We have already spied some early looks at the Galaxy Note 8 as it appears in press renderings, though never have we seen pictures of the real deal. That is, until now. With just over a couple of weeks separating us from Samsung's August 23rd Unpacked event in New York City where the company is expected of official unveil the Galaxy Note 8, some real life images of the handset have found their way to the web.
The leaked photos originally appeared on an obscure blog called My Everyday Tech (yeah, we had never heard of it either) before they were taken down. The Internet has a way of never letting things go, however, and SlashLeaks had the foresight to make copies before they disappeared from their original source. Here is a look at one of them:
Here we can see the large 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2960x1440 resolution. Like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 features a teeny-tiny bezel. We can also make out the volume rocker and presumably the dedicated Bixby button in the above photo.
Here we have front (right) and back (left) shots of the Galaxy Note 8. Despite the crappy photography skills (does every leaker own the same Fisher Price camera from the early 2000s?), there are some interesting details here. Starting with the back of the Galaxy Note 8, we can see the dual camera setup arranged horizontally. If past rumors are true, the Galaxy Note 8 will wield a pair of 12-megapixel sensors, including a primary lens with an f/1.7 aperture and a telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture.
Moving onto the front of the handset, what's interesting here is the lack of a physical home button. Does that mean Samsung figured out a way to embed a fingerprint sensor into the display and have it work reliably? Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case. If you look back at the rear photo, you can see a fingerprint sensor next to the LED flash. Drats!
As we have said in the past, this is an important launch for Samsung. The company took a financial hit from its Galaxy Note line after having to recall the Galaxy Note 7 due to its propensity to overheat and catch fire. Samsung's other market segments picked up the financial slack, but another misstep in the Galaxy Note series would not be a good thing for Samsung.