Samsung Galaxy S8 is by far the best phone in the market right now, however, there’s nothing good that doesn’t have its flaws.
With Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the South Korean tech giant has the perfect opportunity to fix a few things that it got wrong with the near-perfect Galaxy S8. The Note 8 has been confirmed to be coming later in the year, but the exact details of the release date and features remain unknown.
Nevertheless, we’ve seen a number of rumors and leaks regarding the phone, but Samsung has not made anything official. With this in mind, here are 5 things that the Galaxy Note 8 needs to have in order to fix the mess on the Galaxy S8 as well as prepare the path for the 2018 Galaxy S9.
Anyone using the 2015 Galaxy Note 5 will tell you that the phone is still as fast as it can be. With the jump from Exynos 7420 to Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835, the performance will get even better, but it makes no major difference for mainstream users of the phones. What these type of users really need to see are tangible upgrades in the shape of battery capacity.
The Galaxy S8+ is 159.5mm tall and houses a 6.2-inch curved Super AMOLED display screen. According to rumors, the Galaxy Note 8 will ship with a bigger 6.4-inch screen with the same design and specs, which should translate to an even taller frame, especially when compared to the 153.5mm height of the Galaxy Note 7 that housed a 5.7-inch screen. Given that the Snapdragon 835 is much smaller in size, this bigger frame should mean the Note 8 gets more room for equipping a bigger battery than the 3500mAh unit used on the S8+.
Many have decried the 3000mAh unit used on the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8, labeling it as too small for such a monstrous phone. To right this wrong, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 should come in with a bigger battery while at the same time be careful not to repeat what happened last year.
Fingerprint scanner placement
There’s no problem with having a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, but Samsung needs to borrow a leaf from Google, Huawei, Xiaomi and LG as far as fingerprint scanner placement is concerned. Having this sensor on the side of the main camera is not just a fit, especially now that the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be even taller than the already problematic Galaxy S8+. It might be easy reaching the scanner on the standard S8, but the S8+ poses a difficulty when trying to reach the same. This needs a fix.
There’s talk of a possibility of the fingerprint scanner making a return to the front panel, but it may live under the display screen. This is much better, but Samsung shouldn’t rush the feature and end up with what could just be a gimmick!
Everyone, including the rigid Apple, is using dual-lens camera setups on their flagships but Samsung has yet to embrace this technology. It was rumored that Samsung Galaxy S8 would debut with this feature, but the attention has now turned to the Galaxy Note 8 to make this dream come true.
Samsung Galaxy S8 has incredible cameras, essentially picking up from the where the excellent Galaxy S7 Edge left off. If Samsung could better this performance by introducing a second lens, the Galaxy Note 8 will indeed be the smartphone to beat this year. The iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-lens setup with an optical zoom of up to 2X, but Samsung could better this by coming in with up to 3X optical zoom.
True wireless charging
Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with not just fast charging technology, but also fast wireless charging support. Yes, it means you can fast-charge the S8 and S8+ wirelessly, but this requires a charging pad on which to rest the phone during the wireless charging. In short, the wireless charger connects to the phone via the charging pad, otherwise, it won’t work.
If Samsung gets rid of the need for this charging pad, such that the phone connects directly to the wireless charger, this could be a game changer. It would mean your Galaxy Note 8 will start charging whenever it gets into the charger’s range, just like it works with Bluetooth devices, even when in your pocket or even car.
Fully functional Bixby
At the launch of Samsung Galaxy S8, the company took quite some time hyping what the digital assistant Bixby can do. While it’s definitely a great addition, it’s not just the perfect moment to use it. In fact, Samsung has conceded that Bixby will be fully functional later in the year, which is when the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be here. Hopefully, Sammy will have this fully-functional Bixby on the Note 8 at launch.