Latest Galaxy S8 rumor: all screen, no more home button


Samsung’s iconic home button on their devices has been a point of contention for years. Some customers love it and won’t use anything else, while other Android purists hate the idea of physical buttons instead of Google’s vision of on-screen keys. 2017 might be the year that Samsung puts the physical home button on the chopping block, if the latest batch of rumors ends up being true.

Bloomberg reports that Samsung is going with an all-screen device with the Galaxy S8, completely eliminating bezels on the sides of the device. That does mean that the home button has to go, which Samsung is apparently ready to do.

Instead of the traditional physical button in between two capacitive¬†keys, Samsung will opt for a virtual home button in the glass of the bottom of the display. That doesn’t sound quite like on-screen keys that we’re used to in most other Android phones, but it’s certainly open for interpretation. There’s also some room for questions about where Samsung will implement the fingerprint scanner; we’ve heard rumors about OEMs using fingerprint sensors embedded in a touch screen, but so far it’s all been rumors and patent talk. Nothing official, but Samsung could be the first to breach that wall.

Samsung is targeting a March launch for the Galaxy S8, but after the Note 7’s awful recall situation, that release might be delayed by a month or two while Samsung absolutely 100% verifies that the Galaxy S8 won’t overheat or explode.

The Galaxy S8 is already shaping up to be one of Samsung’s most intriguing devices yet, if these rumors hold up. We’ll know in a few months.

source: Bloomberg

About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

  • Paladin

    Now Samsung is copying Apple big time, and trying to beat them to the punch. Apple insiders reported a month or more ago that the iPhone 8 will not have a home button, it will have an onscreen home button and integrated fingerprint scanner and edge to edge glass. so when the iPhone releases next fall, all the android fanboys will claim Apple copied Samsung when Apple leaks actually occurred first for these features. In fact Apple hinted at no home button shortly after the release of the iPhone 7.