Samsung Galaxy S8 Hands-On: Video Shows On-Screen Keys, Dedicated Bixby Button and more

A working model of Galaxy S8 has been leaked in an online video show-off the phone’s bezel-less display and on-screen keys that replace the old home button and soft keys that are present on the current flagship Galaxy S7.

Though, if you have been following the leaks, you know this (and have seen this in leaked photos) already but it’s the first actual hands-on video that shows the phone in full glory ahead of its launch next week on March 29.

The video uploaded by Slashleaks shows the phone’s front and back, with a working display and software. It looks very similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge — if you don’t pay attention to the glowing button at the bottom. But the button integrated with the Bixby software — apart from the bezel-less display — would come as major differentiator not only compared to its own flagship but to others as well.

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The video begins with showing phone’s lock screen boasting the active display similar to the Galaxy S7, but with the home button glowing at the bottom. This is the dedicated button for launching Samsung’s voice assistant Bixby. As the screen is unlocked you come to grips with the fact that there are going be three on-screen keys for navigation. The phone appears to be running a new version of its Touchwiz interface, but then it might just be a small upgrade built over Android Nougat 7.0.

This also clears the fact, if you are misinformed, that there is not going be an on-screen fingerprint sensor, but rather at the back — put way up there, alongside the rear camera. As we stated  during the initial leaks about the design as well, Samsung could be focusing  more on other method of authentication – read iris scanner/face recognition — for daily use, while keeping fingerprint scanner for the rare fail-safe override.

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Galaxy S8 is said to be a drastic upgrade, and we would know if it actually is only after the launch, but in the leaked video it rather feels like an elongated version of the Galaxy S8, which may not be bad if most of the major flaws are addressed.

The elongated display, as you may know, has an 18:9 aspect ratio similar to what we saw on the LG G6. This divides the display into two equal perfect squares and the companies claim you get better multi-tasking experience.

Samsung is said to be launching Galaxy S8 in two variants 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch, with the difference only in the screen size and the prices, recently leaked on internet, are close to Rs 56,500 and Rs 63,500. The phones would hit retail only in after April 21.

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