The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been subject to quite some rumors in the past few weeks. With the previous model failing miserable, the South Korean company is on a mission to deliver incredible specs to its new phablet, Samsung Galaxy Note 8. However, despite the company’s attempts to make it a gold standard device of 2018, we have some good news and some bad news.
The Good News: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Will Feature Snapdragon 836 SoC
The good news is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might be the first device to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor chip. The new SoC is next in line after the current latest Snapdragon 835 processor. This new information comes from the China-based IT Home report and was first discovered by SamMobile.
The report states the new processor will be a slightly more improved version of the 835 processor. The news also suggests that the chipset will be clocked at 2.5 GHz and the GPU will be clocked at the speed of 740MHz. Another interesting thing the report mentions is that Google’s Pixel smartphone and the LG V30 will be the next in line to receive the Snapdragon 836 SoC.
The Bad News: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Will Feature the Fingerprint Sensor At The Back
While the Samsung Galaxy S8 was very well received, there was one thing that S8 users particularly disliked – the placement of the TouchID fingerprint sensor at the back of the smartphone. Not only do the S8 users find operating the fingerprint sensor fidgety, they also complain of the camera that is placed in the near vicinity to become covered by their stray fingerprint marks.
There were previous speculations of the fingerprint sensor being embedded within the display screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, similar to the iPhone 8; however, we now know that might not be the case as Samsung itself might have confirmed that the TouchID fingerprint sensor will be placed at the back of the camera.
This unfortunate news came from the South-Korean news outlet, Naver, which has claimed the confirmation came from an unnamed Samsung executive who said: “We made every effort to install a display-integrated fingerprint sensor on Galaxy Note 8, but we decided not to install it on this strategic phone due to various technical limitations such as security.”
Apart from these two latest rumors, we already know the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature an edge-to-edge 6.3-inch QHD Infinity Display. The smartphone-cum-tablet will run on Android 7.1 Nougat and will pack a dual camera setup as its primary camera (12 MP and 13 MP) with dual LED flash lights to back it up. The front facing camera/secondary camera will be 8MP in quality with the iris scanning technology.
Furthermore, the device will have a 4GB RAM on board with a 64GB/126GB internal memory that will be expandable up to 2 TB with a microSD card. The phablet will pack a 3500mAh battery with quick charging support as well. Also, the phablet will feature a USB-C port, auto-focusing features, voice-assistant Bixby, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
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