Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs, rumors: Leaked images, rumors of launch date surface online

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With reports that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will miss the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month, rumors of its release date and specs continue to pile up online.

A report from TechRadar, however, mentioned that a live image of Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone will be teased during Samsung's press briefing slated at the MWC. The one-minute video, which was initially reported by The Korean Herald, will likely give the public a glimpse of how the phone will look like, zooming in on its rumored button-less wide screen display.

Images of the Galaxy S8 that were leaked earlier by tipster Evan Blass also showed the new smartphone sporting a larger screen compared to its predecessor and having curved edges and a selfie camera that is located on the upper portion.

It's launch, on the other hand, is reportedly on March 29 in New York City, and a general release date will be slated sometime in April.

Other rumored specs include a 4K or Quad HD screen, two screen size variants — 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches — and a wide 18.5:9 aspect ratio, based on another leaked photo that appeared on Chinese social networking site Weibo, as reported by TechTastic.

Moreover, the image showed the phone featuring a speaker grille and headphone port with a look that is similar to a USB Type-C port, which is a step away from the micro USB port that was used in the Galaxy S7.

It was also reported earlier that the Galaxy S8 will have an iris scanner, a piece of biometric technology that was previously seen in the Samsung Note 7. Additionally, insiders shared that a "duo-pixel" 12-megapixel camera is placed at the back of the smartphone and that it features object recognition, improved speed, better low-light performance, and overall image quality.

It will also be powered a 3,250mAh battery, 64GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 835 processor.

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