May 23, 2017 | By David

An unofficial 3D printed model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been posted online, giving tech enthusiasts a visual interpretation of the South Korean giant’s second flagship product of the year. A conceptual model of the device, which is due to be released in August, was displayed in a four-minute video alongside three images of the phablet.

The video, which has since been taken down, was released on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, and the model is assumed to be a 3D printed mock-up based on preliminary concept sketches.

The 3D printed model showcases some of the phone's new features, the most obvious and exciting of which is its dual primary camera. Two lenses are located on the back of the device, located near the top as usual and vertically aligned. This won’t be the first Samsung device to boast a dual camera (the soon-to-be-released Galaxy C10 will have that honour) but it’s the first flagship product to have more than one primary lens.

The lenses are rumoured to be a 12 MP wide angle lens, supporting dual photodiode to absorb more light for better low-light shots, and a 13MP telephoto lens with a 3x zoom. An LED flash will purportedly be found just underneath the dual lens setup.

The Note 8 is expected to feature a fingerprint scanner, which was a late addition to Samsung’s previous flagship, the Galaxy S8. No such scanner is visible on the front or back of the prototype Note 8, which has led many to suggest that it will be embedded underneath the main display screen. And what a huge screen that appears to be, with initial estimates that it is around 6.3 inches. Similar to the S8 and S8 Plus, the screen will have an Infinity Display coupled with a quad HD+ display.

Like many of its predecessors in the Note series, the Note 8 comes with an S-Pen, to be located near the bottom of the device. There will be no side bezels on the phablet, and just a minimum of bezels on the top and bottom. An interesting feature that has confused some commentators is that it appears to have three separate speakers, expanding stereo sound capabilities to...something else entirely. Users of the Note 8 will also be able to make use of an in-built heart rate monitor, should they choose to do so.

As for the internal workings of the device, Android’s latest Nougat 7.1.2 operating system is reported to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in the U.S., whereas the rest of the world will have an Exynos 8895 SoCs chipset powering their Note 8. It will have 6GB of RAM, and a whopping 128GB of internal storage space. Samsung’s own version of Siri, Bixby, will be returning to help you out as and when you need it (him?).

Hopefully the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 won’t be a repeat of the PR nightmare that was the Note 7’s launch, with a recall of over two million products due to widespread spontaneous combustion. Although the dummy 3D printed phablet still appears quite basic and many changes could be made by Samsung between now and release date, the Note 8 appears to have a lot of promising features—necessary in an increasingly competitive market.

 

 

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