With the release of the #iPhone 8 closing in, the web has been inundated with #Leaked information about the smartphone. This time, the photo of an alleged #Screen Protector for the device was shared by SlashLeaks, revealing thedisplay's design.

Accessories manufacturers tend to get their hands on the new iPhone design a few months prior to its release. That way, they have cases and screen protectors ready by the day that pre-orders begin. It is worth adding, though, that the source cannot confirm the authenticity of the image.

Does the leak bring anything new to the table?

In the last few weeks, a number of replicas and renders focusing on the front end of the iPhone 8 have emerged.

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All of them are identical, with the most notable similarity being the cutout on the top end of the display, which carries the speaker grill, light proximity sensors, and the 3D front-camera. The particular observation has stirred quite the reaction within the Apple community, the overwhelming majority of which characterizing it as hideous.

Subjective comments aside, such a cutout will compromise a significant portion of the display, while also making it difficult to operate the device in landscape mode. Moreover, the screen protector suggests that the device will come with a thin-bezel based design, except for the aforementioned cutout.

Another similar leak by designer Benjamin Geskin, made headlines a few days ago. It features a replica of the phone with the exact same characteristics on the front.

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iPhone 8 release date and price details

As mentioned in our iPhone 8 rumor roundup, we expect Apple to stick to its original launch cycle and take the wraps off in September. Pre-ordering will ostensibly commence the same day. The phone will hit US and Canadian retailers later that week. All markets where the iPhone 8 is available will have the handset by mid-November.

While Apple has been quite consistent with its pricing pattern since the inception of the series, we still believe that a price bump might take place this year. New additions, such as 3D camera on the front, will make production more expensive than previous generations. Hence, to compensate for the larger expenses, the handset could start from around $950, for the baseline model with 128GB of storage, and go all the way up to $1,200 for the 256GB one.

What are your thoughts on the iPhone 8? Feel free to sound off in the comments below.