Following the confirmation from various carriers around the world of the public release of the Galaxy Note 8, new pictures of Samsung’s upcoming phablet taken ‘in the wild’ have appeared. They show a large-screened device that is pretty much as expected, but three vital features are pretty much confirmed.
First up, and perhaps most disappointingly, is the fingerprint sensor. Like Apple, Samsung has been rumored to be working on an under-glass fingerprint sensor embedded on the front display. It appears that the experiments on the Note 8 led to a visible color deformity, so the technology has been put back to the presumptively named Note 9.
Unlike Apple, Samsung has decided to stick with a fingerprint sensor, and following the design cues of the Galaxy S8 it can be awkwardly found at the rear of the device next to the camera lens assembly. It’s an option a number of Android manufacturers have taken and while it’s in fitting with the Android ecosystem it doesn’t push the Note 8 as having cutting edge solutions.
One change that I do welcome is the design of the curved screen. The fetishists looking for the latest fashion will note the smaller bezels at the top and bottom of the Note 8 that sits alongside the edge-to-edge infinity screen.
I’m happier to see much less curve on the screen at the edges. While Samsung’s visual language is still present, the larger curved area on the Galaxy S8 and S8 plus led to a huge amount of reflections and distorted text and video. The Note 8 is much harsher on its curve, providing more flat surface area while still offering the benefits of the curve. That’s far more practical in my eyes
Finally the dual cameras are confirmed. They are in a vertical orientation, which suggests that the benefits will be focused on photography and special visual effects rather an AR system. It’s not clear if one of the cameras is a fixed focus camera, but the latest documentation from Samsung Electro-Mechanics highlights four photographic abilities its dual lens could have (zoom, perspective, low light ability, and depth information), all of which match up to the dual camera system on show in these leaked pictures.
The Galaxy Note 8 packs in the latest technology and builds on the critical acclaim gathered by the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus – the less said about the incendiary Note 7 the better. The big question now is if it can successfully challenge Apple’s iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, because right now it looks like the iPhone 8 is not going to have the retail presence to take the fight to Samsung.
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