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Samsung Galaxy S8 release date and everything you should know

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is almost upon us. We’ve got a confirmed Galaxy S8 launch date – March 29 – and there are a flurry of rumors teasing the upcoming features of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone.

There are even hints that it will in be called the Samsung Galaxy S8, if there was ever any doubt. Want to know what it looks like? Look no further.

A convincing look at the Galaxy S8 (credit: @evleaks)

The Samsung Galaxy S7 was almost everything we hoped for, but while it may have scored five stars in our in-depth review, there’s always room for improvement for the next Galaxy.

Based on the sheer volume of rumors, leaks and teases so far we’re confident we’ll see some significant improvements with the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The headline features point towards a larger 5.8-inch display with an elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio, but with a similar body size to the S7 with Samsung opting to reduce the bezels above and below the screen.

That will be partly achieved by removing the iconic physical home button from the front of phone, shifting the fingerprint scanner to the rear of the Galaxy S8 and introducing 3D Touch-esque pressure sensing tech under the screen to provide a home button experience.

The new Galaxy S8 may even pack an iris scanner, providing another secure way of unlocking the handset and potentially authorizing payments – we fear it won’t be as speedy or user friendly as the trusty digit reader though.

There is some talk of a dual-lens camera, but it looks more likely that the Galaxy S8 will stick with a 12MP sensor on the back – although the front snapper could be bumped to 8MP.

Samsung has even confirmed that its new AI assistant, called Bixby, will take on Apple’s Siri and Google’s own Assistant on the Galaxy S8.