cats.
  • Tim R.

    please no… a Fingerscanner on the back is shit…

    • Arman

      Yes, I hate the fingerprint on the back…

    • Stakoman

      does this means that they will be adding software buttons like with the nexus/pixel/sony/huawei etc ?

      im a bit confused with this move by samsung…cause i also liked the home button at the front!

      • Tim R.

        hopfully this is a fake…
        I don’t want shitty Onscreen-buttons and a fingerscanner on the back…

        • Grant Ding

          Samsung patented an under-screen optical fingerprint sensor. Many rumors point to them moving the fp sensor under the screen.

      • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

        I REALLY REALLY hate onscreen buttons. So I sure hope not.

        • RiTCHiE

          Same, and this was one of the reason i went to the galaxy line because of the button.

          • Tom

            They’re def not doing dual cameras

    • Grant Ding

      IDK. This article is contradictory because so many rumors point to an optical fp scanner under the screen.

      • Aweso

        That’s what I heard at some point as well. Scanner under the glass would be awesome.

  • Aweso

    That’s the dumbest place to put a fingerprint scanner. 😕

    1. Let me pick the phone from the table to unlock it, then put it back on the table.
    2. Let me undock it from the car mount to unlock, then mount it back.
    3. Let me interrupt wireless charging to unlock, then put it back on the charger.

    • RiTCHiE

      yea, but i think it will have a scanner under the glass and hope they go for a dual camera setup otherwise ill keep this s7 a year longer.

    • SeanPR11

      You could always tap the power button and use a Pin. Not as convenient as a fingerprint, but more convenient than undocking from a car dock. The other 2 instances take almost no time at all. I think the fingerprint reader on my Nexus 6P (rear) is a better placement than on my Galaxy Tab S2 8.0″ (front).

    • StopBeingOffendedDERP

      It’s the BEST place for a fingerprint reader.

      Nexus 6P, Huawei’s devices…one of the first things I loved about them. Never had an issue with it; much more awkward to use that crappy small button Samsung has on front now.

      • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

        Yeah, I don’t like the Samsung fingerprint button.

        I love the iPhone fingerprint button, though. It seems more natural.

        • nahaluk

          Mmmm, what’s the difference?

      • David A Cole

        yes, there IS still common sense on this unpacified thread…

    • David A Cole

      if only there were a way to unlock a phone without using a fingerprint scanner…. oh wait..

      • Aweso

        Let’s not resort to “if you don’t like it, don’t use it” arguments here. Fingerprint scanners are convenient and current Samsung models have it located in a good spot. My complaint is about ruining part of the Samsung experience by changing that spot to an inconvenient one in newer models.

        • David A Cole

          It’s not inconvenient if you are familiar with it. I’d argue it’s more convenient in many ways.

    • Choda Boy

      I agree, but maybe they expect the iris scanner to suffice in those cases?

      • Aweso

        Yes, I suppose it will make the iris scanner more relevant.

  • StandingO

    No. No back fingerprint scanner please. I hate it 😢

  • Danny Maes

    I think no more of that nonsense. It’s just going to be an upgrade of the S7.

  • huungryshark

    finger print sensor on the back? you have to pick up the phone to unlock it looooool gawd Iove my moto z play , front facing speakers and fingerprint scanner on front :-P

    oh and headfone jack and lovely sounding DAC

    • kaostheory

      Side is obviously the best place as you can unlock whether it’s face down or up.

    • David A Cole

      unlock gesture for the feeble wristed…

  • S.L Jones

    Finally, Samsung put the fingerprint sensor where it belongs, and for all you butthurt fanboys, you’re still gonna buy it and you’re gonna love it. Now shut up and eat your vegetables!

    • RiTCHiE

      Nope, not me because ill just stick top the s7. Only a dual camera setup and finger print under the glass would make me upgrade.

      • S.L Jones

        You will eat your vegetables…

        • Tom

          Fingerprint sensor on the back is dumb and inconvenient compared to what we’re used to on our current galaxy’s. The only reason those other companies did it was because their phones were designed with software only buttons on the front to begin with.

          • S.L Jones

            ::through pursed lips:: you will buy it…. And you will love it. Now shut up and eat your vegetables

          • Tom

            Every great product has it’s flaws, and if the sensor is on the back, this will be one of them. Also I’m keeping my S7 for at least another year lol.

    • David A Cole

      ♿☝…🐒

      • S.L Jones

        Shut your mouth, and eat your vegetables

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

    The fingerprint scanner on the back seems like a good idea, but since I’ve never had a phone with one on the back, I can’t weigh in on that.

    But I sure hope it doesn’t have on-screen buttons. I REALLY hate those. Given the pictures of the panels, it looks like that’s what they’ll do, though.

    • Tom

      Hopefully the on screen buttons incorporate “3d touch”

  • Lex

    Billions of dollars in R&D and that’s the best they can do. Yawn

  • RiTCHiE

    Wow, seems not worth a upgrade if this all is true. I would only upgrade if they add dual camera’s but the remove of the button makes it hard for me to upgrade.

  • Korea

    Love Samsung Note!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bring back Samsung Note.

    • GoushiqueJ

      Dont worry it will come back!

      • Korea

        Dude, Love it.

  • PandaTurtle

    I’m so torn… I got an S7 edge after returning my Note 7, but don’t know if I should jump for the S8, or wait for the Note 8… I guess it’ll boil down to whether or not they give the S8 support for the S Pen. (Which would only make sense, since Samsung could sell so many more of those)

  • Swordylove

    S8 Mini pls >_<

  • Kunal Narang

    I use a phone with a rear fingerprint sensor and I know that people say that it’s placement on the back in more natural but after using my device for a year, I can say that I prefer front mounted fingerprint scanners. They seem more natural to me.

  • daftrok

    How about just put the fingerprint reader under the screen AND on the back? Eh? Ehhh? Everyone’s happy.

  • Sam Parr

    Why is the comment section just full of so much cancer?

  • Modern475

    Phones can’t improve much from now on. The S7 Edge is already more than enough. Except for waterproofing, you can’t improve much on the Note 5.
    What’s the point? Just wait another 2 years and get the S7 Edge (when it’s cheap).
    The differences in phones from now on won’t matter much to almost all users.

  • David Ru

    I wish they would add a high quality headphone DAC and AMP.

  • David A Cole

    I personally think the fingerprint scanner on the back is WAY better. It’s where you hold it anyway and makes it easier for snapping pics, and if you scan more than one finger for different functions it’s a no brainer. I also like it being a separate key than the home key.

  • Gadgetonomy

    Why does every article about Samsung have to include a mention of the Note7 ? Get over it AA