New photos of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 8 have been leaked online. This time, the leaked pictures show a dummy of the high-end Android handset that’s expected to succeed and surpass the defunct Galaxy Note 7. 

Just recently, pictures of the Galaxy Note 8 were published on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. The photographs do not just present schematics or illustrations of the smartphone, but dummies that clearly show the form factor of the phablet. One photo shows a side-by-side comparison of the Note 8 and Galaxy S7 edge. Based on the snap, the upcoming device is significantly larger than the edge-branded handset. 

Galaxy Note 8 leak comparison Galaxy Note 8 vs. Galaxy S7 edge comparison Photo: Weibo

Another noticeable thing about the Galaxy Note 8 dummy is the absence of physical buttons. This change is of course not that surprising, considering that Samsung also did the same thing to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Note 8 has a solid candy bar form factor. It isn’t clear though if the display it sports is edge-to-edge just like the Infinity Display on the Galaxy S8. 

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The front and the back of the handset are shown in another photo. Meanwhile, the third leaked file is a GIF that features a close-up look at the camera setup on the back. By the looks of it, the Galaxy Note 8 could sport a vertically aligned dual-camera module. Underneath the lenses is a cutout for the LED flash of the smartphone. What’s noticeably missing here is a fingerprint reader. 

Galaxy Note 8 front and back Galaxy Note 8 front and back Photo: Weibo

Galaxy Note 8 camera module A Galaxy Note 8 camera module. Photo: Weibo

According to SamMobile, the absence of a fingerprint reader on the dummy could suggest that Samsung has successfully developed a display-embedded sensor. It can be noted that the South Korea manufacturer originally wanted to debut this technology with the Galaxy S8. Unfortunately, it failed to realize its plan and decided to put the fingerprint sensor beside the back camera of the phone at the last minute. 

However, the leaked photos of the dummy are not official. Manufacturers typically send dummy units to accessory makers ahead of the launch of the device, but there is no way to verify if this is a legit dummy. Also, Samsung has yet to confirm anything about the Galaxy Note 8. It’s best that everyone should take the new leak with a pinch of salt. 

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Although nothing official has been said of the Note 7 successor at this point, there have been rumors and reports about its specs and features. We previously learned that the handset could come with a dual-camera module that is composed of a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. The module is also said to be capable of 3X optical zoom, which is larger than the iPhone 7’s 2X optical zoom. 

Previous reports also claimed that the Note 8 will feature a 6.3-inch display that has an aspect ration of 18:5:9. If true, then the Note 8 would be larger than the Galaxy S8+, which has a 6.2-inch display with 1440 x 2960 screen resolution. Finally, most rumors point to a much larger battery than the 3500 mAh one found on the Galaxy S8+. 

In other Samsung news, the Galaxy S8 Active has been leaked online ahead of its launch this June. Based on the leaked photo of the handset, it will be a flat version of the Galaxy S8. It won’t come with the curvy Infinity Display and will instead have a plain candy bar appearance like that of the LG G6.