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There's a lot of anticipation surrounding the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is set to be released sometime this year—although the exact date hasn't yet been revealed.
Following the embarrassment of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 this past year, the company has a lot of pressure to not only outdo their previous product, but to rival that of its main competitor, Apple, which, as we've reported before, has grand plans for its iPhone 8 later this year.
While everyone's trying to read up as much as possible about the Galaxy S8, naturally, no one has even seen a photo of the design or display screen—until, possibly, now, as a leaked photo hit the Internet that's causing quite the stir among tech and gadget lovers.
The image comes from a site called Weibo, with the image appearing to show certain things that have long been rumored in reports about the Galaxy S8 thus far—including a curved display screen.
Of course, this could all just be a prototype or, worse, just the imagination of some creative Internet dreamer, but it's something that's getting a lot of attention and making the hype for the phone's release even bigger.
Interestingly enough, the site SamMobile isn't so sure this is the real first image of the S8, giving one reason to support that theory.
What’s strange, however, is that there don’t appear to be any on-screen buttons, either. Typically, when you head into Settings, they don’t automatically hide — so we’re left wondering whether the photo is a product of some Photoshop wizardry.
There could be a simple explanation for the lack of buttons, though. It’s perfectly feasible that Samsung could have developed a full-screen mode, which can be manually activated to take advantage of the entire display. If this (or a similar feature) turns out to exist, then it’s likely that they keys would only appear when a user swipes up from the bottom of the screen. This is, of course, nothing but speculation on our part.
If it wasn’t for this major discrepancy, we’d feel pretty confident in saying that this picture is the real deal.
Leaks like this occur all the time—especially in the gadget world—so, until consumers get the real product announcement from Samsung themselves, it's important to take everything with a grain of salt. But it would be cool if this really is the Samsung Galaxy S8, wouldn't it?