This could well be what the iPhone 8 looks like

The iPhone 8 rumors are picking up momentum ahead of an expected September reveal, and the latest clues for iPhone 8 detectives to pore over are a couple of leaked photos showing the front and the back of Apple's upcoming handset.

Courtesy of the reasonably reputable @OnLeaks on Twitter, the snaps reveal a display that dominates the front of the phone and swallows up the Home button, and a dual-lens, vertically aligned rear camera, which all matches up with previous rumours.

There are no regulatory markings on the phone, and it isn't powered on, which points to this being a dummy unit based on the iPhone 8 design specifications rather than an actual iPhone 8 – something that another Apple leaker, Benjamin Geskin, suggests on Twitter.

Even if this isn't actually a real iPhone 8 though, it still gives us a very good idea of what the phone is going to look like, so you can weigh up whether it's going to be worth the wait. Apple is also expected to launch an iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus in September, minor upgrades on the 2016 models.

These pictures don't really solve the ongoing mystery of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which is apparently causing Apple engineers some headaches as they try and get it fitted under the display of the iPhone 8. If that doesn't work out, it may have to go around the back, as on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

Time will tell. The tenth anniversary iPhone 8 is also rumored to include wireless charging and some augmented reality extras courtesy of that dual-lens camera on the back. As always, we'll bring you all the news once Apple's ready to share the 2017 iPhone line-up with the rest of the world.

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Best Amazon Prime Instant Video TV shows: 25 essential Amazon Prime TV series

Good news, your Amazon Prime subscription comes with hundreds of the best TV shows (and movies) – for free. Bad news, that's a lot to chose from.

That's why, ahead of the expected Amazon Prime Day date in July, we're listing the best Amazon Prime Instant Video TV shows you can stream in the US. We've narrowed down the must-watch rankings to the top 25.

Notice, there are more Amazon Instant Video Originals than last year, with the online retailer trying to compete with the original TV shows that are now a large part of our best Netflix TV shows.

What's the best Amazon TV show to get sucked into without regretting it by the end of season 2? Read our Prime Video recommendations to find out.

It's 2017, but we remember when shows about cops and robbers were a dime a dozen in the late '90s and early 2000s. Back then, there was a new crime drama seemingly every week that either took place in the courthouse or out on the streets where gritty, foul-mouthed badges upheld the law with a sidearm and implacable morals.

The Wire had some similarities to those shows, sure, but if you watched carefully enough the profound differences started to appear. The series wasn't afraid to talk about race and racism in the courts, nor would it back down from showing the lives of people on the fringe of society. It gave you truly deep characters on both sides of the law that you wanted to succeed, and some you just couldn't wait to see bite a bullet. If you forgot what HBO looked like before swords and sorcery, The Wire is worth tapping into for one last ride around the block.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: All 5 seasons

One of the first successes to come from the Amazon Originals program, Alpha House is the antithesis of Netflix's House of Cards. Yes it has a political edge but the back stabbing is replaced with a little bit of rib tickling. John Goodman is superb as one of four US senators shacked up in the same house.

While the humor may get a little too dry for some, there's warmth in the cynicism and a strange amount of believability in the characters. If you were to choose one comedy that lampoons US politics then go with Veep – but Alpha House is a decent second.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 2 

Dramas have become all-too-easy to predict. There's a line drawn in the first episode between good and bad, and while there can be some crossover late in the second or third season, it's tough to feel truly surprised anymore. That said, Mad Dogs breaks every convention and isn't afraid to pair goofy, slap-stick comedy with surreal scenes of intense violence just to make you sit up and pay attention.

A US revamp of the 2011 series of the same name, Mad Dogs is one of the most adult offerings from Amazon's in-house studio, easily taking the crown from Bosch or Hand of God. It goes from The Hangover to The Godfather without warning and has the potential to be one of Amazon's first breakout dramas.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 1

One of the biggest advantages Amazon Prime Instant Video has over Netflix is its massive back-library of HBO programming that will make anyone with a monthly subscription salivate over. While each show could have its own entry on this list we instead chose to highlight the best of the bunch, starting with The Wire. A close, though vastly different second is True Blood, a show about the preternatural, social issues and sex. Lots and lots of sex. And if that  tag line doesn't sell you, nothing will.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 6

To be honest, we’re surprised that Amazon has been so quiet about The Grand Tour. We’ve seen nothing about it anywhere. No adverts, no trailers, no Jeremy Clarkson selling his soul to promote Amazon products… nope, nothing. 

And that's surprising because The Grand Tour might be the best show on Amazon Prime Video this year.

Each episode is a more grandiose version of the Top Gear specials, with the presenters sent off to far-flung lands – sometimes with actual cars. Amazon needs this to be a hit, Clarkson need never worry about money again and as for the quality of the show: well, you might say it packs one helluva punch. 

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 1

With 20-something novels to mine for source material, Bosch is a character that was always destined for the small screen. Created by Michael Connelly but brilliantly brought to life by actor Titus Welliver, the series follows the exploits of LA Homicide detective Harry Bosch and features enough grit to pave the longest of driveways.

This is no surprise – the series has been created by Eric Overmyer, who was part of the alumni that created The Wire. Bosch is another show that has been put together by Amazon Studios – proving that streaming services are becoming just as powerful as the HBOs of the world when it comes to producing compelling drama.

