Samsung Galaxy S8 Leaked Again In Monolithic Jet Black Finish

Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but if Apple seems a bit red in the face as of late, it's probably out of anger rather than blushing. Bear in mind that Apple has long accused rival Samsung of ripping off the look and design of its iPhone line for the company's own Galaxy devices. Now there are pictures floating around of a glossy black handset that is purported to be the Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Front

Apple calls the color scheme "Jet Black," a new color option it introduced with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Knowing it would be a hit, Apple limited the Jet Black color option to its more premium priced 128GB and 256GB models, leaving out the 32GB models, which are the least expensive in its lineup. Despite being prone to finger smudges and easy to scratch, the Jet Black option has emerged as a favorite.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Back

Samsung Galaxy S8 Back Camera

So it goes that the Galaxy S8 will apparently come in the same color option with the same glossy shine and mirror-like finish. And hey, why not? This is what Samsung and Apple do. They feed off each other and 'borrow' ideas, at least the ones that seem to work. And the Jet Black color option works, only Samsung will have to call it something else.

Images of the glossy black Galaxy S8 emerged on Weibo, a popular social networking site in China that is sort of a cross between Twitter and Facebook. They certainly look legit with the curved corners and side button placements matching previously leaked press renders.
The Galaxy S8 is rumored to launch at the end of April. Normally Samsung would announce new flagship Galaxy phone at Mobile World Congress, but this time around it wanted a bit of extra time to test the Galaxy S8's battery under a new certification program to avoid another Galaxy Note 7 situation.

As to the hardware, the Galaxy S8 will have all the bells and whistles (see above). It's also expected to be the first smartphone built around Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC), at least in certain markets such as the United States.