Much like it did last summer, word on the street is that Samsung wants to beat Apple to the punch by releasing its upcoming Galaxy Note 8 as much as a few months ahead of the high-end iPhone 8. As for the Note 8, (Samsung’s first S-pen equipped Note device since the doomed-to-ashes Galaxy Note 7), a ton of leaked images have surfaced revealing a design and form factor that’s nearly identical to the South Korean-company’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ from earlier this year.
Of all the leaked Galaxy Note 8 renders, however, it’s a fresh image that began circulating the web over the weekend courtesy of leak aggregation site Slashleaks that appears to offer us our best view of the device yet. As you can see in the image below, the Note 8 will look strikingly similar to the Galaxy S8 — although it will feature a larger OLED display, and will boast a larger chassis to accommodate it.
Whereas most renders have focused on the back-side of the device so far, however, this is one of the very first leaks revealing that the Note 8 will in fact resemble a beefed-up Galaxy S8. It’s more so on the back-side where the Note 8 will breakaway from its S8 counterparts, since the phablet will reportedly boast a dual-lens camera system featuring two 12 MP sensors with optical image stabilization, as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Otherwise, aside from a few key specifications, not much else is known about the Galaxy Note 8 at this point. The current slate of rumors suggest the handset will boast premium specs, however, including an edge-to-edge, 6.3-inch (or larger) OLED display at 2K resolution, an Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (market dependent), 6 GB of RAM, a 3,300 mAh battery, and the South Korean-company’s first-ever dual-lens camera system. It’s also likely to ship with wireless charging, IP68 water- and dust-proof certification, and will run some variant of Android 7.0 Nougat.
Of course, worth noting is that it shouldn’t be long until we find out more about the Note 8. Given its anticipated, late-August unveiling, Samsung is likely gearing up to begin mass-production of the device any day now.