The Galaxy Note 8 surfaces in official images ahead of launch on August 23. Image: Twitter.

On Tuesday, Evan Blass posted to his Twitter account the first full renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The notorious tech leaker published photos showing the new device in two colors, with details of the front and back as well as the S Pen.

Given his proven track record as a reliable source for all things leaked, the tech community at large has assumed that these are indeed real images of the next generation of Galaxy Note smartphones.

Blass himself has pointed out that Samsung doesn’t spread full-frontal pictures of flagship devices this early, particularly when we are still nearly a month away from the rumored unveiling event.

The fingerprint sensor is still awkward on the Note 8

One of the main takeaways people got from the recently leaked images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is that the controversial fingerprint sensor of its little brother, the Galaxy S8, was not relocated for this new model.

People expected Samsung to rectify its previous mistakes, as it was widely perceived that the placing of the scanner was awkward for users to use with ease. The photos of the smartphone have refueled the debate, particularly in light of the fact that the two devices won’t be all that different save for design.

The Galaxy Note 8 will only be an inch larger than the S8 at 6.3 inches, and it won’t even compensate for size with other things since it will pack the same AMOLED display that the S8 currently has. The Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835 will also return, according to Evan Blass.

It will, though, start at 6 GB of RAM instead of 4 GB, and it will be the first Samsung phone to ever pack dual cameras. The pair of 12 MP lenses will also feature independent optical image stabilization and LED flash, right next to the fingerprint sensor in a horizontal array.

Design is not the only new thing about the Galaxy Note 8

In spite of the seemingly uneventful details that the leaked images reveal, there are also some notable details like the confirmation of a more useful S Pen and a 3,300 mAh battery that we expect won’t suffer the same fate as the last generation.

Nonetheless, perhaps one of the most shocking features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is not even in hardware or software, but retail. The price tag of the upcoming flagship is expected at €999, or just under $1,000 for American consumers.

This is also a first for the Korean giant, being the Note 8 its most expensive handset yet. The device will come in Deep Sea Blue, Midnight Black, and Maple Gold when it launches on August 23 at a dedicated event in New York City.

Source: Venture Beat