Galaxy Note 8's latest render reveals a terrible fingerprint scanner position

You may have seen it already – the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 render that surfaced yesterday, courtesy of the fine gentlemen over at BGR and case-maker Ghostek. The render is based on the latest rumors and expectations related to the Note 8. In case you haven't seen it, here it is again:

Looking pretty dope, huh? Sure it does, but beyond the edge-to-edge "Infinity Display" that's obviously going to grace the Note 8, there's a detail that's kind of pissing us off right now.

While the Galaxy S8 and S8+ that launched earlier in the year were almost universally acclaimed for their forward-thinking design, Samsung did draw quite a bit of criticism for the terribly counter-productive positioning of the fingerprint sensor on its flagship smartphones. Neatly aligned next to the industry-leading camera module, Samsung's fingerprint sensor didn't look out of place as on handsets where it's positioned lower and in the center of the back panel, but it sure was hard to reach, not to mention that it made smudging the camera glass inevitable. On the regular S8, the discomfort when you need to reach for the fingerprint scanner is there, but it's minimal. On the bigger S8+, though, boy is it a pain!

Well, guess what, if this latest render turns out to be credible, it'd mean that Samsung is once again going to settle with the same inconvenient fingerprint sensor positioning. The problem is the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be slightly bigger than the S8+, and you know what that means – reaching for the scanner will be even harder! If you happen to have really big paws, handling the S8+ is probably within the realm of acceptable, but a slightly larger Note 8 might just make things a bit too much of a stretch, literally. And this makes feel sad, because the fingerprint scanner has proven to be an irresistibly convenient authorization method on mobile, and while other biometric techniques, such as face detection or iris scanning, already show a lot of promise, they are still nowhere close to the performance and comfort of the good old fingerprint scanner.

Samsung has just officially announced that it's going to introduce its "newest mobile device" on August 23, and as the invite image clearly indicates (see below), we're set for a Galaxy Note 8 unveiling. The invite confirms that we'll indeed be getting an Infinity Display, as well as an S Pen. Our only hope right now is that these latest renders are fake, and that Samsung has managed to integrate the fingerprint scanner in a more convenient, useful way. And that its new Note isn't going to explode like the old one, obviously.

Meanwhile, whether or not rival Apple has managed to successfully integrate the fingerprint scanner into the screen of the upcoming iPhone 8 is still up in the air. Most leaks and rumors, however, seem to agree that a scanner won't be found on the back of the next iPhone, while some suggest Apple may end up integrating the scanner in the power key on the side of the phone.

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)



1. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Samsung has yet to learn their lesson when it comes to the fingerprint scanner.


Posts: 138; Member since: Mar 06, 2014


9. S8PlusIsBoss

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 22, 2017

They learned the lesson long time ⌚ ago that's why they've sold over 15 million S8 and S8plus handsets. You people who don't spend money

10. S8PlusIsBoss

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 22, 2017

They learned the lesson long time ⌚ ago that's why they've sold over 15 million S8 and S8plus handsets. You people who don't spend money

90. iDroidPhony

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 21, 2016

Why do you post twice? Was it due to lag?

95. iushnt

Posts: 3179; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Lag would just make it post once but delayed. May be it got too fast.

7. umaru-chan

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Oh, looks it's a tree. LOL. The phone is so tall that it is not a phone anymore. Now It's a tree. Yes, Terrible position for a FPS for such a tall tree/phone.

20. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Maybe a remote?

8. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

The fingerprint placement is fine, if you cant get used to something as simple as that, maybe try a dumb phone instead. Obviously its not the best. Sony leads the way with their fingerprint placement putting it on the on/off button. But still, the note 8 will be function wise the greatest phone out. The only downside is no removable battery. As far as apple, they will probably do something stupid like remove the fingerprint scanner all together like they did with the 3.5mm headphone jack and the i-sheep will eat it up like the fingerprint is old tech! LOL At least samsung is innovating with things like the iris scanner

99. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Iris scanner has been in the market for a year even before the Note 7 came out. Fujitsu, starting with F-04G in the spring of 2015.

30. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1867; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Fingerprint sensor is only a issue to people who DON'T have the S8... I've had the S8+ since launch and it too a day at best to get used to it. Once you put a case on it it's a definite non issue..

34. AustinPaul

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Exactly my experience. The cover gives me a reference point. I just go right to the same corner of the cutout and nail it every time.

37. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly After a couple of days it's fine.

96. iushnt

Posts: 3179; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Exactly. I am not a S8 user but all my friends are. They all are used to the fingerprint position. I am odd man among them with my iPhone 7 Plus but I do love my phone too.

101. corvette72778

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Exactly. Fingerprint reader is in a perfect position...for right handers atleasat.

44. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But they've leaned enough lessons to put out the best rated phones three years in a row.

60. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Omg, do you ever stop spamming that? You don't even have the S8.

64. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Do you ever stop trolling Samsung articles? You might not have noticed, but I only post those to trolls.

67. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Everything I said about Samsung is verifiable. Do you want to stop now before I embarrass you with the truth, or are you going to be like Darkkmite and ignore the links that prove you wrong?

65. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Actually The Galaxy S has received top rating in one category or another since the S3. They must be doing something right. The only people complaining about the FPS location, don;t own the phone, have no plans to own the phone, hate Samsung or work for iPhoneAreana. Everyday consumers could care less about the FPS location. If you choose to buy the phone and you use the FPS, you have to use it whether you like where it is or not. Everyday consumers have not complained about the FPS location. Only the blog spots tryign to draw all the possible negative attention to Samsung as they can, hoping it helps Apple or some other brand. Last I checked its not working. Samsung will still sell 300M+ phones in 2017 and for the foreseeable future. A number only Nokia has reached, and a number no other Android OEM will every achieve and Apple likely won;t every achieve it either. No matter how much money they make.

86. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

So I am assuming you did a poll of "everyday consumers" and asked them if they like the FPS location or don't like it or don't care? Or are you simply speaking for everyone and trying to pass it as truth? Last i checked, everyone can voice their own opinion. If a person doesn't like the placement, thats their right to not like the placement. It doesn't make them wrong and you right. Oh wait I forgot, its all a big conspiracy against samsung. Tech sites have to draw negative attention to them so it helps Apple or another brand like you said. Dang conspiracies! Do you really believe the crap that you say? If you can provide some proof of all these conspiracies then I will take back everything I said. Otherwise stop whining and let ppl have their own opinion about things. In another comment you even said bashing someones choice is stupid, yet you do it every day. Hypocrite.

100. corvette72778

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I love the position of the fingerprint reader of the tall phone.

2. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

The FPS on the back wouldn't bother me TOO much if it was centered and was easy to identify, but the way samsung does it is by putting it right next to the camera and off center. It just doesn't seem convenient anymore. Now people will use that dumb facial scanner putting our privacy on risk.

4. Ray.S

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

I hear you!

79. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

You do realize that the note series has always been meant to be handle with both hands right? So you could hold it with on wile the other hand is used for the FPS. Basketball players and football players will have no issue as this is a regular phone size to them and they can reach the FPS int hat position like it was the S8. Again this is a phablet we are talking about Ray aand it boarder on the verge of being a small tablet. People with normal size hand will have to use to hands. And while at it Has it ever occurred to anyone that Samsung may still have a surprise for everyone like " I don't know the S-pen may also provide some sort of security access feature"

17. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Who really wants to steal your data... ?? No thief wants to steal a broke persons data. So you chill and cry over things which you cant afford.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016


39. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I wouldn't call it savage, more like completely moronic and short-sighted

43. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's why I said "savage"... If you didn't get the point, I can understand, because Savage has many meaning variations. The one I meant to say is this: Savage = (of something bad or negative) very great; severe. Bad = crappy in this "Savage" of my post #21. Cheers.

88. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Gotcha ;) I usually regard a savage comment as very witty and blunt.

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