Number of seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 3

Now into its second series, Mozart in the Jungle was this surprise winner at the 2015 Golden Globes, where it won Best Comedy Series. The show is a comedy set in the strange world of classical music. Gael García Bernal plays young conductor Rodrigo who replaces a retiring conductor played by Malcolm McDowell. Based loosely on a true story and created by the likes of Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, it's well worth a watch.

Number of seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 3

Actor Ron Perlman has been known to play some devious, psychologically unsound characters, but his latest one – Judge Pernell Harris – might take the cake. Hand of God follows Perman's character in his descent into madness, where divine providence and real-world consequences meet and lives are forever changed.

In the vein of Memento, you'll question Pernell's sanity and whether anything is really happening or if it's all in one man's deeply troubled mind. The twist on the show is that it leans on biblical themes to add stakes – philandering, extortion and murder are commonplace here. Don't go in expecting any of it to make sense in the first few minutes, or to leave the first season feeling happy-go-lucky. This is one dark ride.

Number of seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 2

While social media was all a'twitter about Aziz Ansari's Master of None on Netflix, Amazon stealthily released a rom-com of its own that rivals, and in some respects even outplays, its quirky competitor.

The show is called Catastrophe and stars Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan (who The New York Times so aptly described as the UK's Tina Fey) and Carrie Fisher in an unexpected-pregancy-turned-love-story that's two parts Knocked Up, one part Annie Hall. Catastrophe excels at blending the nuanced cultural differences between the two main characters and the horrible awkwardness of falling in love in nine month's time. Horgan's character is a bit blunt, more cynical and slightly wittier than her significant other, while Delaney's is slow-witted but wonderfully polite in all the best ways. Far more than the some of its parts, Catastrophe is one more example that anything Netflix can do, Amazon can, too.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 3

Focusing on the exploits of hacker Elliot (a superb Rami Malek), Mr Robot is Fight Club for the Tor generation, lifting a lid on a world where what Linux kernel you use is not just a badge of honor but a way of life. It's brooding at times and there's a political slant that hides just beneath the show's warm glow.

Season 2 is looking even more epic, if this trailer is anything to go by, and will focus on the aftermath of the events that took place in Season 1.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 1

Let me set the stage for this one: It’s 1969, and there’s a war going on in America. The war is being fought in business offices around the country and the group leading the charge are women in the workforce, fighting for equal rights and equal acknowledgement for the work they’ve performed for years. Good Girls Revolt is set in this backdrop, at a fictional news outlet where the women have for too long been swept under the rug.

The show scores major points for its poignant subject matter – both in the way that it covers the struggles of women in the workplace pre-1970, but also in the way it handles talking about the American history that the women in question are tasked with covering. Part raunchy history lesson, part stellar drama, Good Girls Revolt is a smart interpretation of a still-ongoing issue.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 1

The '80s is the en vogue decade when it comes to nostalgia. Not only are Seth Gordon and Adam Goldberg mining the era for their superb prime-time sitcom The Goldbergs, Red Oaks has appeared to prove that it is respectable to set shows in the '80s. Amazon-exclusive Red Oaks – made by another Green, this time David Gordon – focuses on David, a tennis player at the Red Oaks country club and his summer shenanigans. Great casting – Jennifer Grey! – some brilliant nods to '80s films, a short run time means this is a series you can eat up in one neon-fuelled sitting.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 2

He may not have had the best career in movies, but Timothy Olyphant has become a TV stalwart thanks to a brilliant performance in Deadwood and an even better one in Justified. The premise of Justified is wafer thin – a Miami marshal is reassigned to his backwater home town after a bullet-strewn altercation – but Raylen Givens' (Olyphant) relationship with his family, old friends and foes is forever riveting and frequently bloody.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 6

There have been a number of successful Amazon pilots that have made it to a full series, but none have the epic potential that Man In The High Castle has. This adaptation imagines what the world would be like if Germany and Japan had won World War II and the Nazis had taken global control. Turns out it's a bit worse than us all driving around in VW Beetles and wearing Hugo Boss coats.

The Man In High Castle has been renewed for a third season, and you can watch the first two seasons for free via Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 2

Shows on British politics have existed since the dawn of television, but none of them were as weirdly captivating as Downton Abbey, a show about social status, entitlement and posh, rich people doing posh, rich people things. After airing in 2010 on ITV in Ireland and the UK, the glacier-paced series took the entertainment world by storm thanks to its exceptional cast and historically accurate acting and attire.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 6

If you like Louis C.K.’s stand up, you’re going to love Louie. It’s dark. It’s funny. It makes us look at ourselves and our situations and just think “Huh, I guess it could be a lot worse.” Each episode is divided into two parts: a stand-up segment where Louie tells jokes to a faceless audience and a fictional vignette that either refutes or enforces the previous joke. So how can a comedian’s life, even a fictional version of it, be funny? We have no idea, but it just works.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 5

Some dodgy accents aside, it's a joy to watch Tatiana Maslany take on the multiple roles that are needed for Orphan Black. She launches herself into every one of the characters and is the constant that is needed to make this sci-fi yarn watchable. One of the reasons Orphan Black works so well is that it doesn't take itself too seriously but when it does it makes you believe in the myriad plot lines that flow through the series.

