Tech site BGR has obtained mock-up renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from a third-party case manufacturer, which can give us an idea of what to expect before Samsung’s announcement of the Note 8.
Supposedly, the mock-ups are based on “genuine” leaked details and schematics. With that said, the mock-ups do seem to match what the rumour mill is saying about the Galaxy Note 8. You can check out the renders on BGR’s website.
Based on the mock-ups, it looks like the Galaxy Note 8 will have a similar design to the Galaxy S8. It will have the S8’s new “infinity” display with ultra-narrow borders, rounded display corners, a tall aspect-ratio display, and a dual-lens camera system.
As is typical of Samsung’s Note devices, the Note 8 will likely have a larger display than most other Galaxy S devices. Supposedly, the Note 8 will have a 6.3-inch display, which is only slightly bigger than the S8+’s 6.2-inch display. The Note 8 will also likely come with its signature stylus for note-taking and other Note-specific features.
It also looks like the Galaxy Note 8 will also come with the same controversial feature from the Galaxy S8: a dedicated button for Samsung’s Bixby AI voice assistant. Samsung’s Bixby has yet to prove itself, especially considering it has its own dedicated button that Samsung won’t allow users to customise.
Another feature that may prove unpopular in the Note 8 is the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which invoked mixed reactions when Samsung announced the same feature in the Galaxy S8. Indeed, users found the S8’s rear-mounted fingerprint scanner was placed too close to the rear camera, and it’s awkward and hard to tell what’s the camera and what’s the scanner with just your finger.
On the Note 8, however, it looks like Samsung may have addressed the issue, at least to a certain extent. It seems like the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner could be slightly further away from the rear camera, which could make it less awkward and easier to discern the scanner from the camera.
Either way, we’ll have to see what Samsung announces during its Note 8 announcement. The ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 was announced last October, so we’d expect that Samsung announces the Note 8 around the same time. Some rumours claim that Samsung plans to unveil its latest Note device as early as late July, but that’s also an unconfirmed rumour.