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Galaxy Note 8 announcement appears to be right around the corner

by Josh Levenson | July 12, 2017July 12, 2017 6:30 am PDT

The Galaxy Note 8 will be unveiled on August 23, according to Korean publication The Bell, which lines up with recent rumors claiming that Samsung will announce the handset ahead of this year’s IFA trade show.

If the leaks we’ve seen over the course of the past few weeks are anything to go by, the Galaxy Note 8 sports the same design as the Galaxy S8, but it looks like it’s been stretched diagonally to make room for the slightly larger display.

In a surprise move, Samsung’s reportedly decided against installing an optical fingerprint reader on the Galaxy Note 8, because it believes that the technology isn’t secure enough — but we know that’s not the case.

An image that appeared on Weibo back in June suggests that the firm was unable to match the brightness of the area containing the sensor to the rest of the screen, so it was forced to put the hardware on the back burner.

Obviously, Samsung isn’t going to release a flagship smartphone without a fingerprint scanner, which is why it’s ignored criticism from Galaxy S8 owners and embedded a traditional reader on the back of the Galaxy Note 8.

Now let’s move onto the best bit: specifications. The device is expected to feature a 6.3-inch edge-to-edge Infinity Display, a Snapdragon 836 processor, at least 6GB of RAM, a dual-camera setup and a 3,300mAh battery.

The Galaxy Note 8 won’t come cheap

Reliable tipster Evan Blass believes that the Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung’s most expensive smartphone to date, priced at $1,000 in South Korea and $1,100 in other regions. Ouch.

Be sure to check out our Galaxy Note 8 concept renders below.

Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...

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