Amazon Prime Instant Video now offers all four seasons of the show with a subscription. 

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 4

Speaking of Ron D Moore and his original masterpiece, Stargate, it’s number 18 on our list. A sci-fi mega series that takes you to the edge of the universe and back, Stargate SG-1 picks up where the eponymous 1994 film left off. Beloved for its ever-evolving characters, wildly creative settings and insanely interesting mythology, the show continues to be in the top five must-watch series in its genre seven long years after it ran its course.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 10

The Good Wife sets out at a breakneck pace. Within the first five minutes we're introduced to Alicia Florrick (played by the award-winning Julianna Margulies) whose husband has recently been charged with sexual and political corruption. Fast forward six months and Florrick is out treading her own path as a lawyer on a pro bono case that seems to have all the odds stacked up against her. Toss in the familial fallout she faces at home and the career challenges of being a lawyer in a state where everyone knew your former husband and you have the basis of the emotional problems Margulies's character faces.

The Good Wife is a meditation not only on marital infidelity but the difficulties of getting a late start in life. As masochistic as it is addicting, The Good Wife is definitely worth 30 minutes of your night.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 7

The Americans is a cracking crime period thriller that follows the exploits of a couple of KGB agents posing as US citizens around the time Ronald Reagan became US president.

It may occasionally flit between the ridiculous and the sublime but you would expect nothing more from a show that's main conceit comprises characters dueling with duality. The '80s setting is fantastic, too, though there aren't enough shell suits for our liking.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 4

Seemingly always vying for the top spot of Best Recently Finished Drama (we may have made up that award) with Breaking Bad, Sons Of Anarchy is a long brooding menace of a show that deserves your attention. Centered on a motorcycle gang that live by their own rules (you can probably guess what their name is from the title) the show is positively Shakespearean in its storytelling and will have you gripped from episode one.

While Ron Perlman steals the show as Clay, Charlie Hunnam's Jax is one of the best tortured souls you will see on any television show. And now Amazon Prime Instant Video is streaming all seven seasons of the show.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 7

The full title, All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals, is pretty self-explanatory. But what you might not glean from the title is how much blood, sweat and tears went into the Cardinals' 13-3 season. Anchored by head coach Bruce Arians and narrated by Jon Hamm, All or Nothing plays out like an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, pacing itself with moments of tension followed by heart-warming victories or crushing letdowns. While Netflix's Last Chance U might have the market cornered on college ball documentaries, All or Nothing takes the genre to the pro leagues.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 2

Anything Netflix can do, Amazon Prime can do better it seems, especially when it comes to winning a Golden Globe. Netflix may have made history by being the first streaming service to win a Golden Globe, courtesy of the acting talents of Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, but Amazon went and topped this by winning the Best TV Show prize in 2014 for Transparent.

It was much deserved. Transparent is everything you want in a TV show. It's heartwarming, funny and packs a real punch about a subject that doesn't get enough attention: transgenderism. Jeffrey Tambor's Maura Pfefferman is a television character we hope will be around for a long time.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 3

If you have any interest in Norse mythology then the name Ragnar Lothbrok will mean a whole lot to you. Basically he was a king and powerful ruler that was a right git to the English and the French.

Vikings is a series that traces his Norse-based goings on with enough charm and scope to take on Game of Thrones in the sword and sandals stakes. Yes it takes a number of liberties with its source material but the acting is top class, as is the cinematography in a historical romp that's now deservedly in its fifth season.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 5

There's no better show to end a best-of list with than Avatar: The Last Airbender. This deceivingly profound cartoon-anime hybrid packed deeply complex emotions, eastern philosophy lessons and amazingly choreographed fight scenes into 30-minute segments and short-sold them to children and adults with an open mind and an eye for beauty. The series ran for three seasons and picked up an Emmy in 2009 before taking a multi-year hiatus. The hiatus wouldn't end until The Legend of Korra picked up the mantle, and lovingly continued one of the greatest animated shows of all-time.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 3

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date, news and rumors

Update: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date is just two months away, according to a new report. It's also less likely to get Android O and a in-screen fingerprint sensor, but will beat the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7S to market.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the biggest comeback story in phones following all of the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 battery failures last autumn.

And now that our Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus reviews are up, we're focused on what next's for Samsung's S Pen-equipped smartphone and its launch date.

It's fascinating: The Note 7 will go down in smartphone history for all the wrong reasons, yet when it wasn't causing property damage or injuries, it was among the best phones you could buy. That honor was short-lived.

Where does Samsung go from here? We now have a better idea of the Galaxy Note 8 features thanks to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus launch. They look and feel like Note phones (read: really big) without that all-important S Pen.

Samsung will build on top of its new all-screen technology, and the Note series will continue to be Samsung's high-end, at times experimental smartphone.

Ready for the future? It's time to dive into all of the promising Note 8 rumors, as new leaks begin to emerge ahead of a possible August release date.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Samsung's next flagship phablet
  • When is it out? Autumn of 2017 is very likely
  • What will it cost? A lot, the Note 7 cost $850/£749/AU$1,349

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date

Samsung has already confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 release date will happen in 2017. That's a fact.

And while the company didn't go into more detail about the launch date, we've come to expect an S Pen compatible Android phone every autumn. Trusted source The Korea Herald has reported the Galaxy Note 8 will come out in August in order to beat the iPhone 8 to market.

