Early case concepts may serve as tip-offs to Samsung Galaxy S8 design

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The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 may still be 2.5 to 3 months away, but component manufacturers are not the only ones trying to ramp up production. Accessory makers are also trying to get things going in hopes of capitalizing on the market created by buyers of the new device. One subset of accessories may be of note for us – case makers. We look to these companies for clues about the upcoming devices since they have early access to dimensions and specifications and they like to produce renders of the their cases on the new device.

This week a U.K. based retailer posted a couple cases targeting the Galaxy S8. The producers of the cases hope to get an early jump by pushing out information on their products. For retailers like MobileFun, having these products on their page helps drive traffic to their sites and improves their ranking for search purposes.

In this situation, we have cases from both Olixar and Ghostek up on the MobileFun web site. Looking at the renders that are provided, we see a device that appears to have curved edges. That is not really a new feature for Samsung Galaxy S devices, or other phones in the Samsung portfolio. Samsung certainly figured out a few years ago that curving the edges of the screen helps create a “bezel-less” edge.

More interesting may be the top and bottom edges of the front of the device. If these companies’ renderings of the phone are accurate, the Galaxy S8 will have some thin bezels compared to what we are used to seeing. The top bezel appears to be just large enough to hold a front-facing speaker and the front-facing camera lens. Notably, it also appears that no home button is present in the bottom bezel area which is dominated by the Samsung logo.

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On the back of the device all that seems to be present is the camera module. Without a home button, this combination raises the question of what Samsung may be doing about a fingerprint sensor.

We do note that the concepts shown in these renders, which should be accurate unless the case manufacturers decided to intentionally change things up for these pre-release listings, are consistent with some previous leaks.

Assuming the renders are accurate, what do you think of these early renderings of the Galaxy S8?

source: MobileFun (Olixar case) (Ghostek case)


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.