The best images we’ve seen so far of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 have been renders, but today we’ve seen high-quality photos of the phone, or at least of a dummy unit.
That’s to say a non-functioning version, but one likely built by Samsung to show off the design of the Note 8. And it’s a design that’s very familiar, with a black glass back, a screen filled front and a shape that looks longer and narrower than the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Indeed, there’s not really anything new here, but the design matches previous Note 8 leaks, complete with a dual-lens camera and fingerprint scanner on the back, and a dedicated Bixby button on the side beneath the volume keys.
Not long to go
The images, which were posted to Weibo (a Chinese social site) are hard to verify, but they look convincing, and with us just days away from the August 23 announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 it’s not surprising that there would be dummy units in the wild.
And while this leak doesn’t shed any light on the specs there’s little we don’t probably know there either, with a 6.3-inch QHD+ screen, a 12MP dual-lens camera with 2x optical zoom, a 3,300mAh battery, 6GB of RAM and either a Snapdragon 835 (in the US) or Exynos 8895 (everywhere else) chipset rumored.
With the inevitable S Pen stylus also in the mix, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 looks set to be a formidable phablet and the wait for it is almost over.
- The iPhone 8 is expected to be top-tier phablet too.
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James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.