Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ were released in April and so far, they’ve been around for several months now.
The two made history by becoming the first Samsung phones to come with on-screen buttons. The pair also became the first from the South Korean tech giant to feature a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Their design language is something that hasn’t appeared before them and there’s no doubt that they look exquisite form whatever angle you are coming from.
Besides being beautiful, both Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with really powerful hardware, a top-class camera, big-enough battery capacities and an array of nifty additions such as iris scanning, facial recognition, Bixby as well as Samsung DeX. Samsung has reported that the market performance of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ has been great, even surpassing what the Galaxy S7 family managed back in 2016.
Now, despite the success of the S8 family, it has become a tradition that the company must release a Note device each and every year, with this year set to give us the Galaxy Note 8. Last year’s Galaxy Note 7 did not turn out as the company would have expected and with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the tech giant is back with a bang ready to make up for the pain it caused many fans last year.
Over the past few weeks, a lot has been leaked regarding the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8. While a handful of the leaked info came directly from Samsung, including the launch date of the phone, some have been sourced from people without direct associations to the company. We already know about the specs and features to expect, even the expected price tag of the phone.
But with about a week left before Samsung takes the wraps off the Note 8, the company has published an official teaser, labeling the phablet as “a powerful device to do bigger things.” Well, nothing less is expected from such a hyped phone, but the reality here is that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is simply a bigger Galaxy S8 with an S Pen and dual-lens camera on the back.
From the teased video, the design of the phone hasn’t strayed from what you already know from Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The curved Super AMOLED screen will still be there and so will the on-screen buttons, but it’s a little bigger at 6.3 inches. The fingerprint scanner remains mounted on the back, but on its side, the single-lens camera used on the S8 gets a friend.
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As for the front panel, you get the same selfie shooter, an iris scanner, facial recognition and a bunch of other sensors. However, as usual, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature an S Pen, something that has always been reserved for the Galaxy Note family. Unless you are a real fan of the S Pen, the Galaxy S8 or S8+ is a much better choice than the Note 8, especially when pricing matters come into play.
It gets even worse when looking at the battery capacity, where rumor has it that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will get a 3300mAh unit compared to the 3500mAh found on the Galaxy S8+. Nonetheless, looking at the two sets of phones together makes a case for names such as Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Pro or something of that nature, but the presence of the S Pen and dual-lens camera are what actually bring out the difference.
The Note 8 will also come with the same Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 processor, but the RAM will be bigger at 6GB, same size as the high-end variant of the Galaxy S8+. In terms of software, the phone should debut with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, which is not so different from the 7.0 you get on the S8.