That release date would make sense considering both the Note 7 and Note 5 arrived in August too.

Could it come earlier? Sure. Samsung may want to fill the void of the Note – the UK hasn't had a Note phone permanently available since the Note 4. Ouch.

But Samsung may also wants to take its time for the sake of battery safety. And the S8 and S8 Plus launched later than normal. October would put the Note 8 six months from the S8 launch date. Perfect.

Here's what we're going to look out for over the next several months: the phone with the model number SM-N950, as revealed by leaker Evan Blass.

We're also digging up information on Baikal, the supposed codename for the Note 8 that refers to a Siberian lake – the lake deepest in the world.

TechRadar’s take: Note 8 may launch in late September, with a late October release date. That's six months after the S8 and S8 Plus. It would give Samsung more time to run extra safety tests. There's a chance that the company will want it out sooner to fill the void of new Note phones on sale, but  we're unlikely to see anything sooner than autumn.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 screen

Hottest leaks:

  • Pixel-sense 4K resolution
  • 6.4-inch screen size likely
  • Another 'Infinity Display'

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may once again make the Note series known for its groundbreaking screen, but not just because of its size this time around.

We're predicting that the Note 8 will be one of the first smartphones with a pixel-dense 4K screen, with convincing rumors backing up that theory.

Why do you need a 4K resolution on a phone? You don't when it's in your hand; the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus look good enough paired down to Full HD 1080p in its battery saving mode.

But a 4K screen is important when your phone doubles as a Samsung Gear VR headset screen. Otherwise, you'll see individual pixels (that's what we call the screen door effect) when it's just two inches from your face.

What about the Note 8 screen size? The phone series has stuck to a 5.7-inch screen ever since the Note 3, but it'll almost certainly break from tradition.

A 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is more likely, because the Galaxy S8 Plus has reached that tipping point. It's really hard to see it being any smaller than that.

But an even bigger 6.4-inch screen is very possible, and indeed has been rumored, with the source adding that it will be a QHD+ OLED display with minimal bezels, just like the S8 and S8 Plus.

It's also, unsurprisingly, likely to have an 'Infinity Display', an idea backed up by a recent front display panel leak. That's what Samsung calls the near bezel-free 18.5:9 display on the Galaxy S8, and it would make sense for a similar screen to be used on the Note 8. Not only would it make sense, but it's also been rumored

Credit: Ice Universe

Credit: Ice Universe

Samsung might go even further that maximize the screen-to-body ratio on the Note 8 though, with the image above suggesting the corners will be shrunk.

Another rumor suggested that the Galaxy Note 8 could act as Samsung's first smartphone with a foldable screen. It's extremely unlikely, but a fun thought.

Samsung is rumored to be readying two foldable phones for 2017. But we don't feel like it's due for a flagship phone just yet – not this year at least. We've seen patents for what could be the Galaxy Note 9, too, but that's even further out

Instead of launching an overhauled Note this year, Samsung is said to be preparing a foldable Samsung Galaxy X prototype – not a phone ready for commercial launch. 

At best, next year's Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could test the waters with a foldable variant, much like it tested curved screens with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

TechRadar’s take: The Note 8 will almost certainly continue Samsung's streak of debuting new technology in its second half of the year phone. At first it was bigger screens and S Pens, then the curved Galaxy Note Edge variant, and most recently the debut of Mobile HDR. What's next? A 4K resolution with expanded S Pen functionality at or around 6.4 inches could help differentiate this year's Note phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 design

The Note 8 design is likely to take almost all of its cues from the glass-and-metal sandwich that is the Galaxy S8 Plus. It's almost a Note phone – minus the stylus.

Samsung's 'Infinity Display' doesn't seem like a one-off marketing term. It's here to stay. But it means there may be no physical home button on the Note 8.

Instead, the Note 8 is rumored to have a pressure-sensitive screen that brings up different menus and options depending on how hard you press the display. The S8 and S8 Plus have this, but it's limited to the home button.

More than cloning Apple's 3D Touch screen technique, however, we're hoping that Samsung figures out a way to embed a fingerprint sensor in the screen. One of the latest leaks of a prototype device suggests the company may have found a way to do it as there's no sign of a physical fingerprint scanner.

The S8 and S8 Plus shifted the fingerprint scanner to the back, awkwardly next to the camera lens. Cue the smudges. But returning it to the front, under the display, would be ideal placement when such technology is ready – though rumors suggest it may not be ready in time.

TechRadar’s take: The Note 8 design may not look too different from glass-and-metal Galaxy S8 Plus at 6.2 inches. We're bullish on that. We're hoping to see more rumors about a fingerprint sensor embedded in the front glass. It's an idea that'll be in Samsung's near future, if not the Note 8.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 camera

Hottest leaks:

  • A dual-lens camera
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Telephoto and wide-angle lenses

Samsung's camera is due for an upgrade, and the Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung's playground to try new things.

The 12MP sensor stayed the same from the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Samsung promised it tweaked the software. Okay.

But we still anticipate seeing something different from the Note 8, and that could come in the form of a dual-lens camera, especially as exactly that has now been rumored by respected analyst Ming Chi Kuo.

