Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 may still be pending announcement but that hasn’t ever really stopped leaks before and it certainly isn’t this time either, if some new photos cropping up on the web are anything to go by. Galaxy Note 8 had leaked quite a few times thus far, and the device’s front panel just surfaced yet again.
If you take a look at the provided image below, you’ll get to see the Galaxy Note 8’s display on the right, and the front panel which belongs to one of the Galaxy S8 smartphones on the left, based on its size, though, that’s probably the Galaxy S8 Plus’ front panel.
This front panel actually goes hand-in-hand with a recently leaked render. As you can see, this front panel is not as curved as the Galaxy S8’s front panel is, its edges are sharper. The display on this handset also seems to be a little less curved on the sides, though it’s still noticeably curved.
If you take a look at the cutouts on the top of this panel, you’ll notice that they’re almost identical to the ones on the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, though their positioning is slightly different compared to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus. Pretty much every rumor that surfaced thus far, along with this leaked panel, suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 will be a larger smartphone than the Galaxy S8 Plus, though that was to be expected.
The Galaxy S8 Plus comes with a 6.2-inch QHD+ Infinity display which sports an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, and the Galaxy Note 8 is actually rumored to arrive with that very same aspect ratio, but its display will be 6.3 inches in size, if not larger.
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The Galaxy Note 8 will be made out of metal and glass, just like the two Galaxy S8 handsets, and it will be fueled by the Snapdragon 835 in some regions, while the Exynos 8895 will fuel the Galaxy Note 8 in some other regions. It is possible that the Galaxy Note 8 will ship with the yet-unannounced Snapdragon 836 instead of the Snapdragon 835, but that does not seem as likely at this point.
The Galaxy Note 8 will sport a dual camera setup on the back, and the phone’s fingerprint scanner will also be placed there. Samsung’s S Pen stylus will be included in this package as well, and the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with Android Nougat out of the box, while Samsung’s custom UI will be placed on top of it. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to arrive on August 23, but nothing has been confirmed just yet.
We know just about everything there is to know at this point. Since information has come from so many different sources, it’s highly unlikely that there will be many surprises left when Samsung unveils the phone at a press conference in New York next month. That said, a new leak from a reliable source suggests that there still may be a few secrets left to be revealed.
Last year’s Galaxy Note 7 was by far the sleekest and most capable smartphone Samsung had ever created back when it was released, but we all know about the phone’s untimely demise. Here’s a photo of the phone from 2016:
Take a look at the top bezel on the phone, above the screen. You’ll see an oblong opening for the ear speaker, of course, and then there are three additional cutouts for the front-facing camera, an iris scanning camera, and an ambient light sensor.
The second component mentioned there has become a new staple in Samsung’s flagship smartphone lineup, and we expect to see it that feature in the Galaxy Note 8 as well. But let’s take a look at a Galaxy Note 8 screen protector that just leaked on Friday:
This photo was posted to Twitter early Friday morning by @OnLeaks, a source with a good track record, and it shows the progression of leaks over time. The screen protector on the far-left is from June 16th, the CAD drawing in the front is from later that month, and the protector in the back-right is from today.
— OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) July 14, 2017
It’s interesting to see the progression as new information emerged, and the screen protector in the back on the right-hand side is believed to represent Samsung’s final Note 8 design. But look at the top bezel compared to the Galaxy Note 7 from last year. There are two additional cutouts now, making a total of six including the speaker, and there’s no confirmation yet as far as what additional sensors they might be intended for.