Feast your eyes upon the Galaxy Note 8 in these leaked renders

Reliable tipster OnLeaks has teamed up with online publication 91Mobiles to release a set of renders and a 360-degree video of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, allegedly showcasing the handset from all angles.

Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 sports a near bezel-less design, though it’s slightly thicker to house the S Pen and the refreshed camera, and its frame is more square to help with ergonomics.

What’s even more interesting, however, is the arrangement of the dual-camera, LED flash, heart rate monitor and fingerprint reader, which are all positioned next to each other with a protruding piece of glass protecting them.

According to 91Mobiles, the Galaxy Note 8 measures in at approximately 162.4 x 74.5 x 8.4mm, with the thickness jumping up to 9.5mm when you factor in the camera bump. Its weight is currently unknown.

As for specifications, leaks and rumors suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 will pack a 6.3-inch edge-to-edge Infinity Display (18.5:9 aspect ratio), an Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 CPU, 6GB of RAM and a 3,300mAh battery.

When it hits the shelves, the Galaxy Note 8 will be available in three colors — black, blue and gold — and is expected to cost somewhere in the region of $1,100, making it the firm’s most expensive smartphone to date.

Unfortunately, were unable to verify these images, so best take them with a pinch of salt until we know more.

AT&T now rolling out June security update for the Galaxy Note 4

AT&T has started rolling out this month’s security maintenance release (SMR), which includes 96 fixes for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the Android operating system and 23 additional patches for Galaxy-branded smartphones, for its carrier-branded variant of the Galaxy Note 4 in the United States.

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The upgrade is being distributed in stages. To check to see if it’s ready for your handset, open up Settings, then select the relevant option from the Software Update subheading. We should point out, however, that if your device doesn’t have at least 50 percent of battery, you won’t be able to install the firmware.

Galaxy S8 sales surpass 1.3 million in South Korea

Samsung has announced that sales of its flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in South Korea recently surpassed the 1.3 million mark, with around 11,000 to 12,000 customers purchasing a unit every day, which is the highest figure ever recorded in the region.

On Monday, it was also revealed that the firm had set another record: its share price rose to 2.41 million won ($2,120). Obviously, that isn’t only the result of the Galaxy S8  taking the market by storm, but it’s definitely playing a big part in its success.

In an effort to maintain momentum, Samsung will reportedly release two more color variants of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ — Blue Coral and Pink Gold — in the region in July, and aims to launch the Galaxy Note FE shortly after to bolster sales.

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ review: Samsung brings us the future, but it’s not perfect yet

To be honest, it’s not difficult to see why the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are selling so well. They’re arguably the most innovative smartphones on the market and sport impressive internals, including an Infinity Display and an Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 CPU.

Samsung launches a Rose Pink color variant of the Galaxy S8+ in Taiwan

Samsung will launch a Rose Pink color variant of the Galaxy S8+ in Taiwan next month. The handset will be priced at TW 27,900 ($920) and will only be available for a short period of time, before disappearing from the firm’s online store.

Obviously the changes are purely cosmetic, meaning this particular variant of the Galaxy S8+ will continue to feature a 6.2-inch Infinity Display, an in-house Exynos 8895 processor, a 12MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP front-facing camera and a 3,500mAh Li-Ion battery.

This news comes shortly after Samsung made the decision to rebrand the Coral Blue, Maple Gold and Orchid Grey color variants of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ for the Taiwanese market to Ice Lake Blue, Smoked Purple Grey, and Quicksand Gold.

It’s unclear whether the company is planning on bringing the Rose Pink version of the Galaxy S8+ to other regions — but we’re hoping it is. After all, it needs to keep selling units, and releasing new colors is one of the best ways of doing so.

Samsung receives seven awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

Samsung’s first advertisement for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, which debuted during the handset’s unveiling event on March 29, won seven awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity: three gold, two silver and two bronze.

The commercial shows an ostrich wearing a Gear VR struggling to fly, and is said to reflect Samsung’s support for all of its clients around the globe who strive for the impossible. It’s a little strange, but the animation is fantastic.

Check it out:

For those in need of a refresher, the Galaxy S8 ships with a 5.8-inch Infinity Display, an Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 12MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP front-facing camera and a 3,000mAh non-removable battery.

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