Samsung Galaxy Note 8 won’t feature on-screen fingerprint scanner, says company executive

Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s upcoming flagship phablet may launch by the end of this year. And if the latest piece of news to surface online is to be believed, it won’t have a display-embedded fingerprint sensor.

The news has been reported by News1 website, citing a Samsung representative. The executive said, “We made every effort to install a display-integrated fingerprint sensor on Galaxy Note 8, but we decided not to install it on this strategic phone due to various technical limitations such as security.”

This indirectly means that at least one of the Galaxy Note 8 prototypes being tested by the company included the technology, but it didn’t work out well.

It has been further mentioned that even though Samsung won’t include on-screen fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy Note 8, the company will continue developing the technology in collaboration with biometric sensor manufacturer CrucialTec.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to sport a dual rear camera setup. According to several rumours, the phablet could arrive as early as August this year. Back in March, a website called CNBeta shared the schematics and specifications of the upcoming flagship phablet. Based on the schematics, it can be assumed that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will share the same ‘Infinity’ display that’s in the S8 and S8+.

There is likely to be an S-Pen as well, which might come with better feature than its predecessors. A microSD/SIM card tray is also visible on the top, along with a dedicated button (most likely for activating Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant) on the left. The schematics detail a facial recognition sensor and a front facing camera as well.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is rumoured to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor under-the-hood. The SoC will likely be complemented by 6GB of RAM. However, nothing is known about the internal storage of the upcoming phablet.

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 8 SPECIFICATIONS

SUMMARY

performance

Octa core

display

5.7″ (14.48 cm)

storage

64 GB

camera

12 MP

battery

4000 mAh

ram

6 GB

SPECIAL FEATURES

fingerprint sensor position

Front

other sensors

Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope

fingerprint sensor

Yes

GENERAL

quick charging

Yes

operating system

Android v7.0 (Nougat)

sim slots

Single SIM, GSM

model

Galaxy Note 8

launch date

July 20, 2017 (Unofficial)

brand

Samsung

sim size

SIM1: Nano

network

4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available

fingerprint sensor

Yes

MULTIMEDIA

loudspeaker

Yes

fm radio

No

audio jack

3.5 mm

PERFORMANCE

chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998

graphics

Adreno 540

processor

Octa core (2.45 GHz, Quad core + 1.9 GHz, Quad core)

architecture

64 bit

ram

6 GB

DESIGN

waterproof

Yes Water resistant (up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1.5 meter), IP68

ruggedness

Dust proof

colours

Black, Blue, Gold, Silver

DISPLAY

display type

Super AMOLED

pixel density

773 ppi

screen protection

Corning Gorilla Glass v5, Scratch-resistant glass

screen size

5.7 inches (14.48 cm)

screen resolution

2160 x 3840 pixels

touch screen

Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch

STORAGE

internal memory

64 GB

expandable memory

Yes Up to 256 GB

usb otg support

Yes

CAMERA

settings

Exposure compensation, ISO control

camera features

Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus

image resolution

4000 x 3000 Pixels

sensor

CMOS image sensor

autofocus

Yes Phase Detection autofocus

shooting modes

Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)

resolution

8 MP Front Camera

optical image stabilisation

Yes

flash

No

video recording

1920×1080 @ 30 fps

BATTERY

user replaceable

No

quick charging

Yes Quick, v3.0

type

Li-Polymer

capacity

4000 mAh

NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

wifi

Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz

wifi features

Mobile Hotspot

bluetooth

Yes v5.0

usb typec

Yes (Doesn’t support micro-USB)

usb connectivity

Mass storage device, USB charging

nfc

Yes

network support

4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G

gps

Yes with A-GPS, Glonass

sim 1

4G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5) / 800(band 20)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available

sim size

SIM1: Nano

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