Supposedly, the Galaxy Note 8 will have a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 13MP telephoto one, and you'll be able to combine them for a 3x optical zoom.

That sounds a lot like the setup on the iPhone 7 Plus, which allows for a 2x optical zoom, though hopefully you'll also be able to use the sensors independently like on the LG G6.

Kuo adds that both cameras will also have optical image stabilization, and we also fully expect a 5MP to 8MP front-facing upgrade given that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus got that spec boost along with selfie auto-focus.

We've also now seen a render showing dual lenses on the back of the Note 8, so this is looking likely.

TechRadar’s take: We're fully expecting Samsung to jump on the dual-lens camera bandwagon sooner or later, and as a flagship phone the Note 8 seems an ideal candidate.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 battery

Wow. Here's a touchy subject for you. The Note 8 battery has to be big, in the ballpark of 3,500mAh, like Samsung's current crop of phones.

Samsung could technically go bigger – Asus Zenfone Max has a 5,000mAh battery. But we don't expect a such fightingly bigger number.

The Note 8 battery not only has to be safe, it has to look safe. 5,000mAh doesn't look safe. Plus, Samsung packs in a lot more internal technology.

The Note 7 findings confirmed that the explosions were the result of two different battery failures. So we expect Samsung to play it cool with a smaller battery capacity than it could technically go with.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 OS and power

Hottest leaks:

  • A powerful 3GHz+ octa-core processor
  • Android Nougat

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs are likely to reflect those of the S8 and S8 Plus, but may finally include a boost in RAM.

Samsung's newest phones just premiered in two chipset flavors: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the US and its own Exynos 8895 in the UK and other regions. The fact that Samsung is manufacturing both doesn't hurt the chances that they'll continue on to the Note 8, and indeed an Exynos 8895 has been rumored for the phone.

Here's the difference: It may jump from 4GB of RAM to 6GB of RAM. We were surprised to see Samsung didn't make a 6GB Galaxy S8 for the West, although it is launching that exact model in China.

A Note 8 with 6GB of RAM isn't out of the question then. More memory means more apps can be open at once, and Samsung is boasting that the 6.8-inch screen is great for multitasking.

Samsung renamed TouchWiz to 'Samsung Experience,' and it's actually likable. We expect a further refined operating system overlay based on Android Nougat, more specifically Android 7.1.1 if rumors are to be believed

Wanting Android O on the Note 8 is wishful thinking, as that's likely being saved for the Google Pixel 2, which is expected to launch later. Indeed, a new benchmark again points to Android 7.1.1 for the Galaxy Note 8 – though it's sure to get updated to Android O once that's available.

TechRadar’s take: The Note 8 chipset may not change from what we saw in the S8 and S8 Plus, but it can differentiate itself with the long-awaited 6GB of RAM upgrade. This will further Samsung's drive toward multitasking on the phone and DeX desktop accessory.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 other features

Hottest leaks:

  • A stylus with a speaker
  • A fingerprint scanner built into the screen
  • An iris scanner
  • Bixby AI 2.0

Like the Galaxy S8 before it we're hearing rumors that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could have a fingerprint scanner built into the screen. But will it happen this time? The render below backs the theory up, and also points to audio tuned by AKG, so the Note 8 could put a focus on sound.

However, a Samsung official has reportedly said that the Note 8 won't have an in-screen fingerprint scanner as the company couldn't perfect the technology in time, so that's looking like an unlikely feature, despite the image above.

The S Pen meanwhile is a Galaxy Note 8 essential – it's why some people are holding off on buying the S8 and S8 Plus. Good things may come to those who wait.

The S Pen stylus could come with a built-in speaker, according to a new patent. What the speaker does isn't clear. It could very well read notes back to you. We've also heard that it might be able to vibrate.

Samsung has changed up its S Pen on the Galaxy Tab S3, so it has not been afraid to make it different (in the case of the Tab S3's it's much bigger).

You can bet we'll see an iris scanner in the Note 8. This unique phone unlocking method debuted in the Note 7 and made its way to the S8 and S8 Plus.

However, we may see a more secure Galaxy Note 8 given recent reports that a group of hackers were able to bypass the iris scanner. Time to improve the tech.

It'll also inherit dust and water resistance with a rating of IP68, have a microSD card slot for expandable storage and Fast Charge via USB-C and wireless charge, too.

Samsung confirmed that it intends to expand its Bixby virtual assistant beyond the S8 and S8 Plus, so the Note 8 is a prime candidate for its Siri rival. Give it a couple months and it'll be much better – just in time for the Note 8 release date.

TechRadar’s take: With Samsung Galaxy Note 8, you're going to get 'everything you see here' from the S8 and S8 Plus, and they're throwing in the S Pen. That means an iris scanner, dust and water resistant, fast wireless charging and Bixby AI are also expected in the new phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is shaping up to sound like the S8 Plus, but better. Of course, that means it'll likely be more pricey.

Noted leaker Evan Blass says the phablet will launch with a sticker price of €999 or US$925 in the States, so you'd better start saving.

Considering the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus price is $824.99 (£779, $1,349), you're almost certainly looking at a slight cost increase for the S Pen and expected 6GB of RAM. The Note 7 launched at $850 (£749, AU$1,349) – more than the S8 Plus in the US, less in the UK and exactly the same in Australia.

