Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 inches closer to release with each passing day. We’re just over a month away from the phone’s official unveiling, which is expected to take place in late August. As expected, the slow stream of leaks has now turned into a raging river, and we know just about everything there is to know about the upcoming new flagship phablet.
OnLeaks and 91mobiles have joined forces and released a set of alleged renders, as well as a 360-degree video, of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. They show the device from all angles leaving nothing to the imagination.
As you can see, the Note 8 resembles the Galaxy S8 series with its small bezels and curved screen. Although the back of the device does look a little bit different, mainly because of the protruding dual-camera setup. Unfortunately, the fingerprint scanner is positioned on the right side of the cameras just like on the Galaxy S8, which a lot of users don’t really like. You can check out the video as well as all the images down below.
As expected, the Note 8 has a glass back, a metal frame, and comes equipped with the popular S Pen that pops out from the bottom of the device.
We already knew that the device will look quite similar to the Galaxy S8, given how its design has been well received by the majority of users. However, the placement of the fingerprint scanner is surprising, as that location doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. After all, the Note 8 is expected to feature a display with the size of at least 6.3-inches. This means that the scanner will be quite high up and could be hard to reach, especially for those who have smaller hands.
According to several reports, Samsung tried and failed to embed a fingerprint sensor in the display of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. Vivo and Apple are rumored to be leading the race to bring this feature to market.
Another recent report from a tried and true source of information surrounding unreleased smartphones painted a near-complete picture of the Galaxy Note 8 last week. According to the leak, the Note 8 will sport a large 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display, a 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 6GB of RAM, an Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, a 3,300 mAh battery, and an updated S Pen stylus. The same post claimed that the phone will retail for close to $1,000 when it’s released later this summer.
As for the phone’s design, we’ve known for quite some time now that it’ll riff on Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ design from earlier this year. Considering the S8 has the hottest smartphone design the world has ever seen, that’s definitely a good thing. We’re expecting a new Infinity Display and possibly an even better screen-to-body ratio than the Galaxy S8’s class-leading 83%, but the back of the phone is still something of a mystery. At least, it was until now.
Reports suggest Samsung wanted to integrate the Galaxy Note 8’s fingerprint scanner into the display, as we’re expecting on the iPhone 8. Unfortunately, Samsung was unable to get the necessary tech ready for mass production in time, so the company was forced to go with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.
A technical explanation for Samsung’s decision undoubtedly exists, but we don’t yet know what it is. As a result, all we can say is that Samsung is sacrificing the Note 8’s user experience to an even greater degree than it did on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, all so that it can ditch the home button on the front of the phone and keep the bezels as narrow as possible.
Keep in mind that the images above aren’t official, which means that what you see may not be the final design of the Note 8. We won’t know for sure exactly what the phablet will look like until Samsung reveals it. This is expected to happen either in August or at the beginning of September. Meanwhile, feel free to check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rumor roundup post to learn more about the upcoming smartphone.
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