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Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus photo leak reveals software home button (Update: S8 Plus spec sheet leak)

The photo also appears to confirm the 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch screen sizes of the devices.

Published onFebruary 22, 2017

Update: Noted gadget leaker Evan “evleaks” Blass has posted what he claims is the official spec sheet for the Galaxy S8 Plus on his Twitter feed:

The spec sheet seems to align with most of the previous rumors about the larger version of the Galaxy S8. That includes its 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD+ display, along with 64GB of onboard storage, 4GB of RAM, a 12MP dual pixel rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, and an iris scanner. It also shows the phone will have IP68 certification for dust and water resistance Samsung Knox software security, Samsung Pay and wireless charging support and more.

Original story: A photo has emerged online apparently depicting the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. The image arrives via Sam Mobile. though it doesn’t mention the picture’s origin, and reveals the software home button that has been speculated.

Sam Mobile claims that the software home button will remain visible as part of the S8’s Always-On display, and that it can be pressed like the physical home button to wake the device. Reportedly, it can also be double tapped to quickly launch the camera as was capable on more recent devices in the Galaxy series.

As you can see, the image also indicates that the display sizes will come in at 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches (in line with the most recent speculation).

Samsung Galaxy S8 image leak shows off on-screen keys, desktop dock

Rumors that Samsung would drop the physical home button have been circulating since last year and it seems pretty clear that this is the approach Samsung is taking now. I’m not sure how I feel about the design of it, though — especially since Android traditionally has used a square icon for the recent apps menu.

What are your thoughts on the leak? Let us know in the comments.

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