TechRadar’s take: The Galaxy Note 8 is sure to be expensive, but probably won’t be much than the Note 7 or S8 Plus, whichever is higher in your region.

Should you wait for the Note 8?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is built for S Pen users who refuse to work on their phone without a stylus. For these people, it's worth the wait.

However, you're not going to miss much by checking out the Galaxy S8 Plus. It already has a 6.2-inch screen that tops the size of every Note phone before it.

Other perks we expect in the Note 8 are 6GB of RAM and a 4K display for a leap in Samsung Gear VR gaming that demands extra pixels. Don't need a stylus? Don't need a high-end VR headset? The S8 Plus is plenty of phone for you.

Aside from distinctly fewer flames and explosions, there are a number of other things we’d like from the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and the following are our top wants.

1. A lower price

For the brief period that it was on sale, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was colossally expensive, coming in at $850/£749/AU$1,349 if you bought it off contract.

The size and specs of the phone went a long way towards justifying that price, but it still put the phone out of many people’s reach, so we’d like to see a lower price for the Note 8.

It’s unlikely, but you never know, Samsung might drop the price as a goodwill gesture to all its fans that have had to go without an upgrade in 2016.

2. 6GB of RAM

Most current smartphones have 4GB of RAM, but a few, such as the OnePlus 3, have launched with 6GB, and a Chinese variant of the Note 7 was supposed to do the same.

With the Note 8, we’d like to see all versions launch with at least that much. It might sound like overkill, but it would help power VR experiences, and besides, the Note series has always been at the cutting edge.

3. A 4K display

What would help VR even more than extra RAM is a sharper screen, and so we’d like to see a 4K display on the Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung has been peddling QHD screens for a while now, and with the extra size of the Note it’s a prime candidate for a few more pixels.

4. Less sensitive buttons

It’s a minor niggle, but the capacitive buttons on the Note 7, and indeed many Samsung handsets, are overly sensitive, leading to many an accidental press, particularly for those who are new to the handset, so we’d like to see these made slightly less sensitive for the Note 8 – but only slightly!

5. A foldable screen

There’s been talk that Samsung could start launching handsets with foldable screens in 2017. So, could the Note 8 be one of them? It’s unlikely, but it seems like a natural evolution from the curved screens we have now, and would make the phone’s sheer size more manageable.

6. No more bezels

OK, a foldable screen might be asking a bit much, but Samsung could at least ditch the bezels surrounding the display. That could allow the company to either pack a larger screen into the same space, or shrink the handset size down.

Ditching the home button could prove problematic, since it houses the fingerprint scanner, but there have been rumors that Samsung might build the scanner into the screen itself.

7. A new design

Samsung has been iterating on the current design of its phones since the Galaxy S6, so by the time the Note 8 launches it will be about time for a shakeup.

We want the curved screen to stay, unless the alternative is a foldable one, but a change to that metal and glass sandwich would be appreciated, as long as it still looks just as stylish and premium.

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Amazon Prime Day 2017: when is it and how can you find the best deals?

Amazon Prime Day deals for 2017 will be the best chance to buy everything you want from the online US retailer at deep discounts. It's like the prequel to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it lasts for just 24 hours.

We'll level with you, Amazon Prime Day is an invented online shopping holiday. But last year it turned out to be the biggest day in Amazon’s history: Traffic was up 36%, it sold 90,000 TVs and thousands of Kindle Paperwhite e-readers, Fire TV Sticks and Fire HD tablets.

In just three hours US customers had bought 18,048 pairs of headphones thanks to wonderfully deep discounts.

So what exactly is Prime Day? Can you trust the deals or is Amazon at it? And when will Prime Day 2017 be anyway? Read on for the answers to these questions and some you might not have thought of.

When is Amazon Prime Day 2017?

Amazon hasn’t said yet, but we’re guessing that Prime Day 2017 in the US will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Why? Prime Day 2016 was the July 12, which was the second Tuesday of the month. This year that falls on the eleventh. At least, that been hour our Amazon Prime Day date prediction for the last 11 months.

What's the point of Prime Day?

Prime Day exists to promote Amazon’s Prime subscription service, which Amazon says is the best deal in the history of shopping. Prime Day is for Prime members, many of whom will sign up for a free trial of the service just so they can get the deals. Once signed up, many of them stay as Prime subscribers.

If you're not a Prime subscriber, there's usually a big Amazon Prime sale in the run-up to the big day. In the US, a year of Prime was discounted from $99 to $79. As we mentioned in our Amazon Prime review, we think Prime is an absolute bargain anyway so at the discounted price it's hard not to strongly recommend signing up.

Why Amazon Prime Day matters

If you’re looking for bargains, Prime Day 2017 is important – not just for gadgets, but for any kind of item. For example, on Prime Day 2016 Prime members bought 215,000 pressure cookers, 200,000 pairs of headphones, 24,000 hammocks, 23,000 Roomba robots and 14,000 Lenovo laptops. 

The crucial difference between Prime Day and Black Friday or Cyber Monday – other than it being Amazon’s idea – is that November’s deals are geared towards gifting, because of course it’s the holiday season. Amazon Prime Day is more about personal shopping, either for treating yourself or for saving money household items.

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Will Prime Day 2017 be more exciting than last year?

