Dec 17, 2016 07:42 AM EST

Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs, Release Date: Upcoming Flagship To Have A Rear-Mounted Fingerprint Sensor; No Home Button For The Galaxy S8?

It has been 10 months since Samsung released its current flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S7, and now, many are on the lookout for details about the next generation device. Over the past few weeks, reports about the Samsung Galaxy S8’s specs have been making the rounds online, with the latest batch of rumors claiming that the upcoming phone will have a fingerprint sensor on the back.

According to Korean publication Naven via Phone Arena, the fingerprint sensor of the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be placed on the back, below the rumored dual camera setup of the upcoming device. The phone is also touted to have a button-less design, with the report noting that the Galaxy S8 won’t have a home button.

Other rumors indicate that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge will have Harman-branded speakers and that these could be mounted on the front, just like the Nexus 6P. It was also speculated that the speakers might be positioned in a way that the phone will mimic the iPhone 7. The Apple phone’s loudspeaker is embedded in its earpiece, while a regular speaker is at the bottom of the smartphone.

The latest rumor roundup regarding the Galaxy S8 appears to have shaken Samsung Mobile Head DJ Kho. The Korea Herald (via Android Authority) reports that the executive has sent out an email, urging employees to keep mum about the upcoming device. In his email, Kho said that he feels “deeply regretful to hear news about the recent attempts at breach and prototype leak,” presumably about the Galaxy S8.

It appears that someone in the company may have shared crucial information about the phone, and Android Authority points out that Kho has every reason to be concerned about it. Since the Galaxy S8 is said to be Samsung’s attempt to win over fans again after the disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7, it makes sense for the executive to keep details about the flagship device under wraps before its official debut.

As for the phone’s release date, tech fans are expecting the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge to be unveiled at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. For more news about the Samsung Galaxy S8, check out Jobs & Hire’s previous report about the upcoming phone’s rumored specs and features.

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