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Samsung is widely expected to launch the successor to the Galaxy S7 smartphone later this year, and now twice in two weeks we have seen leaked images of the phone. This time around the phone has been leaked by famed mobile blogger Evan Blass on twitter which indicates that the phone could be launched with a pressure sensitive screen similar to the one that’s there on Apple’s iPhone.

Design wise, the phone looks like a refinement of the design language that Samsung has embarked upon since the Galaxy S6. The image shows that the phone has a curved screen and according Blass’s post it also comes with pressure sensitive technology baked in which may be used to even summon a new virtual assistant called Bixby.

“The lower part of the display supposedly capable of distinguishing between different types of screen presses,” says Blass.

Interestingly, one of the big changes to the design language include the removal of the front mounted home button which also doubled as a fingerprint reader. By the looks of it, the scanner has been moved to the back right next to a 12-megapixel rear camera. The rear camera too gets a flash and an infrared sensor with a f/1.7 aperture.

The front of the phone also has a 8-megapixel camera and the display takes up 83 percent of the space. The screen takes up so much space, by the looks of, Samsung also ran out of space to slap its logo on the phone.

Samsung has also seemingly adopted the USB Type C port which could work in tandem with 3,000mAh or 3,500mAh batteries. The phone is said to be offered in two screen sizes — 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch models.

Internal hardware wise, this phone is likely to be powered by Qualcomm’s new 10nm Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM. Samsung is reportedly going to be one of the biggest users of the Snapdragon 835 processor. Reportedly, as Samsung is hoarding the chipset for itself some of its competitors like LG may struggle to use the processor in their flagship phones.

The Bixby assistant could be one of the biggest features of the phone. Samsung is said to be leveraging technology from Viv software whose founders helped build the technology behind Apple’s Siri assistant. Samsung acquired Viv in 2016.

The Galaxy S8 is said to be more expensive than its predecessors at $749 and it may also come with a 64GB version which would be an improvement from the Galaxy S7.

Samsung is said to be taking things carefully for the launch of the Galaxy S8 post the debacle of the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung has come up with a new procedure for the testing phones before they manufactured at scale. Samsung will also not showcase the phone Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next month in Barcelona, but instead it is said to be hosting an event on March 29 for the launch of the product.