In the previous few weeks we have seen several leaks of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 and they seem to be fairly inconsistent. Today we have seen another Galaxy Note 8 render leak and this one seems to show what at this stage is the most superfluous button even, a Bixby button.
We have seen case renders for the Galaxy Note 8, a tweet from Samsung showing the Galaxy Note 8 sans any buttons and some apparent official renders from Samsung showing only three buttons. Todays leak shows what is apparently the Galaxy Note 8 front on.
The new leaked render shows the same button configuration that was present on the case renders a few weeks ago. There is a power button on the right hand side, a volume rocker on the left and a button below it that we can only assume is a Bixby button. When the Galaxy Note 8 launches it will have been around six months since the Galaxy S8 and Bixby was announced so we can only hope that they have it functional by then. The latest rumours have it close to ready to go although it will possibly be a while before it is adapted to our voices.
The render shows the infinity display that is present on the Galaxy S8 and is once again a very attractive phone; such a pity there is a useless hardware button. Luckily, at this stage, there are ways to remap the Bixby button to useful functions but that is a constant cat and mouse game between Samsung and developers (and most users) that Samsung seems intent on having the last say on.
Are you interested in this phone? How do you plan to combat the Bixby button? Do you think Bixby is competition for Google Assistant and Siri?