Samsung didn’t unveil the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress but leaked picture of the new premium smartphone went online.

We are lucky to see the Samsung Galaxy S8 the whole month before the official launch. The image became available thanks to Evan Blass, professional leaker who is responsible for a good chunk of the mobile phone leaks.

Of course, the information about the phone’s software or casing is kept secret. We have a month to make suggestions. Or to hope for one more leak as a variant.

The twit of Evan Blass (@evleaks) depicts new Galaxy S8 and reads: “I think this is what you’ve been waiting for”.

The leaked picture shows a redesigned Galaxy phone with habitual wrap-around screen of the Galaxy S7 edge but without physical buttons. The bezel is smaller than past models, taking up just a tiny bit of the top and bottom of the device.

The long and narrow display on the Samsung Galaxy S8 gives a hint that the company may have adopted the 18:9 aspect ration rather than the current industry standard of 16:9. New G6 by LG also has a 18:9 aspect ratio and bears a 5.7-inch FullVision display with a QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) resolution.

Reportedly, Samsung has added the dedicated button for Bixby, a new AI assistant that will work with native apps as well. It remains unclear how the Bixby AI will be used on the Galaxy S8.

There have been many talks that Samsung was planning to refresh the design of the Galaxy S8 series, and virtual assistant Bixby was one of the biggest features expected to debut on the new premium smartphones.

As for the rumors about specifications, the Galaxy S8 is expected to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The handset is said to pack 64GB inbuilt storage and support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Allegedly, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have 3250mAh battery.

Samsung hasn’t unveiled the price for the Galaxy S8 so far but it is rumored that the phone will cost around EUR 100 more than its predecessor.

It is interesting that the picture appeared in media right now, on the last day of Mobile World Congress, the largest mobile phone trade show in the world. Samsung used to unveil the last three Galaxy phones at the conference but this year it announced just two tablets – the Android-powered Galaxy Tab S3 and the Windows 10-powered Galaxy Book. According to the company, a special event dedicated to the Galaxy S8 will be held in NYC in late March.

So, this year Mobile World Congress definitely misses a bit of excitement usually caused by Samsung.

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