Samsung may soon release a new Galaxy Note handset, a device that’s supposed to make everyone forget about last year’s Galaxy Note 7 debacle. Reports say the Galaxy Note 8 will be launched as soon as late August, and that it’ll basically be a bigger Galaxy S8 version that’ll offer a few extra tricks, including a stylus and a dual lens camera on the back.
The same reports say that Samsung’s upcoming flagship won’t have the one feature that’ll probably turn out to be the iPhone 8’s signature trick this year, a fingerprint sensor packed into the display.
Considering what Samsung did with the Galaxy S8 this year, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the Galaxy Note 8. And thanks to the folks over at TechnoBuffalo, we now have renders of what that predictable Galaxy Note 8 may look like.
2016’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco nearly killed the range, but the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus were critical hits so expectations for the Galaxy Note 8 have risen. And now no less than three leaks suggest this could be 2017’s most exciting phone…
First off the mark is Chinese site called CNMO.com (via Slashleaks) which posted what it claims is the first real world photo showing the rear of the Galaxy Note 8. The snap shows not only a dual, vertically aligned rear camera (like the iPhone 8 redesign), but also no horribly positioned rear fingerprint sensor like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
Given the Galaxy Note 8 is widely tipped to integrate the fingerprint sensor into the display, this is a very promising sign – if the leak stands up.
Leak #2: Even Smaller Bezels
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are perhaps the pinnacle so far in the welcome 2017 smartphone trend of reduced bezel size. But a new photo via leaking hotbed Weibo claims the top bezel of the Galaxy Note 8 measures just 6.7mm (0.26-inches) thick.
Leak #3: The Front Panel
Following this pair of photos comes a video leak, again picked up by Slashleaks, which claims be of the Galaxy Note 8 front panel. The panel ties in exactly with the Weibo image and builds on what we’ve already seen with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus as Samsung continues its mission to fill the front of its phones with nothing but display.
Needless to say, nothing is official about the Galaxy Note 8 until it is formally unveiled. But there is a clear pattern emerging which shows Samsung is radically overhauling the Galaxy Note 7 to match the design language of the new Galaxy S range while also seemingly addressing their shortcomings.
It looks like Apple’s redesigned 10th anniversary iPhone is going to have a fight on its hands…
At this point, it’s basically a race to see which phone will leak in its entirety first: the iPhone 8 or the Galaxy Note 8? Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen countless purported leaks of components and specifications for both devices, some backing up previous leaks and others shattering our expectations. On Thursday, the flood continued as a new video supposedly showcasing the front panel of the Galaxy Note 8 temporarily appeared online. Thankfully, Slashleaks saved it before it was taken down.
Earlier this week, we got an up-close look at what is allegedly the display of the Galaxy Note 8. As expected, it appears to feature the same Infinity Display as the Galaxy S8, with a thin bezel lining the sides of the phone’s face. In the video below, we see a front panel with virtually the same design:
While the cutouts appears to be slightly closer to one another in the video than they are in the leaked image, the similarities between the two are striking. Most noticeably, the bezels appear to be just as thin as those of the Galaxy S8 — if not thinner, relative to the size of the phone. The Galaxy S8 might not be a financial success in the US quite yet, but it’s clear that the design is here to stay.
Unfortunately, the leaker didn’t confirm or deny any rumors about the phone’s specs, but the latest reports claim that the Note 8 will feature a 6.4-inch display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera and pricing in line with the Galaxy S8+. Of course, Samsung has yet to confirm any of this, but an announcement is expected by August of this year.