Samsung has only recently launched its flagship Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices and the rumour mills are already churning out leaks related to the company’s next big smartphone — the Galaxy Note 8.
According to one of the more recent leaks, Samsung doesn’t seem to look very keen to improve on one of the most talked about issue on the Galaxy S8 — the location of the fingerprint reader.
Following the unveiling of Qualcomm’s enhanced fingerprint sensing technology which can scan biometrics through a glass display or a metal surface, it was largely expected that the company will try to integrate the new tech into their upcoming flagship device.
But according to the leaked CAD (Computer-aided design), the company hasn’t integrated its fingerprint sensor into the display, rather just increased the distance between the fingerprint sensor and camera on the rear end.
While this might decrease the chances of a user smudging their camera lens while unlocking the phone, if this render is to be believed, it’s far from what anyone following the device had expected.
Apart from this leak, Mobile Fun, a UK-based smartphone accessory retailer, has confirmed to the Forbes that they’ve received official cases for the Galaxy Note 8.
The case design indicates that the Galaxy Note 8 will sport a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor — similar to the Galaxy S8 — and will be available in an array of colours including Orchid Grey, Deep Blue, Black, Silver and Gold.
Since the Galaxy Note has always been the bigger cousin of their flagship Galaxy S devices, it’ll probably share the same 6.2-inch screen size as the S8+ or maybe even bigger and might come with a 4k screen resolution.
The screen of the upcoming Note device is tipped to be pressure sensitive — similar to the 3D Touch which was first seen on the iPhone 6s — and might house the fingerprint sensor below the home button.
Samsung’s own personal assistant AI unit Bixby, which was launched alongside its Galaxy S8 devices isn’t yet fully functional and fails in its bid to compete with the likes of Google Assistant or Siri.
But Samsung had earlier confirmed that Bixby will be ready in a few months time and so we can safely say that the Galaxy Note 8 will sport a fully-functional Bixby out-of-the-box.
After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung ensured the world that they’re taking additional precautions to avoid the same in the future and so they came up with the eight-point battery test which will ensure that the new Samsung devices don’t face the same fate.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is being tipped to be launched in August if the company decides to follow the same release cycle. Otherwise, there have been reports that the maximum delay would lead to a September release in case Samsung plans to go head-to-head with the release of Apple’s 10th Anniversary iPhone.
Since the company has released the Samsung Galaxy S8 with a dual-lens rear camera unit, it’s expected that the company will do the same with the Galaxy Note 8.