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The countdown is on.

By Don Reisinger
March 6, 2017
March 06, 2017

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 might just be the worst-kept secret in the mobile market, and it might have once again found itself in front of a camera.

A site called Slashleaks has claimed to have obtained images of what it says are the Samsung Galaxy S8. Samsung hasn’t confirmed its future plans, but the images follow several others that appear to come with the same features, suggesting it might be the real deal.

The image shows the front of what is presumably the Galaxy S8. It comes with a big screen that curves on the left and right sides and features an exceedingly small bezel at the top and bottom. On the top bezel, the device looks to come with a front-facing camera and some sensors, though it’s not immediately clear for what those sensors might be used.

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Arguably the most important finding is what’s missing: the physical home button. Samsung SSNLF has been rumored to have removed the physical home button at the bottom of the device to make room for a bigger screen. In its place, Samsung has reportedly developed a virtual home button that will allow users to tap around the operating system. The newly leaked image shows precisely that.

Samsung is planning to hold a press event in New York City on March 29, when it’s already confirmed it will unveil its flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone. Samsung’s media invite to the event was black with white font that read: “Unbox your phone.” Above and below that text were two white graphics that look identical to the top and bottom bezels in the leaked images from Slashleaks.

While Samsung hasn’t presented what it has planned for the Galaxy S8, the smartphone has been the subject of countless rumors of late. Those rumors have said that Samsung’s device could feature a curved screen measuring 6.2 inches. The handset could also support Samsung’s S Pen stylus for digitally “writing” on the screen, and come with powerful components. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 should also offer wireless charging, a long battery life, and a fingerprint sensor on the back.

In another image, Slashleaks showed the back of the device it says is the Galaxy S8. That image shows a big rear-facing camera lens and flash, as well as a fingerprint sensor that sits directly next to the camera lens. The images also show a physical button on the right side of the handset that could be used to activate Bixby, the rumored name for Samsung’s new virtual personal assistant.

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The latest images come just days after what appeared to be official images that Samsung would use in promotions was leaked to the Internet. The device in that image looks identical to the one in the Slashleaks report.

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