That depends on what you’re planning to buy. Discounts on Amazon’s own products – the Amazon Echo, Fire TV Stick, Fire Tablets and Kindle e-readers for example – are pretty much guaranteed, and there will be stacks of lightning deals on the day too. Unless Amazon decides to do things radically differently this year it’s going to be a really mixed bag, with laptop deals next to handbag deals next to power tools and processors. If only there was a website beginning with “T” and ending in “echradar.com” to find the best deals so you don’t have to delve through the dross. Hang on… there is!

As you’d expect, we’re going to be hyped up on energy drinks throughout Prime Day on both sides of the Atlantic, finding the deals that you really don’t want to miss.

Do I need a Prime subscription to get involved? 

Yes and no. While Prime is for Prime customers, there will be other deals on the day that are open to everyone – it’s just that with lightning deals, which tend to have limited stock, the Prime users get to see them before anybody else. That means some of the very best deals can be gone long before people who aren’t Prime members get to know about them.

That doesn’t mean you need to pay for a Prime membership, though. You can sign up for a free trial and take full advantage of all the Prime benefits, including Prime Day. But don’t forget to cancel the trial afterwards if you don’t intend to continue. If you don’t, you’ll be automatically billed for membership when the trial period ends.

Are there special Prime deals for students? 

Yes. Amazon Student gives you Prime membership for $49 per year instead of the usual $99, and it’s completely free for the first six months. It’s worth considering not just for Prime Day, but for the included TV, music and movie streaming. It's hard to match a 50% discount. Sadly, there's no Amazon Prime for teachers, like some US educators so desire.

The top 5 deals of Prime Day last year:

Amazon Echo – $50 off
Amazon is on the forefront of deals, but it's also spearheading the smart home with an Amazon Echo. You can expect Amazon Prime Day 2017 to feature a deal on the Echo considering it was discount by a cool $50 last year.

Samsung 55-inch 4K TV UN55KU6600 – $598.99 off
When a $1,247.99 4K television costs just $649.99 for 24 hours, you better hop on that Amazon Prime Day deal if you have the money and need a 4KTV. This was Samsung's big 55-inch TV – four times the pixels as a Full HD set and yet it was almost cut in half in terms of price.

Toshiba Chromebook 2, $120 off

Amazon Prime Day laptop deals are always plentiful in the US, and the retailer's 2017 discounts should be no different. A year ago, online shoppers were going crazy for this new Toshiba notebook that went from $400 to $280. We're hoping for even more cheap laptops this year.

Kindle Paperwhite, $33 off
Amazon started as a online book retailer, so it's no surprise that its brilliant e-ink displays are popular. One of our favorites is the Kindle Paperwhite, which usually goes for $119.99. However, on Amazon Prime Day, we were able to find it for just $86.99. Right now, Amazon has it on a temporary discount at $99.

Huawei Watch, $174 off

New Android smartwatch that look this elegant don't come cheap. However, we were able to get it for a reduced price during Amazon Prime Day. Instead of the original list price of $349.99, Amazon discounted the smartwatch to $175.99. It remains one of the classiest-looking Android smartwatches available.

What to expect from Prime Day 2017

We’d expect Prime Day 2017 to follow the template of the last two Prime Days. In the week or two before the big day, we'll see an enticing Amazon Prime subscription discount. Then on the day itself deals will be grouped into two category: Deals of the Day, which tend to be the most eye-catching and which are available in big numbers, and Lightning Deals, which cover every conceivable kind of product, have limited availability and often sell out very quickly. In the latter case Prime members get to see the deals before non-members.

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Top deals to expect on Prime Day 2017 


All the Amazon things
Last year’s biggest sellers included the Amazon Fire TV Stick, the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. Spot the trend? This year we’d expect those items to be joined by the Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Echo Look – so whatever you do, don’t buy an Amazon device this side of Prime Day unless you like spending more money than you need to.


PS4 and Xbox One
The current generation of consoles is well established and there aren’t any limited supply problems for the PS4 and Xbox One, so we’d expect some serious discounting on Prime Day 2016 – although probably not for the PS4 Pro, which is still relatively new. With the Pro out there and the Xbox One X incoming we think Prime Day could see some exciting deals, especially on bundles: they have more wiggle room when it comes to pricing than console-only offers.


4K TVs
Working out the value of a TV can be difficult: the pace of change and strength of competition means that even the most cutting-edge TV goes from can’t-afford to cheap-as-chips in an incredibly short time. Pay no attention to the RRP / MSRP, though: use a service such as PriceSpy or CamelCamelCamel to see if what looks like a great deal is just Amazon getting round to matching rivals’ prices. There will be lots of genuine deals, however, so Prime Day 2016 is a good day to look for a new TV.


Laptops and gaming laptops
We’re constantly monitoring laptop deals not just on Prime Day, but every day. There’s lots of flexibility in laptop-land, and we’d expect Amazon to take advantage of that to drop the price of big-name laptops quite dramatically. Keep a particular eye on Lenovo, Asus and HP laptops, which tend to see discounting across multiple models.


Home electronics
House stuff might not be glamorous, but you can save an absolute packet on everything from pots and pans to food processors on Prime Day. As we mentioned earlier it’s a big day for buying hammocks, pressure cookers and robot vacuum cleaners.

