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Galaxy Note 8 makes fingerprint scanner even harder to reach

Hate the positioning of the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 series? Well, on the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, it could be even more difficult to reach. New renders suggest Samsung has again placed the sensor alongside the handset’s rear-facing camera.

In earlier renders of the Galaxy Note 8, it looked like Samsung was planning to position the fingerprint scanner beneath the rear-facing camera so that it was lower down on the back of the phone. This would have made it much easier to reach than that on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, which require a little stretching. It’s also easy to confuse the sensor with the camera itself.

But according to new renders published by BGR, which promise to provide “our best look yet” at the final Galaxy Note 8 design, the fingerprint scanner will remain in exactly the same place — alongside the camera. However, the Note 8 will, of course, have an even larger display, and reportedly two rear-facing cameras as opposed to just one.

This pushes the scanner further towards the corner of the phone and makes it even more difficult to reach. If you have small hands, you’re going to struggle. And it’s not really clear why Samsung went with this design when it has so much space in the Note 8 to rearrange things. Would it have been so difficult to place the scanner in the center of the phone?

Let’s not forget, however, that these renders aren’t official. They certainly look genuine, but they differ quite significantly from those we’ve seen before. With that in mind, it’s probably best we don’t read too much into them until Samsung makes the Note 8 official. It confirmed on Wednesday that it will be holding an event on August 23 at 8 a.m. PDT.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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