Samsung is getting ready to launch its new smartphone, the Galaxy S8.
The S8 will be the first handset released following the disastrous launch of the Galaxy Note 7, which was later discontinued after more than 30 reported incidents of the batteries catching fire.
As a result, Samsung is under pressure to deliver with the Galaxy S8 and is expected to pull out all the stops for its next flagship handset.
New reports regarding the S8, which Samsung is expected to officially unveil at Mobile World Congress in February 2017, suggest that the Korean tech giant will follow Apple’s lead with some of its major features.
But that’s not all, with another report from the normally reliable Samsung fan site SamMobile claiming that Samsung will also drop the home button AND headphone jack from the Galaxy S8.
“[We] can exclusively confirm that Samsung is going to remove the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy S8”, reads the report on SamMobile.
Instead, the home button will be replaced finger scanning system integrated into the display.
Samsung is also expected to change its naming strategy from Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
Like with the iPhone 7, removing the home button and headphone jack will help to free up space for other components – namely the front facing stereo speaker mentioned above and also a larger battery.
The removal of the home button could also mean that the Galaxy S8 may have a bezel less edge to edge display.
However, while going wireless for headphones is likely to become standard on all smartphones in the near future, removing the headphone jack will almost certainly result in the same backlash Apple faced from its users.