A Tweet from one of Samsung's official accounts has sparked debate
Samsung has sown confusion among fans, by sending out a tweet that may have accidentally revealed the Galaxy Note 8 before its official launch.
The tweet, which hadn't been deleted at time of writing, was sent out by the official account of the company's Exynos processor business. The tweet was promoting Samsung's Exynos 8895 CPU, the same chip that powers the Galaxy S8.
However, the phone which was pictured in the tweet does not appear to be the company's latest model. The device in the photo seems to have less rounded corners that the S8, with even narrower bezels.
Fans have speculated that this could be the first look at the eagerly-awaited Galaxy Note 8. The device appears to match the leaked images, blueprints and mockups that we've seen so far, and fits with the few details that we do know about the device.
Debate has been raging as to whether or not this 'leak' is in fact a potential marketing ploy. Many argue that the fact Samsung hasn't taken it down indicates that the company has done this on purpose in order to build interest for the forthcoming phone.
The Note 8 is expected to launch on 23 August, but Samsung is yet to officially confirm the event or send out invitations.
New leaks show the Galaxy Note 8's huge screen size, which will fill a greater percentage of the front of the device than either the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus.
SlashLeaks, a platform for leak lovers where users track and share leaks, has a new render of the device that matches gadget and accessory maker Olixar's Galaxy Note 8 cases.
As reported by Forbes, this coincides with reports of the device having a huge 6.3in display, which is an increase of 0.6in from the Galaxy Note 7.
The render also shows the Galaxy Note 8 will switch to a 19.5:9 elongated ratio, the same as the S8 and S8 Plus, which is to make larger phones easier to hold one-handed.
This makes sense as Samsung usually applies the technology from each Galaxy S generation to its Galaxy Note later in the year.
Last week another leak showed that Samsung will position its fingerprint reader on the back of the device, instead of integrating it with the screen, but it will be lower down compared to where it is on the Galaxy S8. The Note 8 could cost upwards of $1,000 as well, but this could increase depending on conditions at the time it launches. Some reports have also said that the device is poised for a mid-August release, but that awaits to be seen.
Two new leaks have apparently confirmed that Samsung won't be able to deliver on one of the biggest selling points of the Galaxy Note 8, a fingerprint reader integrated into the display.
CAD images revealed by Jonathan Endicott, CEO of case manufacturer Slickwraps, appear to suggest that Samsung has failed to integrate the technology into the front screen, opting instead for the same rear mounted scanner found on the Galaxy S8.
However, the company has addressed one of the biggest criticisms of the S8, namely that the scanner was placed so close to the camera that users were leaving smudges on the lens. Instead, the reader on the Note 8 will be moved lower down.
A second source, Mobile Fun, has also confirmed the presence of a rear fingerprint sensor with a number of case preorder listings on its website, first spotted by Forbes.
It has also confirmed that there will 21 official cases spread across six different ranges, including some made with leather, and the 'LED view' preview panel. The '2Piece' covers will also be returning for the Note 8, available in Orchid Grey, Deep Blue, Black, Silver, and Gold, although the RRP for each has increased, adding to the speculation that the Note 8 is likely to be more expensive than the S8 range.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could well be the most expensive smartphone ever (not including limited edition, solid gold devices), coming in with a price tag of around $1000 (£760) according to a new source.
The news comes courtesy of Korean news site Onsen (via Tech Times), which suggested Samsung's next flagship could start at that price point, but a more premium 128GB model would cost in excess of $1000. Despite the larger device having double the storage of the previous Samsung Note, both versions would still offer expandable storage, so that limit could be even higher when you take a microSD card into consideration.
Onsen added Samsung may even increase the price depending on market conditions at the time of launch. This rather excessive price tag however is in line with a previous rumour that suggested the Galaxy Note 8 would cost €999 (£870) when it launches, although Samsung would probably go all-out and offer it for a similar price (so £999) across all territories.
Onsen didn't release any more details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 other than its possible price, but for a jump above the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's £749, we'd expect more to be thrown in, no more so than a revamped battery.
So claims South Korean website The Bell, which has apparently received intel the device will launch ahead of the iPhone 8, its biggest competitor, due to launch in September.
Although The Bell doesn't list a source for its information, our sister website Know Your Mobile thinks the launch date is likely to be pretty accurate as it's the same time of year the device's predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7 launched.
However, an August release date will mean Samsung won't be launching the phablet at electronics show IFA, which is due to start in Berlin on 1 September. But Samsung isn't too precious about reserving its flagship Note device for the tech show - it will be the third such device launching outside of the annual conference and this means it won't have to compete with other manufacturers trying to win the hearts of the masses.
Another source has suggested the Galaxy Note 8 will launch in New York during the third week of August, which would follow the same lines as The Bell's leak. The 'insider' wouldn't reveal where in New York the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will launch or on which exact day, but it's likely it'll be similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8's Unpacked launch back in March.
Although there are very few details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, it's likely the handset will feature a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED curved screen with an embedded fingerprint scanner, 64GB storage with micrSD card slot, Samsung's built in Bixby voice assistant and of course, Samsung's S Pen support. It's also said to feature an improved iris scanner for facial recognition.
Let's hope the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is more successful than the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that was recalled after a number of its units blew up.