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This Galaxy Note 8 Concept Makes Us Want to Skip S8

A successor to the burning hot Galaxy Note 7 is coming this year, and if you like big-screen phones, it could be the one to beat. In fact, the Note 8 could surpass Samsung's current flagships in a few key ways.

The Galaxy Note is expected to sport a 6.4-inch screen. Credit: Concept Creator/YouTube

(Image credit: The Galaxy Note is expected to sport a 6.4-inch screen. Credit: Concept Creator/YouTube)

A new video from Concecpt Creator has taken all of the most tantalizing Galaxy Note 8 rumors, including a monster 6.4-inch display and dual cameras, and brought them to life.

The video, first reported on by SamMobile, starts with what looks like a very slim design, which then segues to a large and impressive Infinity Display with close to no bezels. As you would expect from a Galaxy Note, this one has a built-in S Pen that pops out from the bottom, offering 4,096 levels of pressure. That would be the same as on the Note 7.

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What wouldn't be the same are the powerful dual cameras on the back, which the video shows enabling the Note 8 to take gorgeous wide-angle photos. The lack of dual cameras is the biggest thing missing from the S8, and it's one of the key advantages the iPhone 7 Plus still has over Samsung's flagship.

Noticeably absent from this concept? A rear fingerprint reader, so Concept Creator likely presumes that Samsung will be able to integrate the fingerprint sensor into the screen. The Note 8 would also presumably carry over the other biometric security options from the Galaxy S8, including facial recognition and iris scanning.

Credit: Concept Creator

(Image credit: Concept Creator)

If the Note 8 does wind up offering pen input, a bigger screen, dual rear cameras and integrated fingerprint reader in the Infinity Display, it could certainly give some shoppers pause before pulling the trigger on the Galaxy S8 or S8+.

Based on our Galaxy S8+ review, the extra-wide 6.2-inch screen does make the phone a bit of a challenge to use with one hand when in portrait mode. So an even larger 6.4-inch Note 8 would mostly likely be squarely in two-handed territory.

But the other perks might well make up for that one trade-off.

Mark Spoonauer

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for nearly 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.