As Android fans eagerly await more news regarding the next generation Galaxy Note 8, a device that could be the Samsung phablet has emerged online. A handset with the model number SM-N950F appeared in the database of HTML5Test, with other information related to it suggesting that this could be the forthcoming successor to the Galaxy Note 7.

Galaxy Note 8 benchmark
Image Credit: Ivo Maric / Concept Creator / YouTube video (screenshot)

Galaxy Note 8 benchmark data leaked

The listing for this smartphone indicates that it was running Android 7.1.1 Nougat during the testing procedure, with the mobile also likely to benefit from Samsung’s proprietary mobile software suite. HTML5Test benchmark data also gathered the performance of the Samsung Internet 5.2 app, suggesting that the Galaxy Note 8 may be bundled with this version of the browser.

And the Internet browsing capability of the device in question was rather impressive, with this presumed Galaxy Note 8 scoring 488 out of 555 possible points in the HTML5Test benchmark. It seems that this new browser will render video and 2D graphics in particularly slick fashion, with the test also suggesting that the Samsung device is both responsive and cryptographically secure.

All of the specs for the Galaxy Note 8 look particularly impressive, with the 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display panel likely to be a particular highlight, particularly if Samsung opts to make it 4K resolution compatible. As screen-dominated designs become the norm in the consumer electronics marketplace, it is also expected that the Galaxy Note 8 will follow the lead of the Galaxy S8 and feature a virtually bezel-less design.

Galaxy Note 8 Benchmark
via: SamMobile

Processor debate

However, there is still some debate over the processor that will be included in the Galaxy Note 8 with some sources suggesting that the Snapdragon 835 is is likely, and others indicating that the later and slightly more advanced Snapdragon 836 will feature. Nonetheless, the East Asian model of this smartphone is expected to be fitted with Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 8895 chip, as has been the case in recent device releases from the Korean company.

There has also been discord over the release date for the Galaxy Note 8, with some reports suggesting that Samsung will unveil it at the IFA show in Berlin, and others indicating that a special Unpacked show will witness its debut. Nonetheless, there is a general consensus of opinion that despite manufacturing pressure, Samsung will attempt to release the device ahead of the iPhone 8, repeating its policy from other Galaxy releases.

Fingerprint sensor

Meanwhile, a new leak suggests that previous reports emanating from a Samsung executive regarding the fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy Note 8 could be wide of the mark. The unnamed member of the Korean company’s hierarchy had suggested that the scanner would appear on the rear of the phone due to technical difficulties.

“We made every effort to install a display-integrated fingerprint sensor on Galaxy Note 8, but we decided not to install it on this strategic phone due to various technical limitations such as security,” the executive had stated at the time, seemingly scuppering the notion that the sense or could be embedded within the display.

But a new social media image that is purported to be picturing the Galaxy Note 8 suggests that this rumor may be unfounded. Published by CNMO.com, the photograph displays the Galaxy Note 8 with a dual-camera fitted, but with no scanner visible on the rear case. This suggests that the sensor may ultimately be placed beneath the display of the device.

This would make sense, as Samsung was previously tinkering with the notion of including this technology in its Galaxy S8 flagship. Unfortunately, time constraints prevented it from being implemented at that time, but many still believe that this approach will ultimately prevail in the Galaxy Note 8.

An obvious incentive for Samsung to embed the fingerprint sensor within the display is that it would distinguish the Galaxy Note 8 from the previously released Galaxy S8 This is essential for two reasons. Firstly, Samsung must provide consumers with a reason to opt for its mainstream phablet. And, secondly, the Galaxy Note 8 will effectively take on the upcoming iPhone 8 directly, and therefore must deliver the most impressive functionality possible.

Critical generation

With Apple believed to be developing an iPhone 8 model featuring a massive display covering the entire front panel of the device, it is obvious that Samsung must produce a Galaxy Note 8 design that is perceived as being contemporary. If the forthcoming generation of the Galaxy Note series is not successful, Samsung could consider putting the brand out to pasture permanently after the fiasco of the Galaxy Note 7.

Elsewhere, reports this week have suggested that Samsung will definitely be releasing the Galaxy Note 8 at some point in August, with the middle of the month mooted as a probable release date. This news came from a source pretty close to Samsung, with the Korean News website, The Bell, responsible for linking this information.

This would obviously fit in with Samsung’s desire to get ahead of the iPhone 8 in the smartphone queue. And 2017 is set to be possibly the most competitive in the history of the mobile niche, with the OnePlus 5, Google Pixel 2, and releases from LG and Nokia also expected. With the tenth generation iPhone 8 set to be one of the most significant in the entire history of mobile phone technology, expect extremely fierce competition before the year is out.

New Note 7

Consumers keen to get their hands on a Galaxy Note unit now face something of a decision, with the refurbished version of the Galaxy Note 7 shortly available for purchase. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7R has been through FCC approval in the US, and it is reported that it will progress through the National Radio Research Agency imminently.

“We have not yet decided on the phone’s launch schedule,” Samsung confirmed, but also indicated the dilemma that smartphone buyers will face. “We plan to launch the phone before the Galaxy Note 8 that comes out later this year.” So there will be two new Galaxy Note devices available before the year is complete.