Another drop of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 renders has hit the internet, this time from case manufacturer Ghostek. With suggestions that Samsung has been looking to push the Galaxy Note 8 launch into September – which is earlier than normal – it’s likely we are going to see more and more leaks surrounding the device over the next few weeks. These leaked renders are very much in line with the renders we saw last week from a different case manufacturer. However, these renders give us a look at the Galaxy Note 8 without a case and, they were generous enough to give us a peek at all angles of the upcoming flagship device.
First, that display on these Samasung Galaxy Note 8 renders looks incredible. 2017 is the year that bezels die and we couldn’t be happier. The curved glass on either side of the device makes it look sleek and ergonomic. The small bezels on the top and bottom of the device help the display use all of the possible real estate it has to work with. Previous rumors have suggested that the display will be a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display. There shouldn’t be many displays on the market this fall that can challenge the Note 8 for top spot.
We also see a second button on the left hand side. This is similar to other Samsung Galaxy Note 8 renders. While unconfirmed, it’s most likely that the button will be a dedicated Bixby AI button. This is either awesome or terrible depending on your opinion of Bixby. I tend to fall in the camp that less buttons is the preferable design route to take. With that said, Bixby AI is still catching up to Siri and Google Assistant in terms of functionality. Perhaps when Bixby is a little more evolved and well-rounded we will be happy to have a dedicated hardware button. For now, chalk that one up as a feature I’m not overly excited about.
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Something that I am excited about is that Samsung appears to be keeping the 3.5mm headphone port. Is it weird that I’m excited about a headphone port on a smartphone? With Apple doing away with 3.5mm headphone ports on their newest smartphones, there was cause for concern that other flagship smartphones would follow suit. Using these latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 renders and some previous ones, we can pretty confidently say that Samsung has decided to keep the 3.5mm headphone port alive… For now.
The back of the device gives us a really nice look at the camera and fingerprint sensors. It looks like the Galaxy Note 8 will have dual camera sensors. This could be the new norm moving ahead for flagship smartphones. We expect the iPhone 8 to have a dual camera sensor as well. However, unlike the iPhone 8, it appears Samsung is not going with vertically aligned camera sensors. The reason for vertically aligned sensors would be to offer better performance for augmented reality (AR) applications. We know that Apple wants to make a big push in the AR space and their camera sensors on the rumored iPhone 8 seem to be in line with that. Apple even went as far as to include an ARKit in iOS 11. Still, a dual camera sensor should make for some incredible photos on the Galaxy Note 8. Owners of the Galaxy S8 will notice that the fingerprint sensor has been moved further away from the camera sensors. A lot of users complained about smudging the camera sensors on the Galaxy S8 when they tried to use the fingerprint sensor. Looking at these Samsung Galaxy Note 8 renders we can see that there is some more space for the fingerprint sensor to operate.
Underneath the exterior we believe that the Galaxy Note 8 will be running a Snapdragon 835 in the United States and an Exynos 8895 in other regions. In previous versions of Samsung smartphones, the Exynos processor has consistently outperformed the Snapdragon. That might be disappointing news to customers in the Land of the Free but, not to worry, the Snapdragon 835 is no slouch and there is no testing to confirm if this year’s model will provide similar results to previous years. There should also be 4 to 6 GB of RAM. One version of the Galaxy S8 that only launched in China did see 6GB of RAM while other models only got 4GB. It would be nice to see Samsung go all out for their new flagship and throw in 6GB of RAM. To power all of that there will likely be a 3,300mAh battery. Samsung probably could have gone bigger but, considering the Note 7 disaster, we don’t blame them for playing it safe.
That’s a quick look at the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 renders. What do you think? Is this design enough to help consumers forget about last year’s Note 7 release? I guess we won’t have to wait long to find out. Rumors suggest that Samsung is aiming to have this device on the market in September.