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5 major new Galaxy S8 features may have just been uncovered

Published Nov 7th, 2016 1:39PM EST

We’re just a few months away from the Galaxy S8’s arrival — unless it was delayed — and the rumors are really starting to fly now. After a report said the phone has been pushed back to April 2017, much later than the February launch we were expecting, a story from Korea supposedly reveals five of the biggest new features headed to the Galaxy S8.

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According to ETNews’ sources, the Galaxy S8 will have a brand new all-screen design. The screen will be a next-gen OLED panel that is supposed to be more efficient than current designs. The Galaxy S8’s screen will also incorporate the home button with its fingerprint sensor, and other buttons. Furthermore, the handset should have no less than four cameras on board. Finally, there’s going to be a new 3-coil wireless charging inside the device.

Some of this news isn’t new. We already heard that Samsung is working on an all-screen Galaxy S8. But ETNews says the Galaxy S8 will be available in two sizes, both featuring curved screens, including a 5.7-inch and a 6.2-inch model — that’s 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch if you don’t include the curved sides.

The screen itself should be more energy-efficient thanks to a new M8 OLED material, which is also supposed to have better longevity. An earlier report said that the Galaxy S8 would have a 2K display rather than a 4K screen.

The phone’s home button will be placed under the screen, but the new report says the process is rather complicated, and Samsung is also considering placing the fingerprint sensor of the phone on the back instead. Interestingly, the power button and volume buttons will also supposedly be touch-only buttons.

The Galaxy S8 will be first in the Galaxy S series to sport a dual-lens rear camera on the back. On the front, a selfie camera and an iris recognition camera should round out the phone’s cameras. Finally, the Galaxy S8 should feature a 3-coil wireless charging design that will bring over better range and faster charging.

The report doesn’t say anything about one other major feature coming to the Galaxy S8, at least according to other rumors: Samsung’s own virtual assistant.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.