If the Rumor Mill is to be believed, it sounds like Samsung is planning on doubling down on Apple’s rumored features before Apple can get around to it.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy S8 with some major changes in place when compared to previous devices in the flagship lineup. First up, the device is said to feature an “all-screen” design, which means there are other changes being planned as well.
With the all-screen design, the Galaxy S8 is also said to be removing the physical home button from the front of the phone. Instead, the device will feature a virtual home button, according to the report’s sources, and that it will be present on the lower part of the display. That would line up with earlier rumors suggesting the fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S8 will be embedded in the display, too.
On top of that, earlier reports have also pointed to Samsung ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack in the upcoming Galaxy S8 as well — despite trying to mock Apple for doing the same thing this year.
If Samsung can finalize its more rigorous testing (it doesn’t want another phone exploding after all) on time, then the company plans on launching the Galaxy S8 in March of 2017. However, the report also states it’s possible Samsung is forced to wait until April to get their new flagship on the market.
Apple is currently embroiled in rumors that suggest the upcoming iPhone 8 could feature an OLED all-screen design as well, and that there won’t be any type of physical home button — something Apple has already done away with in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Will it matter if Samsung is able to launch these features, based on Apple’s rumored design progress, ahead of next year’s iPhones?