Amazon Prime Day deals 2016

Prime Day 2017 FAQ: what it is, when it happens and where to get the best deals 

What is Prime Day?
  It’s Amazon’s annual birthday celebration, when it discounts more than 100,000 products of all kinds.

When is Prime Day 2017?
 Amazon hasn’t said yet, but we’re guessing that Prime Day 2017 will be held on Tuesday 11 July 2017. Prime Day 2016 was the 12 of July, which was the second Tuesday of the month. This year that falls on the eleventh. 

Is Prime Day 2017 Amazon only?
  The name is Amazon’s, yes, but in 2016 plenty of other retailers decided to try and spoil Amazon’s fun by running their own doorbuster sales.

What about Amazon competitors?

No surprise, Amazon Prime Day has attracted the attention of the store's competitors, with Walmart, Target, Best Buy and NewEgg all trying to discount items anywhere from 24 hours to a full week. It doesn't have quite the same draw, but it's great for budget conscious consumers.

Are Prime Day deals real?
  Yes and no. They’re real in the sense that you’re paying less than the official price for things, but sometimes that official price was just silly. 

Like many retailers, Amazon is very keen on comparing prices against RRPs (MSRPs in the US) that nobody really expects anybody to pay – so for example in 2013 the Wall Street Journal noted that an Amazon deal of 45% off a $1,799 Samsung HDTV wasn't quite so impressive: the previous month, Amazon had been selling the same TV for $997.99, so the actual saving was less than ten dollars. Such deals are essentially the same thing as supermarket wine promotions or amazing, never-ending furniture sales.

If you have a particular product in mind it's worth keeping an eye on the prices now to make sure the deals are genuine on Prime Day. We find sites such as PriceSpy invaluable, as they enable you to see exactly what prices are being charged for specific things – not just big purchases, but smaller items such as video games too.

Some of the deals will clearly be paper bargains like the one the Wall Street Journal reported, but that doesn't mean all of them will be. Amazon will have been bargaining hard with key suppliers to cut the prices it pays for some products, and it'll sell some high-profile items as loss leaders in the expectation of cross-selling, up-selling and, well, selling. From Amazon's point of view it can lose money on big deals and make it back from Prime subscriptions and by shifting stock it wants to get rid of anyway.

Where can I find the best Prime Day deals?
Right here. We scour all the top retailers’ Prime Day deals so that you don’t have to – and we tell you whether the deals are worth getting excited about too. Whether it’s a 4K HDR OLED TV or an Xbox One controller, if it’s discounted we’ll have the details here. 

How do I get the best Prime Day 2017 deals?
  Know what you want, know what you can afford to spend and know the market: you’ll often spot interesting price hikes in June to enable amazing-looking discounts on Prime Day. Pay particular attention to real prices, not RRPs: TVs are particularly bad for this, with sets whose RRP is eleventy billion pounds routinely selling for five hundred quid. Sites such as CamelCamelCamel and PriceSpy enable you to tell if you’re looking at a legitimate bargain or some timed tomfoolery.

It’s also a very good idea to be flexible: for example, if you fancy a Sony 4K TV then think about the features you want rather than a specific model number: the BRV123ABD54-88C-9218-B may not be discounted on Prime Day, but an almost identical set with the specification you want probably will be.

Can I get cashback on Prime Day deals?
  Sometimes, yes. Your debit card or credit card may offer cashback on purchases. It’s definitely worth looking into, not just for Prime Day but for any online shopping. 

How can I stay safe on Prime Day?
  There’s a good chance that spammers and scammers will latch on to Prime Day much as they have with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so be wary of unsolicited emails or links to deals on social media no matter how legitimate they look: anything asking for card details or login details is a scam. If you’re on a PC, make sure your security software is up to date. Many suites automatically block known scam sites.

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You’ll probably have to save up a lot of cash to afford the Galaxy Note 8

Samsung's next trick looks likely to be the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 sometime in August or September or thereabouts, and we just got word of how much the super-sized phablet is likely to cost the eager punters ready to pick it up… and it's a lot.

VentureBeat reports that Samsung is slapping a €999 price tag on the phone, which based on our quick calculations works out at £875, US$1,120 and AU$1,475. However, we rarely see straight currency conversions on handsets, and VentureBeat's Evan Blass says the Note 8 will retail for around US$925 in the States.

Blass has a long and distinguished record of accurate phone leaks so we would expect his predictions to be pretty on the money, as it were. That €999 would make the Galaxy Note 8 the most expensive smartphone Samsung has ever pushed out, and it means only those with deep pockets will be able to afford one.

Attention to details

While the €999 figure raises the bar for expensive phones, we were always expecting the Note 8 to cost a substantial amount of cash based on previous models – last year's Galaxy Note 7 was on sale at $850/£749/AU$1,349 after all, before it was recalled.

The VentureBeat report also mentions the 6.3-inch AMOLED screen with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 6GB of RAM, and a camera that features two 12-megapixel lenses. The S Pen stylus will again be included to help distinguish the Note 8 from the 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, launched earlier this year.

According to Blass' sources, the Note 8 will have a fingerprint sensor around the back of the device, like the S8 phones, and will be available in black, blue, and gold at launch. None of this is 100% confirmed yet, but it's getting close to being certain.

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