Just a little ranting about the Galaxy Note 8:
Beside these things, I'm relativly happy with the phone.
This has been the case for quite a few Samsung Models and other Manufacturer makes too. Market Trend determines this perhaps.
I wanted the Samsung Note Fe but it wasn't available for me in the UK unless I imported it but then features such as Samsung Pay wouldnt work. That said many do import as they want the alternative model with more Ram / Storage Capacity.
This has been discussed many times and as such there is lots of relevant advice on various blogs as to why its thought this is implemented. I'm in the UK so have the Exynos Version which is supposed to handle power better but it's all subjective. I personally do not put much into BenchMark Stats. It maybe connected to how the different chipsets perform on the different countries networks !
The materials used for these flagships being all glass backs for wireless charging reasons and current market trend for glass and metal unibodies do make these phones slippery, and again its just not Samsung Models. iPhone's are like holding a bar of soap too.
Some do like to go caseless which is then an informed risk. I'm in the camp of liking a naked phone but the danger of a drop is all too evident so I prefer a minimal option to protect my phones. I use a Rhinoshield Crashguard Bumper with dbrand Black Dragon Back Skin and a Samsung Official Film type screen protector.
Some like to encase their phone into enough plastic and rubber that'll protect it through a nuclear winter.
I found since the Samsung Galaxy s7 edge the palm rejection software has vastly improved. I get nearly no accidental touch issues.
Fingerprint technology isn't yet at a stage where its ready to be introduced under the glass. Maybe with the s9 or Note 9 it might be.
Even Apple haven't perfected this technology with their vast resources.
I agree the fingerprint scanner where it is isn't an optimum position as the phone is so tall but as I believe it Samsung are trying to keep everything semetrical.
Rumour has it the next models will have the fingerprint scanner just under the camera lens to make it a little lower and help stop smudging on the camera lens.
I use Retina Unlock more frequently both to unlock my phone and to use it to log on various sites too.
Current Phone ~
Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G SM-N9860_256Gb SnapDragon 865+
Samsung One Ui 3.1/ Android 11.