As the battle of iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8 hots up, a new leak suggests that both devices will include a common feature. New leaked images indicate that Samsung will mount the fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy Note 8 on the rear of the device. This had already been implemented in the Galaxy S8 series, with the feature now set to migrate to Samsung’s flagship phablet range.

The new data has emanated from a Chinese blog, with the world’s most populous nation being an increasingly important source of Samsung news. And it already seems likely that Apple will make this design element a key battleground in the iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8 war, with the Californian corporation expected to relocate the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 8 as well.

iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8
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This would be the first time that Apple has altered the placement of the Touch ID scanner included in the iPhone range. But this is deemed necessary for the large display, dominating the front panel of the next generation smartphone, that is anticipated.

Recent rumors have also suggested that Samsung will unveil and release the Galaxy Note 8 before the end of August. This will enable the Korean corporation to deliver its next generation phablet before the iPhone 8 hits the stores.

This is a key aspect of the iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8 battle, as it will ensure that the Note 8 arrives ahead of the iconic Apple device. This will be of critical market importance considering that both devices are particularly important for their respective manufacturers for differing reasons.

Apple is expected to release a revolutionary iPhone 8 in 2017, in order to acknowledge the tenth generation of its critical product range. This device will comprise several new features, with an OLED display, debuting for the first time, possibly the most important.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 8 will undoubtedly be critical for Samsung, after the fiasco associated with the last generation Galaxy Note 7. This phablet infamously overheated and exploded for several users, eventually prompting the Korean manufacturer to completely recall the unit.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Concept
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Samsung now needs to produce a robust Galaxy Note 8 in order to reinvigorate the brand in 2017. At one time it was speculated that the Galaxy Note branding would be abandoned completely, but this eventuality is almost a certainty if the Galaxy Note 8 is not a significant success.

As Apple and Samsung continue to occupy the apex of the mobile niche, the rivalry between the two companies has never been more intense. There is no doubt that the iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8 battle will play a major role in this ongoing competition in 2017, and thus both companies are expected to include new features in their respective products.

With this in mind, Samsung has been linked with a new dual-lens camera for the Galaxy Note 8, with legendary analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting that this will be a standout aspect of the device. Kuo believes that the camera included in the Note 8 will be far superior to the dual-lens snapper already unveiled by Apple in the iPhone 7 generation.

iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8
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However, in an attempt to stay ahead of the Samsung, Apple will improve the dual-lens camera in the iPhone 8 series. This will be one of many improvements included in this next generation phone, as the two mega-corporations vye for supremacy.

Samsung is also expected to incorporate new features into the S Pen stylus that is a critical aspect of the Galaxy Note 8. This peripheral is utilized in order to distinguish the phablet from the Galaxy S8 range; considered essential as the S8 Plus is now virtually the same size as the Galaxy Note 8.

Thus, the S Pen has been linked with a unique speaker system in 2017, while the stylus could also incorporate a unique vibration feature. This is one area in which the iPhone range has no direct answer, as there have been no reports linking the iPhone 8 with any form of stylus device.

Apple will instead focus on different improvements with the iPhone 8, with the processor included in the smartphone rumored to be massively improved over the iPhone 7. There have been reports suggesting that the Cupertino-based company will also particularly concentrate on the camera technology to be included in the iPhone 8, with a focus on shooting in darker conditions.

One of the major new features also said to be included in the iPhone 8 is the dawn of wireless charging. This has already been a part of the Samsung Galaxy range for a while, but Apple will seemingly implement a new system enabling users to recharge their devices at a hitherto unimaginable distance of 15 feet.

The iPhone 8 will also be the first ever quad HD resolution mobile produced by Apple, with the new screen resolution set to go hand-in-hand with the large wraparound display mooted for the device. The usual spec upgrades can also be anticipated, with Apple expected to pay particular attention to the battery lifecycle of this iteration.

Meanwhile, a new report suggests that the relationship between Samsung and Apple is about to be strengthened by a new technology arrangement, despite the anticipated iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8 showdown.

According to The Investor, Samsung will be involved in the manufacturing process for some of the A12 branded chips set to power the iPhone 9 next year. “The CEO could persuade Apple’s top brass taking advantage of their close ties on OLED,” a source said, referring to Samsung’s Kwon Oh-hyun.

With Samsung already expected to be recruited for the OLED screens for the iPhone 8, it seems that the Korean corporation is becoming more intimately involved in the iPhone manufacturing process. This is an interesting tactical motif that will probably play a major role in the smartphone marketplace in the coming years.

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