Galaxy Note 7’s successor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, is expected to take all the learnings from both the Galaxy S8 as well as the failed predecessor and bring it to the Note 8. That means a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, but with adequate spacing. It also means a smaller battery than the S8, so another Note 7 debacle can be avoided.
With the recent leaks, it is evident that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a dual-lens camera, though the function of the second camera is unclear. Not necessarily every dual-lens camera system plays the same role – like LG’s dual-lens camera supporting panoramic shots, or iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5’s used for portrait mode and optical zooming.
Samsung has fixed one of the main issues – fingerprint scanner location. The fingerprint scanner was problematic, which often resulted in insufficient place for the fingertip to reach the sensor to unlock the device – case in point: Galaxy S8. On the Galaxy S8, it was hard to distinguish the fingerprint scanner from the camera button module with the finger, the user most of the time muddling around for the sensor, resulting in smudging on the camera lens. As per the leak, the fingerprint scanner in Galaxy Note 8 will be mounted on the rear, next to the camera – but further away from the camera than it is on the Galaxy S8.
The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be equipped with 6GB of RAM and said to be 6.3 or 6.4 inches across.
The Galaxy Note 8 will sport a USB Type-C port and 3.5mm audio jack. An earlier report said it would feature two speakers – one each at the top and bottom. Due to the need to accommodate the S Pen, the Galaxy Note 8 is said to ship with a battery that is smaller than the 3500mAh cell powering the Galaxy S8 Plus.
All said and done, the discussion is only around rumors and leaks. Nothing is certain until the company itself launches the phablet with all its new features.
Samsung is expected to launch Galaxy Note 8 in October, though the speculations are that it is set to be released in early September to coincide with the launch of iPhone 8.
MAJOR UPDATE: Samsung has apparently “leaked” the Note 8 in a promotion for the Exynos 8895 chip that’s on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Images are below:
Earlier Concept Image:
Olixar’s listing for Galaxy Note 8 cases: