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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to ape Galaxy S8 design, new leaks suggest

Samsung Galaxy Note will sport a design similar to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to arrive at IFA 2017 in Berlin later this year and recent times have seen multiple leaks surrounding the smartphone. And while the phablet will be a larger and a more advanced version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, recent leaks have suggested that it will take a lot of inspiration from Samsung Galaxy S8 and galaxy S8+ flagship phones. The phone will ape the two flagships not only in terms of specific features but also the design.

Recently, a video reportedly showcasing Samsung Galaxy Note 8 panels was shared on Chinese social networking site Weibo from where it was spotted by Slashleaks and shared. The leaked panels do not reveal a lot about the phone nor do they give an idea of the exact display size. However, at first glance, the panels look very similar to the ones presently used for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The panels come with extremely slim side, top and bottom bezels. The panels make the Galaxy Note 8 display look less rounded and more sharp in contrast to the Galaxy S8.

The phone is expected to come with a 6.4-inch display, which will be slightly bigger than Galaxy S8+ which is 6.2-inch in size. The phone will also come with the Infinity display Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S8 series phones. Also, the physical home button is missing and the fingerprint sensor will most likely be shifted to the back of the device just like in Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Reports also suggest that the phone will come with the in-display fingerprint sensor though reports regarding the same are conflicting. There’s not much else the panels reveal about the upcoming smartphone.  ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 likely to launch in India tomorrow; here’s everything we know so far

Though none of the leaks have so far hinted at it, Samsung is also expected to upgrade its S Pen or the stylus that comes with the Galaxy Note 8. The pen could get slimmer and come with better capabilities – but it is expected to feature some difference. The phone will also support Bixby Assistant and will feature the same Assistant button on the phone. Unlike the Galaxy S8 series, Bixby is expected to function right from the start, as soon as the phone is unboxed and powered on. The phone is also rumored to have dual rear cameras, though there have hardly been any leaks suggest the same.

As per one of the latest rumors, Samsung is facing multiple challenges in embedding the fingerprint sensor under the display. The new feature is causing brightness issues in the phone, with the parts around the sensor automatically over-bright as compared to the others. While reports suggest that the problem is faced only by a few units, looking at the past record, Samsung might be wise in completely doing away with the feature. For Samsung, Galaxy Note 8 is a crucial device as it will aim to set right the disaster the Note 7 proved to be. Samsung is reportedly leaving no stone upturned when it comes to the Note 8 and the phone will be tested vigorously before it is finally announced.