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New Samsung S7 (R) and S7 edge smartphones are displayed after their unveiling ceremony at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2016. The incremental upgrades may not be enough to rejuvenate sales for the world's No. 1 smartphone maker. Reuters/Albert Gea

Samsung may be planning to drop the dual-camera setup for the Samsung Galaxy S8 due to high manufacturing costs, but at the same time, it is thinking of having an all-screen design. Sources inside the company said that the highly-anticipated smartphone that is slated to come out in 2017, will have an all-screen front. Samsung will also remove the physical Home button.

According to The Australian Financial Review, the sources also revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a virtual Home button underneath the glass display and the wraparound display will use LED technology. Samsung is targeting a March 2017 release for the Galaxy S8 smartphone though it could be delayed by a month. This is because Samsung is adopting stricter testing procedures.

The Galaxy Note 7 debacle cost Samsung billions of dollars and the company is under undue pressure from Chinese vendors. Apple is also reportedly adopting OLED screens for less power consumption and richer colours. Samsung is also said to be considering the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor for the Galaxy S8 handset. The SoC processor will have the Adreno 540 GPU and sport eight cores compared to four cores in Snapdragon 821 chipset.

According to GFXBench, the Snapdragon 835 chipset will be based on Samsung’s 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and will run at 2.2GHz per core. This highly-advanced chipset in Samsung Galaxy S8 will reduce power consumption by 40 percent and increase device performance by 25 percent. The Snapdragon 835 chip will come with the Quick Charge 4.0 that will provide 50 percent battery charge in just 15 minutes.

Samsung is heavily dependent on its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone to make up for the losses suffered by Galaxy Note 7 recall. The Galaxy S8 smartphone will also feature Samsung’s own digital assistant.

Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone.