The rumor mill continues to heat up for this fall’s flagship smartphone releases with the latest one concerning the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. We are already feeling confident Samsung will continue the critically acclaimed design of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ for the next version of their stylus-equipped smartphone. The back of the device has remained a mystery though thanks to a couple hardware related decisions. A newly acquired 3D CAD drawing supposedly obtained from the factory producing the new device reveals what the back of the device will look like.
Two hardware decisions weigh heavily in what the back of the device will look like. Samsung appears to be bringing the same sleek design to the Galaxy Note 8 that it achieved with the Galaxy S8. Unfortunately, the company also appears to be bringing over the rear location for the fingerprint scanner. The location of the fingerprint scanner on the back of the device has been one widely panned problem for an otherwise solid device, so seeing the scanner on the back of the Galaxy Note 8 will be a disappointment for fans of Galaxy devices.
Samsung seems to be aware of the criticism and has been working on incorporating the fingerprint scanner into the display. This would allow it to be located on the front of the device without having to add a physical button or scanner to mar the otherwise smooth Infinity Display. However, the technology to make that happen is not yet perfected leaving Samsung to have to rely on this older configuration.
Users may find the location to be even more awkward on the Galaxy Note 8 thanks to the dual camera setup the new device will be equipped with. This is going to force the fingerprint scanner even further to the side in deference to the camera lenses. It seems like Samsung may have been able to do something like locate the scanner below the camera lenses instead of next to them to help make it a little bit easier to locate by feel. Assuming the new drawing is accurate and Samsung stuck with the same layout, that may be driven by the fact that they are too far down the design and production pipeline to make such a change.