Samsung Galaxy S8 user guide leak reveals pretty much everything

We’re just hours away from the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, but it seems some Samsung employees may be getting ahead of themselves, as a user guide that appears to be for the S8 has been posted – on Samsung’s official download center.

The file has since been removed, but not before Reddit users made a note of the key information, which, as you might expect, includes a lot of details about Bixby (Samsung's AI assistant).

This can be launched either by pressing the dedicated Bixby key or simply saying Bixby, and you can then speak or type your request.

There’s also ‘Hello Bixby’, which is a screen that shows you reminders, alarms and weather forecasts all in one place, as well as providing other information and suggested apps and functions based on your routine. And with ‘Bixby Vision’ you can scan objects or images to get information on them or translate text.

Iris scanning and audio

Elsewhere, the guide confirms the presence of an iris scanner, which can be used to unlock your S8, verify your Samsung account and sign in to websites. The Galaxy S8 can also be unlocked using facial recognition or a fingerprint, and there’s a Secure Folder to keep sensitive apps and media private.

There’s also mention of that rumored autofocus on the front-facing camera, and of an always-on display with multi-window support and edge screen features – so you can swipe across the curved edge to bring up a menu containing shortcuts and common toggles.

The guide also talks about Bluetooth Dual audio, which allows you to stream audio from one Galaxy S8 handset to two Bluetooth headsets or speakers simultaneously.

Other apparent features include the rumored Samsung DeX, which would let you connect the S8 or S8 Plus to a monitor and use it like a desktop computer, and mentions of a microSD card slot, water and dust resistance to IP68 standards (the same as the Samsung Galaxy S7), and support for Samsung Pay, Samsung Cloud and Samsung Connect.

Technically we still can’t consider any of this confirmed, and oddly some of the images show other Samsung handsets, but it’s clearly talking about the Galaxy S8 and as it’s come from a Samsung site it’s probably accurate. We’ll know soon, as the Galaxy S8 is being announced at 8am ET/11am PT/4pm BST.

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